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Old 09-20-2011, 07:03 AM   #31 
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Yea, It really all depends on what type of set up you will have or want...If I only had my one guy in the 3 gallon critter keeper it would be super cheap monthly...A bottle of Prime should last a year or so if you only have 1 or 2 fish...I have 10 tanks none smaller than 3 I go through prime and plant fertilizers every couple of months....And then i want to redecorate or get new plants and that adds up quite a bit...But I love my live plants.
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:26 AM   #32 
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I managed to get a nice set up for my boy, most expensive part was the heater (106.43)
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2.5 gal glass tank = 17.99
glass marbles = 6
3 pack silk plants = 16.99
rubberish plant = 8.49
marimo ball = 8.99
anubis (2) = 8.99
10W heater = 34.99
thermometer = 3.99

Then there was the cost of Scuzi, think he was about 7.99, plus food and conditioners, since I have more than one tank (sorority) it's a shared cost.
Pellets = 4.49
Frozen bloodworms = 9.99
Frozen brine shrimp = 9.99
Stress coat + = 10.99
Prime = (no idea, was a 200ml bottle)

For the sorority (389.12)
33 gal tank and accessories and stand = 150.00
33 lbs silica sand = 27.50
heater, plants, plant food = 90.00
filter parts + ammonia tester = 36.00
Ph regulator + flourish = 22.00
big ornament = 33.00
small ornament = 10.00
mug = 1.00
2 thermometers = 7.00
1 female = 5.62 (inc tax, she came with a handful of free java moss)
5 other females = free (just got lucky with a breeder who wanted to rehome a bunch of girls)

plus whatever a few more floating plants will cost

These set ups can get rather expensive, collecting a piece at a time works for some, one week some plants, another week the tank, you can definitely spread the price out to make it less painful
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Old 10-14-2011, 02:22 PM   #33 
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For me $100 but i already had an old 5 gallon tank. i bought a: heater, food, filter, conditioner, thermometre, silk plants/plastic and of course the fish.
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Old 10-14-2011, 05:53 PM   #34 
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cost me 40$ after 2.5 gal tank, heater, 3plants, hiding spot, gravel, and fish
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Old 10-15-2011, 04:59 AM   #35 
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The whole setup was over 100 dollars, but since then..hasn't costed much. I guess mostly the heating/water. Having one betta means his food has lasted forever, and using prime means my water conditioner is lasting forever!

I'm hoping to buy more plants soon though. :D Like, a lot. So that will cost me a bit of money.
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Old 10-15-2011, 05:25 AM   #36 
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I dont even want to know what I spent on my fish stuff.
I get the fish first and then slowly add other stuff, like heaters, decorations, sand, ect.

I don't do filters, so I saved some $$ in that dept and all the heaters came off ebay which also saved $$

Let's see:

3 gallon petco pet keeper X4 = 50
20 gallon - $20
10 Gallon X 2 - $15
100 watt heater $15
25 watt heater X 5 - $75
50 watt heater x2 - $30

god only knows how much I spent in decoratio0ns, which is probably what cost the most. My only option is petco or ebay. I like the asian sellers that have FREE shipping, otherwise i got hosed on shipping to alaska. Or Amazon if they have free shipping.

22 fish, most were saved from the evils of walmart but the HM's were from petco.

ooh, I also have a 5 gallon marineland hex which is currently empty. THAT was $65

However, once you have everything set up, monthly I only need conditioner or the occasional bottle of food or medicine. Much cheaper then the high matience chinchilla. She costs about $40 a week.

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