Such a cheap hobby lol.
Must admit I was thinking on freshwater planted here with what I would like to do and have done. And then if SW
is more. Prices are for here only.
Lights - want to replace box LEDs with strip LEDs. Reckon I could spend $750 there. Already spent that much.
Substrate - too much of a hassle to replace gravel so will just keep buying API laterite gravel. Say $200. Buying good substrate for a planted 4ft tank would be very expensive here and would have to get that shipped in I think. Must research that. Also already spent $200 on the laterite gravel over a few years.
reactor - $50. Get another and run 2.
Then a larger CO2
bottle. Got told today $450 (ouch). Say $500.
PAR meter - more useful with box LEDs I think. Um, say $500 so numbers are easy.
controller / solenoid, etc - spent say $500 there. Included for costs.
Skipping buying plants, test kits and ferts.
I think that comes to $200 or at least that's what I said...