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Old 04-18-2011, 11:59 PM   #1
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Would love a reef but scared.

I have a 10g and 55g tank FW already and I have a second 55g sitting here waiting on supplies to get it up and running. At this point we could go either way, FW or SW. I would absolutely love a reef tank but I'm wondering how much more money wise a reef is to maintain than a simple FW? Also can anyone link me to good info on sumps? If a reef is too intricate for a beginner, can I start of with FOWLR and build up to a reef? Really lost with SW.
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Old 04-19-2011, 12:01 AM   #2
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im a sw beginer and im allmost done settin up my 10g nano reef the biggest cost factor in a reef if lights and livestock
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if you want i can breakdown a list of costs for you to make it easier ikno that helped me
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you can infact build up from a FOWLR to a reef, its probably the preffered way to do it as reef systems need a well established stable system.

the main expense on a reef is the lighting for them.
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Old 04-19-2011, 12:19 AM   #5
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Thanks guys. Wolf if you want to that would be awesome. I think more than anything money is our limiting factor.
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Old 04-19-2011, 12:23 AM   #6
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As far as cost, compared to FW it is more expensive but in my opinion the rewards are greater. Again that's only my opinion. The biggest cost is the lights but you don't want to skimp on them just to buy better lights later on.
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Old 04-19-2011, 12:30 AM   #7
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ok well i keep it basic
pfs usually $5 per 50lbs you need 1-2lb of substrate per gallon
Rock i suggest base rock its cheaper and wilm become live over time and you wont invite any unwanted hitchhikers base rock $2/lb at reefcleaners 3.20/lb at marcos rocks
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hob filter(optional) many people suggest a aquaclear most of your filtration comes from your rock aquaclears run from $20-45
lights il let someone better suited chime in there
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thats all i can think itslate here sorry if i left anything out my brains kinda dead
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all things i havnt listed varies by tank size and brand
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If you use base rock, which isn't a bad idea if cost is a concern, buy some LR to seed the base rock. A sump/fuge would be a better option that a HOB filter IMO.
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If you use base rock, which isn't a bad idea if cost is a concern, buy some LR to seed the base rock. A sump/fuge would be a better option that a HOB filter IMO.
i forgot about lr to seed my brain is dead and yeah sump fuge would be good also allowing more total water volume ii forgot about those thanks for filin in the gaps
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