You may have seen beautifully planted aquariums online and even watched beginner how-to videos that walk you through the builds, but no matter how possible it seems, you may still find yourself wondering if you can afford it. The simple truth is this: Freshwater aquascaping is like many other hobbies – there is the expensive way and the less expensive way. Ultimately, you may be surprised to hear that a beautiful freshwater aquarium is much more financially attainable than you may think, and depending on your situation which we’ll explore below, you could be aquascaping for just over $50. Let us take you through the basic setup of an aquarium while offering cost-effective alternatives to building your dream freshwater aquascape.

The Tank

“From this to that”

This video demonstrates how to transform your big box tank into a planted aquarium