What's your monthly hobby cost? #Addicts

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  1. Spearo

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    Hi All

    I am quite new to this addictive hobby :)
    Keen to know from all of you expertos,
    What's your monthly expenses (after initial setup), from electrical consumption to supplements and livestock etc...
    Of course all expenses should depend on tank size and equipment being used.
    So please feel free to post in detail :thumbup:
     
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  3. 459b

    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

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    When i started my expenses were ridiculous. I dosed anything and everything that the shops suggested. At its peak i was dosing nine different chemicals!
    At the moment on my roughly 500 ltr system per month:
    Entire house electricity R500
    DIY supplements (Mg/Ca/KH) prob R10
    Red Sea coral colours about R125
    Food roughly R35
    Carbon dosing will work out to around R15 a month if ive worked out dosing correctly

    Thats the routine monthly things, i havent included things like carbon, phosphate media etc which gets changed every two/three months. It also doesnt factor in bulb replacement, new livestock etc etc
     
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    Most don't work it out incase the non reefer finds out. :lol:
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i dont want to know, i do the hobby for enjoyment, some months i can spend thousands, others nothing...

    the best way to cut costs........
    educate yourself about the hobby, the processes, the livestock, your purchases etc
     
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    Mine is zip:biggrin:
    I just raid my dad's cupboard. Food, Phosgaurd, electricity = free:lol:

    I do pay for my own stuff like test kits, skimmer lights and livestock etc.
     
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    I try not to think about it... scary when you start adding things up...
     
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    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Everyone needs to do this.

    Sit down and work out what you really need. The hobby only becomes stupidly expensive when you dont do your research and start buying needless rubbish. This goes for hardware and livestock.
     
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    From the Accounting side , Fixed amount of R320
     
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    Luckely I buy all my stuff at the fifty bucks store;)
     
  11. Keegan1

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    On a 630l system....Water - FREE :), Food - R50, electricity - R100, DIY Suppliments - R10 and media +- R50. So about R210 a month without buying any livestock
     
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    For my nano, currently, just electricity, top-up water and fish food I think.
     
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    Monthly electricity, household stands at 2500, Neighbor at 1500, so I recon the 1000 difference is due to my tanks.

    Flake Food, R1400 for the full Ocean Nutrition flake range. Last 4 months. So about R350 a month. Frozen food, make my own.

    Salt, R950 per bucket, last 2 months (maybe 3 if I skip water changes). So 300 to 450 a month.

    I add no chemicals, dose nothing.
     
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    Find a hobby thats cheap?
     
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    That much is true. Whatever hobby I take up it usually ends up being expensive
     
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    My tank is 2000l mixed reef with 28 fish : Electricity : R800 ( 3 pumps, 2x500W heaters, 1Kw lights etc)
    Salt : R 200
    Food : R 300 ( frozen and dry)
    DIY supplements : R 100
    carbon : R 100
    600l RO top-up water = 6Kl tapwater : R 120

    TOTAL R 1620-00
     
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    I notice very few posting the cost of water changes.

    Essential in my opinion and even on a small tank 10 % per week adds up quickly so include this in any costing. R1000 per month in my case.

    Electricity.

    A generator to run when being load shitted , 4 hrs per day , 5 days per week at the moment. R600 per month.
     
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    not everyone does water changes, i know i havent in years

    but yes its a cost that actually most dont include
     
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    Water change is not essential, i know of a few reefers that has not changed their water in years and they running successful beautiful reef tanks
     
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    +/- 200L, excl electricity, around R50 per month.
     
  21. Brendan6

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    Electricity - R170
    Food - R15
    DIY supplements - R30
    Water = natural salt water
    Bulb replacement - R 110 (divide year bulb replacement cost by 12)

    R325 total on a 450L system.
     
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