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Old 12-01-2012, 11:39 PM   #11
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I've got an excel spreadsheet that has every expense related to the tank.... hardware & livestock. Everything added up, including support equipment like test kits, RODI system, dosing pumps, power strips, timers..... Misc supplies like filters, DI resin, buckets of salt, all the way down to epoxy, super glue, coral dip, etc, etc... I've got nearly $2500 wrapped up in a 28g nano. Not saying you have to spend this much, but you'd be surprised just how much all the little things add up..... see my sig below

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Old 12-02-2012, 12:04 AM   #12
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I stopped counting after the first 3 grand !!!

but I'm sure it's up there a lot more by now

I try not to think about it too much though

probably could have bought a new truck by now

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Old 12-02-2012, 12:23 AM   #13
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Having a reef tank can get costly. BUT if you had a 10-20 gallon tank and did almost everything DIY (LED lights, stand, plumbing,etc.) and found great deals on a local forum/craigslist for livestock deals you'd spend hundreds of dollars instead of thousands. I found that smaller tanks on CG are priced high, but larger ones with equipment included go cheap, but if you can find a tank that you like and is priced great then get it on craigslist! My 70 gallon reef has gotten really pricey. I added up the cost of equipment and stopped b/c there was just too much to add. Livestock has been prob. $500+ in a few months.
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:35 AM   #14
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My 29g reef easily has 2,000+ in it. All depends on what you want and how easy you wanna make it on yourself.
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:43 AM   #15
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Wow I feel bad....I coulda remodeled my bathroom and installed a new roof with what I've sank in so far lol.

Unfortunately I bit the bullet and got all new equipment and have OCD when it comes to filters (I overkill big time) lol.
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:31 AM   #16
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I have a 90 gallon tall tank. So far I am estimating $1800. My tank and stand I bought used with a 20 gallon sump that I modified for $600. The lights cost $350. Everything else just added up.
Why do I love fish? Because every time I stare into the little world I have created for them, every problem I have just floats away....
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:47 AM   #17
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I have probably 3-4k easily wrapped up in my 55 reef and 36 fowlr. It's probably more...
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I have about 4 grand in my 300 gallon so far, without counting routine maintenance costs.
If you counted in labor and upkeep supplies, it would probably be 3 times that amount.
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I'm over 3k into my 46 bowfront 20 gallon sump. The amount and rarity of corals that you want can really jump the overall price up a lot and then you still got the $80 a bucket for salt just so you can do water changes which also adds up quickly lol
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:58 AM   #20
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All well worth it IMO lol the gfs and wives don't like it but have to live with it lol


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