Unfortunatly with this hobby you can't put a budget on a tank setup and stay true to it......or at least i cant LOL
One thing leads to another and before you know it, you are well over your budget.
If you are staying on a low budget and dont mind waiting, i would look on craigslist as much as possible and place a add. If you are lucky enough to get the aquarium,filter,heater,light,stand for free then you can use the money you saved to buy things like C02 reg/cylinder, ferts, plants etc
My advice, since you are asking about the cost, is to visit the low tech threads on this site and look at some of the amazing tanks they have. Some just as nice if not better than high tech ! If you go with a cool water setup then you wont be spending as much on heater cost ...........the electric bill always hurts me this time of the year !
Well I'm looking for a higher tech tank, hence why I'm thinking the 20L.
Everything I get would be a little smaller/cheaper. Less fish, plants, substrate, etc
I would invest in the 40 regardless. Otherwise you'll probably own both eventually. Initial cost will no doubt be higher, but the payoff will be worth it. Increased water volume will give you less headaches down the road. More space to plant, and more options for livestock if you choose to keep fish. If I could start over I would have gone big from the beginning. My 3 cents.
the addiction continues...
Eventually but that could be 6 years out (or more)
Originally Posted by daworldisblack
One thing about the 20L that you may or may not like is that its 30" long. I have a 24" T5HO on mine and the spread is ok but with a 40B you can use a 36" fixture. It will def cost more - fixture and per bulb. Same deal with filters.. bigger = costs more. However, I think if you wait and take your time snapping up deals in the sales thread, this whole cost issue should be a non-issue. You may spend just as much with quality used stuff and a 40B as on everything new 20L.
Crap that is a good point. What do most people do for these I wonder?
I spent a few hundred setting up a 20g long. $20 for the tank, then came the substrate, t5ho lights, co2 system, plants, fish... maybe $100 for the stand that I built.
you can make it as cheap or expensive as you want. I could set up a dirted 40b for less than the 20
I was planning on a few hundred for the 20L, the 40B seems like it's 400-500