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Old 04-23-2013, 10:18 PM   #1
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How much more $$

So I'm running a heavily planted tank with dry ferts and pressurized co2..... How much more expensive is it to maintain a saltwater tank than it is to maintain a planted tank

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Old 04-23-2013, 10:37 PM   #2
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Depends on what you plan on doing and what you classify as expensive.

With Saltwater the sky is the limit so it is hard to put a price on it. it just depends on how much you want to invest and how easy you want it to be
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I'm still in the process of setting up my nano reef. With me having a good source of used equipment and low price fish it's really not bad at all to keep a saltwater aquarium. The only issue is with the high entry cost. Live rock will burn an unimaginably large hole in your pocket, I payed up to $7/lb for my fully cured live rock. Salt isn't terribly expensive either figuring you want a 10% - 20% at most water change weekly. But maintenance fees go up HUGE when you go for a larger tank. With my 20g I will be going through about $2 a week in salt.. if that. Then $7 per pack of frozen food which will probably last me 4 weeks once I get my tank stocked up. Really the big expenses aside from live rock come when you decide to go high tech with the saltwater setup to make your life a little easier.
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