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Did you know it only costs $35 a year to keep a fish?

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I don't know how they came up with that number. But it got me thinking, what do you REALLY spend per year for fish? If you can stomach adding those numbers up... :-D
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Re: Did you know it only costs $35 a year to keep a fish?

Thats a great question. I guess it just means food, water and other maintenance items. I do wonder how they came up with that number. Maybe they need to break it down into various categories. Reef, planted, basic aquarium ect.

I would have to start keeping tabs on what i spend to add it up.

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Re: Did you know it only costs $35 a year to keep a fish?

Estimated annual cost of my fish:
Water: $0.01 per gallon x 5 gallons per week x 52 weeks = $2.60
Fish Food: 1 small can per year = $5
Dechlorinator: 1 bottle per year = $15
Electricity: 36W x 60s/min x 60min/hr x 8hrs/day x 360days x 0.001kW/W x $0.001/kWh = $373.25

I'm already over $400, shall I keep going?

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Re: Did you know it only costs $35 a year to keep a fish?

What happened to the electricity for your filter and heater?

I'm sure that estimation is minimal cost. You don't need a light for your tank, that is a choice. And the light listed above is in excess if you just needed to light the tank and leaving it on for X periods is also a choice.

Although I don't believe in the number they came up with, I also don't think it is terribly higher if you just considered minimal things.
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Re: Did you know it only costs $35 a year to keep a fish?

I must be this doing ALL WRONG!In saltwaterautolinker.com autolinking image some fish cost $50-$200 just to aquire,nevermind the rest.
Of course if you just multiplied $35 per fish(I know this is not how they did it) I might not be so far out of line with 1,000 gallons of tanks that are all maxed out!

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Re: Did you know it only costs $35 a year to keep a fish?

Hahaha it depends on how many fish and how much food costs and where you live. I spent more yesterday on goldfishautolinker.com autolinking image pellets than the new fish I bought. Decor eats most of the budget and setup costs for tanks and etc. I was just saying the other day, fish are easy to maintain if done well but they sure have a lot of stuff!

I know they don't eat much. I feed all my golds sinking pellets and it costs me 8 dollars for 5 ozs, but I only buy it once a month if not less. Tropicals barely eat anything.

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Re: Did you know it only costs $35 a year to keep a fish?

maybe they were just adding the cost to keep a single goldfishautolinker.com autolinking image in a tank without a heater or any filtration/lights! lol I know that I go through a big bottle of prime($18.50 a piece) every 2-3 months, and I would hate to add up my electricity bill to keep all of my filters/lights going~! hehe
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Re: Did you know it only costs $35 a year to keep a fish?

Well, for what it's worth, I only have lighting over a couple tanks, air driven filtration for some tanks and then HOB filters for others. But, I only have a total of 180 gallons of water up and running right now. Even so, we didn't notice our electric bill to change at all. If it changed for the month, it only went up a couple bucks. I spend more money on food, I primarily feed live foods. I've easily spent $70 or so on food just since May. Our water bill is the same $20 it has always been.

This is probably very much a regional thing with some areas being more expensive than others. If I had a single 10 gallon tank, I think I could easily get by on less than $35 a year to run it.
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Re: Did you know it only costs $35 a year to keep a fish?

I'm not even going to get into this one. I spend more than that in a couple of months just in frozen bloodworms.

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Re: Did you know it only costs $35 a year to keep a fish?

Almost 200 a month for electricity alone!!
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Re: Did you know it only costs $35 a year to keep a fish?

For me, Winter is the time that my costs peak. If I just focused on my 2-125g tanks and 1-75g....lighting is 2-36" T5HO, 4X39W / 2-36" T5HO 3X39W / 1-48" T5HO 2X54W, heaters are 2-300W inline, 1-800W, 2-250W, filters are Eheim 2080/2229 for each 125g, Eheim 2075/2229 for my 75g.

Between lighting, heating, and filters I know my electrical costs has to be up there. I keep my house at 65 in the Winter. My Angel tank gets adjusted to 80 and the other two to 75 but still, the heaters come on often. My 3 shrimp tanks which don't cost me too much, stay at 70.

Food isn't terrible. Replacement filter pads for the Eheim filters are about $80 per year. I spend around $250 in CO2 per year, I think.
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