What is your budget? Can you order online?
1. Tank: You can get a 5.5 gallon tank-only in PetCo for around $14.00
2. Heater: A 25 watt at Aquarium Heaters: Hydor Theo Heater
3. Thermometer: I recommend a digital thermometer over floating glass. You can get that at F&S.
4. Canopy: A glass canopy Aquarium Lighting: Marineland Glass Aquarium Lighting Canopies
for under $10.00.
5. Filter: Either an internal Aquarium Internal Filter IF-202
or HOB (Hang On Back) Aquarium Hang on Filter PFE-1 - 15 Gal Capacity, 45 GPH, 2W
filter from AquaTop/TruAqua.
6. Water Conditioner: Drs. F&S also has Seachem Prime for half-price until tomorrow so if nothing else, I would get a bottle of the 500mL right now for under $7.00.
Total: Around $60.00
I use all of the above and am very happy with everything.
In no particular order
1. Substrate: For a 5.5 you need about 10 pounds of gravel or sand.
2. Vacuum: Wal-Mart has airline tubing you can use as a vacuum. Or, you can use a regular turkey baster to clean up waste.
3. Light: You can use a regular clip-on light. Use a timer set for eight hours so you don't get algae. For plants I use this light but it may be pricy for some and can certainly be bought later or a Christmas or birthday present. Finnex Stingray LED Fixture: 16 Inch
The 16" is for a 5.5 but if you have a canopy you can use the 12" which is $10.00 cheaper.
4. Silk or live plants (Drs. Foster and Smith has good silk plant packages). Live: Anubias, Hornwort, Anacharis, Wisteria, Cryptocoryne. You can start out with silk and transition to live as you gain knowledge.
5. "Hides." But, if you have enough plants you don't need hides as the plants will serve the same purpose.
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