06-04-2010, 08:52 PM
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Originally Posted by pretzelsz
Yes I might be happier with the 55 gallon but I need $400 for the lights alone and I don't get alot since I do not have a job(Highschool) If I can just get like a link to a light system able to handle the corals maybe some extra watts(260ish is the $400 one) for less maybe. From all my reading I didn't know I could add more every once in awhile(before adding fish I take it) but it would be like $100 for 1 pounds and that takes me like 3 weeks to get(more acually 30 a week maybe more). So if that would work but I am leaning towards the smaller tank but if that works then I'll think about it.
I'm not sure where you're pricing your lights at but I bought a four foot light set up for salt water for $130, it has two HO T5 bulbs and is sufficient for most tanks. You can shortcut on additional LED lighting by purchasing the flexible stick on LED light strips for vehicles at autozone. They are easy to wire and provide a variety of lighting. If you check craigs list and keep on you you will most likely be able to catch people offloading thier equipment and live rock for a fraction of what you would pay at a store. Additionally, I've seen websites devoted to teaching people how to make regular rocks "live"rock, through a series of grafting. If you have a decent LFS that purchases back fish, you might make up a card and ask that they call you if anyone comes in looking to offload thier set up. Let them know what you are looking for.
It wont all be new, but You could probably cut about a third of the costs by taking your time and scouting out tank quitters.