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Old 12-06-2006, 08:30 PM   #1
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Greetings folks,

Well I am considering taking the plunge back into marine. I say back, because some 20 years ago I had a very nice marine fish only set up. I had it up and running for a couple years and it was great fun. Unfortunatly life got busy and I began moving often. Now things might just be getting ready to start slowing down again and I want to set up another tank. This time it's going to be a REEF set up. Now I know there is a large difference in the way people do things from fish only to reef set ups.

I plan on going all out on the set up just not real sure if I need to...Hope that makes sence..

Tank size I am planning is 55-75 gal. Simple rectangle 48" length. I know bigger is better...

With all the changes I need to get ahold of some things to get this thing rolling.

Other than the Tank... Where to start? I need to buy an item at a time. I plan on getting all the equipment first then the tank. So given the Tank size what should I get first, second..third, etc...? I am a hard core buy it first, buy it once

Oh I have one more MAJOR move comming up and that's the reason for buying items first. Ideally this will be the last move and that's when I want to get this tank up and running

Any way, some advice is very much appreciated
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Old 12-06-2006, 09:04 PM   #2
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CRAIGSLIST.COM !!!!!!. it would have saved me a ton of cah by now, go there first.
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A skimmer would be good to get right now if you want equipement first. Your lighting would be good to get also.
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Old 12-07-2006, 12:35 AM   #4
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CRAIGSLIST.COM??? I went there where does it apply to Marine reef systems?

Yep, a Skimmer is on the list but lighting is an item I might have to wait on till I get the tank.
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Start off with:
1. Skimmer-I'm loving the Aqua-C Remora brand.
2. Heater-VisiTherm, Ebo, Won Brothers, are some good brand. Stay away from All-Glass!!!
3. Lights-MH or CF for corals
4. Test kit-Aquarium Pharmaceuticals has a good Master Test Kit, but I'd also invest in a Calcium test kit
5. Salt mix (I'd wait until you've moved for that),
6. Refractometer,
7. A few powerheads- Something like Maxi-Jets, Aquaclear brands.

Will you be using tap water or RO/DI water? If RO water, I'd purchase that as well before your tank. Search for a user 'filterdirect' on ebay. Quality units and great prices.

That will get you off to a good start. Then you can look into sand and liverock.

Craigs List has a lot of used equipment on it, and I think that is what mazilla was referring too. You can get a lot of cheaper prices by ordering online. www.drsfostersmith.com is a good source that does NOT charge extra weight charges, which is VERY nice.

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Thanks for all the advice thus far! I picked up a magazine and saw an ad for hte Red Sea Max 34 gallon all in one reef set up. What do you all think of that?
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Thanks for all the advice thus far! I picked up a magazine and saw an ad for hte Red Sea Max 34 gallon all in one reef set up. What do you all think of that?
Personally I like to pick an choose my equipment. I find the "kits" are good for beginners but tend to have other cheap equipment and you have to buy other, better equipment.
I love ordering from drsfosterandsmith.com, they don't charge extra for weight. I have ordered almost all of my equipment from them, including lights, sand and salt mix.
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