Originally Posted by AlexXx
Go to walmart they have 36 dollar starter kits for a 10 gal, comes with net, filter, hood, lights, everything! all u need is a small heater, depending on your locals climate. I live in Florida, no need for a heater so far! I got my starter kit for freakin 50 bux at pet supermarket, i kicked myself for not checking walmart before... Everything seems signficantly cheaper their. When i get my 20-29 gall, can u can bet ill get it at walmart!
That was going to be my suggestion
Also for substrate you can buy coloured marbles, or gravel however it can be expensive. I recommend sand. Just ordinary play sand from Home Depot. $5 for a 50lbs bag. Its overkill I know, but best deal around. The rest could be used to sprinkle in your driveway during the winter, (People from warm climates will not understand). Or make a sand box, or even save it for when you get more fish tanks!
Just wash it and wash it. If you think its clean wash it again for another hour. I washed my sand for about 3 hours.
I washed for an hour filled my tank it was so dirty. So I had to drain my tank, take out all the sand, and wash it all again for two hours this time, swirling the sand in the bucket with the hose. Draining when it got full. Decorations can be fun, just make sure its non-toxic and doesnt have sharp edges that can tear bettas fins.