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This hobby is expensive even if you buy everything used. I’m wondering in the first few months/year…how much did you spend on everything? I’m curious. I just did some math and 2 months into it with a 20 gallon tank I’ve spent around $1,500 USD! I also realize like anything you acquire things overtime and most don’t buy everything they’ll ever need all at once. It’s hard and addicting lol. And omg coral is so expensive especially considering some frags are hundreds or thousands of dollars. But I will say it’s something I saved for but never expected to spend this much.
I estimated my current 29 gallon tank with sump to replace the equipment and have it running with live rock and sand, based on 2021 prices would be around $2000.

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never ever have a questioned the added value for what you have described - it is just not required "for everyone"

I know its not required, but for someone like myself who works 11 hour days, five days a week. With a new home where I am working basically all weekend in the yard and so forth, it is a godsent. Last thing I want to do when I get home is sit down and do tests for an hour.
 

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Basically, budget for a nice used to new car if you are 90 or above. It adds up quickly. $1500 for a 20 sounds right in the ballpark to me. I think a lot of people will brag about how it can be done for so little. Though it is possible, I do think generally reef hobbyists are not including all of the costs, or just not being honest with themselves. This is and always has been an expensive hobby. First thing non hobbyists always say, "oh I hear reef tanks are expensive'. Yup.
 

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Basically, budget for a nice used to new car if you are 90 or above. It adds up quickly. $1500 for a 20 sounds right in the ballpark to me. I think a lot of people will brag about how it can be done for so little. Though it is possible, I do think generally reef hobbyists are not including all of the costs, or just not being honest with themselves. This is and always has been an expensive hobby. First thing non hobbyists always say, "oh I hear reef tanks are expensive'. Yup.
This is what shocked me. If someone had asked me what i had spent on the tank(s) so far (only two months in). My guess would have been half of what It actually cost (as i have been keeping track of every expense)
 
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I pray that if I die, my wife doesn't sell everything for what I told her I paid for it.
If she did she probably wouldn’t have enough to bury you lol!!! U might want to write the prices down and hide it in the tank under a rock :beaming-face-with-smiling-eyes:
 

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This hobby is expensive even if you buy everything used. I’m wondering in the first few months/year…how much did you spend on everything? I’m curious. I just did some math and 2 months into it with a 20 gallon tank I’ve spent around $1,500 USD! I also realize like anything you acquire things overtime and most don’t buy everything they’ll ever need all at once. It’s hard and addicting lol. And omg coral is so expensive especially considering some frags are hundreds or thousands of dollars. But I will say it’s something I saved for but never expected to spend this much.
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The only thing I've kept track of is my setup cost for my current 90g:

90g tank, stand, canopy $300 (used)
29g sump $10 (used)
Mag7 return pump $68 (new on sale)
2 bb led panels (new off eBay, $60/ea) $120
DIY ATS setup w/ leds ~ $30
Salt - $50
Sand - $40
80lbs LR - $80 (massive savings over lfs prices)
Misc plumbing - $40
ATO & pump $50

Total up and running cost for 90g reef: $788
 
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Did you start off in the reef hobby buying used equipment? Do you still use pre-owned equipment? (Choose all that apply)

  • Yes, I did start off with some used equipment. It made getting everything going easier!

    Votes: 135 40.4%
  • Yes, I did start off with some used equipment, but it was a mistake I won't make again.

    Votes: 16 4.8%
  • I still buy used equipment! It's a helpful way to save money in this hobby!

    Votes: 105 31.4%
  • Nope! Everything I used to get started was new! And I'm glad I started with all new stuff!

    Votes: 81 24.3%
  • Nope! Everything I used to get started was new! But, I should've looked around for used options!

    Votes: 33 9.9%
  • I still only buy new equipment! Lots of problems avoided that way!

    Votes: 43 12.9%
  • Other... (Post in the thread)

    Votes: 13 3.9%
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