01-17-2009, 01:07 PM
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Originally Posted by veganchick
a truley GIANT tank, like 1,000 plus gallons
a bucket of salt is about $50 and makes up about 160 gallons give or take. Thats 10x(+) buckets to begin with with about 1 bucket for a water change.
$500 to just get salt in it, RO water is .50 (a gallon) at my LFS (unless you make your own where a unit cost about $100-200+) a unit to handle that size tank would prob. be in the (300-400+ range)
1,000 gallon tank is going to need vortechs for flow which are $400 powerheads, if not atleast Koralia4s or 5s, a refractometer, test kits, sand isnt cheap, a custom metal stand isnt cheap, live rock goes for $5-10 a pound! your going to need ATLEAST 1,000lbs at the minimum to act as your filtration which 1,000 x 5-10 = $5,000-10,000. Even if you buy low quality base rock at $2 a pound that is still $2,000. Plus various other things at expense. Im just putting prices out there so you can realize if you want to do this how much your really going to need to save and what your going to need.