Yellow Bullet Forums banner
1 - 20 of 55 Posts

· ROLL TIDE!!!!
Joined
·
20,995 Posts

· ROLL TIDE!!!!
Joined
·
20,995 Posts
Yeah, plan to spend AT LEAST $50 per gallon just for equipment and live rock. That's getting everything used! Aquarium stuff goes for 50c on the dollar used, so it's worth it to shop for some things used!

Check out www.reefcentral.com and www.saltwaterfish.com. (click on the message board link on the saltwaterfish link)
Then plan to spend several weeks, if not months researching before you start. I started in August of last year and didn't set up a saltwater tank until March. (a 37g to test myself with..lol)

I also have a 54g corner bowfront freshwater planted aquarium. I probably have $1200 in it, but I bought the tank, stand, canopy, and lighting new.

If you just want cool fish, you can do it a bit cheaper and less complicated than a tank with corals.
 

· ROLL TIDE!!!!
Joined
·
20,995 Posts
Well, that's the hard part. If you start small, you'll want to upgrade, and upgrade, and upgrade again..lol

Tell ya what, look on craigslist at some complete setups for sale, and you'll get a good idea.

Almost everything on my tank is used, and I paid:

$700 for my 220g tank, stand, canopy
$300 for the lighting
$50 for the sump
$350 for the skimmer
$75 for the skimmer pump
$100 for my return pump ( pumps water from sump back into display tank)
$150 or so for my powerheads (water circulators)
$400 or so in live rock
$35 phosban reactor (reduces phosphates in the water)
$50 for filter socks (mechanical filtration..kinda like air filter on a car)
$200 reverse osmosis/deionization unti (aka ro/di - necessary for making your water)
$50?? 44g Brute trashcan for mixing water
$30 super cool moonlights..lol..not necessary but cool

That's about it, off the top of my head. That's just basic startup items. That's not including salt @ $60/bucket. (you can use cheaper salt for just a fish only tank)

RESEARCH RESEARCH RESEARCH and take your time.
 

· ROLL TIDE!!!!
Joined
·
20,995 Posts
Is that first one a type of knife fish? I *almost* ordered a 300+ gallon tank for freshwater monsters. I'm almost willing to rish fines or jail for one of these! Asian Arowana, not legal in the US (yet).

 

· ROLL TIDE!!!!
Joined
·
20,995 Posts
Yep..gotta research what fish are coral safe, invert safe, not going to eat your other fish..

Then there's some that are found only in deeper water, so they require lower temps and dimmer lights.

And just when you've picked out the perfect genicanthus genus angelfish, it goes and changes sex on you, which means a change in color as well.

Yeah, neon tetras sound pretty good. LOL
 

· ROLL TIDE!!!!
Joined
·
20,995 Posts

· ROLL TIDE!!!!
Joined
·
20,995 Posts
G&H, no apology needed. I like to learn. If you ever get back into the monster fish, check out monsterfishkeepers.com. That Abba Abba would have gone fast on there! There's always people looking for them. (I didn't know all that about them, though..just have seen the name a lot)

There's a gigantic Arowana at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. I think fish stores should make people go see the size of that thing before they even THINK about buying one.
 

· ROLL TIDE!!!!
Joined
·
20,995 Posts
New pics! And a shameless plug for the reef club I am now a part of. It's Florida Reef Club (www.floridareefclub.com) The West Central section is the most happenin' section. ;)

Florida Blue Zoanthids


Purple w/ Green Mouth Plate (fungia)


Regal/Hippo Tang aka "Little D" and yes, he's a deeper blue than the pic


Palm Tree Cloves on the left, Kryptonite Zoas top right and Radioactive Dragon Eye Zoas near the bottom of the rock
 

· ROLL TIDE!!!!
Joined
·
20,995 Posts
Grade A Picasso Percula Clownfish ("real fancy Nemo")
(left side then right side)




"Snowcasso" Percula Clown (super fancy nemo)


Size reference. He's just a baby! Just under 1" from tip to tip.


His less fancy side:


both of them together. Picasso in front, Snowcasso behind


 

· ROLL TIDE!!!!
Joined
·
20,995 Posts
nice tanks, I had 5 salts going at one time a few years ago. I got burnt and stopped but the urge iis back. I am in process of putting a 90 built into a wall. Fun stuff but can be pricy :) like all fun hobbies
I'd have a reef tank in every room in the house if the husband would let me! Right now I have the 220g reef, 54g fresh, 56g fresh, and I'm setting up a 20g frag tank.
 

· ROLL TIDE!!!!
Joined
·
20,995 Posts
Sure, Ellen!!

IMSM, you're not kidding about the drama on MFK. I had to walk away. I basically rescued 100 baby angelfish from this POS "breeder" on there who didn't have tank space to raise the babies, yet he was continuing to pump them out. He was selling them to make room for his latest hatch. Anyway, I didn't know he was on mfk, and I was posting the babies for sale everywhere I knew of. He got all pissy with me because I was using a photo of his fish that I requested from him when I was buying them. Shit hit the fan. His posts were pulled. All that over a damn picture of fish. Get real.
 

· ROLL TIDE!!!!
Joined
·
20,995 Posts
BTW, not all fish are caught like that. I only support LFS that get theirs from net caught sources. Nearly all of my corals are aquacultered, too. So are my Clowns. That's the great thing about corals....snip a piece off, and you now have two corals. :)
 
1 - 20 of 55 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top