Welcome to AA!!!
The ball park for getting started in SW
. Hmmm....That is a very tough question to answer. It is more expensive then FW
. You need a tank and stand just like FW
obviously. But that is where everything changes. If you are going to have coral you need special lighting, you need a LOT more flow in SW
then you do in FW
. Filtration is done with Live rock which is costly, unless you are a patient person and buy base rock to start with.
Basically a 55 gallon tank to start out is going to run you anywhere from $1000 - $5000 to start. The reason there is such a big gap there is because of the different equipment you need and where you actually get it from. If you are a handy person and can do some things your self you can cut cost and land closer to that $1000 mark. If you have to rely on buying ready made equipment then you are going to end up closer to the $5000 mark. The cost all depends on what you plan on putting in the tank. Go to the article section of the site and do some reading, there is a lot of great information there.
Not trying to scare you away but it is more expensive then FW
Again welcome to AA!!!