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Old 01/04/2008, 01:41 PM
Fmellish Fmellish is offline
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Ready to try again, here are my requirements

I miss having fish.

So I started thinking about all the things I HATED
about my reef tank, and I came up with a list of requirements that must be met by my next setup so that I won't want to tear it all down after 6 months.

1) Must not add more than $20 a month to my electrical bill
2) Must only require 30 minutes of maintenance every other week (basically 2 mins for feeding each day is the only interaction I want with this thing, other than viewing it)
3) Must not grow anything on the viewing surfaces
4) Must not produce any heat, I will never ever ever go to chiller + A/C route again
5) Must evaporate little to no water
6) Must not require any addition of chemicals
7) Must cost less than $100 total including live stock.

So, I was thinking about 2 neon tetras and a large fishbowl.

Can neons live happily in a fishbowl?

Do I need an air stone in there?

Can I skip on the rocks and fake plants?

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Old 01/04/2008, 01:54 PM
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get a bowl with a betta
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Old 01/04/2008, 02:17 PM
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Old 01/04/2008, 02:21 PM
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tetra would need at least an airstone and preferable a small filter as they are not the best fish for life in a bowl. bettas are definitely a better choice
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Old 01/04/2008, 02:26 PM
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Fake plants, a small bowl, add some colored stones, and a Betta
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Old 01/04/2008, 02:47 PM
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Betta.
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Old 01/04/2008, 02:53 PM
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Dudes! #7 ?


I am willing to blow up to $100 on this.

With that I may be able to get a 5 gal tank + filter + stones + tetras?


Anything but a betta fish, they are so boring.


Help me out here, what the coolest setup you can think of for $100.

Cheers
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Old 01/04/2008, 03:19 PM
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go with fancy guppies in a 5 gal
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Old 01/04/2008, 03:22 PM
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10 gallon tank w/ hood = $30
AquaClear 30 filter = $30
Playsand from HD = $5
Airpump = $15
Airline tubing = $2
Airstone = $2
8 neon tetras @ $2/ea = $16

$100.

Or use a cheaper air pump and spend $6 for Prime as a dechlorinator. :P
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Old 01/04/2008, 03:31 PM
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i can give you free 10g tank and some L/S.. lol.. put 2 beta in there if you think one is boring.
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Old 01/04/2008, 03:40 PM
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no work no glory. applies to fish tanks as well~
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Old 01/04/2008, 04:13 PM
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Thank you epicfish for the price breakdown.

Thanks frogiii for the offer.

Maybe I'll just start with a betta in a cup, like the ones you can buy at Target.
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Old 01/04/2008, 04:17 PM
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tetras always carry ick not recommended. fancy guppies are cool too and they're live bearers so fun to see that. maybe get swordtails (orange/black tails) or mollies.

if you can get a jbj nano reef tank setup for $100 i rather get that. maintenance would be just waterchange. just have 2 really small fish and coral or just all coral and cleaners and that would be cool too.
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Old 01/04/2008, 04:23 PM
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Get a chia-pet.
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Old 01/04/2008, 04:57 PM
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i like the chia pet idea. was i the only one that thought of sea monkeys?
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Old 01/04/2008, 05:49 PM
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Originally posted by Fmellish

I am willing to blow up to $100 on this.
With that I may be able to get a 5 gal tank + filter + stones + tetras?
Anything but a betta fish, they are so boring.
Help me out here, what the coolest setup you can think of for $100.

Well to be honest Josh, once you go SW, everything else feels boring. I have a planted FW tank and it feels like watching paint dry. Once in awhile a Neon Tetra darts across the tank but other than that there's nothing else to watch.

That being said, the most "exciting" setup you can get for $100 is maybe:

10 gal (Petco) - $10.00
Flourite or Eco Complete sand - $20
5 Neon Tetras = $5
HOB filter = $10
36w PC Lighting.. about $30.00
AND $25 worth of FW Plants (~about 8 pcs diff. species)
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Total = $100.00

I'm sure you have some leftover stuff from your reef that you can reuse.. like heater, filter, food... etc.

BTW, all those MEET your requirements..
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Old 01/04/2008, 06:33 PM
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Well to be honest Josh, once you go SW, everything else feels boring. I have a planted FW tank and it feels like watching paint dry. Once in awhile a Neon Tetra darts across the tank but other than that there's nothing else to watch.

That being said, the most "exciting" setup you can get for $100 is maybe:

10 gal (Petco) - $10.00
Flourite or Eco Complete sand - $20
5 Neon Tetras = $5
HOB filter = $10
36w PC Lighting.. about $30.00
AND $25 worth of FW Plants (~about 8 pcs diff. species)
--------------------------------------
Total = $100.00

I'm sure you have some leftover stuff from your reef that you can reuse.. like heater, filter, food... etc.

BTW, all those MEET your requirements..
Sounds beautiful to me!

Thanks
Josh
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Old 01/04/2008, 11:08 PM
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For a 10g tank, I love dwarf puffers. They're freshwater, and extremely entertaining.
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Old 01/04/2008, 11:16 PM
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wait- go the extra route and get yourself a fish n' flush you'll get a low flow rebate from the city and it's best at parties! put some cold water minnows in there and a couple of snails- no maintenance at all - no evaporation, nothing.
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Old 01/04/2008, 11:22 PM
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how about you buy my 12g nanocube DX for 75$ and you can have some free sand and some LR and a FREE clown goby.
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Old 01/05/2008, 12:40 AM
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Less than $100 you can buy the saltwater screen saver for your computer....Plus if your gonna buy a betta keep him in the cup cause if you get a bowl it will mean bigger water changes...
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Old 01/05/2008, 01:41 AM
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I just miss fish

There's not enough hassle in my life anymore. Whenever I get into times when nothing is wrong in my life I start seeking out new and expensive hobbies. Maybe a betta in a cup can fil the void but prevent me from emptying the family bank account
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Old 01/05/2008, 02:26 AM
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Well as they say "either your tank is empty or your bank account!!" Just gotta figure which one you like looking at better
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Old 01/05/2008, 02:31 AM
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haha +1 for chia pet...sea monkeys are kinda hard...its like keeping a few brine shrimp in a jar
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Old 01/05/2008, 02:39 AM
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Well as they say "either your tank is empty or your bank account!!" Just gotta figure which one you like looking at better
IDK i wouldnt mind looking at a number followed by a bunch of zeros
 

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