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Old 11-19-2008, 09:31 PM   #1
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6foot tank or larger owners I have questions

I am curious. I would love a 6foot tank but most likely won't get one for a really long time but, if you don't mind I have a curious mind about the initial expenses
  • What size tank do you have and how much did you pay for just the tank ?
  • Where did you get your tank from ?
  • Did you buy a stand or build one?
  • How much was your lighting?
  • Is it glass or acrylic?
  • Did you have to re-inforce your flooring?
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Old 11-19-2008, 09:41 PM   #2
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1. I have a 125 gallon tank and paid 350.00 brand new
2. Bought it from the LFS
3. I bought the stand but did not get a canopy.
4. I got VHO retro fits and paid 250.00 for the LFS to build it.
5. Glass
6. Not yet but I am concerned and want to check it out.

And of course here is my tank. I just have a reflector dome over 2 50/50 and 2 super actinic bulbs. It also has a 40 gallon long tank under it as a refugium.



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Old 11-19-2008, 09:55 PM   #3
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Are you curious about SW or FW?

My 6 footer is FW, very different from a SW setup
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Old 11-19-2008, 10:11 PM   #4
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Just kinda curious about the tank in general anticipating a SW setup
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Old 11-19-2008, 10:24 PM   #5
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Well, I got a new tank second-hand for $200 from another member on here. It's a standard glass tank and I bought the stand locally. I'm only running 312W of light, so probably not relevant to your SW question, and I set it up in the basement so no concerns of reinforcing the floor.
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1- 125 Perfecto CornerFlo Reef Ready - $269 brand new
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3- Built stand/canopy
4- Lights: 3 new Iwasaki MH bulbs $70 ea, 3 new reflectors $30 ea, 1 new ballast - I already had 2 ($25), VHO electronic ballast $50, 2 6' VHO bulbs $25 ea
5- Glass
6- Yes, probably didn't need to, but used a house jack under the tank in the basement
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I have a 125 gal tank used, came with stand, lights, 2 cannister filters and heaters, glass tops, substrate and rocks, paid $1000.00. Also have a 135 gal got a steal, came with stand, lights, substrate, glass tops, ornaments, 2 HOB's and 1 cannister filter for $500.00.

The 125 gal runs perpendicular to the joists so no reinforcement was required. The 135 runs parellel to the joists so I added 2x6 reinforcements as a precaution.
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I have a 125 Glass. I got it from a LFS that was going out of business. I paid around $1000 for the tank and majestic stand. I also have it running along the center joist, so I didn't reinforce the floor.
Neilan, that was supposed to be a reef tank!
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I just bought a 180-gallon 6-footer

1. 72x24x24 $1200 with 2-overflows, black back and thicker acrylic
2. LFS ordered it from a well known acrylic tank company
3. Purchased from LFS stand and canopy $686
4. I think between 2-halide reflectors ballasts and bulbs it will cost around $600... I am going to try to utilize the VHOs I have now for supplemental actinic lighting.
5. Acrylic- only because I live in California. Otherwise I would get glass with a Starphire front panel
6. No reinforcement my house is on a concrete slab and the tank is on the first floor.
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55 gal to 75 gal

Looking at starting a 55 to 75 gal. Unfortunately I have moved out of the burbs and into a condo in chicago. I wanted to put the tank in my office. The floor scares me. I hear people reinforcing their home floors. I wouldn't know where to start here. Figure it will be about 650 pounds to 800 pounds.... just an estimate. Any input from anyone in a condo? Thanks
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