Friend wants approximate cost of a nano

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  1. slink

    slink Plankton

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    While I am a bit more freshwater these days and did the saltwater thing in the past and will again after I move, I'm not totally up to date with the cost of setting up a new aquarium these days. A friend asked me and I suggested a nano if he was tight on space and primarily corals with only shrimp or a handful of very small fish, at most. I was thinking neons or firefish, something like that. He's looking at larger than the small 8 gallons but probably no larger than around 20 gallons. There are some JBJ tanks and others from the nano tank specialists and I was wondering if I could give him a ballpark figure of what to expect to build.
     
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  3. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    500-700 for everything, fish, salt, power heads, test kits, stand.....
     
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  4. Vinnyboombatz

    Vinnyboombatz Giant Squid

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    Bio cube 14-164.99
    Bio Cube 29-194.99
    You will then need to add salt,test kits,refractometer,heater,substrate,lr,powerhead(s),mechanical and or chemical media,Dosing supplies(depending on types of corals and wc schedule) misc. tools like net and algae scrubbers,and of course fish,corals. Tell him whatever he comes up with as a number add 20 percent as this hobby can be expensive.
     
  5. FeedYourMachine

    FeedYourMachine Feather Duster

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    Bought my son a 12 gallon nano with stand for 200 ..
    All said and done, about 300 into it ..
     
  6. zesty

    zesty Sailfin Tang

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    This is what I would say.

    The worst thing you can do is cheapen out in this hobby. It doesn't mean you have to buy the most expensive, but make smarter buys vs lowest price. That always comes with a "within reason" cause for me. lol I tend to dream big sometimes...