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post #11 of 13 Old 04-08-2008, 08:13 AM Thread Starter
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well, the only word of warning I'll offer is beware of price. I know the tank and equipment you show is for around $400, but there is so much more that you'd need to buy...

new lighting (as mentioned previously)
protein skimmer
live rock
powerheads

the above things will easily bump you up another few hundred if not more. And then there are buying fish and corals (you mentioned being able to "harvest" them, so maybe thats not a concern).

I guess the motivation for this post is the following: I recently (within the last three months or so) purchased a 90gal SW, though I bought most of the stuff new as opposed to used. Regardless, even after planning and budgeting, I still overshot my estimates, and have spent easily $2000 on it so far. I still have things I want to buy and upgrade as well.

So, since you mentioned being on a low budget, I thought I'd offer fair warning that for a 90gal SW, you'll likely be spending a whole lot more than a few hundred dollars :)


I hear ya !!! I see this is the start of some spending. My first step is getting my hardware together.

I assume that I can collect my own rock. Part of the fun of this project will be collecting all the stuff with my children.

The lights I realize are not enough and I need a skimmer.

For the price of that set up I think is a good deal , I plan on making an offer today
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post #12 of 13 Old 04-08-2008, 08:42 AM
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i would be very careful about collecting your own rock. not that you cant, just that it can become complicated very quickly.

Look into the laws of your area on removing materials from the ocean. A little foresight might save you a couple thousand dollars or some jail time.

Also remember that ecologically friendly live rock is collected from outside or below reef areas. The rock is picked up as rubble by divers once it is broken off by waves naturally. If you want to teach your kids about the ocean (as i assume part of the tank is for), you wouldn't want them to get the experience of you hitting a live reef with a hammer and chisel to save a couple bucks.

29g semi-reef 20g sump

2 chromis, 1 ywg, 1 peppermint shrimp, feather duster (species?)
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i would be very careful about collecting your own rock. not that you cant, just that it can become complicated very quickly.

Look into the laws of your area on removing materials from the ocean. A little foresight might save you a couple thousand dollars or some jail time.

Also remember that ecologically friendly live rock is collected from outside or below reef areas. The rock is picked up as rubble by divers once it is broken off by waves naturally. If you want to teach your kids about the ocean (as i assume part of the tank is for), you wouldn't want them to get the experience of you hitting a live reef with a hammer and chisel to save a couple bucks.
Thanks for your concern. I have all the needed collection permits. The type of set up I'm tring to do might include soft corals that attatch to hard substraits. I have no plans on destroying anything. We have seasonal types here in the Northeast.

Now that you brought it up what types for rock are the most bneficial. My neck of the woods is mostly sandy or muddy bottom. We have only some artifically placed granite and quartz. Are these ok???
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