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Old 07-31-2004, 02:11 PM   #11
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I am in the same boat you are (but I like poor college student better- i get more sympathy ha!)

What I would do is get a kit for the time being (like a 55 kit or something). Since you are going to have to cycle and set up and all of that w/o fish- use the equipment it comes with and replace it as you (and your wallet) sees fit. And all the left overs you could sell in a "lot" on ebay to get some money back. If you do get a kit, check around to see what brands are better in what kits- so that way you might end up with something you like.

When it comes to stands- you should be able to build one for a little cheaper than that (even if its $20 cheaper thats still $20).

Also, look on ebay! Search for aquarium and by distance and see if there is anything in your area that will fit your budget.

Good luck!
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Old 07-31-2004, 03:11 PM   #12
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thanks, I'm thinking about skipping on having my planted tank and just doing silk/plastic plants *sigh*. Really I just like planted tanks better, but I can live without it, and I doubt my fish will really care too. That will cut down on a lot of the cost. Still, the 55 gal is too big, plus it doesn't have the big footprint I want for my bottom fish who will need more turning room. Since the tank is specifically for these fish, I don't want to compromise there because I want them comfy, and I don't mind spending more on the tank for their comfort. I looked around on Big Al's and they seem to have a bunch of stuff that I'll need for much less, so that is a start.
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Old 07-31-2004, 03:38 PM   #13
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Would a 36" Perfecto Flouresent light (with with two stip bulbs thingies) be sufficient for a planted tank? I found one for $72.99 on Big Al's. By mixing some stuf from Big Al's and my LFS, I've cut the cost from $560.86 to nearly $350 8O it is looking good, I think.
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Old 07-31-2004, 03:48 PM   #14
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I'v only seen it in PetSmarts, so I don't know if other people cary them.

However.

I've seen Marineland " Starter Kits "


They come in various sizes, like 10-20 gal, 55-75gal ect ect.

They a Penguin Biowheel filter, heaters, nets, dechlor and food I think. Basicly, everything you need savefor the tank, lights, gravel and fish
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Old 07-31-2004, 11:15 PM   #15
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$84 for a 40g breeder! I am almost positive that Petworld(not sure if they are nation-wide) has them for approx $65. A 55g from there cost anywhere from $75-85. IMO that is too much.
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Old 08-01-2004, 01:09 PM   #16
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never seen a petworld in NC so I wouldn't know. As soon as my paycheck comes in, I'm going to get started on everything, very excited!! (and driving my roommates crazy with all my plans/change of plans... etc )
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The big al's strip light you were looking at is only 60 watts. That wont be enough. But if you look at the power compact strip lights. The 36" 110w strip is only $110. You can get flourite from big al's too.
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