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Old 10-20-2003, 10:47 AM   #1
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Starting a 30G long tank.

I will shortly be starting a 30G long Saltwater tank. (if I dont do planted) Trying to get a rough cost idea. I have heard anything from 200 to 1000. I relize I need a skimmer, and I will be buying a HO 36" hood. Probibly 96Watt.

Now.. I was told I could start a tank with ONLY live sand and a VERY good filter. This would take a month to cycle before I add fish and the load would be light.

2nd, I could add a very little bit of live rock and some lava rock style for a base. (its not lava rock, its white I wish I could recall the name) Tank would cycle faster, fish load would be very lite. However the base rock would become live rock over time allowing a cheaper solution.

Any input?

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Old 10-20-2003, 01:25 PM   #2
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the live rock is a better method imo, but if ur doing a fish only tank with a light load, a good filter will be fine.

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Old 10-20-2003, 01:58 PM   #3
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I spent a little over $800 on my 36 gal w/o a skimmer. The tank and the stand were around $300 of that. that's with no fish, and 1lb/gal live rock, and no light. So i'd say w/ skimmer and light probably around $1000.
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two big cost factors are live sand and live rock. With live rock costing as little as $3/lb online or as much as $10/lb locally you can see where that can rack up costs fairly quick. If you get all live sand that aswell can get costly or you could suplment live sand on top of dead/dry sand.

Other cost factors are circulation pumps, the lights, continual salt cost, and electrical costs.

As a general rule fish only systems are cheaper than reef systems because you can get by with less light and you have less money invested in tank inhabatants.

For a 30 gal tank If you had to purchase everything new I can see it easily costing $600+. Now if you already have the tank and the stand then part of that money has already been invested into the system.

Also also depends on your area. You might be able to buy some components of your tank for less than if you lived in other areas.
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