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Old 07/02/2009, 03:08 PM   #1
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new to the reef community

My name is Keenan, and I am new to the saltwater hobby. My meager beginnings started with an 85 gal fish only saltwater tank. I had help from a friend who helped me build a wet dry filter and stand. That was MANY years ago and I am now sitting on a 55 gal empty tank with no stand or any supplies, wondering what in the world I need to get started in building a reef tank. I am going to have to build most all of my supplies where I can due to budgetary restraints. Any help with suggested economic system set ups would be greatly appreciated.


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Old 07/02/2009, 08:13 PM   #2
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And to answer your budgetary needs, just check out the DIY section for some impressive stuff without breaking the bank. You can build almost anything if you set your heart to it and plan it carefully (especially the carefully part ). Hope that helps, Wiz


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Old 07/03/2009, 07:27 AM   #3
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I recommend an ecosphere.

Seriously, this hobby busts budgets for breakfast, eats you out of house and home by lunch, then invites creditors over for dinner. Plan your setup well, tally expected cost, then double that number. That will give you some idea of what you're really looking at.

Welcome to the hobby, and good luck!


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Old 07/03/2009, 09:13 AM   #4
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Hi, Fellow budget constraints guy and welcome. My whole set up is diy except my light and that was a gift. My original set up costs were the power heads, plumbing supplys, chemicals, test kit,6500k compact flouresents5(lowes) sand, and 2 pieces of live rock. Since then april 08 I have added a protien skimmer and a sump/refugium all diy and very cheap. + 1 you can really spend alot if your not carful. Good Luck and be patient


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Old 07/03/2009, 10:17 AM   #5
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Are you sure you wanna do this? In 6 months you will wonder what happened to all your money, spare time, and sometimes your wife...

Just kidding! kinda.. Definately seek out a local club, b/c u can find a lot of equipment and livestock for a bargain. If you have to, ask a couple of your lfs (local fish stores) if they know of a club, b/c 99% of the time there is one.

Live stock for the most part should come secondary to equipment. Dont find yourself being too cheap b/c ur gunna end up upgrading 2-5 times before u finally just buy the nice one anyways, and by then you've spent twice what the nice one you wanted would have cost. That goes for lights, skimmers, pumps, powerheads, filters, test kits... u name it....

Good stuff to get u on your way!

Also.. look into a part time job =)


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Old 07/03/2009, 10:29 AM   #6
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oh yea, and since ur a counselor... ur gunna be wanting to get a 12g nano cube for your office.... =)


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