How Much 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. However, setting up this kind of tank will not be inexpensive: You'll need to include funds for reef lighting and soft corals, but the final result will be well worth it. As of January 2018, you can expect to pay the following prices for a complete setup.

Tank and Major Parts

Salt and Rocks

Fish, Sea Animals, and Plants

Grand Total and Considerations

As you can see, it will take a hefty cash outlay to build a beautiful 10-gallon aquarium for clownfish. Your grand total will be between about $300 to $350, depending on the size of clownfish and shell you choose. Of course, you'll need to add shipping costs. The nice thing is that you can order everything—even the fish and sea animals—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 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, like a net and thermometer.