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So I'm looking to start a new reef tank. Budget is around 2.5k for the initial hardware. I would like to get a complete system tank, stand, lights, powerheads, pump, sump, plumbing. I live on the north shore of Montreal.
I've been checking the stores around me for the best prices. Initially I found a stand+tank 48/18/21 75g drilled for abit under 500$. And the lighting system a triple module maxspect mazarro p series for 1545$ (ebay had them for 1599 so i thought that was pretty decent).
I found another reef equipment store/distributor and I think the best offer yet. The other guy had a 48/18/27 bowfront predrilled + stand for 525. Asked him about a led
fixture, he recommended a 48 in Sunbrite F series for 1099$. He seemed pretty sure of the quality and the fact that it would be more than enough for a tank similar to the one I was looking for.
So I would like suggestions/recommendations for the initial hardware. Lights have to be LEDs and tank size min 75g. I would like to be able to grow the majority of species of corals (eventually). Right now I would like to have a basic system that can be easily upgradable and hopefully wont be too restricted.
the second guy that offered the bowfront emailed me a list of items and prices.
2x Koralia 1400 GHP 116$
1x Koralia 1050 GHP 45$ (he did recommend a JBJ wavemaker kit but im afraid it will be too loud and initially i won't need it)
Mag float 350 cleaner 28$
4x filter socks 32$
JBJ 24 inch aquascraper 4 in 1 cleaning kit 19$
400w theo heater 40$
150w theo back up heater 28$
carbon reactor TLF 150 47$ + 19$ reactor pump
Bubble magus NAC 7 around 250$
Mag drive 9.5 105$ or Eheim 1260/1262 ?!$
JBJ top off controller + pump 137$
Seachem salt 56$
Sand 45 lbs (havent decided if i want a DBS or just a tiny 1 inch SB for the look) 59$
Sump still to be determined 200-275$ (been looking into DIY)
Lights 1099 (48" Sunbrite F series)
Suggested by the guy heater/cooling controller 170$
suggestions go! What would you change or keep. Limited experience with reef equipment here so yea, this is a nice way of saying I have never touched a skimmer in my life. Am I getting screwed? are these decent prices? Bear in mind I live in Canada.
Thx for reading :P