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Old 01-05-2013, 11:57 PM   #41
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Did you buy new or used on the tank? With or without a stand?
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Old 01-06-2013, 12:26 AM   #42
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What all do you have on ur setup? Equipment wise? Also, when I first me and my friend was around 25 dollars per gallon for the entire setup. This number was what we were both around. This included our setup and livestock and substrate. This will change depending on higher end equipment and more costly livestock.
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:13 AM   #43
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Keep in mind that a lot of people think starting small is best, but then eventually end up wanting larger. I feel that with saltwater, bigger is better. I'm already regretting buying my current 75g and wish I had stuck to my original 120-180 gameplan. I'm actually hoping to go 300g if I can find a good deal later this year.
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:36 AM   #44
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Omg! 300g drool and I'm think fresh! Lol I'd get some monsters. 300g salt would be b-e-a-utiful too.
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:38 AM   #45
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I agree bigger better= more money=happiness=beautiful tank. The only difference between big and small tanks will be requirments for livestock. Smaller your going to have restrictions on what you put in there but can be just as fun. Never let not havibg a bigger tank stop you thats why they make pica tank which are less than 5 gallons ive seem them around 1.5 gallons small but they where really nice
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:41 AM   #46
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Did you buy new or used on the tank? With or without a stand?
You will save money buying used prolly. Thats including the stand you have to watch put how the stand is set up bc you will want space for a sump under it if thats the way you go.
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:58 AM   #47
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Craigslist has some great deals.

As far as size, I feel its good to figure out what you really want. If you are looking at larger Angels, most Tangs or fish that require larger tanks, its wise to go that size first. If the smaller fish are what make you happy, then smaller will be fine. 75 is a great starter size, but it eliminates a lot of fish. Jumping up to a 120-180 opens a lot of possibilities and I've seen 120s go for 75g prices on Craigslist.

My 75 will become a reef, but I find myself missing the larger fish I had years ago. i had convinced myself that i would be happy with smaller fish this time around, so jumped at a good deal for my 75. I wish I had gone 180.
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Old 01-06-2013, 02:14 AM   #48
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Yea I started with a 55 and then found out its a hard shape to get what you want limited on width.only having 1ft. I now have bought a 140 and will be up and running soon. I wish I started out with a 75. It really is an all around decent sized tank especially 18in wide
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Did you start a 75 salt? What is your setup? What was your start up cost if you don't mind me asking.
It was a lot haha with equipment and everything 2500 at the least that's for all the equipment total. But I pretty much bought brand name on everything so it will last.
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Tank and stand came together as a combo. And 75 is the largest I can go since I live in a 2nd story apartment complex
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