Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 09-10-2013, 03:32 AM   #11
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
huma-huma's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: washington Pa
Posts: 5,257
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mebbid View Post
Go with a 40 breeder if you choose anything. No tanks need a refugium / sump but they are highly recommended

1. Light - A low powered light is fine and all. I would however look into a taotronics 120w LED. A light strong enough to keep low light corals will run you $100 and that light fixture will cost you $130. It will also save you money if you decide that you want other corals as well as lower costs for bulb replacement.

2. Skimmmer - You don't need one but they are recommended. They will really make your life easier in maintaining nutrient levels.

3. Heater - This is one of the few things I would advise that you not go cheap on for a reef tank. If something goes terribly wrong with a heater it can kill everything in your tank.

4. Power head. I would go with multiple powerheads rather than just one. It will give you a more dynamic flow pattern to remove dead spots. If you want a wave maker a Jaebo wp25 is a nice choice. Otherwise go with hydor koralias.

5. Live Rock - You don't need any live rock at all but it will speed up your cycle. I would probably go with 10%-20% if you wanted to seed dry rock.

6. A ro/di unit is very important. It will work if you buy from your LFS but that costs more over time. I would look into a unit from bulk reef supply.


As for cost it's hard to tell. Probably $1 / lb on the sand. $3-$4 / lb for the live rock. 150+ for both the skimmer and ro/di unit. 100+ for the lights. 50 for the salt mix. 30 for the heater. 100 ish for power heads.

It all really depends on how high up you want to go. These figures really are base line guesstimate numbers.

+1. ive found that CL is one of the secret weapons in this hobby. If you know what you are looking for and what relative prices are, you can land some serious steals on CL. (I bought a $400 Vertex skimmer for $150). Also, the only, and I mean ONLY, thing that ive seen consistently hurt people in the sw hobby, is their own ignorance. If, for example, someone goes to their LFS and sees a beautiful fish they have to have, comes on here and asks if its doable only to be told that its not at all healthy or possible, goes back o the LFS and buys this fish. only to have it stress out, bring ICH into the DT and die. ones own ignorance will do far more damage than learning a few SW lessons the hard way. research until your eyeballs fall out and youll do great.
__________________

__________________
my 125g Sw...Round 2!http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...220171-33.html
ever see someone cut a 125g in half??
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...-286438-4.html
huma-huma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2013, 06:19 PM   #12
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 849
So decided to go with a 40 with a sump. A few questions about the sump thought. How big should it be. How do I connect it to my show tank? Can I do it without drilling. I have like no mechanical skills. What would be in sump besides heater, skimmer and return pump. Do you need dividers? Ty for all answers.
__________________

__________________
Mcgolg76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2013, 06:35 PM   #13
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Grizz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Saratoga NY
Posts: 1,806
Plan on spending around $20 per gallon for a salty Invest in a RO/DI unit it will save $ you in the long run Here's a bit of light reading that will help you along.

Articles
__________________
Most people create their own problems by not following the basics and refusing to stock appropriate to their system. Gregcoyote 2013

SPS = Stability Promotes Success
Grizz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2013, 06:37 PM   #14
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 849
Plan on getting one of those r/o thingies
__________________
Mcgolg76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2013, 06:44 PM   #15
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 849
Also do I need a quarantine or can i use the sump tank
__________________
Mcgolg76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2013, 06:49 PM   #16
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
huma-huma's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: washington Pa
Posts: 5,257
Id def do quarantine. Mineaswell start off on the right foot. It can be as simple as a 10g with a sponge filter.
__________________
my 125g Sw...Round 2!http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...220171-33.html
ever see someone cut a 125g in half??
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...-286438-4.html
huma-huma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2013, 06:51 PM   #17
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 849
What would the minimum need be for a quarantine
__________________
Mcgolg76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2013, 06:55 PM   #18
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
huma-huma's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: washington Pa
Posts: 5,257
Quarantine? I have a 5g for mine but its not nearly big enough if one of my tangs gets sick. Its relative to what you plan on keeping. As for a sump, id aim for 1/3 to 1/2 your dt.
__________________
my 125g Sw...Round 2!http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...220171-33.html
ever see someone cut a 125g in half??
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...-286438-4.html
huma-huma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2013, 06:55 PM   #19
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
aquandrew's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: waconia minnesota
Posts: 1,803
a 10 gallon tank a heater and a powerhead, filter or sponge filter
__________________
aquandrew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2013, 07:03 PM   #20
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 849
Live rock also in quarantine ?
__________________

__________________
Mcgolg76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:52 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.