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Old 04-09-2012, 07:44 AM   #11
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I really don't care how much you make. It has zero bearing on my life or my opinions. Stay on topic, please. This is forum about setting up a nano tank on a budget, not a chat room. My first tank was a 20, and it did quite well.
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Also affording a pool sized reef build and wanting one has nothing to do with a budget FYI. Even the rich whom can afford a pool sized tank probably don't want one. Has nothing to do with budget
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Ok folks. Lets remain civil and remember that everyone has an opinion and experiences and they have the right to post them. It`s up to the OP to decide which ones he wants to use. Anyone else have any info that is helpful to the OP.
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Old 04-09-2012, 02:35 PM   #14
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Ok folks. Lets remain civil and remember that everyone has an opinion and experiences and they have the right to post them. It`s up to the OP to decide which ones he wants to use. Anyone else have any info that is helpful to the OP.
Haha thanks for that I leave for a few hours and it turns into WWIII in here. I appreciate both of Luvbugg and macdracor advice. Tho I tend to see it macs way. I figure if everything is set up properly then and cared for properly the inhabitants will have a good life so long as they are right for the size tank. As far as budget I mean I am a college student and working part time for US minimum wage. I was curious about any type of DIY projects to cheapen the expense if at all possible. Such as ex. In freshwater u can use kitty litter which is just as good for substrate for plants as say Eco complete. I know if I plan on building a sw it will get pricey but I'm not buying everything in one day. But the list of needed items for a sw is appreciated Mac and it will come in handy as I'm new to sw. I appreciate both of your opinions and advice.
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Old 04-09-2012, 02:37 PM   #15
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My two cents, It's expensive. I have two tanks, a 60 gal fowlr and a 3 gal nano. I have about 2500 invested in my 60 and about 600 in my nano. If you do this on a "budget" you probably won't be happy with the results. It's expensive, also not only plan on food and water change cost, but your electricity bill is going to double, if not more. The "negative Nancy" is more along the lines of realistic Nancy. Oh and I am about to drop another 150-200 on my nano as it is finally ready for coral and is done with it cycle.
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My two cents, It's expensive. I have two tanks, a 60 gal fowlr and a 3 gal nano. I have about 2500 invested in my 60 and about 600 in my nano. If you do this on a "budget" you probably won't be happy with the results. It's expensive, also not only plan on food and water change cost, but your electricity bill is going to double, if not more. The "negative Nancy" is more along the lines of realistic Nancy. Oh and I am about to drop another 150-200 on my nano as it is finally ready for coral and is done with it cycle.
+1 id have to agree, with SW you really do get what you pay for mostly and it isn't cheap by any means... As long as your working with a small budget you'll always want bigger and better. I'm really not trying to put you off the hobby cause I love it and would love to see more people involved but my 46 bowfront is up to around $3k with deals on CL and everything else so you should just realize its quite the investment but well worth it IMO
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+1 id have to agree, with SW you really do get what you pay for mostly and it isn't cheap by any means... As long as your working with a small budget you'll always want bigger and better. I'm really not trying to put you off the hobby cause I love it and would love to see more people involved but my 46 bowfront is up to around $3k with deals on CL and everything else so you should just realize its quite the investment but well worth it IMO
I won't be skimping on what needs to be bought. When I'm thinking budget I'm thinking like 500 bucks over time. Like I said I'll prolly buy everything over a 6 month period of time or longer and I might just buy a 5g tank instead of using the 10g. The sw tank is really gonna be for the gf for a present when we move in together. I'm planning on getting it set up and learning all I can about it and teaching her how to take care of it once I know myself. Maintenance costs are to be expected of course. I keep trying to get her into freshwater planted tanks but she likes the look of sw so I figure if I get her into that maybe she will let me get the 125g tank for freshwater I want when we move in together lol. It's a strategy. I'm already having trouble convincing her to let me keep the 55g and 20g fw I have now lol. But what's the list of essential items for sw I need so I can start the build?
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What are you planning in doing with your sw tank? reef? Lr with fish only?
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Yep, knowing what you have in mind is essential to giving you a basic list.

I've kept eveything from a 4g pico up to my 125g reef so I've messed with every size. LOL It is immensely easier to work with a larger tank as a beginner setup. I started with a 29g which I found to be a perfect size. I now have a total of 7 tanks up and running and one in the garage thats going up this week. You don't have to go bigger but it's an option.

What about looking on craigslist for a used biocube setup? If your total budget is $500 or so that will fit in nicely. If you wanted a new cube setup then you're looking at close to the budget max with the tank, heater and stand plus live rock and sand. Theres something to be said for an all in one tank, I have a 29g cube as well and the setup is simple to say the least. the lights are included and can keep a nice selection of coral and you can fit several fish including a clown fish pair.

Just some thoughts, let us know what you have in mind for the tank.
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I'm not sure what I want really. Is the fowlr setup a good setup for fish or is it better to have coral? I know smaller setups are harder to take care of but I willing to put the time in to keep it up and take care of the life in the tank. I think I'll look for an all in one 5g nano. Will it have everything but fish and lr?
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