Originally Posted by somewhatshocked
I wish $50 per gallon was a reality. I'm more than $2,700 into my 12gal.
Let's take an imaginary 10 gallon tank.
$ 30 - 10 gallon tank (probably cheaper)
$ 20 - cover - incandescent
$ 15 - two CFL (florescents to put in the incandescent socket)
$ 20 - Petco Sand or MGOPM
$ 40 - Aquaclear 30 or equivalent
$ 50 - Aqueon Pro Heater 100 W (top end - no glass)
$ 60 - Stand or furniture
4 species @ $8 each roughly. Your grow the rest
Bacopa, Water Sprite, Anubia, and Java Ferm
$ 8 Moss Ball
$ 8 Java Moss
$ 8 Water dechlorinator
$ 8 bacteria
$ 20 Food
$ 25 spare foam, carbon/purigen/bioballs
The foam is cheap. The bioballs you do not have to replace. Only the carbon or purigen. So in reality $25 is for spare carbon + form + purigen.
Sub total $344
$100 for the fish and you come in under $444
If you want to buy an EHEIM or high end lights, then you will pay more.
If you go for ADA aquasoil, or ADA tanks, then you will pay more.
$50 a gallon is very doable, if you are not going high tech.
You can even get low-iron glass tanks, relatively cheap.
Right now, Tropiquarian in Asbury Park is selling
a 10 gallon Deep Blue professional tank
with stand, Deep Blue filter, and T-5 flourscent cover + 100 W heater
If you are willing to live with a glass heater, and a smaller filter, then you can go way under $50 a gallon.