Why Did You Pull The Trigger?

Discussion in '3reef Site Polls' started by ReefSparky, Oct 23, 2009.

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On Any Component Of Your Reef System, What Was Most Important To Satisfy?

  1. Getting the lowest price

    14 vote(s)
    17.1%
  2. Getting the best quality

    61 vote(s)
    74.4%
  3. Getting the newest version (latest/greatest)

    1 vote(s)
    1.2%
  4. None of the above (please list).

    6 vote(s)
    7.3%
  1. ReefSparky

    ReefSparky Super Moderator Staff Member

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    On Any Component Of Your Reef System, What Did You Spend The Most Time Searching To Satisfy?

    What was the item you bought?
     
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  3. iLLwiLL

    iLLwiLL Sailfin Tang

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    $25 for a RK2 with a new temp probe was the latest acquisition . . . I dont think I could have forgave my self if i passed on that deal. I scour craigslist very often and send a lot of emails looking for the best possible prices on my equipment and/or livestock. It takes some patience, but I view t as another fun aspect of the hobby.

    ~Will.
     
  4. blumoon reefers

    blumoon reefers Millepora

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    We spent the most time researching the skimmer. Ended up buying from my LFS event though it was cheaper online. Gotta keep the local good guy in business.
     
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  5. PharmrJohn

    PharmrJohn The Dude

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    I spent the most time researching my lighting. Second was my skimmer. One thing I have NOT done is skimp on really anything I put in my system. You flat out pay for mistakes three fold down the road when 1.) the part doesn't work as planned and damages your work in progress and 2.) you have to buy what you should have in the first place.
     
  6. unclejed

    unclejed Whip-Lash Squid

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    The poll won't let you pick more than one but I spent more time on picking out my last return pump. Looking for the lowest price, quality, quietest and how many gph. It seems I spent 2-3 days talking to LFS, forum people and reading and looking on-line. Finally chose Mag 7 for my 55 gal. and it worked out perfect, that was nice for a change.
     
  7. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    My tank maintenance service (aka Roger) :hehe:
     
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  9. GoToSleep

    GoToSleep Torch Coral

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    I spent the most time deciding on my tanks size/dimensions. After I threw myself into the custom arena, the relative cost of my other components seemed to matter a lot less (don't tell my wife though).

    For most everything else, quality and performance has driven my decision with a little bit of weight given to the latest/greatest (skimmer, controller).
     
  10. kameleon23

    kameleon23 Plankton

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    I would have to say i spent more time researching and trying to find the right chiller...then again, maybe i just took so long to buy it because of its price haha :)
     
  11. steve wright

    steve wright Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Chiller for me, went with brand that I found best reviews for of the models available to me here - so I did go for best quality but within a reasonable price bracket.

    Steve
     
  12. tatted4ever

    tatted4ever Clown Trigger

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    my two latest and greatest purchases were my apex controller and xp-2000 skimmer.

    Really I would have selected would be all of the above if listed. Yea Im price consious even if the item is expensive I look in my emails and see what coupon codes I have to use on sites, I like to have the newest toy (who doesnt?) and I want it to be of the best quality within my spending constraints.

    Truly the best quality is most important... maybe not best but great to best. I dont want to spend money on something that 6 months later Im gonna be upset with cause it has caused me problems or it doesnt perform to expectations.

    So really at times I like to factor all 3 in. Sometimes the newest piece isnt the best for you or your system. Lets face it some of us dont have the luxuries to drop bukoo dollars on items. and we are always striving to get the best for what we can afford.