SOOOOO I don’t know if anybody will care all that much, but if you do, please listen on.
So, I had a betta fish. Her name was Gem and I didn’t know how to properly care for her, and she died. I’ve done research and I have people helping me figure out what to buy and what to do. I’ve found out…
You absolutely don’t need that much. Look into alternatives instead of asking people you don’t know for donations, or at least on an outrageous scale.
If the tank is too small, get either a Rubbermaid container ($5), a glass 2g cookie jar ($11), or even a 2.5g ($15-20). A heater should be $10-15 unless you’re getting a huge tank, and if you’re on a budget, why would you?
Food and conditioner will be roughly $6.
Decor should be as cheap as possible while being safe- look for sales. Maybe $10 here. You can use silk decoration plants from stores if they have no metal and are not scented. You can outfit an entire tank like that for $7.
Gravel is not needed.
It’s like $5 if you so must.
A filter is not needed.
A whisper is or s10 is $10.
So, where is this outrageous $120 coming from? A deluxe tank?
Along those lines, I recently did all the research and buying COMPLETE necessities and buying everything brand new, even allowing $20 for decorations (though I highly recommend cheap plants that grow easily like java ferns cause they’ll fill your tank with plantage quick, and then making the rest from like tiny flowerpot caves and stuff.), I only came out at $97.45. That’s also including a higher end, adjustable heater, but honestly I’ve gotten a heater from wal-mart for like 7 bucks and it works like a charm in my small tank.
Many people on Craigslist will sell a nice setup for $50 including food, water conditioner, medicine, etc. Just keep your eyes peeled.
Also, I highly recommend joining an organization on your campus. It will help you meet a load of new people.I would just check out fun organizations that you like. College allows for a lot of different social opportunities (I’m the president of Fancy Tea Time Society and a proud member of the Sci-fi Club, as well as a happy zombie on my school’s Humans vs Zombies league).
If you can, I would advise rushing a fraternity (social (having fun and other obligations), professional (looks really good on resumes, more relaxed than social fraternities, but still give bonding time), and service (they do community service and are generally very fun!)). Whether or not you join, it’s a great place to get to know people. If you do join, it’s a ton of fun and you know you always have sisters/brothers at your back (as well as your father or big sister!).