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Old 03-02-2014, 04:17 PM   #1
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Price to start up

The more I read these boards, the more interested I become in having a small saltwater tank. I am familiar with the freshwater side of things and currently have a 130gallo. Tank. I'd like to put something small in my kitchen on he counter against a wall that is not used. I like the idea of a nano tank. I think a standard 10 or 20 gallon would fit perfectly. Can you give me ban idea of total start up cost from no tank to having a complete up and running system ready to cycle? Livestock prices need not be included.
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Roughly 16 dollars per gallon. That's with live sand n rock
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Old 03-02-2014, 04:42 PM   #4
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Roughly 16 dollars per gallon. That's with live sand n rock
That's a tad off. Say you want a 20g reef.

Tank-20$
Lights-100$
Live sand-40$
Rock-50$
Pumps-50$
Filtration-50$-200$
Test kits-50$
Refractometer-20-30$
Heater-30$
Salt-50#-50$

Prices may be a bit off and that doesn't include coral. Your looking at 470-620$ slowly aquiring things is easier and my list may vary from others. This is buying everything seperate.
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That's a tad off. Say you want a 20g reef.

Tank-20$
Lights-100$
Live sand-40$
Rock-50$
Pumps-50$
Filtration-50$-200$
Test kits-50$
Refractometer-20-30$
Heater-30$
Salt-50#-50$

Prices may be a bit off and that doesn't include coral. Your looking at 470-620$ slowly aquiring things is easier and my list may vary from others. This is buying everything seperate.

+1. That's a good list and good rough prices, only thing I would add is ro/di water ~$.75 a gal at lfs or a unit for $150-200
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Woe be reef. Bit more then I think I can swing. Basically $600 is what I'm seeing
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+1. That's a good list and good rough prices, only thing I would add is ro/di water ~$.75 a gal at lfs or a unit for $150-200
Crap I forgot about that. Yeah I've been pricing for awhile and on my way to do a sw tank. Been studying for a few years
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What fw equipment do you have laying around? For example aqua clear hob filters work great for nano tanks, and if you have one laying around you can cross filtration off the list, an extra heater and there's another 25 you don't have to spend
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But what size nano are you thinking? That will make the price range a lot. If your on a 600$ budget, I recommend a 20g Long
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Was thinking In the $200 to $300 range. Possible?
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