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Old 02-20-2012, 09:47 PM   #1
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Hypothetical Question

Ok, I have a PURELY HYPOTHETICAL question.

Suppose I have recently purchased a brand-new, beautiful, black-rimmed 55 gallon aquarium set, that only came with a black stand, black-rimmed aquarium, and a saltwater hood and light set.
What equipment is needed?
What are good starter fish?
How to clean the tank?
Etc.
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Hypothetically, what would you want to do with this hypothetical tank? Hypothetically speaking of course.
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Hypothetically, what would you want to do with this hypothetical tank? Hypothetically speaking of course.
Lol! I think he's trying to say that this tank if hypothetically hypothetical..
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Lol! I think he's trying to say that this tank if hypothetically hypothetical..
LOL good starter fish would a pair of clowns. As far as equipment goes you need some sort of filtration, heater, substrate, and some live rock. And that's about it. Hypothetically speaking of course
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I say this because one day I will purchase a 55 gallon aquarium, and I wondered if I will need the protein skimmer and all that special stuff...
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It wouldn't ever hurt to have one. I have one on my 29 gal reef just to make sure the water is pristine for my corals. Depending which direction you want to go with the tank. You also don't need a sump if you don't want one. It isn't a necessity with that size tank but is always nice to have for many reasons. I.e. filtration, ease of water changes , you can also put your Skimmer and heater down there to give your tank a nice clean look. It all depends on how much you want to spend
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Ok, thanks.

Anyone else?
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So, overall, to get a good quality protein skimmer, sump, and all that equipment, how much would it all cost??
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A good protein skimmer will cost between $100 and 200 for a tank that size. Sumps can be retardedly expensive, though you an DIY for much less. Lights are very expensive for corals, but it's an investment you'll be glad you made.
There is no way to give an accurate idea of how much it will cost, especially if you are good at watching craigslist.
Figure on several hundred dollars just for equipment.
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Yep, thank heaven for Craigslist! I am currently viewing a 65 gallon saltwater aquarium with sump/refugium, overflow, special lighting system, protein skimmer, and a whole lot more for $325.00, and I think that would be cool if I had a lot of fish keeping experience. Because I gather that you will need a lot of fish experience before you even THINK about purchasing a saltwater aquarium, am I not correct?
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