03-30-2009, 12:05 AM
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I'd say if you were handy you could make everything at a small fraction of the cost. I got my lights for my 55g set up (2x175watt ballast) for only $100 and i only needed the bulbs after that. Skimmers are cheap too if you can find one from a club member. i got a skimmer that normally runs around $300 for free
, i just need to add the pump. The clubs are the way to go when looking for supplies.
If you can DIY everything it gets so much cheaper still. I built an LED moonlight set up for only $5 and i've seen threads of people building their own MH setup for tanks and costing only $50 or so rather then a hundred here and 3 hundred there. The options are there, just look harder... if you are serious about being a SW keeper.