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Old 06-26-2010, 05:12 PM   #1 
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Which would be cheaper?

Okay, I plan on getting 2 10 gallon tanks for two males... I already have one 10 gallon, but it doesn't have a filter, heater, light, lid, decorations , nothing. All those supplies together will cost me around $100, maybe? Now, for the second tank: I found a 10 gallon or maybe a bit bigger on Kijiji for $10... but it also has no filter or heater or lid or anything. I was looking at WalMart and found a 10 gallon kit with a hood, filter, and light for $50 bucks. All that would be let to buy if a heater and decorations.

So would it be cheaper to:

Buy the 10 gallon kit
Buy the 10 gallon from Kijiji and buy other stuff separate

Buy two five gallon kits?
Thanks for the help...
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Old 06-28-2010, 12:13 PM   #2 
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Why don't you get a 20 gallon and divide it?
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Old 06-28-2010, 12:21 PM   #3 
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I have two 5 gallons and they each cost me about $120 to set up with heater, filter, gravel, plants and a hiding spot.
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Old 06-28-2010, 12:46 PM   #4 
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If you look at craigslist/kijiji long enough you should be able to find a whole 10 gallon setup for fairly cheap. Also, you tend to get more for your money if you buy a larger aquarium.

If you need to buy additional supplies, I urge you to order online. offers $9 flat rate shipping, and all of the products are at least $10 cheaper than what you would find at a pet store. If you don't have a credit card, they also accept paypal.

Alternatively, you could just divide one ten gallon with craft mesh and report cover bindings--this is a very cheap and effective method. If you densely decorate or cover the divider with plants it does not stress out the fish.
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