I am also in the process of setting up a 75 gal
. I have bought and made all of my equipment. I am waiting on my sand and live rock.
So far I have spent about 750. 400 for tank (75 gal
.), stand (pine wood), lights (normal output), hood (pine wood). 100 (used) for the protein skimmer (berlin classic protein skimmer w/rio 2500) which is 165 brand new. 50 for the overflow rated at 600 gph
(tank isn't reef ready). 100 for mag 7 rated at 700 return pump and materials for a diy
wet/dry filter. 46 for 4 200 watt tronic heaters brand new ( two for main tank, one for saltwater mixing tub and one for a quarintine). and finnally 48 for two maxijet 1200. I am using a 25 gallon tank for a sump which I already had.
All of the used items were purchased on ebay and every thing besides the tank,hood...... was purchased form premium aquatics.com