Originally Posted by Mcgolg76
Recently got back into the aquarium hobby and have become super interested. Got my community tank running and now my puffer tank almost cycled. Starting to think now that owning oh marine tank can become a realist for me. Have done a lot of reading and going over what I need to buy and what it will cost. If I do it, I wanna do it right.
Plan is to get a tank size between 30 & 40g. Don't want to have to get a sump tank. So I guess limit might be 30g.
Just making a list if what I need. Let me know if I am missing anything
Light strong enough to eventually get lower light corals
Protein skimmer. (Do I need for a 30g)
POwer head for flow
About 30-40 lbs of rock. What percent of that needs to be Live rock.
30lbs of marine sAnd
Do I need a RO
machine or since a smaller tank just buy when I need to do water changes
And of course stock
Am I missing anything? About how much what this setup cost before I stock. Just trying to put a bit of money away each month so I can afford to do this soon.
Ty for all answers
Wanna make it a FOWLR
but have the ability to upgrade at some point to lower light corals.
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
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
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.