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post #1 of 3 Old 04-03-2008, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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IFFFF i was to set up a small sw tank.... something with maybe some zoas and shrimp and crabs, what would i need to look for never really done sw before. Done lots of fw though so. I need somehting i can setup including occupents for under $600. Any tips, advice, or anything else you think i could benifit from POST IT! Im sorta torn between this and another FW so.... thanks in advanced on any help

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post #2 of 3 Old 04-03-2008, 08:14 PM
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unless you have strong experience with reefkeeping, and immaculate husbandry practices, It will be difficult to maintain a small tank. With a budget of $600.00, you can probably pull off a descent 29 gallon tank. You'll need to seek out everything used. Best bet, Find a local reef club

Originally Posted by Back on 12/20/07, SKAustin
Contrary to what others are saying, it can be done for under 500.00. The key to accomplishing that, Find a local reef club, and buy used. club members will generally sell off their recently upgraded equipment at a decent price, and where the people are local, and involved in a group, you'll see more honesty in reports of the conditions of things.

As I sit here typing this, I am looking at a 29g LPS dominated reef.

29g tank, --------------------------------$20 (used)
Coralife PC lighting, --------------------$50 (used)
Coralife Skimmer, ----------------------$50 (used)
50lbs LR, + fish, corals & inverts-------$75 (used)
U tube overflow -------------------------$10 (used)
20g tank for sump, ---------------------$15 (used)
Sheet Acrylic for sump, ----------------$40 (new)
1 tube LocTite superglue gel------------$3 (new)
2 tubes aquarium silicone, -------------$5 (new)
Misc plumbing parts --------------------$40 (new)
1 bag of aragonite sand----------------$30 (new)
500 gph pond pump --------------------$50 (new)
100 w heater ----------------------------$10 (used)
45 gallons R/O water--------------------$15 (new)
Reef Crystals 160 gallon mix-----------$35 (new)


See, it can be done. In my case, the R/o water, overflow and 20g tank were donated, and I already had the 29g tank, Sand, and heater. And the reef salt was bought on the club discount for $30. So that was a savings of $110

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post #3 of 3 Old 04-04-2008, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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i talked to some people and im just gonna stick with a FW tank for now. Eventually i will get one set up. Thanks though.

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