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MetalArm3 08-18-2011 07:50 PM

Best way to start?
 
What would be the best way for someone who has never had a saltwater tank begin. I'm looking for suggestions on what would be the best tank, size, and most cost efficient.

Reefing Madness 08-18-2011 09:21 PM

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Originally Posted by MetalArm3 (Post 789236)
What would be the best way for someone who has never had a saltwater tank begin. I'm looking for suggestions on what would be the best tank, size, and most cost efficient.

The new 33g tanks are a nice starter at $70
15lbs Live Rock
30lbs Base Rock
2 250gph power heads
1- Coralife Super Skimmer 65g
Live Sand- enough for 2-3" filling the bottom
T-5 HO 3 or 4 lamp fixture
1- Refractometer
1- Reef Master water test kit
And I believe your off and running.

MetalArm3 08-19-2011 12:28 AM

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Originally Posted by Reefing Madness (Post 789378)
The new 33g tanks are a nice starter at $70
15lbs Live Rock
30lbs Base Rock
2 250gph power heads
1- Coralife Super Skimmer 65g
Live Sand- enough for 2-3" filling the bottom
T-5 HO 3 or 4 lamp fixture
1- Refractometer
1- Reef Master water test kit
And I believe your off and running.

Awesome, thanks for the good enough. How much would all that run me? What brand are you talking about for "new 33gal tanks"?

onefish2fish 08-19-2011 09:46 AM

you could very well use a used tank, but some new scratch free glass is always nice.
IMO 40 breeders and 75 gallon tanks have a nice foot print. i just suggest avoiding skinny tanks like 55 gallons as these are harder to place your rock work. i also suggest less then 1 inch of sand or 5 to 6 inches of level sand.


1 RO/DI water filter
1 bucket of salt mix
1 (or 2) 20 gallon brute trash cans for fresh RO and saltwater mixing
Heaters ( for tank and mixing water )
1 extra powerhead for mixing water
Liquid test kits for alk, cal, and mag
Liquid dosing supplements for alk, cal and mag

Reefing Madness 08-19-2011 10:25 AM

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Originally Posted by MetalArm3 (Post 789609)
Awesome, thanks for the good enough. How much would all that run me? What brand are you talking about for "new 33gal tanks"?

You can ebay everything on that list for an idea of costs. Besides the tank. Get the tank on CraigsList. Much cheaper.

MetalArm3 08-20-2011 03:21 PM

Sounds good. I was originally looking a a biocube 29 mainly because i wanted to start small. I didn't see anyone recommend a sump. Is that not needed? Also, what about a chiller and a genrerate incase power goes out? One other thing, I have no where to store a 20gal trash can, can I stir the salt into water by hand in a couple gallon buckets?

Thank for the feedback,
MetalArm3
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