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  1. #11

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    Well so you can get an Idea of what it will cost to get a planted tank similar in size to yours running.

    $280.00 on my tank and stand setup. (I feel like I did alright on that aspect, I know some spend hundreds...)
    $145.00 on my Eheim 2217
    $120.00 on Odyssea quad t5 with plant lights.
    $100.00 +/- on sand. (bio-active Cichlid sand)
    $40.00 on heater.
    $60.00 on driftwood.
    $35.00 on a powerhead-circulation pump.(real low setting)

    Then you need to stock with fish and figure out which plants you will use. I have about $150-200 in fish and probably $30 in plants to date. But I have been adding a few plants every week.

    Roughly $1000.00 in my current setup before food, fertilizers (wet-dry) and other miscellaneous items that we all know I am missing.
    65 Gallon Tall 4' long Planted aquarium, Eheim 2217
    Stock: 6 Roseline's, 6 Peppered Corys, 4 Oto's, 5 Giant Danios, 4 Rosey Barbs, 2 Ruby Rams-Male-Female, 1 F German Ram, 2 Dwarf Gourami, 2 Angle Fish, 3 shrimp.

  2. #12

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    Oct 2012
    Buffalo, NY

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    Hey I just did my tank on a budget... few things

    A low/med tech light varies in price $60 - $200. Oddysea Lights new (for a 108W set up) is $60 shipped. So depending on the value of your fish and the brands the guy has it may be a decent trade.
    New bulbs for a 48" range $10-$25 each.

    Substrate: I used turface hertiage red, a $20 bag did my entire tank and looks/works great for the plants so far.
    Ferts: All I use is Seachum Flourish Root Tabs
    My Light: I did a DYI CFL set up, cost me $40 total and was easy, plus completely customizable
    Plants: I probably couldn't grow and sort of carpet, unless it was a simple moss, but my plants have all been doing well (except the amazon sword)

    While this can be expensive, it does not need to be.

  3. #13

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    Okay, Ill be willing to spend however much on the tank really, probably just like $700 a month so while I am cycling the tank I should be able to stock up on everything I need. All together I think I will probably end up spending more than $2,500 on it now that I have more money coming in.

    I have also decided to do the planted tank in a new tank so I will be keep the 300L I have now as a cichlid tank because I do quite like them and have been meaning to get another tank anyway :-)

    Now comes the excitement of finding a new tank!
    "Fish aren't meant to be in a box, kid. It does things to them"

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