Income Poll

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by Jacojs, 2 Jul 2010.

  1. Jacojs

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    Hi Moderators.

    I have been thinking about this for a while now. I obviously don't want to know who earns what but just get an idea of what the average income of MASA members are and what I would have to earn to be able to get myself a tank and commit to this hobby. See I am shit scared that my monthly expenses will be way too much and I'll end up having to sell the whole setup.

    I was thinking the following options in the Poll.

    R5000 to R9 999
    R10 000 to R14 999
    R15 000 to R19 999
    R20 000 to R24 999
    R25 000 to R29 999
    R30 000 and above
    Sponsored by Mom and Dad

    Can someone please set this up or can I do it myself?

    Jaco.
     
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  3. scubaninja

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    there was a thread a while back about what guys have spent on their tanks, as a total. Maybe that thread will help you out more? As most of what everybody will earn will go to other stuff so that would not be as accurate. So maybe an UPDATED thread on how much everyone has paid on their respective setups?
     
  4. Dane

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    You'll need a lower income bracket for me! Hahaha ;-) student life. If we can do a reef tank anyone can!
     
  5. Jacojs

    Jacojs Thread Starter

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    I get what you are saying Scuba but what someone spends on their setup is directly connected to that persons income anyway. I also understand that some people may have more and others less things to spend their money on, but I just want to get an idea of the average mariner income, oh and the options should be for NETT income.

    Jaco.
     
  6. Jacojs

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    Thats why there is an option "Sponsored by Mom and Dad" :thumbup:

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    Thats why u need to design a setup around what you can afford long term. Its easy to buy a second hand big tank but then maintaining it is another story. Look at how much disposible income u belive u have and structure ur tank around that. That is what i did and how i came about with my current tank. I could have bought a much bigger tank second hand but would not have been able to maintain it properly because i want to change out my carbon and phosphate media every month as well as do weekly waterchanges and have enough lights for all my corals.
     
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    Neil H Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Like anything in life there is an expensive option and a cheap option, a porche and a yaris.

    IMHO a greater understanding of a reef system and patience will go a long way to eliminating costs in the long term.

    HOWEVER the phrase penny wise and pound foolish is very true in the marine world..... spend propper money on certain things like flow and lighting and you will spend less in the long run !
     
  9. Jacojs

    Jacojs Thread Starter

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    Spending money on the setup is not my concern because this can take as long as it needs to, my concern is running cost, electricity, food, water, additives. I heard a rumour that the price of water is also going to increase.

    All I want to know is if I am roughly earning enough to start a setup or if I should wait another year maybe two.

    Jaco.
     
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    Hi Jaco,

    I went out and bought a second hand 4 foot tank and upgraded the lighting the skimmer and added some live rock a DSB and about R3000 worth of livestock.

    Total Spend was about R8000.
    Monthly this tank costs me in the region of R300.

    That includes food salt and RO water as well as carbon.

    Obviously this does not include the obvious rise in the electricity bill.

    I would have spent more on the second hand tank if I look back but ensured that it came with metal halides and a decent skimmer.

    This also depends on how DIY inclined you are. I am fairly good at the DIY thing but dont always have the time between the kids and the enduro and the Airbrushing and now the 400litre baby thats needs attention
     
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    also if you do enough waterchanges you dont need that much in the way of additives
     
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    See now R300 a month I can do, okay new idea, maybe change the poll to monthly running cost, this includes electricity, water, food, salt, bulb changes and additives?

    Jaco.
     
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    didnt we go throu this motion some threads ago ??
    R300 pm including salt on a 400l system, how do you do that??, my salt alone is R350 pm on my 400l system, and i do only 8% wc a week.
     
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    My elecitric on my tank is over R500 a month - let alone the rest.

    I would say I spend around R1000 per month on my tank which is a 900ltr system. I do 25% water changes per month.

    Electric = R500
    Salt = R200
    Foods & other chemicals R300 maybe even more
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    You can do it yourself. Start a new thread, but before you click the submit button look for the option that says something like "post a poll", tick that and then submit your thread, you will then be taken to a new screen where you can set up your poll.
     
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    R350 a month on salt for 160litres?

    Is your Salt laced with Gold or Diamonds
     
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    Look for Bargans , buy second hand and ask shops for shopsoiled units:
    My Juwel tank Normal retail R 4900.--R400
    New T -5 lights x 2 --R350
    Granulated coral substrate --R90.00
    Black Valvaglow and brushes --R95.00
    to start --R935

    Put in water and wait for more money
     
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    That I am most certainly not...
     
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    Hey Jaco....let me state it this way.You must be able to spent a lot of money with out closing an eye!Marine tanks doesnt come cheap.
     
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    BLIMEY - R350 on salt alone PER MONTH for a 400l tank? You buying gold-plated salt?
     
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    ha ha, great minds!
     
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