I called our local petsmart, about 45 mi. away, it's the only pet store within a 50 mile radius, and they have 55 gallon tanks, with the hood and lights for $120. could I get a good filter and heater for $40?
is this the filter you speak of?
I figure 2 of these since the aquarium is 4 feet long, one at each end, or do you suggest just one at one end or in the middle?:
and I can get an air pump at wal-mart with 2 outlets and 2 check valves for $10
of the things listed, is this a good start?
also, how long should I let a tank this size run before I add the fish to it?