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  1. Default Salt vs. Fresh price


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    How much more money is it to set up a saltwater tank then it is to set up a freshwater of equal size?

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    That's a difficult question to answer with out more details but probably in the neighborhood of several hundred dollars at the least depending on the salt water setup you're going for.
    12 gallon- Freshwater planted tank
    55 gallon- Saltwater semi-reef tank

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    +1 to the above

    Generally speaking, the start up costs for salt water will be higher as compaired to freshwater. You would need to decided what type of marine set-up you would want before I could give you a better guess
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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    start up costs vary as said before.

    fish cost also vary-but that depends on what species you'd like to keep in both set ups.


    either way, if you keep the tank up for many years, the cost of either is minimal over that length of time.

    the only reason my FW tank is still costing me money is because i keep upgrading things.lol (lights/filters/decor etc.)

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    It would be a 29 gallon, FOWLR tank. Would this be possible in a relatively small tank? Possible fish would be clownfish(percula or occelaris), Pterapogon kauderni, and maybe a six line wrasse it those aren't to hard to care for.

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    The additional costs to make a 29 gallon set-up into a marine (FOWLR) tank would be:
    $150 to $200 for dry & live rock (around 30 lbs in total)
    $100 to $150 for a skimmer
    $100 to $125 for a pair of powerheads

    All other cost would be ablout the same. You can lower those additional costs through buying second hand stuff

    Your stocking would work nicely as well. They are somewhat easy to care for fish. Just make sure you provide some hinding spots in the rocks for the banggai cardinal and 6-line.

    Edit: you may need to change bulbs in the light fixture to a more suited marine bulb, like a actinic
    Last edited by Cliff; 05-03-2013 at 02:18 AM.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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    +1 to Cliffs post

    There are a few other things that differentiate the two wrt costs. IE:

    The salt water mix must be purchased [Not a deal breaker but it is something to be aware of as well as having the equipment required to prepare for your WCs] and you have a wider variety of tests to keep up with [Including getting a good refractometer.]

    IF you are going to have a QT [Suggested considering the price of marine fish] it will require adequate filtration, Flow & heating as well which is something to consider also.

    Just a heads up on a few of those things.
    Gas mileage isn't everything OIIIIIIIO
    Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.
    Why pretend there are no stupid questions? Actually, There are many stupid questions: "Should I drink this bleach?" Is just one example.
    Having said that, Just because it's a stupid question doesn't mean that it shouldn't be asked. It's better to know.

    A warm beer is better than a cold beer. Because nothing is better than a cold beer, and a warm beer is better than nothing.

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