04-04-2012, 10:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Pasfur
The overall costs will vary depending on what you want to accomplish with the aquarium. Are you looking for a fish-only with live rock (FOWLR) system, or do you want to keep corals? The lighting requirement for corals will add an additional $500+ to your set up, as well as greatly increase the annual cost of running the system, accounting for light bulb replacement ($100 annually) and electric bill.
If you are primarily interested in fish, then you should figure somewhere in the $800 range. If this is a cost that fits your wallet, let us know and we can recommend specific equipment and direct you to web sites that offer the equipment at a huge discount.
I'm reviving this thread to ask for the info on specific equip and web sites. This is not originally my post but I have the same question. 70 (or 75) gal tank empty and hoping to go FOWLR and maybe reef after I'm confident in my SW ability.