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Old 12-22-2010, 09:31 AM   #31
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you have to use a sump actually. either that or you'll need to plug up that hole in the overflow.
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Old 12-22-2010, 09:42 AM   #32
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Old 12-23-2010, 12:24 AM   #33
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ok so for now im not going to use a sump i will add one later a lil tight on money right now.. want to get it up and going and see how hard it is to keep up.. so was a 100 bucks a good deal for this set up i put the stand together and it a nice one.. there are no holes drilled in the tank luckly so all i have to do is plug the hole in the over flow right
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Old 12-23-2010, 12:45 AM   #34
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Ya it was a good deal. Salt water tanks are really expensive though. I would do some serious reading about it before diving in. Even with everything you have now, you're still going to have to spend wayy more money if you want to have a good and stable aquarium going.
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how much money we talk a few hund bucks
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Old 12-23-2010, 01:44 AM   #36
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Basic Components and Costs of a Reef Tank - Article at The Age of Aquariums - Tropical Fish

There's a link. That would be the price range for a perfect reef tank and all new equipment. If you were just looking at a fowlr and getting used equipment it would probably be less than half of that. I'm not saying you need everything there.
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Old 12-23-2010, 02:06 AM   #37
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there are, definitely quite a few things that you are going to need to start this project... you REALLY need to research what you are doing before you jump into this. You will save a LOT of money if you know what you need before you buy it.
The tank does look good, and (as stated before) that hole is for a sump line, but, since you aren't worrying about a sump at the moment you are going to need to plug it.
If you are only wanting a Fish Only With Live Rock (FOWLR), then we dont really have to discuss lighting yet.
If I remember correctly, the best ratio for live/base rock is 70% base rock to 30% live rock, but that can be changed if you can't for whatever reason pay for the live rock.

Im hoping we can help you with this tank, but you need to check out the articles section on this site, and read up.
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u must make sure that no leakage when u plug the hole...
yes.....research and reading is an important thing in this hobby.....u can save a lot of money by spare your time on reading...get the answer before buy anything...and if u are good in DIY, that will be advantages...
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Old 12-23-2010, 04:41 PM   #39
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yes, MANY things in this hobby can be made, with different degrees of difficulty for each item. Heck, you can even make your own rocks for your tank. If you can, go to the library, or a bookstore, and get a good book to read about Saltwater aquariums. My first book was the Saltwater Aquariums for Dummies book, very educational
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ok so for now im not going to use a sump i will add one later a lil tight on money right now..
the initial start up is usually the most expensive part of a fish tank. The upkeep and maintenance is mostly labor. If money is tight I would hold off on setting it up and save up to get the required quality equipment, live rock, protein skimmer, hospital/QT tank and possibly a good light. Keep an eye on craigslist there are usually someone on there selling equipment and LR at a much better price than new. BUT you must research the stuff you buy so you know what your getting.
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