Yeah I agree on the setup part. I bought my 55 gallon setup for 230 with stand. Not that bad of a deal. HOB
Penguin/150 Sub Heater.
Then I decided.. hey... I want saltwater fish rather than cichlids.
So I bought:
Live Sand - 20LB - $35
Regular Sand - 30LB - $35
Live Rock - 30 LBS - $120
Misc Decoration - $20
Salt for 60 Gallons - $35
Hydrometer - $10
$275 to make my 55 gallon fw
into salt. Some of that stuff wasn't necessary but it makes it easier. LR
seems to be my best investment. It was all purchased at the LFS
so it was a good investment to help them keep business.
I overheard a lady say she had to get rid of her 30 gallon tank/stand to the LFS
because the people who own the housing said she had to pay a $200 fee for animals. That tank was given to her as she explained. I bet she didn't get much from the LFS
for it tho. I shoulda swooped in and offered to buy it but I didn't have that kind of cash laying around.
I'm just using tap water with conditioner. I have pretty good water here.