Newbettaguy... Lets see, got the tank at Petco on clearance for 34.98, Heater was 17.00, Sand was 4.99, the sticks that I made into trees totalled 4.00 (they sell them by weight), Christmas moss 4.99 (one bunch I split into three bunches), Dwarf Hairgrass 4.99. The other plants in there I pilfered from my 6 gallon tank. The rocks I had. Oh and the thermometer was 5 I think. So around 75.00 for everything after tax, including the tank.
VJM... I didn't know about the one in Lake Worth, I'll have to check it out. I did run across one a few weeks ago that I thought would be promising out on Lake Worth and Jog, but they only sold tanks, not fish or plants.
Mashiro.... I slowed down the flow on my Evolve by popping off the outflow tip (it just pops off) and sticking a little piece of filter sponge in it then popping it back on. Seems to work well. :)