I am looking to setup a new tank, to replace my current 20 Gallon tank. The size is probably going to be around 55 Gallon, and went into the LFS
today to see what's avaliable. They do have one that's 36"x18"x20" if i remembered correctly, and after chatting with the owner for a little while, he did suggest me to get a Sump setup with a reefrigium, Protein skimmer and few other things setup below the tank for filtration.
We did come to a final price of approx. $1500CAD with everything, and unfortuneately i don't have the exact break down of the cost on hand (left it in the car, will get it later on tonight). However as far as I remember, it's something like that:
Tank - $115
Lights - $650
Sump - $300
Protein skimmer - $150
Cutting of the glass + setting the hoses up - $125
...and the rest are just made up of all the other stuff that I dont' recall off the top of my head.
My question is - Does it sound normal? Am I better off just get the tank from the LFS
(since it'd probably be more expensive to get it shipped over from online retailer), and get all the other pieces from ebay? (Especially USD = CAD now)
If you have $1000CAD or so to spend on the new setup, how would you do it? (Excluding the LR
, Sand) I would not mind getting the items from ebay other than the actual tank.
THanks for any advice in advance, i will update with the exact breakdown of the cost in a bit.