Oh gosh... I could have easily spent $500 on everything... Fish, tanks, gravel, vase gems, plants, heaters, filters...etc. And I have received a bunch of stuff from my parents, for my fish. I heart sales and do most of my shopping then. :)
10g tank w/ filter hood & lights package - $45
(i have 2 setups but 1 is from when i was in high school *cough 7 years ago cough*)
fluorescent hood - $40
gravel - $20
silk plants - $15
live plants - $15
caves - $5
Heaters(2) - $30
thermometers(2) - $3
food - $4
medications - $30
Bettas - $33
Snails - $26
so total $266 and i may add it was well worth ever penny :)
The added cost on the electric bill is a very good point!
Plus, how many times have you purchased "a little something" to add to one of the tanks, then get it in the tank and decide you really don't like it after all? Now it sits on the shelf and you're starting to think of new ideas, with that piece, for the next tank... it just goes and goes... lol.
Yeah I found 2 more old 1 gallon tanks today, and 6 air pumps.... lol We have tons more old aquarium equipment I didn't know we had in storage, I want to put it to good use, but I want to learn more about taking care of just one fish first. Who know maybe in the years to come.
PS: The excel .xslx sheet has been updated to fix spelling, water test costs, and now includes gas costs to drive to the pet store.
PPS: Also attached to this post is the estimated electrical costs for a 10 gallon tank, with a power filter, and incandescent lighting.