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Old 11-11-2010, 10:14 PM   #1
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what might I get myself into?

i have been reading and reading for the past week now learning about saltwater aquariums. i am really thinking about getting into this new hobby. but what am i really getting myself into.
i have a 45 gallon tank complete with stand ready for any type of use. i have a little, tetra hang on side filter. (prob wont use) and a heater that is good to use
i would like to have a live rock, reef tank with fish.
i know that it is very expensive.. but how expensive?
i am willing to spend about $500 this figure is not including fish, its just to get me started.
if its going to well above $500 then i will just stick to fresh water.
if its under or relatively around $500, could you name some good brands i should stick to. or better yet, give me a list of essentials

like i said i am new to this but i am learning..
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Old 11-12-2010, 08:45 AM   #2
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All at one time will be over 500 dollars but if you go slow and add a little at a time it might still be over 500 dollars but it will be over a period of time.
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You will get yourself into a never ceasing to be amazed at what happens in the oceans of the world while witnessing it on a small scale in your home. That first year there are things popping out of live rock that make you wonder where they came from and how they survived. And, that's just for starters.

As Mike said, GO SLOW. It may cost more in the long run, but you will get there. Besides, nothing good ever happens quickly in a salt water aquarium

OK, you've probably read these already, but let point you at some reading...

Stock list and tips for maintaining your SW tank

How to cycle your tank with out the use of fish

Quarantine article and
An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure: A Quarantine Tank for Everything by Steven Pro

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lighting might cost you around 300-400 alone. you could always search the forums and craigslist for used components.
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Thank you for the welcome and thanks for all of the advice.
I must say, you might have just sold me with that "opening saltwater aquarium" paragraph. Haha
I would still like to start a salt water fish tank but I am going to have to really think about every thing.
Now as far as starting slow.. What do you guys mean? Get the essentials and just get a very small section of live rock with fish? Or start with just fish?
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IMO go ahead and get the Salt mix and mix it with water and then put the live/base rock and sand in the tank. It will take you about 6 to 8 weeks to cycle the tank. Then when that`s done you can start to buy the other stuff you need. That way you dont have to buy it all at one time.
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I am thinking about getting most of the stuff I need off eBay or craigslist. Is there any thing that I shouldnt get used? And how about live rock... Should I get that used online if it's for a good price?

I hate to go used, but the priced of the things are pretty steep
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As far as rock just get some dry base rock and it will become live over time. It will be much cheaper.
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Saltwater systems are expensive. Like Mr. X stated the lights alone will run you ~$300-$400, then you will more then likely need a skimmer if you are going reef. Fishes are cheap compare to some of the corals. Then there is the test kit for this or that. LR runs $6-9 a pound and oh yeah you more then likely will need a sump. and if you are in a hot area you will need to get a chiller...$400 or more. I am not trying to scare you or anything I am just being honest. and the list goes on...There is no way you can do a 45g for $500.00. You could take it slow, but reef tanks are very additive and you will surely be addicted to it too.
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