Originally Posted by nelix10
Tough question because if your like me you will continue to upgrade and invest in coral!
Live rock and sand approx $200
Likely need to add more flow with a powerhead! They may cost from $90-300 depending on brand!
Salt pail cost $60-$80
is a necessity I just naught a unit for $300 you can purchase it from your local LFS
but in the long run more expensive!
I agree with everything said except for some prices. Just powerheads without fancy wave makers aren't that expensive - maybe $25-$50. Also, I'm pretty sure bulkreefsupply.com has RODI
units for only $150, and they produce 70gpd which is more than enough for a 30 gal
. Live rock for a 30g may cost upwards of $250 depending on the source, and you might want to look into dry rock which is much cheaper.
Good luck with your build!