As a few of you may have already seen from my other thread, I'm in the market for a new 55 gallon tank on-the-cheap.
What would you all reccommend is the best way to go about this?
No matter what I do, I'm fairly sure I'm going to end up building the stand. I'm also fairly certain that I'm going to be using pool filter sand as a substrate, because $7 for 50lb of the stuff seems to fit the bill quite nicely.
Some thoughts I've had -
The 55g WalMart kit is $169 - comes with everything except substrate and fish.
"Choice Pet Supply" (local CT chain) has 55g aquariums (not sure if the hood is included or not) for $109.
Looked at Petco, most were ripoffs. Not to mention when I was looking quickly at the fish, ~10 of the tanks were full of Ich so I'd rather not give them my money. Even for a tank.
When you buy an aquarium that isnt a kit, is the hood usually included? The display was a tank on a stand with a hood, had a price on the tank and on the stand.
If the hood isn't included, I suppose I could always build a canopy for not that much. If it is included though, that'd be perfect as I could still have plenty of money left for a good HOB
filter and heater.
I've thought about getting it used, but I really dont want to take the time to track down and then pick up a suitable tank.
I guess this thread isnt really saying anything specific, but more of a running list of my current ideas. I'm sure lots of other people are doing aquarium setups for as cheap as possible.. can anyone share some insight?