Originally Posted by MetalArm3
Saltwater is a fun and interesting hobby that is fairly easy to master with proper research.
Before we go any further, I must ask.....what's your expected budget?
we are just getting our feet wet per se and my wife asked what should we plan to budget... we have only owned freshwater fish a while ago
Ok, well as you may know saltwater isn't the cheapest endeavor to go on, but is very rewarding.Ill list a couple of basic items and prices below.
Live Rock- Average around $5 a pound. The basic rule use a 1.25lbs per gallon of water.
Live Sand- depending on shallow or deep sand bed, but you can figure around 1lbs per gallon.
at about $1 per pound (but varies on type and place)
Lighting-does it come with lighting? If not I would go wih LEDs, around $600 for that size tank but
then you don't have to purchase an expensive chiller or replace bulbs.
Heater-???? I never purchased one for that size tank
Salt- $70 for a 50lbs bucket
AutoTopOff system- highly recommend- elos makes a good one around $200
Aquarium Controller- also highly recommended, digital aquatics make a number of them starting
out at $200
Protein Skimmer- like the heater, you must reasearch
Powerhead- Cheapest would be maybe a $100 for two hydors
That's just a basic run down with chemicals or inhabitants
Hope this helps out a bit more
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