01-28-2011, 06:45 AM
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Originally Posted by MrWynO14
I've heard people say saltwater is hard, I've heard people say it's easy, but I've heard many say it's expensive. I'd like to know what the bare minimum for a 55 gallon saltwater tank is too. I'll keep my eyes peeled for this one!
This is a very ture statement. people who says it's hard are probably trying to start a SW tank with the bare minimum, people who says it's easy have decent equipment. one thing for sure is that it's more expensive than FW tanks. just adding SW to the tank runs about 50 cents a gallon. So just for water for 55 gallons to fill is $25 and figuring you're changing 10% monthly you're looking at $2.50 vs virtually $0 for FW.
If you don't use a RO, SW is alittle cheaper, however you'll end up spending more $ by the time you spend $ on phosphate remover, constantly cleaning the tank, having issues with algae and corals not growing or dying.