How much does your reef cost you??

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by Ranvir, 24 Jun 2011.

  1. Ranvir

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    How much does your reef cost you???i know sometimes i gotta break the bank, phosphate removers,corals,electricity,salt, it all adds up:032:
     
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  3. durleo

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    Eish - It depends on tank size but on my 2m im spending about R1000 on electricity and R150 a month on fish food and Reef Salt about R650 every 2 months. Gotto budget for Globe changes at round R4000 a time aswell plus supplements like Kalkwasser and Prodibio R 700- Reef code A - Reef Code B - Bio-fuel. It gets pretty expensive but its a small price to pay to admire its beauty - For everything else theres Mastercard. :lol:
     
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    I dont count i set a budget aside every month and what i need comes out of there.
     
  5. Ranvir

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    Problem is every-time i set a budget, something unexpected happens, cannister stops working or water-movement pump breaks down etc etc:eek:
     
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    It can be a bottomless pit if you not careful, evan for small tanks....when you think of how many additives, test kits, salt etc that you need on a regular basis....and there is almost always something that you still need....

    I buy larger than needed volumes of everything....I find that with my small tank I then only worry about the cost of water changes....

    My tank cost me R120 on water changes last month a bag of charcoal and phosban+R250 so total was R370 thats not too bad! Tank has to fit your pocket otherwise its a burden, Besides you want the cash for corals and fish:thumbup:
     
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    I'm afraid to work it out
     
  8. Ranvir

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    lol true, if we put all that money in a fixed deposit we could of been rich;) but the beauty is no comparison to the interest earned:biggrin:
     
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    I have given up counting, I buy what i can when i can.
     
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    Both valid valid valid points:thumbup:
     
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    Much more than my wive thinks!
     
  12. Ranvir

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    lmfao good one:biggrin:
     
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    MIne cost me around R80 - R100 a month ,I think its still to much for a student :p
     
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    hahaha I am not even going to start!
     
  15. pXius

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    I don't even have fish yet and my start-up cost is about R20 grand.

    Tank, cuboard, sump, skimmer, lights, salt, live rock, substrate, bacteria, test kits, heaters, pumps.

    I'm yet to experience the beauty it brings into my home but honestly the money would have been spent on some other hobby or whatever.

    As for operational cost:

    I've opted for LED lights which I will receive on Monday but the combined power is still 360W. Allot less then the compared 250W x 3 MH lights I would have needed.

    2x300 watt heaters which don't work to hard, I barely ever see them on.

    My skimmer pulls a low 13W (skimz 181) and my pump pulls 70w (4000L/h)

    So combined I really focused on electricity consumption, I'm sure its way less than that of the average reefer.

    In my head I'm putting away R1000 a month including electricity, food, salt etc etc. If there's anything left it'll go to a "My next piece of hardware" jar... if...
     
  16. Colin

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    then way start something if u can't afford,thats the fine detail on the contract.........:banghead:
     
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    Mahahaha
     
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    I reckon all in all about R300 a month!
     
  19. Ranvir

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    no one said we cant afford it Collin, we just getting a general idea of how much people spend on thier reefs, thier is alot of unexpexted costs that we dont budget for .
     
  20. Ranvir

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    i just blasted R600 a few seconds ago, ON A Hand-held Refractometer and a redsea alkalinity test kit pro(these are really awesum)!!!:banghead:
     
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    I stopped counting. Used to cry myself to sleep at night. :lol:
     
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