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    Large tank teardown, things priced to move!

    Fish: Chevron Tang $50 Scopus Tang $10 Mimic Tang (lemon) $20 Flame Angel $10 Majestic Fox Face $50 Australian Chromis x 4 (large) $40 for all Yellow Watchman Goby $5 Bicolor Blenny $5 Standard Clowns x 2 $20 for the pair Rose anemone x 3 $20 each Niger Trigger $10 Huge derasa clam $40 Med...
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    Achilles Tang Primer

    I have finally pulled the trigger on my first achilles tang. He is sitting at the fish shop waiting for me to get off work. I am adding him with a chevron. Both are juveniles. They are going in a established 300 gallon reef with a 30 gallon surge device. I hoping that the flow is enough to make...
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    Any ideas on how to save energy on a reef tank system.

    i completly agree on investing in long term savings plans. i just think before you invest anything, you tighten up what you got as best as possible, then start spending money for the long haul. if the OP has a 20 year old fridge, he is better of buying a energy star fridge then a new lighting...
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    Any ideas on how to save energy on a reef tank system.

    I accounted for the refrigerator for the infrared heaters a few posts up lol. Im addressing the original OP question about how to significantly reduce a $240 dollar power bill. The tank isn't the problem, do the math. Its the constant laundry and the air conditioner. The op is not doing...
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    Any ideas on how to save energy on a reef tank system.

    what would you buy two 400w MH moguls for? how much is a 400 watt LED system off the shelf? i have no idea. my point all along is that the usage of the lights is two small of a percentage to focus on lighting. other things need to change for his $240 dollar electricity bill to come down...
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    Any ideas on how to save energy on a reef tank system.

    where is the like button.
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    Any ideas on how to save energy on a reef tank system.

    400 watts for LED would save him .50 cents every day. lets call it another .25 cents in chiller savings. Lets call it .55 cents for bulb replacements, per day. so thats a total of $1.30 per day in savings, on a 8 dollar per day electricity bill. What does a 400 watt LED system cost? $1000 bucks...
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    Any ideas on how to save energy on a reef tank system.

    well he has to pay something for lighting, the 30 bucks a month is the total bill, he will cut that down to 15 with leds. my point is he can reduce his bill for free, his entire tank is consuming about 25% of his total bill, the rest is going to other utilities. Until my tank was the MAJORITY...
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    Any ideas on how to save energy on a reef tank system.

    LEDS would certainty bring the bill down, but silly to throw a $1000 bucks at something that represents $30 bucks of a $240 dollar bill?
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    Any ideas on how to save energy on a reef tank system.

    i completly agree! i was trying to make suggestions based on not changing peoples lifestyles.. much. 78 is fine with me, but alot of folks i know and have audited have there thermostat set at 68. So 71 and 72 is a stretch for those folks :) I was in the solar industry for along time, and used...
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    wtb r/r 72 bowfront and stand and plumbing with it

    you might also post on the local reef club website. marinecolorado.org
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    Any ideas on how to save energy on a reef tank system.

    Its more like 60 bucks, but still its only 25% of your bill The math is easy. here is a plug and play formula to calcuate usage. ((x*h)/1000)*.10 x is the device usage, h is the amount of hours its on, .10 is the average kW charge in the midwest. Using your lights as an example...
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    Stoney Coral?

    english is a second language to alot of folks here. Good advise but this could have been left out. Branching frags just break a branch Plating frags just break off a plate encrusting frags you can usally peel a big enough pice up to mount, or like a previous poster stated, you can put a small...
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    Glass weight calculator?

    glass is 162 lbs/ cubic foot the sides total 2 cubic feet the bottom totals 1 cubic foot 3*162 = 486 lbs.
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    Any ideas on how to save energy on a reef tank system.

    my calcs show that your system should cost you about 2.29 dollars per day to operate. Not that much of your bill really. Running the AC and heating water is probably the majority of the $200 bill. thats assuming this: 800w*12 Halides 200w*8 T5s 250w*6 Chiller 275w*24 return pump 140w*24 skimmer...
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