Originally Posted by matt1245
ok thanks i wasnt planning on adding fish that early i just wanted to get an idea of about how long it takes and i talked to the owner of the Lfs
today and he said it would be $443 to get it up and running with live sand, salt, 29 gallon biocube, and 20 lbs of base rock. i was wondering if that was to much for such a small tank?
Seems like an OK deal through a LFS
. Online, you could get the tank itself delivered to your door for just shy of $300. Not sure what all is included with the biocube (heater? thermometer?), but most likely you'll end up dropping an easy $200+ more once you start getting into it and realizing the things you'll need that you don't have. (Refractometer, additional powerhead for better flow, mixing/storage setup for saltwater, extra heater for water storage, test kits, blah blah blah). Just make sure you budget for that.
It'll take about 4-6 weeks to cycle the tank before it's safe to put fish in it. Regarding a stock list, look over the links the other folks gave you and pay particular attention to maximum recommended tank size. If you plan on keeping corals, also pay attention to whether or not the fish are "reef compatible".