09-18-2010, 06:52 PM
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260 gal aquarium
I am having a bit of a dilema. I received a beautiful used 260 gal acrylic aquarium as a gift. Unfortunately the equipment for it will not be cheap. In fact I am a bit scared about getting myself in to something that may only cause frustration and become a money pit. Hobbies are not cheap! But I am not in any hurry to set it up. I have been getting so many opinions (both amateur and professional) that I am at odds over what to do.
I would like to set up an aquarium that is a marine fish-only tank. I would like to focus on only a few fish. Yellow tang, and 2 or 3 other species. Even a couple of fish is fine with me. Quality rather than quantity. If that makes any sense?
The problem lies with what brand/type of equipment to use. I can't spend thousands of dollars on such a hobby. I am not sure what products available will run at optimum levels once set up. For example if a skimmer is not set up correctly with right amount of water at a constant, it will throw off the skimmer performance dramatically. I have seen some set-ups that blow me away. Making me question my set-up. I spoke with a professional aquarium installer who looked at my "to buy list" and thought they were all very inefficient and basically crap. Money out the window. He said it takes $$$$. Hobbyists keep companies rich because they keep screwing up and buying new stuff. Experts buy the best and get it right from the start. So this is were I am now---------undecided. Please could you give me some recommendations and your opinions. You are my last hope. Thanks, Christian71