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Old 06-27-2015, 01:33 PM   #11
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Well no I'm still pricing out the hobby. There's just many ways to do it. So I guess no one can price out the hobby without some opinion haha..

Everything here is what you end up buying along the way. Except maybe the controller, chiller, or the reactors. I mean you do not need a clip on algae grazer but if you plan to have a few tangs and want to make feeding them easier it's nice to have. The single clips are not strong enough and fish rip the seaweed right out. So the grazing station is nice. The whole frozen food defroster is funny but this guy doesn't want to wait around 5min to put fish food in you know?

So I did tailor this list around someone who never wants to put their hand in the tank and pay someone to come clean it for them. They have nothing to do but enjoy.

If you plan on being hands on with your tank you can skip a lot of this and just do water changes. I mean even the $100 auto feeder isn't necessary but this guy isn't going to feed the small fish what they need every day. We will be lucky to get him to do the frozen haha.
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Old 06-27-2015, 01:41 PM   #12
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I have dozens of frezhwater fully planted tanks. I breed discus, angels, rams, peacock cihclids, & many other fish. So im very hands on. Very observant and i actually probably wont add fish for quite some time, because i cant decide quite what i want fish wise. Just want to get it up and cycling with live rock. So i guess ya'd say first things first.

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Old 06-27-2015, 02:19 PM   #13
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Pricing out the hobby

Man reading those prices killed my wallet.
PoppaRyno you should fine for saltwater if you keep all that. I'll keep a SW nano but I'm not putting a discus near my tanks haha
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Man reading those prices killed my wallet.
PoppaRyno you should fine for saltwater if you keep all that. I'll keep a SW nano but I'm not putting a discus near my tanks haha
Thanks man. I dont know why, but SW makes me nervous. Seems like alot can go wrong... Alot of expensive wrong. What size would be a good starter foot print. I have abt 20 empties in the garage.

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Old 06-27-2015, 03:03 PM   #15
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Thanks man. I dont know why, but SW makes me nervous. Seems like alot can go wrong... Alot of expensive wrong. What size would be a good starter foot print. I have abt 20 empties in the garage.

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40B! or bigger.
You already understand basic water chem.
Salt is going to be easier for you IMO!
I put way less effort into my marine compared to my FW.
The test and differences are not that much more complicated.
A well balanced marine tank can be topped off without water changes for a long time!
But like a well thought out FW display,
it does pay to get the right stuff the first time around.
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Thanks man. I dont know why, but SW makes me nervous. Seems like alot can go wrong... Alot of expensive wrong. What size would be a good starter foot print. I have abt 20 empties in the garage.

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Dont let the hype get to you. They are just fish tanks and in that essence reef tanks arent much more difficult than a high light planted tank. You just have to pay a little more attention to water parameters and know how to manage them.
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Nice tank, coral.

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+1 to all of that. It is a little daunting at first but if you keep up on proper maintenance, have the right equipment, an just basically keep an eye on things then your golden.
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You can spend as much or as little as you want on anything. I've done the same job for different customers with a 2-3k difference.. all depends on the customer and their bank acct.

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Thoughts on it being a 33L. Brought 2 home the other night.

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