NOTE: *** = edit
Uh-oh, I got sucked into reef tanks by a 2.5gal so why not use the same forumla for planted tanks?!
Thankfully I recently got out of saltwater tanks so I've got a lot of extra equiptment to re-use. This tank was the same one I used on my 1st saltwater tank. I was browsing this forum (god bless you google, 4pm ish) and had to run out to petsmart and get some Flourite and some cheapo plants.
(5pm)At petsmart I picked up:
7lbs Flourite ($25)
1 Amazon Fern (?) (~$4) *** Java Fern***
1 Grass Looking Thingy (?) (~$1.50) *** Japanese Rush ***
2 Ghost Shrimp (30 cents each)
With tax and all it came out to $34.65. I had $34.86 on me.
(6pm) @ Home:
Rinsed out 2.5gal with just some tap water. I then added about 2.5-3in Flourite to the tank. I had some nifty rocks laying around so they went in too(after washing). Some washed off gravel from the back yard really added that home-made touch.
I slowly added about 1 gal generic "kroger brand" bottled water, then just filled the rest up with dechlorinated tap water. Needless to say my tank was very blurry! I re-used a nice 13w 10k PC lamp to make it bright blurryness.
At the moment (7pm) the water's heating up and clearing out a bit. I've got a small powerhead in there on the lowest setting. Nothing's actually IN the tank yet, the plants and shrimp are waiting for it to warm up some. Once thing heat up and I snap a picture I'll update!