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Old 07-16-2012, 12:53 AM   #32
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Things that make the tank easier to care for:
-bigger tank (up to a point)
-bigger protein skimmer
-better lighting
-better water circulation
-more support equipment like reverse osmosis filters for adding water, chiller if the location of the tank exceeds 80F, calcium reactors, refugiums, etc...
-lower fish density

Things that make the tank more expensive:
-all of the things above except for lower fish density

I highly suggest getting lots of books. Tons of great inspiration and hopefully learn to do it right the first time. My first time cost probably about $3k for a reef tank up until a heat wave killed about $1k in corals.

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