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Old 07-25-2005, 10:26 PM   #51
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I agree with you there. The biggest cost in a tank comes in the intial set up and the first few months. But let me ask you this...If you went to the LFS and inquired about a SW tank and they said it would cost just under $1000 you would be shocked? Especially is we were thinking it would only be $300.

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Old 07-25-2005, 11:19 PM   #52
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LFS overprice their tanks most of the time. Not all, but most. Congressional Aquarium in Rockville, MD would probably be the best in our county. And they have $114 tanks with stand (55G) posted outside their store. But it's a whole new ballgame when you get in there.

The only thing priced reasonably in their store is live rock ($5.99/lb and very beautiful chunks) and actual SW fish.

I'd rather go to petsmart to score a brand new off the shelf tank than go to an LFS for it.

Three hundred is a very thrifty budget. It's cut throat, lean, stretching the budget to the edge, type of approximation. With that said, doable.
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if diy and buying cheaper things because you know how to shop is cutting corners then everyone on this site cuts corners, theres a whole section of articles on diy, and people are always buying things on ebay such as filters ,heaters , reverse osmosis systems , hydrometers, corals, fish, you name it , and its one ebay, its not cutting corners, its smart shopping and upgrading isnt cutting corners, especially for a fowlr, fish dont even need light to survive, so you cant say its cutting corners to start with basics and move up as your tank progresses

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