$$$ MONEY $$$

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Flagg37, Jan 22, 2016.

  1. Newjack

    Newjack Supporting Member

    Hey, what's wrong with knitting?
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  2. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Your grand kids will dread yet another sweater, when they really want more video games.
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  3. wpeterson

    wpeterson Webmaster

    I want to say we spent about $3000 on equipment and $500 on coral/fish for this tank, but it might be more. We moved here after tearing down two nano tanks we loved, so I spent more money to get a nice tank up ASAP vs. waiting for a better deals.

    Gear we already had/re-used (~ $1500):
    • 3x Kessil A350 (bought used, ~ $600)
    • 2x Vortech MP10 (one new, one used ~ $300)
    • 2x TLF Reactors (new, ~ $80)
    • Turbotwist 12x UV (used, $100)
    • eheim auto-feeder (new, $30)
    • 4x MJ1200 pumps (new, $120)
    • AutoAqua SmartATO (new, $150)
    Things we bought (~ $3000):
    • RO/DI 4-stage 150gpd: $225
    • 90g display & cherry wood stand: $900
    • Trigger Systems Tideline 30 Sump: $400
    • Plumbing/Overflow Parts: $100
    • Reef Octopus 150SSS Skimmer: $230
    • Apex (Base + ORP probe): $500
    • Dry Rock (75lbs): $150
    • Jebao DC-9000: $90
    • Jebao DP-4 Doser: $75
    • Refugium clamp-light & CFL: $30
    • 10x Filter Socks: $45
    I think we could have gotten a better price for display/stand/sump, but I was able to find good quality gear on the ground in an LFS and set it up that day, which saved us a month or so vs. shipping. I was grateful we re-used our existing powerheads/lighting from our two nanos together.

    I've been super lucky to get a TON of coral for free from club members on DBTC or similar terms. I'm psyched to be giving back a lot of frags to the club now a year later. We haven't spent much on fish and keep a pretty lightly stocked tank in terms of fish, but heavy on coral.

    Wow, I guess the $50/gal of display heuristic is about right.
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2016
  4. HiFidelity

    HiFidelity Guest

    sure thing, it's what got me hooked on VW's to begin with, this is my G60 (pic is about 10 years old)


    the one I described in my earlier post is a VR6 GTI, Corrado hasn't been driven for 5 years, it lives in storage.
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  5. tankguy

    tankguy BOD

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  6. Apon

    Apon Volunteer

    over the life of my hobby......10 years multliple tanks, probably over $10k
  7. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Nice! Sold mine in 2000. Was a 90. Black with Reiger body kit, OZ wheels.

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  8. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Thing with this hobby is you can spend as little or as much as you are comfortable with.

    The new big tank will eat into my bank account a fair amount but I enjoy things that are well engineered and designed to work well.

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  9. xcaret

    xcaret Supporting Member

    Waaaaay too much...
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  10. tygunn

    tygunn Webmaster

    Yeah if I count the 140g tank I had with a basement sump and fish room.... Well lets just say I don't want to add up the costs. Lol.

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  11. Cymen

    Cymen Guest

    I'm in for about $1,700 for a 20g with 10g sump and a 5g QT tank. Includes everything (RODI unit for $330, tools to build stand for $250, etc).

    I'm not quite done with hardware and not much livestock yet.
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2016
  12. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    You guys make me feel better. I guess I've got to go out and get that Apex system and catch up with some of you.
  13. tygunn

    tygunn Webmaster

    Haha, I can't believe how much my "free 37g" tank has cost me.
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  14. wpeterson

    wpeterson Webmaster

    You can have a great tank with any budget, but you just need to make sure your ambitions match your budget.

    We had a petco 29gal tank that we grew into a nice little mixed reef with a few fish and some hang on equipment on a cheap budget that brought us a lot of joy.
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  15. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    For real. I paid $15 for my 29 gallon. The cheapest thing I've bought.
  16. muhli

    muhli Guest

    Buying equipment 2nd hand has saved me some money, but still it adds up..
    Like others, I had a spreadsheet going on for how much I spent, but gave up a year later. It was too sad to look at
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  17. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Thinking more about the expenditures, I bet I am closer to this number after all.
    Ehh, so be it. :cool:
  18. blacktangs

    blacktangs Guest

    I think I am over 5k and under 10k... everyone knows this hobby is not cheap, but I feel better looking at my reef tank then when I add up all the money from gambling/vegas.
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  19. xcaret

    xcaret Supporting Member

    Wait... so this thread is about money or color temperature of lights based on Kelvin degrees? 5K 10K 14K 20K... too much K!!!
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  20. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large


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