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Hi All,

I am a beginner, as you know if you saw my thread about being overwhelmed. In that thread, I was debating between a 56 and 75 gallon tank from PetSmart. I haven't bought anything yet, and last night I found a 150 gallon tank being sold locally.

Is a 150 gallon going to be too much to handle? It comes with the reef-ready tank, the stand, the canopy, and what appears to be a sump and some pipes. I know my pumps and skimmers will need to be larger, and I will need lights since it doesn't come with any. It means I will have to wait longer to set it up since it is more expensive, but that is ok because it's bigger!

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/g19z2xptsietja9/cvax0Ph1qZ
Here is part of the description- Perfecto Aquarium Glass Tank. Tank is 31" tall x 48" long x 24" wide.

Here are the photos. Can you all look and tell me what you think they should be asking? We are going to look at it tonight.

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No you will be fine with 150g It will be more water volume so its harder to make a mistake that effects the system. Only draw back the bigger the tank the more money it costs to set it up. But everyone wants to upgade at some point so if you got big to start with then you wont want to upgrade and if you do you can likely upgrade and use the same equipment if you plan everything right.

The link doesnt work.
 

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Nope, size can make it easier actually. It makes it harder to screw up, but also makes it more work/money to correct.

However, it does drive up the cost a lot. Sometimes being "new" is also having sticker shock. Lighting should be about the same as a 120g or even a 90g to do right. The deep dimension is the key so you will not be able to "cheap out" on the lighting. Waterflow will be more expensive and you will need a robust skimmer.

Otherwise, a very good friend has the 150g and it is an epic tank. Here was his 150 next to my 40B while he was storing my 40B for me.
<img src="http://www.thereeftank.com/gallery/files/2/7/2/8/8/imag0990.jpg" alt="Vodka Adventure" />


BTW, haggle with them... he has a Porsche Boxter in the background :lol:
 

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could you please use the TRT photo gallery to host your pictures. that way in the future we can all see the photos. the gallery is located up in the main title bar.

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G~
I'm sorry! I will. The link is direct from their Craigslist posting, i didn't think about using the photo gallery to post them. I will try to download them to my iPad and then use the gallery to post them.
 

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I don't think you have to upload someone else's pics to TRT ;) But definitely save a few images for your record if you get it.
 

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Nice set up! If you can afford it go for it. You have plenty of time to research all the extras but if you get the tank ahead of time for a good price you're 1 up in the game. Bigger tanks do allow much more time to adjust your parameters and internal changes in water chemistry also take longer to reach toxic levels. Keep on reefing and good luck. Welcome to the reef!
 

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Looked at the link on my phone and it worked. The tank looks great and the stand/canopy looks really good. You will need to get LED's to get proper light for a reef tank. How much is he asking for it?

Id think you are looking at ~2000-3000$ in equipment if you go highend and ~1000$ if you go simple. you could go even higher depending on your choice in lighting, I would use 4x LED fixtures with 90degree Optics on that tank.
 

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I would suggest narrow optics... as in 40 degrees. 31 is DEEP. You need as narrow beam as possible to penetrate to the bottom if that is a goal. Deep tanks make the lighting needs a bit more specific but it is not as costly as needing to cover 6 feet of tank. Look into the AI Vegas or the SOL or you could easily build your own and save some cash.
 

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Looked at the link on my phone and it worked. The tank looks great and the stand/canopy looks really good. You will need to get LED's to get proper light for a reef tank. How much is he asking for it?

Id think you are looking at ~2000-3000$ in equipment if you go highend and ~1000$ if you go simple. you could go even higher depending on your choice in lighting, I would use 4x LED fixtures with 90degree Optics on that tank.
They are asking $650 for it.
 

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They are asking $650 for it.
that seems about right. A new 55 gallon is 200 without stand or hood ( OR SUMP!). I'd try to negotiate, but if they don't budge take it.

Also, when/if you go over there, I'd inspect it first before you hand over the money. Look at the seals, and look for scratches/cracks. Scratches are hard to see without water in it ( and light) but they can be a pain one you fill it up. If all they used it for was fish then there shouldn't be any scratches.
 

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Well, As some said, a 150 tank will be a lot more stable, and be easier to learn on.... However, the 2nd side, It will be much harder on your wallet.

My first tank, I purchased a used 55g setup. due to a combo of issues ( mainly bad advice, and old tech as it was the early 90's), I never had the cash to set it up correctly and make it look good. So after a while, I gave up, broke it down and took a break. Then when I got back into it, I purchased a 37g. About the same shape, just a little shorter, and was much happier, as It looked full. Years go by, and I try upgrading to a 90g. My once beautiful tank, now looks extremely sparse, and very sad. I'm now back in the 37g and likely to stay there...

Not trying to discourage you. If it's a good deal, it'll be something you can grow into.
 
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