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Old 02-26-2011, 04:07 AM   #1
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Total noob question about 10g starter tank

Hey all. I've always loved aquariums and decided I want to start a small 10 gallon one.

My question is, would the $40 starter kit from Petsmart be sufficient for a beginner saltwater tank? I dont want to buy used,... could I put something better together for under $50?

Any advice would be great.

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Old 02-26-2011, 08:31 AM   #2
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No. Those aren't even good for freshwater. Saltwater is more sensitive, I wouldn't start one in less than a 20 long. If you are stuck on a ten you have to do it right, will be over $100.
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Old 02-26-2011, 09:04 AM   #3
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bigger is better usually when starting out with aquariums. Problems occur quicker in smaller systems. If you have the space, go for something between 30-55gal
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Old 02-26-2011, 03:04 PM   #4
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Your looking at least about 600$ to get started if you use live rock/test kits/salt/pump upgrades/ heater upgrades probably need new lights too and say a used 29 gallon biocube to do it right thats with no fish or corals yet
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Old 02-26-2011, 04:03 PM   #5
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If you want a 10 gallon, I suggest buying separately, not a kit. The filters are crap the majority of the time, as well as the lights. If you're not planning on a reef then you could get the cheaper tank-hood combo, then buy a filter separately. If you want a reef, then just buy the tank and buy everything separately. I think $600 is an overestimate, but no $50 is not practical for tank, filter, and light.
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Old 02-26-2011, 06:20 PM   #6
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You figure 600 is over estimate?
Ph test-10$ api
Ammonia 10$ api
Calcium-30$ salifert
Magnesium -30$ salifert
Alkaline 25$ elos
Nitrate 15$ api
Nitrite 15$ api
Heater 50 watt 30$ Jager
Koralee nano pump 35$
Salt 90$ for 150 gallon
Live rock 9$x12 lbs =100$
live sand or just sand 20$
And then the tank 100$
Lights 100$
Refractor/hydrometer 50 or 15$?

600$ approx you could buy less salt but your gonna need it anyways am i way off here i think thats pretty close. Then you need fish and corals .
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Old 02-26-2011, 06:23 PM   #7
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Wow. Thanks for listing it for me. I've spent over $600 on my 29 so far and its so not even close to done. LOL I just hadn't seen it broken down like that......
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first of all most lfs will test for free so scratch all that, I had a successful 10gallon for a year with not one test of my own, we are talking getting started here... not an expert reef system with every test you could possibly need. you do not NEED 150 gallons worth of salt for a 10 gallon tank. live rock can be had of craigslist for $2/lb since your just cycling anyway this is the way to go. 10 gallon tanks at walmart are $10. plus if you want a bigger tank a lot of lfs sometimes sell tanks for $1/gallon. lights can be had for way under $100 unless you are starting a reef and since you say STARTER im assuming your not jumping strait into corals.
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I started with the 10 gallon kit from walmart used the pump (although it does create more salt creep) and all and was very successful for over a year until I upgraded, you will need a heater and small powerhead. I also changed out the bulbs for 50/50s but that is not necessary. Just have your lfs do water tests for you and dose accordingly. Also buy RO water from walmart or some lfs sell it as well.
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I agree Hinds, he's a beginner and didn't specify if it was a reef, FOWLR, or FO

A reef could be put together for: $40 for test kits, $15 for heater, Koralia nano $20, live rock $24, sand $5, tank $10, lights $80
He'd only need salt if he were mixing himself, which means he'd need an RO/DI system, which as a beginner I doubt he has.
~$200 for a reef.

It only gets cheaper if he's doing a FOWLR or FO. I'm not trying to be argumentative, but if he's on a budget I think he should know it's possible. You just have to watch how you spend your money.
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