Originally Posted by driftwoodhunter
Bettatail, how do you know I don't have a $300.00 solid gold ramshorn snail?
I will raid your tank for the snail, let me know your address
a UV light is not expensive, but it is the (important?) equipment that you really need it or not.
a wild discus can easily goes up to $300 a piece, just imagine a tank full of wild discus, a lot of green swimming. For a tank like this, UV is necessary, to sterilize the water and prevent disease.
I need a UV because will get ready to get Altum angelfish in the fall, and a UV is about $50, not that much, that is the price of single altum angelfish without acclimating, after acclimating, the altum will be expensive because it is very common that all altum die off during one month acclimating period.