I have been searching Craigslist for weeks and I'm just not sure what to do. I have narrowed my results down to three tanks which I will share with you below. I am a freshwater hobbyist and saltwater is new for me, so choosing the best deal is hard as well.
Tank #1: Biocube 29 with mods
This tank is $300 and includes every mod on the website MediaBaskets.com under the Oceanic Biocube 29. Includes live rock and live sand.
Fish tank Biocube 29 and stand
Tank #2: Biocube 29 HQI
This tank is $350 and includes the Biocube 29 HQI with live rock and live sand. I'm not 100% sure this is an option yet because I have not gotten an email back from the seller yet.
HQI 29 Biocube aquarium
Tank #3: 29 Gallon Standard Tank
This tank is what I assume to just be a standard saltwater tank. It is listed for $450 but the lady said she would sell it for $400. It includes everything I need and a couple of fish, a few crabs, and some corals and an anemone.
I'm interested in growing all kinds of marine corals and anemones, so tanks 2 and 3 are probably the best choices. I think #3 sounds like a really good deal, but I'm not 100% sure about it yet. What else do I need and how much money am I looking at? I don't want this to be something I will be spending money on forever. I'm used to my 36 gallon freshwater that was very inexpensive compared to these fancy saltwater setups.
Thanks for all your advice in advance!