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    ok well i have a 20 gallon tank and a 33 gallon tank and i was wondering how much it would cost to start them up with saltwater???
    And i would wonder what kind of fish i would beable to put in it for a starter!!!
    Also i would like to maybe get a little bit of coral and or live sand!!!
    So if you could estimate how much it would cost i would appriciate it!!!! Thanks!!!!

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    I read i think yesterday, someone mentiond expect to spend about $50 per gallon for a well stocked reef aquarium.
    Money can't buy happiness, but it sure can pay the rent.

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    Well would that include like all of the stuff you need to buy to run it???
    like:
    - filter system
    - salt
    - lighting ( like do u need a special type of lighting??)
    and like all of that stuff!!!!!!

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    That should include everything to get going. Many things affect this though. 2 pounds of live rock per gallon at $9 per pound at the LFS or one pound per gallon at $4 per pound online. Equipment online, or from an overpriced LFS. Lighting for stony corals, or just to see the fish.
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    So you mean that you only need a special type of light if you want live sand or coral???

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    you only need special lights for corals, or other things that requir photosynthesis for food, lives sand and liverock dont need light
    2.5 pico reef-5 gallon planted- 12 gallon currently empty deciding what to add...

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    also remember that you will need special marine lighting to grow benficial algaes and bring out the colour in the fish

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    I would go with a basic compact fluorescent with live rock, but a good double bright fluorescent would even work. Live sand doesn't need any special lighting, but most who have it also have other stuff that does need it.
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    o ok then!!!! I don't know if i will open one but i just want the details so if i can open one i will know what i will need!!!!
    Thanks

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    liverock doesnt need any lighting at all
    2.5 pico reef-5 gallon planted- 12 gallon currently empty deciding what to add...

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