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Setting up an Paludarium


The cost


These cost are for a standard size 55 gallon aquarium. Most of the heavier items work out better from your local shop. You should also check them for "specials" that can sometimes lower the cost. Remember to that mail order always add shipping and handling charges to your order. What may be a great price for a piece of equipment can be negated by high shipping rates. Check for online specials as well, Pets mart is always running the $10.00 off any purchase of $30.00 or more promotion and this can bring your cost lower than other mail order sources.

MAIN EQUIPMENT 55 GALLON
NAME SOURCE COST NOTES
55 Gallon tank Local shop $99.00 All glass aquarium
Duetto filter Mail order $19.99 Pets Mart
Micro jet pump Mail order $16.99 Pets Mart
Heater My stock $14.99 to $18.99 Mail order or local shop
Plumbing supplies Local hardware store $5.50 Home Depot
Plexi glass 1/4 inch My stock $$$$????????? Local hardware store?
Glass canopy (2) Mail order $31.95 Pet Warehouse
Twin tube light My stock $84.99 Pet Warehouse
Gravel Local shop $17.00 for 25 Lbs Boston Tropicals
Rockwork My stock $1.99 per pound + Local shop
Driftwood My stock $5.99 + Local shop
Peastone Local hardware store $3.99 Home Depot
Landscape fabric. My stock $1.99 per sq. ft. Home Depot
Charcoal Local hardware store $5.99 Home Depot
Planting mix. Local hardware store $5.99 Home Depot
Misc.      
Total Cash Spent on Supplies $325.00 Approx.

Please note these figures can go up or down depending on your individual set up. I did not spend this amount as I had some supplies on hand. It should be a fairly close general approximation of what it will cost to set up from scratch.


THE ANIMALS
Fish
NAME SOURCE COST NOTES
2 Zebra Danios Local pet shop $.99@ea For cycling
       
       
       
       
Amphibians
NAME SOURCE COST NOTES
2 Fire belly toads Local pet shop $6.99@ Bombina orientalis
1 Rough skinned newt Local pet shop $14.99 Taricha granulosa
       
       
Others
NAME SOURCE COST NOTES
       
       
       
       
       
Total Cash Spent on animals $.00 Approx.


THE PLANTS
Terrestrial
NAME SOURCE COST NOTES
Creeping Ficus Local shop $1.99 Home Depot
Pothos Ivy Local shop $1.99 Home Depot
Maidenhair fern Local shop $1.99 Home Depot
Parlor Palm Local shop $1.99 Home Depot
Polka Dot plant Local shop $1.99 Home Depot
Air Plants
Tillandsia juncea Local $2.99 Local pet shop
Tillandsia circinnatoides Local $2.99 Local pet shop
Aquatic Plants
Duckweed Local Free Local pet shop
2 Banana Plants Local $1.49 @ea Local pet shop
bulbs Local $5.99 Local pet shop
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Total Cash Spent on Plants $25.00 Approx.


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