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post #1 of 84 (permalink) Old 03-01-2005, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
 
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Did I really spend this much!?!?!?!

$160 - AGA 75G tank, stand, and glass covers
$100 - Eheim 2215 Canister Filter shipped from ebay ($89 + S/H)
$209 - Orbit 260W CF Light Fixture
$218 - Aquariumplants.com utlimate CO2 set
$70 - 5 pound CO2 canister filled
$100 - Heater, Substrate, Thermometer
$100 - Turbotwist 9W UV Sterilizer - ebay shipped

$1587 before I even got to fish and plants!!!

Man.....remind me never to add up my hobby expenses. Hate to think what I have spent on Skiing and golf.....gulp.....(dont tell my wife )
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:)

My G/F hates when I talk about a larger tank than the 55 I just set up. She knows me all to well.

Your going to be so happy with this size of tank. Wish i did the same when i had the chance.

Just realized you missed somthing. Substrate. Don't go cheap there you'll be sorry.

Let us know how everthing goes.

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About $20-$25 per gallon. That is the average cost of a planted aquarium.

That sounds about right to me!

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I'd say look on the bright side, $160 for a 75 tank, stand, and glass top is a really good price. I can't think of anywhere round here that I could get that set up for less than $250. If I could get it for that price, Nibbles would have himself a new home (see signature).
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Sounds right to me, I put down almost as much for my 75G tank. And I don't even have the substrate heater and UV. I hope I dont have a bad case of algae or my wife will probaly complain "$1500 to grow algae.?????"


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Sounds right to me, I put down almost as much for my 75G tank. And I don't even have the substrate heater and UV. I hope I dont have a bad case of algae or my wife will probaly complain "$1500 to grow algae.?????"
Get those ferts in order or you will. Using only one cap of flourish a week will cause you problems.

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LOL, thanks kzr750r1

The ferts are on it's way. Should be here in a couple days. Then I'll need a dosing schedule.

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That's actually not bad at all. It's an investment in the beginning, but once it's going, it's very inexpensive to keep it going (just like any hobby ).

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If you are married, just ask your wife to add up the cost of her hobbies. My wife crochets, sews and is into scrap-booking (talk about a money pit!).
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My girlfriend's hobby is reading (talk about boring).
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Asking my wife to add up her hobbies won't help me out one bit. She's into reading and crocheting (sp?). Neither of which eats up the dough like photography, aquariums, backpacking, fly-fishing, etc.

But as with most things, the investment is up front. $2 for a crocheting hook!!! Oh, crap.
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I am the one into the Reefs, planted aquariums and fly fishing. My husband is into the mountain biking. And we both love to hike and camp....my hobbies are more expensive than his.....I just need to make sure I make more than him and then it'll be legitamate!!!
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Yeah. Its expensive if you add it up. I just set up a measly 20g and spent probably around $500 and I didn't even have to buy CO2 tank, reg, needle & bub counter OR the aquarium and stand.

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ummmm

That list only adds up to $957. Is there something I'm missing?
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In all honesty....there is more!

Minnie is right BTW - I added the numbers in my head and chalked up $700 instead of $70 for the canister of CO2...so ~$1000 is better than ~$1500...still, no small chunk of change.

I also forgot about PMDD:

~$45 for my first round of G.Watson ferts.

More on the AGA 75G:

A LFS in Portland Oregon (Pets on Broadway) ran the add for $299 for the tank, stand, lids, and a single light strip. I actually got the guy at the store to credit me back $40 for the strip light because I knew I was going with much more wattage.

My substrate is 50% Flourite, 50% gravel with about a dozen root tabs here and there for specific plants.

I am signing up for the $1.99/mo hosting fee so I will post some pix of the tank.
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