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Old 02-12-2013, 04:06 PM   #1
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Cost of 40B vs. Cost of 20L


Hello all.

I'm doing tons of research on what will be my first legit planted tank. (Proper soil, co2, lights, etc)

And the cost of this seems to be crazy!

Has anyone compared the cost of a 40 breeder versus a 20 long?

I love the freedom of a huge tank but I feel like the cost alone of the gear might kill me

Has anyone gone through the same process that I currently am?
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You can wait for a $1- per gallon sale at Petco. I see them a lot on my saltwater forums too for $30-$40. You can try craiglist. I think the extra room in a 40b is totally worth it. I love deptj
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No no I mean total cost. The tank is just a small part
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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 !
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You can actually do a really Mich l nice planted tank on a budget. Miracle Gro organic garden soil substrate, black diamond blasting sand to cap it, a t8 fluorescent shop light from lows or home depot. The filter can even be an "underpowered" filter for your tank size because the plants will take up part of the filters job. You can even build the stand your self if you have the tools and skills. And patients, all of this will take patience.

Edit to add: you can skip the co2 as well, its really only needed if you are using liquid fertilizers, which you won't need with the soil substrate.

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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.

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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.
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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
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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

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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.

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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?

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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
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Light Fixture : $46.24 (Recommend hardware store)
Four bulb :
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Two bulb : $35.98
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(minus the plastic cover)

Light Bulbs : $6.75 (Recommend hardware store)
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Miracle Gro : $5.59 (Recommend local garden center store)
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Black Diamond : $8.99 (Recommend hardware store)
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Plants : $20
http://www.aquabid.com/cgi-bin/aucti...nts&1360776600

Filter : $82.36
http://www.thatpetplace.com/eheim-22...-filter-55-gal

Say you get the tank for $40 at petco...

Total : $190.18 plus tax, and shipping for some. I do not recomend ordering it all online, as shipping will be OUTRAGEOUS. Do as much in person shopping as possible. All in all, Id say around $250 for everything...Depending on your fish of choice. Also, I left out co2 because it is unnecessary with good substrate and the right light.
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Edit to add: you can skip the co2 as well, its really only needed if you are using liquid fertilizers, which you won't need with the soil substrate.

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Total : $190.18 plus tax, and shipping for some. I do not recomend ordering it all online, as shipping will be OUTRAGEOUS. Do as much in person shopping as possible. All in all, Id say around $250 for everything...Depending on your fish of choice. Also, I left out co2 because it is unnecessary with good substrate and the right light.
I'm sorry, but you are definitely incorrect with regards to co2. It is absolutely fundamental regardless of substrate. What would that matter anyway? The right light, like some high output varieties, necessitate that you use co2 to avoid issues with algae. While not mandatory, I would never advise someone (twice) that co2 is unnecessary. Liquid or dry ferts make no difference. Plants need co2 and the limited amount available from atmospheric concentrations will definitely hinder the type and quality of plants you will successfully grow.

All that to say, you can set up a DIY co2 system for a few dollars. In the end though, one always winds up going pressurized.
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:13 AM   #12
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I'm sorry, but you are definitely incorrect with regards to co2. It is absolutely fundamental regardless of substrate. What would that matter anyway? The right light, like some high output varieties, necessitate that you use co2 to avoid issues with algae. While not mandatory, I would never advise someone (twice) that co2 is unnecessary. Liquid or dry ferts make no difference. Plants need co2 and the limited amount available from atmospheric concentrations will definitely hinder the type and quality of plants you will successfully grow.

All that to say, you can set up a DIY co2 system for a few dollars. In the end though, one always winds up going pressurized.
I have five(5).. heavily planted tanks... Not one bit of co2 involved. Even growing plants like HC, crypts, riccia, etc. where co2 is recommended. I have medium light levels at best. Each and every aquarium hobbyist has their own opinions on how things should be done, so please don't tell me that my opinion is wrong and back yourself with your own opinion with out stating hard facts. I'm not here to argue with anyone, only to discuss this wonderful hobby that we all enjoy.

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I will bet that whatever brand of equipment you choose, the only thing that will be 2x as expensive will be the tank. The 40B will be cheaper per gallon, meaning that at the same turnover rate, the filter will be far from 2x as much. Same the the lighting, the fixture will only be marginally more expensive. Sure, the 40B will be more expensive, but maybe by 1/3 or less, so it comes down to preference.


Someone brought up the fact that the 20 long is 30 inches. I started with a 29 gallon and have had a few more 20 longs. Lighting can be annoying on these tanks. My current 20 long has a 24 inch fixture as I got sick of it, though many 30 in fixtures have 24 in bulbs which solves that. In high light, I don't have issues. However, with a 36 inch tank, you have several other options if you change your mind on tank size. With a 30 inch, not so much, you have 3 tanks that have vastly different depths so it's not easy to switch things up.

On the flip side, you don't need a crazy light to get high light into a 20 long. It's only 12 inch tall so just about any dual bulb T5HO fixture will be a good amount of light. A great dual bulb T5Ho fixture may be to much, especially right on the rim. So lighting can be really cheap for these tanks which is usually a major expense.


At the end of the day, buy the one you want more. Nothing is more frustrating than saving a few bucks, only to buy all over again.
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You can actually do a really Mich l nice planted tank on a budget. Miracle Gro organic garden soil substrate, black diamond blasting sand to cap it, a t8 fluorescent shop light from lows or home depot. The filter can even be an "underpowered" filter for your tank size because the plants will take up part of the filters job. You can even build the stand your self if you have the tools and skills. And patients, all of this will take patience.

Edit to add: you can skip the co2 as well, its really only needed if you are using liquid fertilizers, which you won't need with the soil substrate.

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Great ideas ( especially if this is your first go at a planted tank )! Save even more money and go the MTS route.
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As many said before me, the cost of 40B over 20L would be marginal at best. Personally, every time I try to save $10 I lose $100.

Can you build and run a gorgeous tank without co2? Absolutely.
Will you be able to grow all the pants you might want to without co2? No.

Can you grow half-decent HC without co2? Crypts? Absolutely. Big deal ...
But let's see some pictures of Rotala roundifolia that shows any color but green. Or R. macrandra. co2 is a tool for specific jobs. Don't knock it or other members until you've tried it.
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