09-13-2013, 10:34 PM
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If you wanted to relieve some of the costs you could build your own sump system. I personally would get a premade tank and then build my own sump and stand. There's quite a bit of work in those projects alone so you would be able to enjoy your tank sooner. Most local fish stores and even petsmart
have 1$ per gallon sales around holidays. However I would look into getting a reef ready system unless you wanted to get a HOB (hang on back) overflow pump.
Look at my saltwater thread as it has a few questions answered on it that might help you along. One thing I've done is purchased a 20 gallon tank and some acrylic from Home Depot to make a sump setup. Simply measure the inside dimensions and then draw it up on the ole laptop. One thing I've learned in this hobby is plan, plan, plan...