Are you tired of spending so much money on
your aquarium? In this week’s video I’m going to give you
some tips and tricks for saving some of that hard-earned cash. That’s coming up. Hey everyone, Steve Poland here, Steve Poland Cichlids,
stevepolandcichlids.com. And if you’ve kept an aquarium for any amount
of time you know that this hobby can get expensive. But there are ways to minimize that cost without
much extra effort. One of those is DIY, which I fully support.
But what if you’re not that handy? You can still save money if you know a few
tricks. Now I’ll start with the aquarium itself. This can get really pricey, especially as
you get into some of the larger tanks. But there are a few ways to save on this.
One of the best ways is by checking craigslist, or your local equivalent. You can often find tanks of all shapes and
sizes at great prices because unfortunately aquariums simply don’t hold their value. You can also find full setups being sold by
people who just want out of the hobby for one reason on another. This can include tanks,
stands, lights, filters, the whole works. A lot of these tanks are in great shape, but
as with anything else you need to pay attention to what you’re buying. You may have to do some cleanup on these used
tanks, or even reseal them, so if you’re not comfortable with that you
can do what I’ve done a few times which is look for someone selling a brand new tank
that they just never got around to setting up. Another great way to buy brand new tanks is
at the dollar per gallon sales. Now this started with Petco but now other retailers like Petsmart
and Pet Supplies Plus have followed suit. The sizes range from 10 to 55 gallons so if
you’re looking for a smaller tank this is a really good deal. The tanks are typically Aqueon brand which
are really well built. Now once you get into the equipment and accessories
for your tank, the cost can start to add up really quickly. A popular way to save money on lids is by
buying corrugated plastic that’s meant for greenhouses. It can be cut to fit and is much
less expensive than the glass tops. Now I’ve never done this myself because I’m
really picky about my lids. I always use Aqueon Versa tops which are usually cheapest at Petsmart
or at online retailers. In fact most of what I buy new I buy online.
I’m a big fan of Amazon Prime because of the free 2 day shipping. Ebay also has a lot of great deals on aquarium
equipment. Look for power sellers for your best experience. LED lights are a great example
of something you can get on eBay. Another great place to buy things online is
Jehmco. If you have multiple tanks or are breeding they have great deals on things like
sponge filters and air pumps. A popular option to save on substrate is to
use play sand or pool filter sand. It’s a couple of dollars a bag at Lowe’s or Home
Depot. Just be sure to rinse it thoroughly first. And if you need rocks just get them from a
local landscaping place. It’s gonna be way cheaper per pound than at a pet store. I’m
talking a fraction of the cost. For your filter media, I talked about this
quite a bit in my video on water clarity, but polyfil is a must have and it’s very cheap.
It costs next to nothing. If you don’t want to pay a lot for biological
media you can try pot scrubbies from the dollar store. I’ve also started to use Seachem safe instead
of Seachem Prime because it’s much less expensive. So just to give you an example of how I’ve
used these methods: My 125 gallon tank I bought on craigslist.
It was brand new and came with brand new glass tops. And I paid probably half of what I would
have paid if I’d have bought it at a store. The stand and canopy were also from craigslist,
both custom built from solid wood by different people. All I had to do was paint them black. The filters are all Eheim and were all used. The lights I bought on eBay. I have a big
UV sterilizer that came for free along with the Eheim filters I bought. The heaters were brand new, but I suggest
buying all of your heaters brand new. It’s one area where saving money just isn’t worth
it. The consequences of failure are too high. My 90 gallon tank I also bought on craigslist.
It came with a pine stand that looked almost brand new and a Fluval FX5. The matching pine canopy I bought from Amazon
as one of it’s Warehouse Deals. I’ve probably paid about a quarter or a third
of what I would have paid had I just walked into a store and bought all of this stuff. Now at this point you may be thinking “what
about the FISH?!?” Well I only have a couple of tips for saving
on fish. First is to buy from breeders whenever possible.
Whether it’s someone local or someone online, cutting out the middle man will always save
money. If you don’t already know any breeders in
your area get involved with your local fish club. I guarantee you they will know. My second tip for buying fish is to buy them
young and grow them out. It’s much less expensive than buying full grown fish and it’s a really
rewarding experience. I’ll include links to some of the stuff that
I mentioned in this video down in the description. And I would love to hear from you in the comments
below, whether it’s thoughts about these tips or if you have some tips of your own that
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