Post by twohuskies on Aug 29, 2014 13:04:56 GMT -5
As my fish hobby has grown, my electric bill has exploded! I'm on the EPP with Duke Power, and have received 2 EPP increases over the last 6 months that total $50/mo, which equates to a $600 increase per year. :shock:
I love my fish, but I cannot afford to keep absorbing these increases. I know big tanks require big filters, heaters, etc., but does anyone have any suggestions for electrical savings? For example, I wonder if I replace multiple HOB filters with a higher rated canister - will that help? What about replacing multiple aquarium lights over big tanks with just a hanging twin tube shop light?
I'm at my wits end with these electrical increases and fear that if I can't figure out some way to reduce my costs, I'm going to have to seriously downsize my tanks. Like - by HALF. :cry:
Yes, I agree, the more you can consolidate things the more you can reduce the cost. That's why I have a fish room. One air pump runs all filters in all tanks, and my brine hatcher. I heat the one room. I light the room itself, and only have lights on a few actual tanks. Adding extra tanks doesn't increase the overall cost by a ton... except there's a bit more water to change.
"The more I learn, the more I learn how much I have to learn." ~Charles Schultz
Low-light plants, Air-powered filters, and no fish needing high temp (discus) or chiller. I have one air pump running 30-ish tanks (about 50 watts, or $4.50 per month) . Styro insulation on bottom, back and ends can also help if your tanks need to be much warmer than the room. A 65 watt shoplight (2 x 32 watt tubes) run 12 hrs a day costs about $3 per month. My electric bill usually runs $120 to $150/mo, and sometimes $180 during exceptionally hot months. I have no idea how much of that cost is fish-related. House is 1700 sq ft and 110 yrs old; not so energy efficient.
Post by twohuskies on Aug 29, 2014 16:19:14 GMT -5
Thanks everyone for your suggestions! The biggest majority of my tanks are in my basement, and are 100+ gallons. I guess that could be considered my "fish room", but I do have a few smaller tanks in the main part of my house. I run sponge filters in them already, and can't see that I could put enough sponges into a 210 or 220 to filter it and still leave space for the fish! :lol:
I wish I could afford LED lights, but I just don't have the budget for them now. I don't cut on the tank lights until the feeding at around 7PM, then I cut them off around 11. I don't keep any high-temp fish - all are big'ish CA/SA cichlids. And, that pretty much negates any plants I could put into the tanks to help with filtration. :wink:
I may have to look into that linear air pump to run multiple tanks. The room itself is climate controlled - so you guys are saying you don't put heaters in individual tanks? I have 2 heaters in every large tank I have! My basement also doesn't have any windows, so I do cut the overhead light on every morning. I may have to look into a floor lamp for basic lighting during the day, and shop lights over the tanks at night.
Gerald, my EPP bill has gone from $187/mo to $238/mo with this latest increase and we have NOT had a typical hot NC summer. I really need to find a way to cut some costs, and perhaps combine some tanks so I can take down at least one of them.
Keep the suggestions coming! I need to squeeze every kilowatt I can!
A friend of mine has broken down his fish room for health reasons. He has TONS of fish stuff. He does have a Alita air pump model al-80 looks almost brand new he wants 75.00 for plus he has several sponges filters and valves. Let me know if you want to contact him. This would cut your power bill cost
K9nero wrote A friend of mine has broken down his fish room for health reasons. He has TONS of fish stuff. He does have a Alita air pump model al-80 looks almost brand new he wants 75.00 for plus he has several sponges filters and valves. Let me know if you want to contact him. This would cut your power bill cost
That's a screaming deal for that air pump. I'm not very mechanically inclined, so I'm not sure how I can use one air pump for tanks that are spread on all 4 walls. Basically, I have 6 tanks on 4 walls. I'm sure I could use one central pump for the 3 tanks on 1 wall, but how would I get the air to the other tanks without sticking the central pump in the middle of the room and running air line in 4 different directions?
I know most people with well thought-out and carefully planned fish rooms PLAN for something like this. But, I just put my heavy tanks on my bottom floor and gradually kept adding them where I had space. :roll: :oops:
Post by georgelibby on Sept 3, 2014 12:17:06 GMT -5
When using a blower you should run your pipes in a circle... so run your PVC around the ceiling, hidden by a molding so you don't see the pipes, and then just run drop down pipes to your tanks. That way your blower could be in one corner of the room while the circle around the ceiling would assure even pressure all around.
My air pump sits in a closet, with redneck-style garden-hose-and-PVC distribution system running around the perimeter of the room (and above the doorway). You can buy short pieces of PVC with a dozen or more air valves already installed if you'd rather not make your own (which requires a drill and thread-cutting tap).