Pondering Getting Back In

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    So, I basically am thinking of getting back into the hobby, but I'm not completely sure. I want to do a 20L tank setup. I am in dire need of a stand for a 20L though, if anyone could be of any help. I am pretty sure I'll just run a skimmer and/or filter, then run a MH unit. I want to keep this tank simple as possible. Anyone with a small 70/150/175 setup let me know. I also will be needing a 20L stand, this actually being my 1st need, then I would like to look for a light and some LR.

    I know I haven't been around for along time, but I plan to actually contribute and do as much as possible this time around. I have a lot more free time now that I'm out of school, but still trying to figure how I'll do when I go off to school, but with a smaller tank I think that'd be much easier to transport.

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    So, I decided to go ahead and go for it. Since funds are a little better and I have more free time was the ultimate reason I decided to do it.
     
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    RevReefer Living Reefs Supporter

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    Awesome! Welcome back an I hope you really have a good time and really get involved. :D
     
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    So, after work today I decided to shop. After buying a 20L tank & wooden stand, 20lb. bag of Ocean Direct Livesand, 50lb. bag of Reef Crystals, and other items like a heater, hydrometer, and other 'necessity' items, my total was less than $130. Man do I love price-matching and employee discounts. This is my cheapest start ever, and I already have my tank going. Now, I'm going to start looking for nice, but AFFORDable liverock as well as a decent skimmer. I have a Seio 620 on the way which should give me plenty of current. Right now the only circulation is a Marineland filter running with carbon to help clear the tank. If any of you know of anyone selling some nice LR and/or a nice VHO or MH retro/pendant, please let me know.

    And last but not least, a quick shot. Everything is cloudy, no light, and whatnot, but this is about 10 minutes after filling. Give me a week or two and it should look 10x better.
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    bobby I like to do bad things.

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    Looks great. Cant wait to see it start getting livestock in it. Keep up the good work. Thats a good dael on a start. In my 30 gal I have a whole lot more than that, but with my 55 fully set up with skimmer, livestock, liverock, and sand the whole thing I got 180.00 but I got some killer deals on stuff with that one.
     
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    Thanks. For some reason, something in my mind keeps telling me this will be my best tank yet, so I'm aiming for that. On second thought, maybe it's because my funding is actually adequate this time around, lOl.
     
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    bobby I like to do bad things.

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    LOL Yeah that can help. I know what you mean though. Good luck with it and keep us posted.
     
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    good luck...keep us updated...
     
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    I have a PFO 150w Ballist for 20.00 if you can find a pendent.
     
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    Thanks for the offer Silvers. Is it a HQI ballast?
     
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    sailfin What reef tank?

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    Looks like you're off to a good start. Keep us posted man!!
     
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    BUMP! This is going to be the best swap to date!
     
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    sailfin What reef tank?

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    Hey David...wrong thread bud...
     
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    Yea its an HQI ballist I think a pendent is a 100 bucks at hellolights
     
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    I have two 175w blueline ballist only one works but I dont know whitch one it is you are welcome to both of these.
     
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    RevReefer Living Reefs Supporter

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    HEHE whoooops. :mrgreen:
     
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    Thanks for the offers Silvers, I'll get back at you in a day or so.
     
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    Update: Added 22lbs. LR, ordered my PFO mini pendant, 20K hqi bulb, and will be getting ballast tomorrow from Silvers. Tank is starting off nicely. Just not trying to decide on a skimmer and let it run a few more weeks before I add my first fish, a pair of black clownfish. Probably will add a few snails & crabs in the following days also. Pictures will be up as soon as the tank clears.
     
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    sounds like it is coming along nicely.

    keep us updated.
     
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    Just want to say "Thanks" to Silvers for the ballast. I can't wait to get this setup going. Waiting for bulb and pendant, grr...
     
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