I'm really excited today.
My sister informed me yesterday that a 20G tank had come into the salvation army shop where she volunteers. I was going to be happy to get that for under $40. It was in good condition but dirty so i decided it was mine now if they would do that kind of deal. They were still opening up the shop so i kept hunting as i had previously noticed a 5G tank that i thought she hadn't mentioned.
By the time i had scoured the shop I had found.
- 2x20G tanks @ $5 each (1 ugly home made tank which i will maybe put inside a cabinet to hide the ugly corners)
- $20 flourescent light which fits directly over either 20G tank. I could have gotten the light for $10 with my sisters store discount but it's for charity and i thought it was already cheap so i paid happily.
- 2x matching 5G tanks. both dirty but with no chips.
- A bag containing 5kg of small river stone (costs about $16 at my LFS
for 10kg) some activated carbon and filter fittings (which i have to learn how to use) plus $15-$30 worth of pre-made aquarium caves and tunnels.
I'll have to build stands to house my new collection. Not a bad days worth of shopping though. I have plans to set up a mini aquaponics system to grow strawberries and maybe something else sweet with one tank. I may convert my spare room into a fish room/greenhouse. It's good that i picked up the tanks cheaply because by the time i get my tanks planted, filtered, heated and supplied with fish it will get expensive. But it's nice to have extra options now. I will create a thread when i have a plan for my new equipment.