Originally Posted by podman1973
if its one thing ive learned in this hobby spend the money right the first time (it may be expensive but it gets worse when you have to buy something twice) trust me save up the money and bite the bullet and get what works youll be soooooo happy down the road
Lot's of things will work, and they aren't necessarily the most expensive. Personally, I would be very unhappy if I spent more than necessary. There are many alternatives to doing most things in the hobby. From what I have seen in 45 years in the hobby is that simple is usually better, and cheap is good. Kudos to those who seek alternative methods and materials, we all benefit from their discoveries.
As an example, the all glass tank was "invented" by someone who was using silicone in their work and discovered that it would hold together an aquarium. This was a local discovery and led
to the formation of the first company to manufacture all glass frameless tanks. Silicone was not formulated for the purpose of making aquariums. Where would we be without it now?