I am completely new to this as well, but I would say I have spent about $1000.00.
In terms of tanks, at the moment, I have a ten gallon sorority tank (6 female Betta), a ten gallon spawning tank that required an extra purchase of a sponge filter and a twenty gallon grow out/plant tank that also needed a sponge filter. The tanks all have plants, both at ground level and floating. They also have decorations because the fish need hiding places. The chemicals for the tanks include water conditioner, ph up chemical because my ph here is really low, test kits, bacteria additive, aquarium salt, plant food, etc.
I am using a mix of flakes, freeze dried live foods, frozen live food, and am culturing worms for my fry.
My female betta were purchased off aqua bid. So were my "breeding kit" and floating plants
I purchased deli cups for male fry who will have to be jarred down the road from webstaurant.com. These are 32 ounce cups with lid, which are small and will require daily water changes. I spent about 100.00 for shelving and lighting for my walk in closet, which is doubling as part of my fish room.
My kids think I have gone nuts and so does my sister. But my son, who lives here with me, is stoked. He is 21, mildly disabled and home all the time, so I will have daily help once he gets home from visiting his dad.
I don't think I am done spending money. I think I will eventually need another grow out tank. I also have not purchased shipping supplies, which based on what I got when my betta were shipped to me, will be boxes, insulation, heat or cold packs, fish bags and possibly a way to fill the bags with air?
I am learning all this as I go, and maybe there are cheaper alternatives for some of what I spent. The people on the forums are great. I have also had positive experiences on aquabid, Believe almost nothing of what the people at petsmart. petco, walmart, etc tell you. I pull dead betta off their shelves every time I go. It's horrible. Petsmart sells delta tails they call half-moons, Petco lets their beautiful betta languish in 2 inches of water. Even my local fish store gave my misinformation on java moss.
If you are serious, step one is start saving money and looking for deals, Step 2 research, research, research. Please take your time. I am honestly overwhelmed and flying by the seat of my pants. Don't give up though, just be realistic.
Last edited by hmburkle; 11-17-2013 at 12:45 PM.