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Old 12-05-2013, 11:57 PM   #41
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Been reading a lot and starting to second guess myself on start a sw tank. Seems like a lot of work. Not that i'm not up for doing the work but seems pretty tough and don't want to put a lot of money into it and fail.
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Old 12-06-2013, 12:47 AM   #42
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If it was truly that difficult i dont think there would be so many of us obsessed with it. Yes it is hard, yes its time-consuming, yes its expensive. But what a sw tank gives you in return is worth 100x what you put into it
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Old 12-06-2013, 09:27 AM   #43
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Been reading a lot and starting to second guess myself on start a sw tank. Seems like a lot of work. Not that i'm not up for doing the work but seems pretty tough and don't want to put a lot of money into it and fail.
Depending on what your planning on setting up .
It's not that expensive after you get everything set up .
You will go through a fair bit of salt from the start with constant water changes but once you get your parameters to where you want them it runs it self .
And water changes are only 10-20 % weekly
I bought a 35 lb bucket of salt on July 3 for $65 and just did my last water change last weekend with it .
$65 for 6 months isn't expensive at all , but keep in mind it's a obsession and there is always something you will want, you will always want more , bigger and better .
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Depending on what your planning on setting up . It's not that expensive after you get everything set up . You will go through a fair bit of salt from the start with constant water changes but once you get your parameters to where you want them it runs it self . And water changes are only 10-20 % weekly I bought a 35 lb bucket of salt on July 3 for $65 and just did my last water change last weekend with it . $65 for 6 months isn't expensive at all , but keep in mind it's a obsession and there is always something you will want, you will always want more , bigger and better .

Thanks. So basically once I get by the initial cost it isn't that bad unless I want to keep adding and improving it?
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Fish food, salt mix, rodi filter cartridges, light bulbs.- these are bought prob every 4-6 months, maybe a bit longer.
Only thing im really taking a hit for on a semi-daily basis is cost of water. (for every gallon of rodi my unit produces it consumes 3g)

Other than that the only expense you see right in front of you is fish/invert costs
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Thanks!!!

I'm pretty nervous about setting it up and getting the water levels right. How tough is this???
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Old 12-06-2013, 07:19 PM   #47
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On a scale of 1-10, I'd build my sw tank again.
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Don't be nervous ,
Or let all of this seam to be a lot .
The best advice you will ever hear is take your time .
Let it come together ,
Nothing good happens over night , patients and a lot of research .
I will suggest research what you want to stock first .
Start with
1) tank size
What tank size is suitable for you , available space and finances .
2) research different species that are compatible with the size of tank and other tank mates .
3) the system .
What you will need lights for what you plan on stocking .
Keep in mind it is a obsession and you will want to upgrade eventually .
4) filtration

Things to price
- lights
- skimmer
- pump/ filter
Either a canister suitable for the volume or a sump
Power heads
Heater
Salt mix . There are different grades of salt .
Reef mix mad more in it and is normally more expensive .
And the most important your wife's permission lol
Happy wife means happy life
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Don't be nervous , Or let all of this seam to be a lot . The best advice you will ever hear is take your time . Let it come together , Nothing good happens over night , patients and a lot of research . I will suggest research what you want to stock first . Start with 1) tank size What tank size is suitable for you , available space and finances . 2) research different species that are compatible with the size of tank and other tank mates . 3) the system . What you will need lights for what you plan on stocking . Keep in mind it is a obsession and you will want to upgrade eventually . 4) filtration Things to price - lights - skimmer - pump/ filter Either a canister suitable for the volume or a sump Power heads Heater Salt mix . There are different grades of salt . Reef mix mad more in it and is normally more expensive . And the most important your wife's permission lol Happy wife means happy life


Thanks. And right on with the happy wife part.

I know i would want a pair of clownfish and after that i'm open for stocking
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Just as an offer of some confidence, I went from a 20g fw guppy tank to a 125g saltwater tank... You can do it. Also other than the expense of bigger equipment. (And more salt mix for water changes) bigger tanks really aren't that expensive. I think I MAY spend $50/month on my 125 to keep it going. That's between salt use, todo cartridges over 6-9 months, food, and electricity. It's fairly cheap once up and running. It's the constant buying of fancy new fish and better equipment that's expensive
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