I recommend a Clamp Lamps and a 13 Watt Coil Bulb with at least 5000K. That is about $15 all together. You can also do Miracle Gro Organic Potting Soil with Play Sand or Petco Black Sand, which is about $15....
And being a shrimp only tank. You can get away with just a Sponge Filter. The Aquaclear might be to powerful.
Thanks for the heads up on the potting soil. I didn't realize that stuff was aquarium-compatible. I'll look into that for sure.
I've been told to consider a sponge filter before, but considering I don't have airline tubing, an air pump, or the sponge filter which all together would be the same price as the AquaClear. Someone else suggested a Marina Slim, I think I'll go with that instead.
Instead of mopani would, you could always head out to the nearest creek, and pick your own driftwood.
I'll be on the lookout for some nice driftwood in my area.
And, particularly for cherries, a heater might not even be necessary assuming the room your keeping your tank on is fairly steadily held at somewhere in the 70's
A heater would probably be necessary for winter break when we wouldn't have the heat on as high. It can get cold in Evanston.
Ebi tanks are nice but I don't regret my 10g a bit. Can save on the sand by getting a 50lb bag of Black Diamond/PFS for around $8 vs $20. I'd go with item 302424 on Lowes for bulbs. Don't need dechlor unless you have city water. AC filters are nice...have you looked into the Marina Slims? They're quite nice as well but have the motor in-tank.
Obtaining a 50lb bag of Black Diamond is hard without a car. There isn't a place nearby that I'd be able to get on either. If I could though is it shrimp safe? I've heard it can be too sharp.
I'm pretty sure I'd have city water? What other water would I have?
The marina slim looks awesome. I'll probably switch to that instead. Thanks for the suggestion. Also those light bulbs are exactly what I was looking for. Awesome!