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Old 06-21-2012, 01:10 AM   #11
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Dr foster and smith online great place to shop. They also give you a lot of info on products you are looking for with a lot of options. Decide how much you want to spend then make your decisions. Clean water ,lighting and water movement are essential. I have two penguin 400s ,100 gal skimmer, 2 power heads 1050, 660 2T5 bulbs 420blue and10000k in a 75 gal tank. I want one more 1050 My water is excellent. All about how much you have to spend!I wanted to build a refugium but not enough space or cash.
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id like decent quality products. money isnt a HUGE deal with me for starting this but it will take time to buy everything. theres a lfs here that sells some good stuff as well. so im looking for a list as to what i can buy to start out this whole tank so i can check off everything
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:50 AM   #13
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I think very important things are power heads. I never used to run them in my FOWLR, then switched reef, have 2 1400 and 1 500 in a 150, and I'm gonna add 2 2200 or 2 1400.
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what do the power heads do?
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:16 PM   #15
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BRS has some good videos on YouTube called how to start a saltwater aquarium.
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Old 07-07-2012, 01:32 AM   #16
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This is my list for my 120g build and some $ I budgeted for some of the items
x = things I'll add later or already have
BRS RO/DI system - $200
LED lighting - $400
return pump 1250 GPH - $170
protein skimmer pump - 0
phosband reactor -40
calcium reactor -x
carbon reactor -x
ozonizer -x
electronic controller -
ATO system -30
chiller -x
wave makers/ power heads -
dosers x
refractometer - 30
reef test kit - x
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id like decent quality products. money isnt a HUGE deal with me for starting this but it will take time to buy everything. theres a lfs here that sells some good stuff as well. so im looking for a list as to what i can buy to start out this whole tank so i can check off everything
This will help Stock list and tips for maintaining your SW tank.
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Old 07-09-2012, 02:43 AM   #18
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Saltwater is expensive but very rewarding! the best suggestion I have for you is buy used. We have still spent about $2,000 in about 8 months but we also have 3 SW tanks It will save you a lot of money! We purchased things of Craigslist, amazon and eBay. If you buy something off Craigslist make sure it works before you purchase it!! Also (besides a store like Petco or Petsmart) make sure you get the measurements from them and check that against an online calculator tool. We have been fooled before. We were told we were purchasing a 90 galling when we got it home it was only a 75. I would suggest a fuzzy dwarf lion fish (we love ours!!!) over an eel (we also have a snowflake eel) eels are escape artists and they will try to find a way out of the tank. We spent a few hundred dollars making ours escape proof. If you go with a lion have your LFS (local fish store) feed him/her prepared foods before you bring it home. They can be very difficult (ours is!!) to switch to prepared foods. Good luck!!!
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