View Full Version : Whats the monthly cost?

Oberst Hajj
12-26-2012, 03:48 PM
I know this will vary from setup to setup, but has anyone figured out what your monthly cost are to run your tank? Utilities, saltwater, water changes, doses? Please let your tank size for a frame of reference please.



12-26-2012, 04:07 PM
30 g with everything said i run about 35 dollars a month mostly electricity for my 12 h a day halide

Oberst Hajj
12-26-2012, 04:14 PM
I wonder, is the electric usage linear to the tanks size? So a 100g tank would run around $100/month and a 200g would be around $200/month?

12-26-2012, 04:20 PM
I have a very low run cost for my 60g cube with a 20g sump and my 20g small tank. I would say that its cost me about $15 bucks to keep them running with a lot of that being the electricity. I have been making my water and rarely need to add salt. Food is cheep but I like to feed 2-3 types for fish and coral with such a small set up food last a long time. The set up and life stock is where 99% of the cost has been form me. But that is with a lot (and I mean a lot of help from guys and girls on there) I do not run any thing fancy so my cost is on the low end. But there are a lot of guys that run the 200g size tanks that will give you a better idea of what to expect for running cost I would say that it is going to be in the $40 - $80 ball park. For me that is like feeding my dog lol.

O I need to add that I run LED's on both.

12-26-2012, 04:23 PM
i just blast my tank with light, halides are expensive to run im behind the times as alot of guys have switched to leds ( the way of the future and wayyyyyyy cheaper)

12-26-2012, 06:26 PM
I wonder, is the electric usage linear to the tanks size? So a 100g tank would run around $100/month and a 200g would be around $200/month?

No, not at all, I'm using the same pumps skimmer, heater and lights that I used on my 90 gallon on my 180 gallon. So maybe the heaters are on more but nothing else is. Cost will depend on equipment that you use and how often and how big of a water change you do. When my 90 was taken down and I had no tank set up for about 3 months I didn't even notice a difference in my electric bill.

static reef
12-27-2012, 08:59 PM
we are around about 300 a month in electric, making my own water (70 gallon water change), food and vitamins etc..
but i am on the extreme side with 600 total gallons and moving to 900 in feb. If you start of small with a 55-90 gal like most than it's cheaper than going to the movies and you get enjoyment everyday