Want to get into marines? Why not set up a fabulous modern reef tank like this one...
The dream of many fishkeepers is to own and run a successful reef aquarium. There is a large initial outlay and fairly high running costs, though the results can be spectacular.
Don’t buy a system too large for you to afford to stock and keep looking good. We’ve priced up a system with individual components, though you could opt for an all-in-one system ready made for £1,500-2,000.
What you will need
120 x 50 x 50cm/48 x 20 x 20” tank, cabinet and hood with sump and pipework £800-1,500
Protein skimmer £200
Circulation pumps £200
LED, metal halide or six T5 lights £500
Live rock £250
Aragonite substrate £30
Salt (25 kilos) £60
Phosphate remover £25
Test kits £60
Total: Expect to pay £2,000-2,500, excluding livestock.
UV steriliser £100
Calcium reactor + CO2 system £400
Zeovit reactor £200
Balling method peristaltic dosing pump £300
This item was first published in the Christmas 2009 issue of Practical Fishkeeping magazine. It may not be reproduced without written permission.