Originally Posted by xsamrlx17
In the past couple months I've gotten a 15g a 10g and a 50g also a 3g for my betta. I know I've spent well over 1000$ is this normal? I never expected the hobby to be so expensive. Does it continue to put a hole in your pocket or is it just when you're getting started? Is it unnecessary for me to buy certain things that fish stores will say you need? Anyone have any suggestions on how to spend less and enjoy more lol? It seems I'm at the fish store everyday. I do find it worth it though, I'm new to having all my own tanks and am completely obsessed.
If your going to start with four tanks, the start up would be a little pricey compared to a normal one tank start up. Managing all those tanks when your new to the hobby is probably what is keeping you tethered to your LFS
, but once you have them balanced and everything settled and you have used a few products and found what works for you and your tanks, the cost should even out. The annual costs depend on the systems your running but there are many DIY ideas to cut down expenditure. Planted tanks require ferts as well as water conditioner, maybe root tabs every few months, co2
once or twice a year. A non planted would obviously cost less, so it's down to you on how much you put into it. If your obsessed then your probably spending more than you need to but that's half the thrill when starting, just remember what you want to achieve and don't buy medication until you need it. Good luck!