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Old 04-29-2011, 10:25 PM   #1 
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bettas on a budget!(:

Everyone here says they're so expensive, I would beg to differ! I have found goodwill and craigslist to be huge money savers for me, but because some here have disgust or bad experiences over such things, I will tell you how I gave my betta a brand new home for cheap!

Kritter keeper 2 gal: $10
Filter: $10
Fake plant: $2
Substrate: $2
Rock cave: $1
Anarcharis: $3
Moss ball: $3

Her tank is a jungle! I will post pictures soon. Heaters for that size are $10 generally. Thermometers are $2 (which I get tomorrow). I could have gotten this cheaper, too. Filters can be found for $6. I could have done without the fake plant. I could have silicones my own rock cave from the rocks as her substrate.

I paid $35 for everything (minus heater, including thermometer) and $3 could've gotten me a 3 gallon. If I had done everything cheaper would be at $25.

I promise you all there are great deals out there if you LOOK! The fish deserve it! Plus, fully lighted, filtered, decorated tanks can be found for $20+$30! Give your fish the things they deserve-- and need!!!

How did you set up your tank on a budget?? Lets give ideas so others can find a way to satisfy their bettas needs on a budget!(:
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Old 04-29-2011, 10:40 PM   #2 
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I got a 10gal tank for free from an ex of mine (cuz I was talking to him about getting more Betta's and the 7gal that I bought for $5 from a friend). So for me this route went:

$0 -10gal tank free from "friend"
$22 -75 Watt adjustable heater
$0 - Used (washed repeatedly with vinegar/water combo) fake plants from a friend
$0 - Used caves (washed repeatedly with vinegar/water combo) came with tanks
$0 - Filter came with tank and works great
$7 - 8lbs of gravel
$6 - API water conditioner
$5 - Syphon
$1 - Anachari's (a little under one batch)
$3 - HBH Betta pellets
$10 - Divider

$54 Total


For that price and a complete 10gal set-up I think is really good. :P My 7gal will be cheaper to set up since the water conditioner, syphon, and betta pellets are universal. I have a spare filter so my 7gal will only need a heater, some gravel and maybe some more plants. Plants will only cost me another $6 so add that with a 50Watt heater ($18) and I'll have that set up in a couple weeks. Rummage/Garage sales, 2nd hand stores, LFS sales, ebay, craigslist, newspaper ads, friends.. take all that in consideration when looking to buy new fish stuff you could make a decent set-up (like the OP stated) for fairly cheap. The only thing I wouldn't buy cheap of is the conditioner and food and maybe the heater too since continuously replacing those would be a pain in the bum!
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Old 04-29-2011, 10:40 PM   #3 
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my little brother just bought his setup for about $15
1. Aqueon 2.5 Gal : $12
2. Play sand : Free (I have a lot left over)
Thermometer : $3

I decided that he didn't need a filter since it was a pretty small tank and he'd be changing the water 100% weekly. A heater would probably be about $10, so all together it'll be about $25 for the whole setup :)
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Old 04-29-2011, 10:57 PM   #4 
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how'd ur brother get that 2.5 gal aqueon for $12? :OO that is lucky, they cost like around $40 :OO
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Old 04-29-2011, 11:35 PM   #5 
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it was just the tank by itself lol your probably thinking about the kit
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Old 04-30-2011, 09:34 PM   #6 
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Picked up a 1.5gal tank with the filter today for $3... Actually $2.99 ;)

Tank holds water, filter works! Just missing the plug for the light. But it's only temporary for whatever betta I get.

It's this tank:
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...26amp%3B+Bowls

Goodwill, I love you.
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Old 04-30-2011, 09:40 PM   #7 
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55 gAllon tank- $10
10 gallon-$12
7 gallon- $10
2.5 gallon-$5
plants- bought one and it multiplied quickly
natural rocks from my koi pond
bettas-around $5 each
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Old 04-30-2011, 09:49 PM   #8 
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55 gAllon tank- $10
10 gallon-$12
7 gallon- $10
2.5 gallon-$5
plants- bought one and it multiplied quickly
natural rocks from my koi pond
bettas-around $5 each
omg.. 55gal for cheaper than your 10gal.. NICE they must have really wanted it sold fast (or you knew them really well ;) )
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Old 04-30-2011, 10:54 PM   #9 
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It gets a bit cheaper after you stock up on your needed supplies...heaters...water conditioners...sponges...and your other stuff..
I set up a 3 gallon for about 11 dollars.I already had the gravel and the heater though from my other tanks I switched to sand.....and the cave I am using came from another tank as well..
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Old 04-30-2011, 10:57 PM   #10 
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I would soo love a 55gal for $10...
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