Originally Posted by BamBamFishKid
So i did some research about costs and found that it wouldn't cost as much as i thought.
Yeah. That idea fades quickly once you walk in a fish store
The least expensive tank setup would be:
used/on sale 20 gallon-$20
DIY stand (wook & paint)-$50ish
(free if you already have furni to support it)
filter rated at least double tank size (say AquaClear 50)- $38+$5
AquaClear 50 Power Filter - Up to 50 gal. | thatpetplace.com
Glass heater (titanium is preferred, but not necessary) -$21
Submersible Aquarium Heater - 50W - 9 in. - up to 20 Gallon
25 (might want 50) lbs sand-$20-24
30 lbs dry rock usually at least $2.5/lb-$75 BRS Reef Saver Dry Aquarium Live Rock - Bulk Reef Supply
light (largest investment), say 120 watt ebay LED -$120
filter=$200 or buy RO
water from LFS
from grocery store
Then there's maintenance & food
You're looking at minimum $349
not including livestock! Sounds expensive, but compared to other systems, it's fairly cheap. If you can find a used system you'll save a lot. Most saltwater fish are $20 ea. Coral frags are usually $10-30. It really adds up fast!
Love the midas blenny, purple firefish, & gobies are always great.