I have a 55 gallon standard tank that I picked up at a yard sale. (Only $25 with the stand!) It didn't come with anything, as the guy had a snake in it. I don't have a ton of cash to throw at it all at once, so I am going to buy things a little at a time and piece it together.
The question is, what's the best option for filtration? I've been scouring the web looking at videos and reading forums since I got the tank two weeks ago, and have come across some great DIY ideas that are far cheaper than buying a pre-made filter. Basically I've narrowed it down to buying a power filter (or two), building a canister (PVC
and a non-submersible pump), or building a sump (ten gal
tank/plastic storage tote).
I would think the best bang for the buck would be the sump. For about $40-$50 I could build a good sized sump to sit under/next to my 55. But the canister is about the same cost in the long run.
Suggestions? Input? Links to tutorials would be very welcome, preferably videos.
Thanks in advance!