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Old 03-11-2009, 04:23 AM   #1
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Hey i just took an interest in this hobby
I started at looking into making my own mini reef and it seems very interesting. But..... it also seems very costly....
I am thinking about taking it real slow since i don't have a lot of money.
First im thinking about growing some corals
and than just adding some little fish and who knows how it will end up.
So im wondering if anyone could give me advices on basics of how to do this.
What are basic equipments i will need that is not too expensive but make this work.
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Old 03-11-2009, 04:33 AM   #2
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Hey i just took an interest in this hobby
I started at looking into making my own mini reef and it seems very interesting. But..... it also seems very costly....
I am thinking about taking it real slow since i don't have a lot of money.
First im thinking about growing some corals
and than just adding some little fish and who knows how it will end up.
So im wondering if anyone could give me advices on basics of how to do this.
What are basic equipments i will need that is not too expensive but make this work.
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Old 03-11-2009, 09:07 AM   #3
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With all due respect, the paradigm you suggest is at odds with itself. Coral is the most expensive, requires the most care and expensive equipment. If you want to start off cheap go with FO or FOWLR and work your way up to a reef setup. The lighting, filter, and just about everything else can be achieved with much lower quality equipment.

You can run a non-reef tank with nothing more than fake ornaments and a HOB filter. Or just a HOB for that matter.

No matter which way you go, you are correct S L O W L Y is the operative word.

Again, the advice is based on your number one priority being cost.
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Old 03-11-2009, 09:16 AM   #4
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Old 03-11-2009, 01:50 PM   #5
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I do know that corals cost the most but don't you usually start off with corals?
I am on a tight budget but if am able to find a cheap or free tank im sure i can afford them.
what is FO and FOWLR??????
im glad other stuff can be cheaper
thank you for your advices im new and information on this hobby is hard to find
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What size tank are you planning on going with? In saltwater usually the bigger the better.....
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i am planning for 20 - 30 gals
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FO = Fish Only
FOWLR Fish Only with Live Rock

A coral reef setup is clearly the most expensive and least tolerant of inadequate conditions
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FO = Fish Only
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A coral reef setup is clearly the most expensive and least tolerant of inadequate conditions
i understand that corals are very hard to take care of but i really want to try it they are so interesting and beautiful.
what im most scared of is the weather here in vancouver, canada.
the temperature swings around wildy it was something like 15 degrees few days ago and 2 nights ago it went down to -5 and started to snow and dumped 40cm of snow in one night. would this be bad??? because i live in the basememnt and plan to keep my tank here too and the basement changes temperature like it is outside
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