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Old 10-06-2012, 10:21 PM   #11
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Thanks guys, what do u think about coralife t5 for $144 at petco?
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:37 PM   #12
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Never used the corallife but I have the 48" zoo med from Petco it has worked great nice large reflector,2switch for each bulb. We have leathers, button pylops,torch,frogspawn,shrooms ,Kenya tree,waving hands, acansand fish.tank is 46gal bow front with just the
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Sorry about that!One light on this tank it's a 36" zoo med
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:42 PM   #14
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The zoo med t5 fixtures from Petco are only 2 bulb fixtures.
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Thanks guys, what do u think about coralife t5 for $144 at petco?
It's not the lunar Aqualight 4 bulb T5 HO fixture is it? If so then that light will be fine and a good price for $144.00
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I think $100 is a REALLY tight budget for just the equipment. A protein skimmer for my 70 cost $300 and the lights were something like $600. The rock was $300 and there was a bunch of other stuff. It might be done, but a lot would need to be DIY if you're going for a 100 gallon or more. All the brands I'm thinking of don't have really cheap products. Remember you get what you pay for, so if something looks cheap and too good to be true, it probably is.
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:52 AM   #17
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I know I just want really a list of supplies for my budget with fish and coral is about $1400. What skimmer companies would you say are best maybe ill look into that
I have over $1200 in my 40 gallon tank. I you're on that tight of a budget either save up more money or look at going FOWLR.
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Oh sorry misread I thought your budget was $700 and 600 was for the fish 100 for the equipment. $700 and you'll have to be conservative..lighting will be your most important and expensive investment if you're going to have a reef.
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As for a list for a reef 125gallon

Lights - $600+

Testing equipment - $100

Upkeep chemicals and water changes- $50(monthly)

DIY sump - $100+

Filtration - $200+

Skimmer - $200+

So on and so on. A reef tank is not something you can do on a budget if you want it to live.
Don't skimp out either because these are living creatures whose lives you are taking into your hands.
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I don't agree. You can make your own LED lights for really cheap, own stand, own skimmer, sump, etc. There are many who are trying to find the cheapest way to keep a reef tank and it's all in the maintenance and water quality really. Lighting is key, protein skimmers are not (but they are very helpful). Frequent water changes will keep parameters in check and it's all up to the husbandry..the equipment just helps with the upkeep. Not too long ago the technology wasn't as advanced as it is today so there were other methods to keep reefs looking great. Go with base rock instead of live and you'll save a bunch of money. Other wise you could be looking at $400-600 just on rock!
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