- [M] Setup cost (so far)
by mesin/d0tokensun.fnal.gov (Alex Mesin) (15 Dec 1993)
by mesin/d0tokensun.fnal.gov (Alex Mesin)
Date: 15 Dec 1993
This is the fourth time I am trying to post this, so sorry if there are duplicates)
Well, I just started a salt water tank. I never had an aquarium before, so I am well prepared to make some (a lot?) mistakes. For now, I just finished a setup to at least get me started. I just wanted to tell people what I spent in case anyone was curious:
1) 55 gallon All-Glass aquarium with lighed hood (2 20 Watt florescent tubes
This lighting is substandard by the NET's opinion (4 Watts per gallon), but I got
a good deal, so I took it. Probably will change later since I eventually want a
2) Pine Stand for the tank: $100.00
Cheap, crappy one, but it keeps the tank up :)
3) Gulf Stream Wet/Dry 2 gallon media filter (This inluded the media (Bio-Balls I
think, overflow box, necessary piping and tubing, and Aquaclear 802 powerhead):
Now that I have used this for a few days, I maybe should have bought a filter
with a larger sump, considering there is not much room left after I put the
powerhead in. Also, I hear you do not need a Wet/Dry for a reef tank, but I do
not have a lot of live rock yet, and figured better safe than sorry.
4) EboJagger 200 Watt heater:
Would have been cheaper if I mail ordered it (TFP sells same thing for ~$14)
5) Instant Ocean salt (55 gallon bag + 10 gallon box):
$18.49 + $5.89
6) SeaTest Hydrometer: $11.00
TOTAL (so far): $547.38 (HEFTY tax not included)
Let me note that I am nowhere near completion. I will still have to get a nice mechanical filter (Fluval 403 or Magnum 350 maybe), and a protein skimmer, and of course more lighting. But for now, I got enough of a setup that I got two Damsels and a live rock 4 days ago.
I just thought it would be useful for people to know how much a MINIMAL system would cost to start up. If I have left anything out, or missing something major, please post so everyone gets to see it. Later.
Sorry if you are reading the same thing for the 4 time.