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After having an interesting conversation with a buddy yesterday it got my gears spinning.

I’m wondering what people spend on there setups.

So how much did you spend on your setup?



So I’ll start, I’ll first say I am scumbag cheap. I shop for great prices but if I don’t like someone’s prices I don’t low ball I just move on.




The tank/stand I bought used for $300 but it had bad seams so I rebuilt the tank. I dropped another $1000 in rebuilding the tank and stand. I modified the tank from internal overflow to external and changed the eurobrace from 4” to 2”. I used the original skin from the stand but had a metal stand built as the tank support. Other then welding the stand I did all the custom work.
The lighting is 3 gen1 radions and diy rails, in total cost me around $600 to build.
I bought all my apex gear used, some damaged and I repaired. In total I spent around $1000 on the apex gear.
Calcium reactor was diy built. For reactor, regulator/solenoid, and C02 tank $500
Skimmer I bought 15y ago for $400 and $75 to upgrade to DC pump.
Return pump came with old 150g system.
Maxspent ethereal was free from when I was a beta tester for maxspect.
2 sets of used gyres $250ish
Sump I traded for an old mp40 I bought for $300

So in all I spent a little over 4K on my 187g system.
 

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To survive that wrath of the wife, one must have short memories and keep no proof of the amount spend on the money pit. :cool:

And most people don't have your DIY skills or patience. If you spent $4k on your system with rebuilt tank and used equipment, I figure you easily double or triple that amount for other people.

Example: New Redsea 160g tank starts at $4.3k at BRS.
 
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To survive that wrath of the wife, one must have short memories and keep no proof of the amount spend on the money pit. :cool:

And most people don't have your DIY skills or patience. If you spent $4k on your system with rebuilt tank and used equipment, I figure you easily double or triple that amount for other people.

Example: New Redsea 160g tank starts at $4.3k at BRS.
Yea my buddy was telling that a new Rea Sea 90g is close to 4k or something along that line.

But my lady has no room to speak she has her purse collection and shoes. Holly eff I just found out a month or so ago she owns 5 pairs of Yeezy‘s. Then don’t get me started on how she has 20K in bolt-ons, after two surgeries cause the first set wasn’t big enough for her liking.
That B—— can’t say shhhh about my hobby if she knows what’s good for her.
 
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50 gallon (I wrote 50g at first but was worried people would think I meant I spent 50 G's LOL)

Stand- $250 (made myself)
Tank- $200
Light- $600
Skimmer- $300
Return Pump- $350
Apex system- $2800
Powerheads- $350
Vortech back up- $200
Autofeeder $40
ATO $200
Skimmer neck cleaner- $225
C02 filter $100
RODI system $300

So about 6k before coral/fish.

I just picked up a used Waterbox 220. I budgeted for 8 grand before livestock. I had some equipment left over from my last system to help with that.


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Hard to say because I've accumulated gear over years. If I had to pull a number out my ass 10k range.
 
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Hard to say because I've accumulated gear over years. If I had to pull a number out my ass 10k range.
If I am going "over the years", all 22 of them now I am probably over 50k easy, but I have also made more than that selling fish/coral so... Not sure how that plays out.
 

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If I am going "over the years", all 22 of them now I am probably over 50k easy, but I have also made more than that selling fish/coral so... Not sure how that plays out.
I've gone through an absurd amount of systems in my time keeping reef tanks. I really try not to think what I've dropped in the last 10 years, haha.
 
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I got lucky and bought a setup off my friend that only added water and sand to the tank so basically new

Waterbox 180.5 with 2 xr30 g5, nyos quantum 160, sicce sdc 9.0, xp aqua ato, inkbird w/ 300w heater all for $3700

I bought other stuff on top so

xr30 g5 - $660
red sea lid - $60
neptune gro - $140 (probably didnt need)
filters cups - $30
rms rail/ hanging bracket $80
wall mount bracket $40
jebao wavemakers (2) $170

Pretty sure im missing some other stuff but probably $5000 just for dry goods lol

i dont even wanna get started with corals
 
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For just under 40 gallons. Hovering around $800 all in with nothing of brand. Good brand anyway. 8 fish and just as many coral.
Crazy as it sounds, my last 90 gallon setup I think was maybe $1000 total and had a tank full of more coral to count and fish I’d need two sets of hands to count and maybe a foot along with clams.
Tank before that, 120 gallon even less money also chuck-full of coral, fish, Tunze pumps and clams.
Sold both for more than I had in. Yes corals grew and became worth more but got more than I had in and to me that’s all that counts. Breaking even is good enough, extra is better.
I don’t think that can be done today.
 

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Original glass Tank and stand, skimmer and return pump: 500
Replaced with an AA tank due to a cracked panel: 500
Reef Saavy ghost overflow: 300 (or so)
Mp40qd x2: 500 (used)
Mitra: $700
Rocks: 200

total: $3300 + cost of coral and fish
 
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-Elos 70 with stand bought used
-1/10hp JBJ Artica chiller
all other equipments bought brand new
-(2) G5 XR15 Blue with RMS mount
-Neptume Apex wifi
-Neptune Trident
-Neptune AFS
-cor15
-Neptune DOS
-Neptune V2 ATO
-(2) Vortech MP10 with battery back up
-BK Mini 160
-tunze refug light
My wife read post on here sometimes, so my total is no more than $1,200


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-Elos 70 with stand bought used
-1/10hp JBJ Artica chiller
all other equipments bought brand new
-(2) G5 XR15 Blue with RMS mount
-Neptume Apex wifi
-Neptune Trident
-Neptune AFS
-cor15
-Neptune DOS
-Neptune V2 ATO
-(2) Vortech MP10 with battery back up
-BK Mini 160
-tunze refug light
My wife read post on here sometimes, so my total is no more than $1,200


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12 on just the BK
 

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