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Old 04-06-2010, 11:23 PM   #1
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Questions on cost Of running a SW tank

So when I get my new tank, Im still debating what size to go with.

When it comes to costs, I know the initial cost is high and getting all the fish, coral, etc. Once the tank is complete, can you all give me some estimates of costs? Im having a hard time seeing where all the money goes. But I see an awful lot of people "downsizing" their beautiful tanks due to money.
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Erm.. what are you looking for in terms of costs? Like.. monthly electric bills because of the heaters, powerheads, lights, filters, etc.. Or maybe monthly costs of food, water, salt mix, replacing light bulbs.. ??

It's hard for us to give you a complete estimate without really knowing the scope of your question. You have to be specific, unless you want someone to answer a junkload of questions you yourself may not even care for.

I guess the most expensive part of SW.. in the long run, would be the livestock. Coral, fish, inverts. A lot of livestock for SW are expensive, with the exception of all the cheap fish and inverts, but that's usually never the case with coral. I have a hard time finding coral for under 20$.. but that's why frags were invented.

Second most expensive thing, would probably be food and salt costs. The larger the tank, the more salt you will need. The larger the tank, the more fish, the more food you will need.

Next most expensive thing, IMO, would be replacing the light bulbs. Depending on the fixture you are running of course. But for me.. it will be around $50-80 depending on the quality of the bulb i intend to get. But i'm not planning on buying junky bulbs for my fixture, so i'll probably spend $70.

See where i'm going with this? The daily, monthly, yearly, and overall costs really vary from tank to tank, and from person to person. But in my mind, and from what i've seen so far, the larger the tank the more money you will be spending overall.
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Yeah I guess Im thinking monthly overall costs. And I know you cant just pop out an answer. But its hard for me to decide between something around 30-40g and 150ish gallons. I know th fish and coral cost a lot. I was thinking food, water, etc. Just general up keep of a tank that has all its inhabitants.
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Well that's still very subjective. Things like the quality of food you buy, your water and power companies rates and your LFS prices can greatly effect this too. Sorry. It's just so hard to give an accurate answer.
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Yeah I understand. I guess I could always start small and upgrade.
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How small? Because the larger water volume the easier it is. I recommend at least 25-30G.
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I'd like to find a 30-40g but I can NOT find what I want and it's driving me nuts.

I like the cube shapes but I need straight glass (starphire even better though not necessary) because Im a camera nut. Biocubes have a light curve on the front so wont work.

I really like the 30g oceanic cube (not the biocube) and I LOVE their 40 gallon stretch hex (that one isnt really tall which is sweet). But no one here sells them. I can NOT find a place online that ships! The Solana 34g might be an option though. Either way, after getting ripped off $300 (per my other noob thread) money is a bit of an issue.


The local pet store has the 40g breeder tank. I love that too! BUT...I need a nice black stand and can't find anything anywhere to fit that tank. (I am NOT a carpenter, lol)
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Haha sounds like a predicament. Have you checked ebay and the forum here for sales? You might find something.
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cost of a salt water tank
read that thread... should provide some insight
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