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Old 07-04-2011, 01:12 AM   #21
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Great! This is going to take a long time but this sounds awesome! I'll look around for these on eBay, craigslist, garage sales and other cheap places. Thanks again guys! Also besides clownfish and a goby what other fish could I put in there?
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Old 07-04-2011, 01:15 AM   #22
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It is exciting isn't it!
My best advice from learning mostly everything the hard way is -take your time-
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Old 07-04-2011, 01:19 AM   #23
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Yeah it's going to take me a long time to get the funds but I need a rough estaminet to see how much and what to look for! I'm hoping to convince my mother that she'll like it because she's not too fond of me brining another tank into my house not to mention another 55 gallon tank...
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Old 07-04-2011, 01:20 AM   #24
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Buckets are $3 at home depot and they hold 5g. My hydrometer was $7 and even brings a thermometer. And a test kit is $30. I don't think heaters are really necessary, at least for me they aren't because my temp stays the same.
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Old 07-04-2011, 01:23 AM   #25
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Whoops I meant refractometer - I could never get an accurate reading from a hydrometer.

A heater will be between $20-$30 brand new at a LFS. Could probably get it much cheaper used or on ebay/craigslist.
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Old 07-04-2011, 01:25 AM   #26
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Wow this is actually going to be cheaper than what I thought... That's good to hear( okay well read). I think that I'll look at the tank on Tuesday but in the time being I'll look around at rock, filters, and sand. Would play sand work? I've read about pool filter sand but I was wondering if the play sand would work as well?
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Old 07-04-2011, 01:46 AM   #27
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As long as it is not too fine grained, and doesn't have any silicates (I think). I tried play sand (quickcrete brand), and it was a nightmare. It was ugly, first of all.. tan appearance I didn't like, but that is a matter of preference. Then, it was really dirty. I had to rinse the crap out of it. Then it was too fine grained and got everywhere and was easily blown up into the water column. Your best bet for the sand is to find some you like (online or at LFS) and get it. You're probably looking at about $50 for 50 lbs of sand.

Others have had good luck with pool filter sand, so you could try that. I would just wait for someone more knowledgeable to respond
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Old 07-04-2011, 01:48 AM   #28
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Okay thanks for your input, I think that I'll try to stay away from play sand, unless another person has something great to say about it.
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Old 07-04-2011, 01:52 AM   #29
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I don't know if you're close to pa but I have a 55 ill sell you for dirt cheap in terms of the tank, if you go with the 55, try to do a refugium/sump or a overrated hob filter, and atleast 1 decent sized powerhead. A lot of people will tell you that you don't need it but your live rock will act as a natural filter, depending on the flow of water across it, it'll either be good or weak. Putting a powerhead in to circulate water will increase the effectiveness of your live rock so for bare minimum equipment I'd say tank,sand,rock/live rock, decent light fixture, stand, bucket of salt, hydrometer, master test kit. Maybe 2 or3 generic buckets (clean),hob filter, and powerhead. I think that's it for bare essentials. You could make life easier with a protein skimmer and uv sterilizer, and reuge/sump but they are not a necessity. If you keep an eye out online and through local ads, you'd be surprised how many good deals on aquatic equipment you can find. If I think of anything else ill add it
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And play sand works amazing it is a very fine grain, but if you mix it with a larger grain sand it'll not only keep costs down but give your sand a different consistantcy. I just used a bag on my 125 and it worked great! Don't ever pay 50 bucks for 50 lbs of sand....that's crazy
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