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Old 03-08-2010, 01:42 AM   #1 
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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:

XLSX (office 2007 format): http://cid-5bb19d612a892687.skydrive...t%20sheet.xlsx

XLS (office 2003 format):


Try to fill one out yourself see how it goes, this is a crude excel sheet, i'll take suggestions on how to improve it.

I figured my Betta will cost: $426.54 over his entire life!!

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Old 03-08-2010, 04:26 AM   #2 
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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.
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Old 03-08-2010, 07:01 AM   #3 
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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).
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:51 AM   #4 
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Hairgrass $7
Anubias $7x3
Crypt $5
Anacharis $3
Cabomba $3
Ludwigia $3
Dwarf Sag $5
Wendtii $3
Anubias Petite $8
Moss $12

Malaysian Large $10
Malaysian Small $4

Pool Filter Sand $10
Pebble gravel $4

Heater $20
Filter $20
Thermometer $2
Hood Light $20
Blue Spectrum Bulb $16
2nd Hood Light $20
2 13 Watt Bulbs $8
Co2 Set up $10

Betta $5
Cory $3x3
Nerite $3
ADF $3x2
Otto (all dead.. Damnit) $2x4

My Total!!


Spoiled Fish! I dont even spend that much on my girlfriend!
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:55 AM   #5 
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I've easily spent $200, probably more. They are definitely cheaper than having a horse though!haha
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Old 03-08-2010, 11:05 AM   #6 
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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.
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Old 03-08-2010, 11:31 PM   #7 
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So much that I lost count! :P
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Old 03-09-2010, 01:11 PM   #8 
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kinda lost count... but ill try price whats lying around atm.
(prices are rounded up)

32L aquazone incl light (sorority) = €70.00
10L tanks x4 = €70.00
6L tanks x6 = €65.00
lighting = €60.00
extension leads = €25.00

male betta x4 = €40.00
female betta x3 = €15.00
cory's x2 = €8.00

silk plants, and the large silk plant in soririty = €30.00
monuments and deco = €65.00
gravel = €23.00 (11kg)

filters and heaters:
Marina surfae filters (chemical & mechanical) x5 = €90.00
heaters x5 = €100.00

finrot = €9.00
white spots = €9.00
salt = €5
conditioner = €9.00
PH test kit = €6.00

bloodworms = €6.00
brine shrinp = €6.00
pellets = €4.00
daphnia = €2.00

accessories; ill just add €20.00 (but its defo more lol)

TOTAL: €737.00

my old barrack system which i still have also had:
pump for €75.00
hosing worth €40.00
other parts from hardware store for at least €300.00 incl shelf

total incl that: €1130.00

i win LOL
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Old 03-09-2010, 01:23 PM   #9 
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I really don't want to know how much I've spent... :P
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Old 03-09-2010, 01:34 PM   #10 
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btw; i didnt mention my electricity bill is €400 for a small apartment.... so im guessing 50% is for the tanks and lighting lol.

glass 15L tank = €40.00
and aquarium background = €20.00 lol

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