So I am thinking about setting up my first salt water tank next year. I completed my first DIY cichlid build just the other week and I loved it. I am considering buying a 75g-125gal and setting it up in the garage. I'd like to build this from scratch again and buy everything else I need used for the most part. I want to set this up in my garage to make working on it and water changes / mixes easier and more convenient.
I'm online everyday looking at equipment and stock that people are unloading due to moves, time or money. There are lots of great deals. I also see full setups for sale as well. Some of the complete setups (a lot surprisingly) are $500-$1000 and there seems to be a decent amount of them each month.
My question is, how many of these setups do you think sell? If I can build a decent SW
setup for <$500 to learn on over the next year, what are my chances of selling it to break even and cover the cost of that learning curve.?I would think that I have the best chance of covering the food and chemical costs at the end of the year if I can get a large tank for $100 or less and again, build all the plumbing and filters myself. I have seen some people selling fish as well but not as much.
Just curious.... it's not going to stop me from trying next year but I was just wondering how many people look for complete setups. It seems like most people (on here anyway) are doing this because of the whole process and the continuing enjoyment of caring for the fish/reefs etc. vs. just buying it and having it.