Estimating Costs for a 10-Gallon Mini-Reef Clownfish Tank

Having a saltwater aquarium doesn't have to cost and arm and a leg.
This is a little 10 gallon tank we refer to as a "Nemo and Friends" aquarium. You don't have to go big to have a saltwater aquarium, and this small aquarium didn't cost much at all to set up. Photo © Debbie and Stan Hauter

If you enjoy the calming effect of a beautiful aquarium, then a 10-gallon mini-reef clownfish tank might be a good solution. This aquarium can give you a full saltwater tank experience, and while saltwater tanks are not inexpensive, this one is small enough that it won't break the bank as you buy the components. A complete setup, including reef lighting and soft corals, along with all the other fish, animals, plants, and filtration equipment will cost about $370, at Jan. 2019 prices for online purchase.

Tank and Major Parts

Salt and Rocks

Fish, Sea Animals, and Plants

Information and Instructions

Cost Total and Considerations

As you can see, a beautiful 10-gallon aquarium for clownfish represents a notable investment. Your grand total will be between about $370 to $420, depending on the size of clownfish you choose. Of course, you'll need to add shipping costs, where they apply. If you already have some of this equipment, costs can be slightly reduced.

Conveniently, everything you need—even the fish and sea animals—can be ordered online. Companies will ship everything to your door, so you can build your aquarium without ever leaving home

One way to save some money on the hardware is to purchase a 10-gallon aquarium kit. These typically include a glass aquarium (with cover), lighting, a heater, and a filter. Many kits also include fish food and water conditioner, as well as accessories such as a net and thermometer.