This is a rant and I just have to put it out there. I am so sick of people saying they don't have time or can not afford something when they are asking for advice on this forum. If you don't have time to do water changes, or don't have time to do research, then you shouldn't have fish, or any pet for that matter, because taking on the responsibility of caring for a living organism requires dedication, responsibility, and time.
I get it, the economy is rough, we are all on budgets. But before you decide to set up an aquarium, make sure that you know how much it is going to cost and if you can not accommodate that then you have no business taking the lives of these animals in your hands! When I found this 29 gallon on the side of the road, I snatched it up and put it in my garage. Then I did some budgeting and research and decided I what I wanted to spend and made sure that I stayed under that budget. I got my API test kit, Prime, sand substrate, A glass hood, lights, stand, and plants all for around $200 bucks. Yes that is a lot of money for some people, but as I said, I made my budget and I stayed in it. Bottom line, if you can't afford the hobby then save your money, invest it, put it in a savings account or a mutual fund or something, and consider waiting until you can afford to do it the right way.
My final rant is grammar. Come on people, most computers now a days have spell check. It is important that you type as clearly as possible so that the people on here can understand what we are reading and be able to help you. When you don't type full words or use punctuation, it becomes very difficult to understand and it is hard for us to help you. I am not an English major, but effort is what counts here. Type out the full words, use punctuation to the best of your ability, and try to be as clear as possible.
Alright, I am done now, sorry again if I offended anyone, but I was a member of this forum years ago and it seems like people use to respect the opinions of the people on the board and since I have joined again, All I see is people bucking and arguing with any advice they get, complaining that they can't afford proper equipment, and typing in completely incoherent words and sentences.
Have a good night everyone, I hope to stick around and help as many people as possible as long as this post doesn't make any of the moderaters kick me off