How much $ do you have invested in your Betta/s (Excel spread sheet attached)
I'm just curious about how much $ each of you have invested in your overall setup.
For me my goal was simple The cheapest setup that will keep a Betta happy as outlined in the V 3.0 guide here. Also I had the advantage of many supplies being left over from our families past tanks from ten years ago.
As I mentioned in another thread "I thought fish were cheap" I was quickly set straight by a few other members "no they are not"
Ive gone crazy and made a confusing spreadsheet to figure it out for me!
The excel spreadsheet I have made makes this easy:
Depending on how to look at it, I've spent more money than I otherwise would have felt appropriate on my bettas.
I spent 80 dollars on the 20 bettas, gravel and 10 gallon tank when they were purchased.
For the wedding we displayed them in, my wife spent 50 dollars on the additional containers and colored gravel.
I spent another 95 dollars on a second aquarium, heater, light, filter, and silk plants, and a betta care book.
I later spent 40 dollars on live plants to keep instead (i felt they would cycle the tank more healthily), as well as some drift wood.
A week later I spent 40 dollars on additional fish to put in the tank and keep them company, and minerals and fertilizers, and primer.
The past month, I've not spent a dime on the tank except for water from the tap and a 5 dollar container of fish food.
$310 spent. The tank is wonderful. I am stocked for everything the fish need, and I really enjoy the hobby.
I mostly consider the word investment as something that reaps a greater reward because of it.
I consider it an education above all things.
I knew nothing about fish keeping before jumping head first into shallow water (10 gallons of it!), but always wanted to pursue this hobby. I enjoy it remarkably in result. These animals are wonderful to care for.
I spent about $100 extra that I could have avoided in the care of these animals properly in another way, but it has taught me so much more about research, and understanding, that compared to what I've gotten out of it, that $100 dollars could have been spent at the bar, or buying junk food needlessly, and instead, I have something wonderful to show for it, and plenty of knowledge I have imparted on some and bonded over with others.
That $310 dollars is priceless, and I am very satisfied with this hobby.
So far (bearing in mind I've owned him less than a week)
£50 tank, £13 heater, £14 new filter as the one that came with the tank was too strong, aquarium background (it was free but I'd have had to pay for it normally), 3 lots of food (£4 each - he is fussy); £2.50 on some pellets (bought today), gravel + plants + Ornaments £20 at least
£111.50 so far...
Plus the fish (and petrol of driving all the way to get him and petrol of driving around loads of places to get the stuff for his tank).
Factoring in how much water I use just for the fish, plus tanks, several different bags of gravel, caves, plants, power strips for all the lights, filters, heaters AND the lights, filters, heaters themselves, food, divider, aquarium salt, nets, cups, buckets, siphons, not to mention the electricity to run 4 (soon to be 5) tanks... I wouldn't be surprised if it was over $1,000 or more.
As it is I don't see the electricity or water bills as that is all through the college so I have no clue how much I pay in those areas.