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Old 07-16-2013, 09:48 PM   #11
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Oh almost forgot!!! Get a drilled tank and you will need a little less of the equipment listed above. AND it really is the easiest and best way to go. I run all types of setups and I long for the day I can upgrade my 125g reef thats not drilled to a larger drilled tank. One of my few regrets in the hobby.
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All the addons! lol thats why the $$ adds up quick.

Also the sump/refugium or whatever actual filter he goes with
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I know it adds up quick do you guys think a 3-4 thousand budget (not including tank and stand) would be doable. My wife admitted to me she is getting me a new tank as a birthday gift.
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I just finished accumulating all the equipment for a 25 gallon FOWLR set up with the intention of a future reef. What I have noticed is that there seem to be several different approaches to setting up. The same person might have a ton of different ideas of how to set up your system.

For me, I'm using a 10 gallon tank for a sump, an Eshopps nano skimmer, and lots of live rock. My tank isn't drilled, so I have an Eshopps overflow box, too. I still can't quite get my head around why I don't need an actual filter, but I'm okay with it.

I decided that I would settle on a tank size, buy it, then slowly piece together everything I needed so I wouldn't spend all the money at once. I know 25 gallons is a lot different than 75, but it still helped to space out the costs. All that said, your probably gonna spend as much on a skimmer as I spent on everything together!
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With that kind of budget you can get quite the nice setup.

Still, keep researching, I can't tell you how many hours upon hours I spent searching and reading before I got the hang of it. lol I still spend a stupid amount of time each day researching. Thats what i really love about this hobby, there is always something new to learn and it keeps my interest.
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I built my 180 gallon for $2500 minus live stock. And ive been aelling frags if acropora and green star polyps left and right with some ocasional anemones when mine are big enough to propagate. You can "Make" money on a reef tank while enjoying the hobby. You can get a pretty sweet tank going for that. I picked up my starfire glass tank from a guy who downsized fairly cheap. But you could easily put together a new 125 gallon for that price. I would think with a little research. My biggest expense was my light fixture.
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Craigslist and ebay are your best friends.

I've found many bargains.
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Craigslist and ebay are your best friends.
+1 scored my 180 starfire drilled with overflows, sump and stand for $250 a couple years back.
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Craigslist and ebay are your best friends.

I've found many bargains.
If you want new, check Amazon, too. I've found that I can get most aquarium "stuff" pretty cheap there.
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Amazon, bulk reef supply, drs foster and smith, eBay, pet solutions, reefs 2 go(livestock), petco online(livestock in much better health than when you get them from most petco stores), reefcleaners, all are good sites that sell either livestock or supplies. I've always had good experience with these.
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