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A little short on cash?

My experience was that smaller tanks are not very economical either. They are more difficult to balance which requires more time, tinkering, and additives.
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Depends on how each person sets it up.
I previously had a lowtech 2.5g where i never fertilized it.
I had a 15 watt spiral, along with java ferns, java moss, h. polysperma, r. rotundfolia, and l. sessiflora, alot of quick growing stems.

All i did was add excel whenever i remembered too, and do water changes whenever i wasn't lazy which was months at a time.

It worked out rather well, and all i used was regular gravel, with a bit of peat, nothing special.


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Gallon for gallon, no they really aren't much cheaper. The way to keep costs down is to go the low-light, no CO2 route. Limiting light is the biggest factor in keeping the tank low-cost and well balanced.

For my 10 gallon tank, the costs break down as follows:

Tank itself: $10.00

Stand: DIY'd a filing cabinet : $20.00

Substrate: ADA Aquasoil, 4 Liters, sold other half $20.00

Lighting: Two clamp-on desk lamps with spiral bulbs: $20.00

Filter: Eheim 2215 off Craiglist : 30.00


Now, that cost by itself isn't too bad, but if you factor in the pressurized CO2 that I have run from my other bigger tank, the costs go up dramatically.

Of course, you can make a 5 gallon tank cost 1,000 pretty easily, just look at the ADA drones who have to buy every single trinket that the company puts out.

A little research and some deal finding will go a long way to saving money in your setup.


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My setup:
Tank : $15 - $2.5
Filter: $15 - Elite Mini
Substrate: $10 - Plain Gravel
Light: $15 - Clamp w/ 15w spiral 6500k.

Keep in mind these are inflated Canadian prices, and in the states would cost much less.
So really depends. I would agree with EBB with the fact that some people can blow $1000 on a 5 gallon tank pretty easily with their obsession over ADA.
Ex. Mini M - $~70?
Solar Mini M - $~200?
Lily Pipes - ~$150
etc etc.


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I have spent more than $300 on this hobby. If I knew what I know now I would have just made caves and used java fern and anarchin. Cheaper in the long run. This set up wouldn't need a filter. Java fern can be glued with super glue to items to give different dimensions. Anarchin, egeria densa, is a floating plant but can be put into the ground and then roots will grow out of the stem and down into the substrate.

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