Im going to try to be the devils advocate here... sorry
First and foremost, This sort of thing is exactly what I LOVE about this site. Everyone here is so kind and willing to help.
I think its awsome that everyone is so willing to help with this tank and donate what they can, but I have to say from a parents view point... If my child came to me and said...well, mom... all these people are going to help me out and send me all the stuff I need...
That would kind of freak me out... I would want to know WHO are these people!?! Its just not something that normal strangers do... * we are not normal strangers
I also believe in making my children work for something they want.
Rudy, you say you dont mow lawns.... Dont or wont??? If I was a parent, and my child didnt want to save up for it I would say no also...
also... Rudy... when is your birthday? Maybe they are thinking of getting one for your birthday?? I have said no to many things that my children wanted... only because I had it hid in the attic for Christmas. Dont totaly give up on the tank.
If this is something you REALLY want, DO NOT pester your parents about it (as hard as that is) Find a picture of a tank you like, print it out... then start saving all pennys. Post the pic somewhere you will see it every day, and maybe somewhere your parents will see it often (bedroom doors are great) put a post it note at the bottom on how much you have saved up. Each time you get a few more bucks update the amount. When you have about half of what you need for a 10 gal
kit... explain to your parents that you have really wanted this for a long time, you have done your research and that you are ready to take the big step. Ask NICELY if they would think about going 50/50 with you. DO NOT expect an answer then. Ask them to think about it and get back to you soon. (4 or 5 days is soon)
Speaking from a parents point of view.... That is REALLY hard not to give in. My kids have approached me this way and it works!!!