right, we know about costs!
Hey, we've all been there, you will want to wait and watch for a deal in a used set up. Do tally up the time you spend messing with the bottles. "Oh, honey, this'll save me 90 minutes a week!"
The tank is not able to be shipped usually, it is just too expensive due to weight, so watch for one locally. You would be wise to log onto several groups to keep tabs on the for sale section. Of then the best buys are in not-planted tank fourms, like the discus forums or saltwater forums. It seems that those folks are so numbed to the cost, they let stuff go cheaper.