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post #1 of 35 Old 07-18-2012, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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Cost of marine hobby

Can anyone give me an average on how much it would cost to set up a 55g saltwater reef tank? Im selling my 36g FW tank and im purchasing the 55g mentioned, as of now it just has the standard lights and a 70g filter.
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post #2 of 35 Old 07-18-2012, 08:10 PM
50lb box Macro Rock-$109
40lb bag Crushed Coral- $55
Reef Octopus BH2000-$190
Powerheads- MaxJet Pro- $14.00
Refracotmeter- $50
Lighting- This all depends on what type yoiu are going with. LED, Metal Halide or T-5, your choice. T-5 4 lamp unit would start you out at $110. And it would all go up from there.
Heater- $20
Salt- Again, this all depends on what you want to use. Instant Ocean goes for about $15 a 50g bag.
Sump/Fuge? More money
RO/DI? $150
Calcium supplements- $8 a bottle
Reef Test Kit- $25-$50 Depending on the kit.
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post #3 of 35 Old 07-21-2012, 12:19 PM
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50lb box Macro Rock-$109
40lb bag Crushed Coral- $55
Marco Rocks has some nice aragonite sand which you can package with rock, to save a little bit. Also, you can probably save a bit on the skimmer is you aren't planning to do anything fancy. CPR makes a nice hang on product line which would be a little less expensive, provided you are aware of the limitations.
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Marco Rocks has some nice aragonite sand which you can package with rock, to save a little bit. Also, you can probably save a bit on the skimmer is you aren't planning to do anything fancy. CPR makes a nice hang on product line which would be a little less expensive, provided you are aware of the limitations.
I want to have corals and anemone for clown fish and a starfish and idk what else haven't looked into stocking yet
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I want to have corals and anemone for clown fish and a starfish and idk what else haven't looked into stocking yet
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Reef tank. Skimmer rated at twice your water volume. T-5 4 lamp unit, or LED, or Metal Halides. 1.5-2lbs of LIve Rock or Macro Rock or Base Rock per gallon. 2-3" sand bed.
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post #6 of 35 Old 07-21-2012, 01:15 PM
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It was just shy of $945 for everything that I have in my 55g and that includes the tank and all equipment. That does not include the Clean up Crew, Shrimp and fish which adds another $85 to the cost. Roughly about a $1000-1100 would be a range to work in getting everything new plus shipping cost if you buy online.

I would highly recommend not skimping out on the skimmer and RO/DI unit. The RO/DI unit I bought was from ebay and has easily already paid for itself and my tank is not even a year old yet! Check craiglist as well for a 32g tank to act as a sump as well, it is well worth setting a sump system up. Doesnt take much more equipment and saves you having your equipment on show in the main tank as it can all go into the sump..or at least most of it.

Reefing Madness has been an incredible help to me in setting my first saltwater tank up. If you wish to have a look here is the thread on setting my tank up.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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post #7 of 35 Old 07-22-2012, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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So every one has told me that I can't use tap water to fill the tank, I just got it today, if I have fridge that dispenses water through a filter can I use that? Or am I better off buying 55 gallons of distiller water from the grocery store? If I bought r/o water from the lfs how do I get 55gallons home?
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post #8 of 35 Old 07-22-2012, 04:31 PM
You can use Tap Water in your tank, if you just plan on keeping Fish, and not Corals. Your tank will grow algae and all kinds of neat ugly things that you do not want, but it will not kill your fish.
Water from the fridge only runs through a kind of carbon filter, that wo'nt do you any good.
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post #9 of 35 Old 07-22-2012, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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So how do I get 50 gallons or so home? Make a million trips to the lfs?
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post #10 of 35 Old 07-22-2012, 05:07 PM
Couple of 40-45g totes from Walmart, with the help of a friend and a truck.
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