Tank (30*12*12) - 500
Tank stand - 2nd hand - 500
Plant (crypts that didnt grow so well & are in the pond) - 60
Plants that i have now (Elodea) - Free
Fish food - 50p.month
Fish - Rs.50 so far, probably another 1000(I am getting fish from calcutta)
My fish for the ponds - 350
Plants - 50 + MANY THANKS to Beta and Venket for giving me theirs
Construction of the ponds -5K
Personally, i view this hobby with a lot of reverence since we are owning life and would NEVER consider buying/taking for free any plant/fish which i am not sure that i can care for well... this value keeps a firm lid on my desire to buy every plant/fish that catches my fancy :-)
My budget for a 4" x 1.5' x 1.5' fresh water planted aquarium is as stated in 8 mm glass
1. Aquarium with wooden hood = Rs. 3500.00
2. wooden stand sized 49" [Lenght] x 19" width x 24" height with 3
drawers in the centre and 2 cabinets on either side to house the equipm
ents. Rs. 4200.00
3. Eheim -2217 canister filter = Rs. 6600.00
4. One azoo super light and 2 x 36 watts azoo CFL's including fittings =
5. Basic fertilizers[Azoo] including planting material Rs.= Rs. 1050.00
6. Plants as per your choice and budget = Rs. 500.00
7 Fishes as per your choice and budget = Rs. Rs. 1000.00
8. Other items including foods, medicines, water testers etc. Rs. 2000.00
Total = Rs. 21,350.00 [ +, - 10%]
I hope this will be of help
Joined: Feb 17, 2005 Posts: 366 Location: Bangalore
Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 7:02 pm Post subject:
Good at least I am more fortunate than few of you guys out there. My wife loves the aquarium and had budgeted handsomely when I gave order for my 5ft . Only condition was that it should match the decor. As of now I have spent around 60 K in total including everything except the running cost of electricity bill. As now now she is fancying Discus (after I showed the pictures of Discus competitions ..thanks to all you photographers out there) . The only thing holding her is the rigorous water change routine and hardwater from our borewell.
I am more into plants rather than the fishes.. so not really interested. Rather I would spent that money in buying a few more good plants. They are hell lot easy to keep with abundant sunlight in the balconies and tupperware, rubbermaid trays are more or less cheaper than a glass tank
Joined: Dec 19, 2005 Posts: 2753 Location: Surat, Gujarat
Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 7:15 pm Post subject:
It is really difficult to analyse a perfect budget for an aquarium - it all depends upon the life you want to support and the hardware you can afford to support it.
It is like someone might consider a UGF and someone might not,
someone might consider all sorts of fancy toys (considering neubies) and someone would consider them to be absolutely useless, someone would like the look of a fully planted tank while others would like rocks, wood or a mixed look.
"It is not the life but the quality of life that matters" - old jungle saying!
and quality definately comes for a price.
One cannot narrow down to a perfect budget or a complete budget as everyday you will come across something which is an absolute 'must be' gadget and will haunt your dreams till you buy it - you start saving for the gadget and when you at-last save some money to go ahead and buy it - you come across something which is said to be the ultimate! - just for some bucks more so you come back and again start saving the extra buck for the best....................and it goes on!
How can you jot down a perfect budget for an exiciting and a very (I might say the most) diversified hobby like ours!
Diversified because to be an aquarist - you need to be a plumber, an electrician, a biologist, a water analyst, a botanist, a taxonomist and I can go on ................
Moreover, if you guys are scared to let your wives know about your FW aquarium expenditure - I think 'Reefers' should never get married!
Joined: Feb 20, 2004 Posts: 703 Location: Bangalore
Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 7:42 pm Post subject:
[This post as of now has been seen by 424 members, there are 40 replies and this reply is the one I have been looking for.
Okay who is going to give estimate for a non planted tank, marine tank
The very fact that you did not(until now)get a serious post is because there is a wide range of budgets for the same final result.Very difficult to say what budget is "proper"and what is improper...
Maybe you should have asked for " Minimum " budgets for various types of tanks.(and even here there will be various opinions.
.....all said and done,here is my budget for my presently new marine set-up:
Tank:5x2x2 12 mm glass app 6000/-
Stand:Metal angle(heavy....dont ask me the guage) 3500/-
Water:? RO water from the kitchen RO unit(there are those who buy demineralised water)
Light:two 4 ft tubes,one coral blue,one regular trulite+reflector/fixture 2500/-
Sump tank:4x1.5x1.5 with various partitions/baffles 6mm glass 1200/-
overflow set-up 500/-
in-sump protein skimmer 3500/-
live rock 50kg app 3000/-
sump to display eheim hobby pump app 8000/-
display tank circulation pump 900 l/hr boyu powerhead 2/300.... cant remember
thermocol sheets below display/sump 100/-
ply sheets below ditto 200(?)
purple fridmani 750/-
picasso trigger 2200/-
blue damsels 2 nos 500(?)cant remeber....they are really old
dominoe damsel 350/-
fire clown 550/-
kaching$$$$" Sir,your bill is only Rs 40,000/-" rounded off to the nearest 1000.
Â Â Â Â Talking of budgets. Â I don't think any of the hobbyists stick to any kind of budget. Its like you take your Girl friend around and you lose track on what you are spending on her just like you visit the LFS and buy whatever catches your fancy. Its like spending something for your love there are no budgets. Hope everyone agrees
Â Â Â Â Suneal M
very true , same disease for me till date .I never Calculate for the Budget , it always gives me a Headache .
Basic Non Planted Tank
3 feet Non Planted Tank (600)
A Aeration Motor (120)
A normal Powerhead Filter (300)
a Undergravel Filter (50)
Some Plastic Plants (100)
Fishes cannot be Budgeted
But the Only thing i advise for starters is ,be selective in fishes and be in a clear state of mind as to what kind of fishes you are gonna keep , before going to any LFS. Unless you want to end up like me killing fishes for nearly Rs 1000 and even given away some fishes.
Last edited by raghav_s2004 on Tue Feb 27, 2007 4:36 pm; edited 1 time in total
I always keep my budget strictly confidential !!! and even if I have tell it to some one in front of my wife I make it at least 50% less than the actual.
Sometime they wonder how I am getting them in such a price
I am very much agreed with u sibesh i also less my aquarium expenditure 50% when my wife is there or she is listen it from kitchen.
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