Well, my NO
setup only cost me $30... tops... would hardly call expensive. HD
fixture and a couple 48" bulbs on www.petguys.com
. If I don't need to be buying PC
lights now for just some LR
and a couple fish, then I definately will wait, especially since the costly PC
bulbs only last MAX 1 year. My LFS
here doesn't use PC
on their cured LR
, and it has a ton of green and purple coraline growing on them. When I get my system hooked up, I'll be sure to buy it from them @ 3.99/lb.
Not sure what your LFS
is trying to do, swindle you or otherwise... but I would check/call other LFS
and see what they have to say.