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Old 12-07-2013, 09:07 PM   #1
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Wanting a saltwater tank!!!!?!?

Ok so i been contemplating if i want a saltwater tank! I have no idea about them! I do know that they are very beautiful and i want one!! Im willing to learn and do all i can for one! I love my 55g freshwater tank but i want something different! I would love to know how much they cost! I was thinking 30g for a beginner size! I need to know like how much the tank and filter and all the stuff that you have to have for a saltwater tank! I would love to know about the corals and what types of fish i could have! Im not picky but i love clownfish and gobys starfish! Any kind of saltwater fish i love! If anybody has any information about cost how much trouble they are and information about fish i would love to know and learn about it! This would be my christmas present from my parents so i need to know!
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Old 12-07-2013, 10:30 PM   #2
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Ok so i been contemplating if i want a saltwater tank! I have no idea about them! I do know that they are very beautiful and i want one!! Im willing to learn and do all i can for one! I love my 55g freshwater tank but i want something different! I would love to know how much they cost! I was thinking 30g for a beginner size! I need to know like how much the tank and filter and all the stuff that you have to have for a saltwater tank! I would love to know about the corals and what types of fish i could have! Im not picky but i love clownfish and gobys starfish! Any kind of saltwater fish i love! If anybody has any information about cost how much trouble they are and information about fish i would love to know and learn about it! This would be my christmas present from my parents so i need to know!
I can tell you what I did for a $25 gallon SW.

25 gallon kit: $99 on sale.
DIY stand: about $100.
10 gallon tank for refugium: $12
Sheet of acrylic to divide the refugium into 3 sections: $20
Live sand: $30 ( I think)
30 lbs live rock: about $200
Proteins skimmer: $150
HOB overflow: $40
Pump: $120
Incidentals ( hoses, return duck-bill, etc.): $25

2 ocelleris clowns: $70
Diamond goby: $30
Banghai cardinal: $30
Purple firefish: $30
7 Various coral frags: $30/each for $210
Low end (but suitable) LED light; $150
Skunk cleaner shrimp: $30
Various snails and crabs for clean-up crew: $40

That's all I can think of, but I'm sure I've missed something. That totals out to about $1400. YUCK!! That's the first time I've done that math!!!
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Old 12-07-2013, 10:45 PM   #3
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My first reef added up to 5000$. Its a 37g. Heres what everything cost me-
Tank,stand off craigslist-250$
Live Rock-700$ as i over did it and got 80lbs over time)
Live Sand-20lbs for 20$
Lights-400$ (4 coralife T5s)
Test kits,refractometer,ect...- 130$
RODI unit-250$ (5 stage BRS chloramine unit +)
Powerheads-120$ (2 koralia 1150s)
Additional things-250$
Salt (560g worth IO reef crystals)- 180$
And all the mistakes ive made with fish and coral, ect...-400$
Filtration-100$ (marine land c-222 cansiter filter)
Skimmer-190$ (CPR bak pak HOB skimmer)
Heater-50$ (ehiem jager 150W)
And then i wont add the cost of the fish and coral ive got as you will most likley not get the same stuff.
Also alot more small things that add up over time (QT tank,foods, filters,carbon,GFO, ect...)

EDIT: just saw you wanted to learn about all the costs so here is my stock of corals and fish and invertabrates-
Flame angel- 60$
2 Oc.clowns-40$
2 purple fire fish-50$
Starry blenny-30$
Valentini puffer-35$
Corals-
Torch-45$
All my zoas and pallys-180$
Polyps-50$
SPS-80$
GSP-60$
Ricordeas-130$
Monti's-50$
Chalices-30$
Brains-80$
Frags, and other small corals-200$

CUC-
10 dwarf zebra hermits- 2$ each
10 red leg hermits-2$ each
8 blue leg hermits-2$ each
3 red bandit snails-3$ each
2 mexican turbo snails-3$ each
1 caribbean porcelian crab-11$ each
3 emerald crabs-7$ each
1 cleaner shrimp-30$ each
A bunch of hitch hikers i got on my rock for free (snails,crabs, and other little critters)

Its a very time consuming and addicting hobby, i am now full SW after converting my 20 long into a reef a few weeks ago. I have the 37g mix reef, a 60g cube mix reef, and the 20 long SPS tank. Not to mention a 10g QT. its not too hard just takes alot of time and money!!!
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Shop around online dr foster and smith is a good start. Seems like some of these prices for equipment, fish and corals are on the high end! Do it as a build little by little and you will find better prices. Power heads 1050 $35 gobies $15,
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Shop around online dr foster and smith is a good start. Seems like some of these prices for equipment, fish and corals are on the high end! Do it as a build little by little and you will find better prices. Power heads 1050 $35 gobies $15,
I use LA for info on fish and invertabrates but their shipping fees are giant! I wanted a yellow watchman for my 20 and was about to check out when i saw that shipping was 60$! Its like that for all the states in the U.S.A except for hawaii,alaska, and some others... The fish itself was only 20$ so 80$ for a 20$ fish. Free shipping on all orders of live fish above 300$
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Old 12-08-2013, 12:45 AM   #6
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My first tank was a 46 gallon reef Being that it was my first tank I bought a lot of stuff that I really didn't need thought I did total of that tank was around $2000 current tank is a 90 gallon soon to be reef it just started a month or to ago I have 750 in it the tank sump pumps stand and lighting I got for 450 off Craigslist. Saved lot of money going that way. Just be sure the tank holds water that's the only problem with buying used
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Old 12-08-2013, 12:49 AM   #7
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IMO you can setup a nice 30 gallon sw tank with easy light for $500 or less excluding livestock.
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Wow. People are quoting high prices.

If you search around a bit you can find prices a lot lower than stated here.

For example:
Dry rock - $3 / lb - bulk reef supply
120w taotronic light $120 - ebay
Koralia evolution powerhead x2 - $60 - big als pets
Substrate - $1 / lb - drs foster and smith
100w jaegar heater - $23 - big als pets
Testing equipment - $40 - $160 depending on what you want.
Ro / Di - $130 - bulk reef supply

Refugium - add approx $250 for drilling, pump, tank, and bits.

A skimmer is something that can be added at a later date on a tank this size. Especially if you are running a refugium.
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Old 12-08-2013, 10:13 AM   #9
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29 gallon-free
Power head-$53
Sand-$49
Rock-$50 or so
About 100 lbs
Heater- $30
Original light-twin bulb t-5- $125
New led lights $499

Can be done really cheap like I did originally but then u get the big and get addicted. Second tank Is now running and I have led lights for that one as well
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The reason mine costed so much is because i bought some things allowing me to get 2 more SW tanks. It can be done for about 1000$ though, i kinda feel dumb for spending 5000$ on a 37g... Lol
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