Thinking about saltwater - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 Old 03-31-2008, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Thinking about saltwater

I'm getting a 50 gallon tank soon and I was thinking of keeping saltwater fish, but from what I've heard it can be a bit costly how much on average does it take to set up and maintain a saltwater aquarium.
fishluver06 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 4 Old 03-31-2008, 07:38 PM
Member
 
A 50 gallon tank to start running will cost anywhere from $500-2000+, depending on what sytem you are running (FO, FOWLR, Reef). It is a lot to think about.

The needed things:

-Proper lighting (the biggest concern in reef tanks; at least 4WPG, if not more on reefs. FOWLR/FO can have less lighting.
-Protein Skimmer would help tremendoulsly in a tank of this size.
-Sump. Again, highly reccomened in a large tank.
-Plumbing for sump
-Testing kits, Refractometer, Quarantine Tank, meds, etc
-Live rock/sand for Reef/FOWLR
-Powerheads. Two would be best here.
-Salt mixes and RO/DI water
-Heaters; two or three smaller watts are better than one large one, unless it is kept in a sump.
-Enough money for daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly maintence (Water top-offs, changes, chaning of lights/powerheads, etc)

This is the basic run-down of things. You need to do a ton of information if you plan on keeping saltwater. If you are pretty new to fish keeping, start with fresh. In SW, there is little room for error.
Cody is offline  
post #3 of 4 Old 04-01-2008, 10:21 AM
New Member
 
i just started a 37 gal

im $600+ into it
bndrinkin is offline  
post #4 of 4 Old 04-01-2008, 09:36 PM
New Member
 
Aquatic_Fan's Avatar
 
ITS EXPENSIVE AND I HAVE A 10gal .....WHICH IS A PAIN IN THE A** :(

(40Gallon)
4-Angelfish
1-Brochis Catfish
1-Swordtail
1-Khuli Loach
1-Mystery Snail
4-CAE
1-Gourami
4-Blue/Black Striped Chiclids

10 Gallon Nano Reef

(nearly set up)
Aquatic_Fan is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
so we have been thinking bearwithfish Vivariums and Reptiles 29 06-08-2010 11:14 AM
Thinking of* starting first saltwater aquarium-inverts DYHamazon Beginner Saltwater Aquariums 16 02-20-2010 05:14 PM
Thinking about moving to saltwater adamrehard Beginner Saltwater Aquariums 6 01-01-2010 10:10 AM
I am thinking about starting a saltwater aquarium. Need advice mustangmcdee Beginner Saltwater Aquariums 8 10-25-2009 02:06 AM
Thinking about trying saltwater.... Calmwaters Beginner Saltwater Aquariums 4 10-09-2009 09:36 AM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome