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07-15-2004, 11:12 PM
how much money to create your tank?

home made stand $100
tank $100 55 gl
2 diy canisters $55
fish $35
all decor $40
fresh water test and meds who knows,alot
diy moonlights $6
total around $ 340
not to bad in prise. so lets here or see the best for the lowest amount.

07-15-2004, 11:18 PM
i think this will be an interesting post, sorry i can't contribute. every single tank i've gotten was used, and i paid next to nothing for them. i keep them pretty bare so theres more room for the big cichlids, so i paid for gravel, river stones, maybe an assorted decoration or two, and the filters

07-15-2004, 11:29 PM
Tank: 50$ used
Emperor 400: 47$
Power Head: 20$
decore: 5$
test kit: 20$
Food: 25$ so far
Fish: 6$
Total: 167$
I'm on my first tank. I got the rocks from my back yard, only thing I bought was a plastic plant. Just bought fish to start the cycle.

07-16-2004, 05:27 PM
whta size tank.

07-16-2004, 06:02 PM
120g tank =free
All I had to buy was gravel and decorations, and carbon and ammo chips for my filter.
and then I bought my 55g tank for 350 bucks and came wit everything didn't have to buy one thing for it, except for some fish.

07-16-2004, 06:31 PM
50G or 55G

07-17-2004, 01:45 AM
110g bowfront with stand, heater, internal filter, lights and hood = £565 (brand new). I cut the internal out.
2x Fluval 404's = £180

I spent £800 max on this tank.

55g with stand, heater, internal filter, lights and hood = £240 (brand new).
Left the internal in + bought 1 Fluval 204 = £50.

No more than £350 spent.

09-01-2004, 05:08 PM
1. 135 Gal - Free from Aunt and Uncle and Little Cousin =$0
2x canister filters $160 each (b-day gift from Girlfriend) = $0
2x 36inch fixture, 2x bulbs = $140
1x 48inch fixture, 1x bulb = $82
2x 50lbs of pool filter sand = $16
1x 250w heater = $30
150lbs of Vengeance Creek Stone = Approx. $50
Coral and shells = $15
Silk Plants = Approx. $30
26x Malawi Cichlids = $45 (+ 20 babies they just had = free)
3x Algae eaters and 1xCatfish = $18
5x Convicts (free from parents in 300gal) = $0
Jardini Aro (he will be relocated when he gets too aggressive) = $50
Miscellaneous = $50
TOTAL= $ 526

2. 300 Gal (came with stand, hood, lights, filter, pumps, coral, heater, UV, 2x pumps, 1x air pump, lace rock) = $1,000
Sand paper, paint, materials to repaint hood & stand = $50
New Tubing = $50
180lbs of pea river rock = $6
Back ground = $5
Lace Rock (Free from 135gal) =$0
Silk Plants = $60
1x 300w heater = $30
4x new bulbs = $40
8x silver dollars = $32
6x Giant Danios = $18
2x Jack D = $6
2x FireMouth = $6
2x Convicts = $4
1x Green Texas = $4
1x Ornate Bircher = $16
1x Senegal (??) Bircher (free traded 2x baby Senegal Birchers) = $0
1x Black Aro = $50
1x Midas = $5 (currently in a quarantine tank)
1x Chocolate Cichlid = $4 (currently in a quarantine tank)
1x Green Terror =$17 (currently in a hospital tank)
Miscellaneous = $100
TOTAL= $ 1471

Combined TOTAL =$ 1997, this is cheaper than the home theater hobby and the reason I got into aquariums. I didnít include food because I constantly buy different kinds.

09-02-2004, 02:05 PM
55g tank, filter, lights, hood and heater = $155.00
Homemade stand=$60.00
Additional filter= freebie off another tank.
Crushed coral=$25.00
All rocks=free
Total=Around $260 including taxes.

09-07-2004, 09:32 PM
I spent $350 for my 75 gallon aquarium and stand. But its a black glossy one. So its worth the money to me. I recently bought a RARE JUMBO FLAME TAIL GREEN TERROR for $51 and shipping cost me$75. So I gave th guy $130 total for my fish and shipping http://www.aquabid.com/cgi-bin/auction/closed.cgi?view_closed_item&fwcichlidc1094334054
You can see him there. The Only reason why Glitz isn't show quality yet is cause he has a small hole in the head (but it's going away). Once it goes away he will be show quality, but Glitz is already a show male to me and worth every penny. So my tank and fish ( Glitz ) the name I gave him cost me around $500. Then 3 big bags and 8 small bags of pink gravel cost me $100 and my emperor 400 filter cost me $75. My net, scrub brush and buckets (to clean) cost $25, so thats a grand total of $700. Thats not even including my food I will need to buy for Glitz and I plan on buying Bio-Blend Cichlid Pellets, Omega One Super Color Pellets and one other type food you guys can recommend (so I can give him an assortment of foods). I guess you can say I will pamper and baby my new prize fish Glitz. :) TOTAL= $700

09-07-2004, 09:33 PM
whoah... that's an awesome fish

09-07-2004, 10:14 PM
Thanks punkypuffer :)

09-09-2004, 09:58 AM
90g tank including lid and lighting - $500
3 25lb bags of gravel - $60
driftwood - free
slate - free
filters - $150 (3 ac 200s....saving up for a fluval 404)
plants - $20

i think thats pretty much it....
tiger oscar - $10
sailfin pleco - $7
green terror/blue acara cross - $12

09-22-2004, 05:32 PM
Holy $^%# what a nice fish!

09-25-2004, 06:56 PM
55 gallon with stand, filter, lights, heater and a box of accessories....$50.00 at Goodwill.

55 gallon with stand, filter and all accessories...Free! Put a message in our local paper's swap column and a really nice guy gave me the tank for free because he was getting out of the hobby. Another person gave me 3 15 gallons plus several boxes of food, accessories and pumps for free from the same posting.

29 gallon with 2 power filters, plastic plants, light and heater...$25.00 at Goodwill.

What can I say? I'm as cheap as they come. :D

01-22-2005, 07:36 AM
tank: 55 gallon all-gass= $100
stand: petsmart= $140
filter: AC 500= $35
gravel: african cichlid= $40
rocks: landscaping and backyard= $25
heater: 250w submersible= $15
fish: $85
food: spirulina and protein= $20
other: $70

I bought most stuff on bigalsonline.com so i got most of it pretty cheap. ANd i bought the fish at bluegrasscichlids.com

01-22-2005, 11:26 PM
tank:75 gallon all-glass 2 ac 500's,glass tops,hood,and 250watt ebo jager=$100
stand:homemade out of 2x4's and plywood=pretty much free as i had wood laying around

01-24-2005, 03:33 PM
100 gallon tank
oak stand
2 magnum 350 canister filters
2 250 watt heaters
2 penguin sponge powerhead filters
3 real nice decorations (about $50 in the store each)
about $100 worth of supplies (water conditioner, water test kit, nets, food, ect..)
48" light fixture and bulb
3 of the biggest air pumps, forget what brand
I traded a handgun which i got for free plus $100 :)

01-24-2005, 04:21 PM
so far

80 gallon tank-89 dollars
stand for 80 -100 dollars
sand-8 dollars
driftwood-50 dollars
light fixture-70 dollars
filters(ac 500,ac 150,ac200)120
my SA tank=467dollars
89 gallon long tank-30 dollars (i love yardsales)
sand 8 dollars
rocks -free
diy background-60 dollars
live plants-40 dollars
hood and lights-80 dollars
filter-cannister and ac 150-130 dollars
fish-breeding colony of red empress-50 bucks-breeding colony of f0 white calvus 200 dollars.
about 460 dollars for my hap tank

135 gallon long tank in the works so far 275 dollars

01-27-2005, 09:50 AM
The 2 oak tanks (125 and 55) were over 1200.00 each for tank,stand,canopy.
The black 90g surfline was about 1100.00
The 55 g marble tank was bought second hand and was 120.00
The 46g bow front was about 750.00,tank,stand,canopy.
75g tank,stand,canopy 479.00

Filters,heaters = 1500.00 (approx)
Silk plants,resin rock,sand,gravel,misc = 500.00 (approx)

I also have 2 -20g,3 - 10g,1-5g and have no clue what they cost anymore...just basic tank/light setups.

01-28-2005, 07:46 AM
Stand that holds both tanks
3 external canister filters
4 heaters
All gravel
3 pbass

Everything new- $1800 Australian

2 180g
stand to hold both tanks
2 external canisters

second hand-$800