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Old 07-16-2012, 01:49 AM   #101
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The only thing keeping away from reef tanks are the monthly electricity bill. Initial setup bill is no problem though.
If setup right the monthly running cost really isn't much different then a planted tank. If you've got LEDs the salt would probably be your biggest running cost lol
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Old 07-16-2012, 01:56 AM   #102
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Considering everything I have had running in my planted setup (quad T5, CO2, sump, return, PH controller, powerheads, etc) I don't see how the cost could be much if at all different.
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Old 07-16-2012, 02:10 AM   #103
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If setup right the monthly running cost really isn't much different then a planted tank. If you've got LEDs the salt would probably be your biggest running cost lol
I wasn't comparing, but I've been told that reef tanks eats up a lot more electricity.
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Old 07-16-2012, 02:17 AM   #104
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I wasn't comparing, but I've been told that reef tanks eats up a lot more electricity.
They can be pretty bad on the electric bill but you have to keep in mind there are a lot of people running MH which is a lot of electric along with raising the temperature causing you to need a chiller which is another big hit. With the new tech though on the market you can really cut the cost to be minimal
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A chiller?
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A chiller?
A chiller is a unit that is used to cool your saltwater tank. Some use fans, but a chiller is much more effective. They are needed because there is alot more heat coming from the lights, pumps, etc
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Old 07-22-2012, 03:05 AM   #107
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A chiller is a unit that is used to cool your saltwater tank. Some use fans, but a chiller is much more effective. They are needed because there is alot more heat coming from the lights, pumps, etc
Chillers also cost big $$$ to run
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Chillers also cost big $$$ to run
How much?
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How much?
depends on the specs of the unit of course but you're effectively running a refrigeration unit on your tank.
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I will always prefer freshwater planted tanks. The green and wood look is very calming to me. It looks soft, calm and relaxing.

I think saltwater tanks are cool and I enjoy looking at other's tank, but will never set one up for myself.
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