Originally Posted by artoledo
I used a product called cycle which actually helps with the cycling process of your tank and you can even add beneficial bacteria which will speed up the process.
That is for fresh water and it really does not work it is a snake oil so to speak ... On a budget of 100 dollars you can get a couple basic things such as a tank (depending on size) filtration and power heads . Again that depends on your tank size !
For us we rushed and we crashed and burned , my husband said if I wanted a salt tank then I needed to cool it because we were putting cash in the trash . He made me sit down and take all the reciepts of everything bought and add it up I cried , then he made me read and read and read ! He made me join up on sites to learn the pros and cons before another drop of water was in the tank . The tank set empty for over 8 weeks in our living room . Yes there will be failures in this hobby but those will teach you so it is not a moot point . So after all was said and done we went through hours of reading and going through the equipment we had , salvaged what could be used trashed the rest ! Then every 2 weeks from a list I bought 1 or 2 things for the tank till I had at the least the basics , I did not have a reef so lighting was not a major point yet, but a few months (almost a year later) we went reef so I saved and saved and got a light to work for our system , now while it is a PC
light (before any one jumps on me for pc
only it is a nano tank.) I was then ready for a reef , I can honestly say if I had all the money I spent with the first failures I would have alot more corals ....in this hobby slow and steady wins the race ! You need to take responsibilty for the system you are about to endevor on and know that you can successfuly handle it good and bad. My tanks have been up for close to 3 years now (or a bit longer ) they are quite stable so I do my monthly testing ,once your tank is up and running stable for a year then you options are limmited to your imagination I have learned to read my tanks inhibitants so that if something seems off it probably is I automatically prep for a water change and test , this has prevented full fledged crashes ! If you can honestly say you cant you are not ready , studing up and slowly making purchaces is the easiest on your wallet and makes the rewards all that more sweet ! I am currently going to redo my one nano and then possibly my pico, but I have a plan should I grow sick of one or both I can move them to one or the other tanks safely . Remember only slow and steady will win this race , other wise you are likely to stumble fall and curse the hobby all together , it is a great hobby with big pay offs but it will not happen over night guaranteed !Patients and listening dont seem to be one of your strong points it wasnt one of mine either but I learned oh I learned .Now you have some cash in the trash with stuff that is sub par and will need replaced sooner than later .