Spent $50 in gas just circumnavigating a 30mi radius at all the Lowe's & Home Depot's just looking for black silicone, strip lights, vinyl tubing, light diffusers, PVC tubing, Great Stuff, orchid moss, and more.
Its easy to spend that on a ZooMed or other comparable tank, EMPTY. This isnt a cheap hobby. I've got like 500 plus worth of frogs alone, not to mention my plant obsession, which leads to me having expensive and rare plants, both in my yard and in tanks. Working at a specialty mail order nursery where the cheapest plant starts at 11 bucks doesn't help either..... About to drop some money tomorrow at the Repticon show in Charlotte.
i think we should make a poll on how much people spend on their display tank just for poops and giggles. Personally im a really cheap person and only spent about 90 or so on my whole setup including frogs
I spent over $50 for large bags of clay (two kinds), a small can of montmorillonite clay, Turface infield conditioner, coco fiber, a sphagnum moss to make clay substrate. Since I couldn't get the Turface in quantities smaller than 50 lbs, I now have three large bags of substrate ingredients taking up room in the garage.
Oh - how about this one - I spent more than $50 to ship a frog this week.
I second the wife being mad about spending money on leaves, feeder bugs, cork bark, rocks, rare plants, and 400 on frogs. Newest display tank will easily have $150 in plants, $60 in bark, $40 in drift wood, not counting anything else. Frogs are going. to be really expensive either blue or black jean pair. Lots of other expenses not listed. $70 spent this week alone on plants and leaves.
This is certainly not a a cheap hobby. I got into it expecting it to pay for itself maybe even make a few bucks but that has not been the case. This week it was $27 vert kit, $30 in abg mix, wood, ect. I will say if you stick in for a bit it is worth it. For me, it's relaxing to watch the frogs and fun to build the tanks.
13 or so various broms (neos, guzmania, and vriseas)
some other stuff I haven't bothered to remember XD