02-09-2012, 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by bruno
do you guys know if a tropical fresh water tank is any cheaper ?
or what i would need to get 1 going
Yes, it's cheaper. I'd think about what you want it to look like. Do you want a natural look of sand? Playsand is very cheap (Home depot) but it does require lots and lots of rinsing. The look is nice though. If you do gravel, I'd recommend a pea size gravel, keeping substrate as natural for fish as possible. Recommended amount if one lb. per gallon of tank. So, a 20 gal tank, would need about 20 lbs of gravel. If you want plants, you need to make sure you have a good florescent bulb. They aren't that expensive, and if you post in the planted tank section, you'll get help with that. Or read stickys on the forum about starting a planted tank. You can buy plants slowly, they aren't that expensive ($2.99-8.99 a piece or less, depending where you get them etc). You need a filter, a heater and rocks or driftwood, which again, if you find your own rocks and rinse them well over boiling water, there is no cost for that :) You need to be careful with some rocks, as they can change your water ph etc. I used slate that I stacked, and it is fine in tanks.
You need a good declohrinator (Prime) and a 5 gal clean bucket, a siphon to do water changes ($10.00). There are always other little things to pick up, but you could easily get started with just that.
Did I miss anything, anyone?