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Old 04-22-2009, 12:20 AM   #1
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Whoo! $20 60gal Tank!!! Maybe a reef???

Ok, so this morning I aquired what looks like a 60gal/230ishL tank (I'll measure it for certain later) for $20 from the little bro's girlfriend. Now I have to decide what to do with it. I'm really into the whole reef setup + liveplants / corals.... BUT I'm a uni student and will be for at least another 3 years (5yr degree). Hence pricing is an issue so I'll have to save up. But I'd rather be prepared first, rather than starting a tank up and discovering something is needed with a three figure price tag etc etc...

So, I've been thinking along these lines: (all prices are $AU = about $0.65US ATM)

Protein Skimmer - about $150 to $350
2 Powerheads - anywhere from $60 to $200
Live Rock - $300 to $600 depending on how much
Lighting - Not sure need some advice
Live Sand - Not sure need some advice
Corals - I don't even want to know right now
(probably low to med light req)

Also, wondering if I should use a sump tank and/or a fuge? 60gals is kind of in between recommended sizes for each of those.

Also thanks to everyone for their nice welcomes to this forum :p
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Old 04-22-2009, 12:37 AM   #2
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Oh yeah, and probably a RO/DI - Prices Please...
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Old 04-22-2009, 04:13 AM   #3
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RO/DI unit can run between $200-$400 USD. Check around on ebay and you may find some cheaper.
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Save some cash, don't buy the "live" sand, I doubt there is much live in it. Mix about 75% base rock with LR and you can save there. Don't skimp on the skimmer.
I likw hydor korelias for phs.\
Lights, I like the nova extreme pro.
How about heaters? I use finexx titanium heaters.
Test kits...API is a good starting point.
A sump is good for added water volume and for offers other benefits.
Corals will come later, once you tank is stable.
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Congrats on the new tank. I think you`ve got some pretty good advice. The lighting will be based on what type corals you plan on getting.
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