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A 20 Gallon Long would be about on par with a standard 30 gallon tank (and more useful dimensions to boot). Pick one up this month for $20 at Petco's dollar per gallon sale. The biggest thing that confuses freshwater converts is that you don't use treated tapwater, you generally need to get an RODI system (Reverse Osmosis/De-Ionization) this strips the metals and minerals out of the tap water and prevents nasty algae blooms and then you mix in something like Instant Ocean salt. If you don't feel comfortable with getting and using one or the mixing process, you can buy the water pre-mixed from your LFS (unless you live out in the boondocks) and many smaller reefers prefer this method as it takes the guesswork of RODI and salt mixing out of the equation for you. You will also need some regular fresh RODI water for top offs as water evaporates but salt doesn't. This video gives a basic setup of what you will need for a 20 Long Fish Only with Live Rock (no corals) setup, about the only thing it forgot was the 10-20lbs of sand if you want a substrate on your tank. That runs anywhere from 50 cents to a dollar a lb depending on what you get:
30 gallons is minimum for starting one. I dont know much about saltwater but you are not ready yet. I suggest a lot more research and its more then adding salt.
You guys aren't completely wrong... yes, more research is needed, and equipment is generally more expensive on the salty side, but a 20g long is a perfect starter SW tank, and a fish only build can be done for much less than $1000. I would kindly ask that if you are unsure of your information, that you not scare people away from the wonderful world of saltwater. Thanks!I'm guessing your not going to want to spend thousands of dollars on your aquarium, so their is no real way to keep a low maintenace salt water aquarium with out prior experience. Don't get me wrong, their are low maintenace ones out their, but these are maintained by experts or high tech systems to do the work.
If you do decide to go on and do put work into your aquarium...salt is added to the water using a salinity checker which measures the salinity in the water. Normaling, saltwater aquariums are around 1.026 parts salt.
It is true that a complete used setup can be had for much cheaper, however it also depends on what is available in a given area, what the condition of the equipment is (ie is the tank scratched up, will the seals still hold, etc.), and whether or not a person has the time to properly clean or sanitize the equipment to begin with. Having purchased my 90 gallon used, I can say it was a mixed bag. The stand, sump, skimmer, return pump and virtually all the plumbing for $250 was well worth the effort to sanitize and clean it. The tank on the other hand was another story as i spent several hours over the course of a week sanitizing it with vinegar water, cleaning it out, wiping it down, etc. and then when all was said and done I happened to stick my light bar over the tank and discovered this:I set up a 55 gallon reef tank with 10 gallon sump for way less than that.
55g tank and stand $60 used
10g sump $10
Bag of live sand $25
10 lbs live rocks $50
Used skimmer $30
2 power heads $30
1 circ pump $20 amazon
165watt led light $75 amazon.
$60 home depot sump return pump.
About $10 in pvc stuff for plumbing
$7 bag of red lava rock for sump filtration.
Fill up the tank. Plug it all in. Rock n roll.
5 gal bucket of salt was $100 but you dont need that really. You can buy water or a smaller salt tub.
$30 reef test kit.
Definitely get more rock as even for that wrasse it will be pushing it when it reaches it's max length of 5-6 inches in terms of it's ability to handle the bioload. 10lbs would work for maybe a couple of 3 inch max fish and that is about it's limit. There is a reason why it is recommended to have at least 1lb of live rock per gallon of tank.All true.
As for my live rock, i only have one 2" timor wrasse and some frags but i should probably get some more rock lol