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05 Mar 2011 19:16 #1 by johnportman (John Clarke)
Hi folks, im just wondering is it expensive to set up a marine tank. I was thinking about setting 1 up, something like a 400 litre tank or bigger. Is the equipment expensive?
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05 Mar 2011 19:40 - 05 Mar 2011 19:42 #2 by stretnik (stretnik)
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In short............ EXPENSIVE !!! But these days the for sale Ads are full of formerly owned relatively cheap set-ups and while I'm at it, unless you have been keeping Fish for a while I would advise strongly in dipping your feet first before going in for a whole swim. Research, chat, visit reputable Local Fish Stores and again, ask questions on the forum.

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05 Mar 2011 20:11 #3 by johnportman (John Clarke)
I have a 190 litre freshwater tank at the minute and have that a year or so, thats goin good. But I just wanted to know is it expensive to start off a marine tank.

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06 Mar 2011 01:48 #4 by andrewo (andrew)
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well tbh; what are you looking to spend?whats your budget like? if you are willing to spend 1000 upwards i think you might pull it off. very roughly your essentials are

- tank; a second hand should cost roughly 400 euros with an external filter
- live rock around 40 kg; at 8 to 10 euros a kilo this is almost 300 euros
- second hand skimmer about 150 to 200
- T5 lighting or MH; about 250
- 2 or 3 wavemakers; roughly 100 to 120 here
- sand and then LIVESTOCK


hmmm; i dont know but to me this is EXPENSIVE!!:laugh:

all the best mate.
regards;
andrew

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11 Mar 2011 20:49 #5 by buachailldocha (Denis Doherty)
Marine can be as expensive as u want to make it. If u do it correctly u should be waiting 2 months before adding livestock. Get a tank with a sump, external filters dont really suit marine, sponges harbour nitrates and phosphates, 2 big no no's in marine setups. Buy The New Marine Aquarium. Bangai Cardinal on the cover!It is a very methodical step by step guide to starting in marine.Most important tip, take ur time. Buy the correct equipment, and u will save a fortune in the long run. Denis

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11 Mar 2011 20:56 - 11 Mar 2011 20:59 #6 by stretnik (stretnik)
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If all you want to know is , is it expensive? the short and honest answer is a big YES!! YES!!

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11 Mar 2011 21:17 #7 by johnportman (John Clarke)
Thanks for your replys, I think i'll just stick with freshwater for now but who knows what will happen down the road.

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