I recently set up a planted 5 gallon tank. Only cost me £50 which is about $75 for you. However, I already owned a spare tank, heater and rocks. The costs only included the plants, substrate, new lights etc. If you factor everything else in, it costed me about £153 which is about $230
How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
This might help, my estimated cost for this shrimp setup will cost 130-175$
Rimless 7.5G cube (Looks like mr aqua) 35$ (after tax)
Finnex FugeRay 12" (Amazon) 44$
2 Bags of UP shrimp sand 40$
Plants (Carpet plants/background) 25$
Dual Sponge filter 2$
Old Air pump from 75G (Costed 15$)
That is about $161, I still need to get 10 CRS for about 30$.
My only problem is tank prices. At the same time, I would be wary of trying anything cheap, wondering if they are cheaper because they are poorly made or cheaper because they found a way to just do it cheaper.
Then again, if Audi's and BMW's were as cheap as Hyundai's, everyone would probably own one LOL
In my opinion, the price is not that bad for an ADA tank if you factor in how low iron the glass is, the silicon work, and even a little for the brand name and satisfaction of saying, "I have an ADA tank."