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
system, which as a beginner I doubt he has.
~$200 for a reef.
It only gets cheaper if he's doing a FOWLR
. 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.