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post #11 of 25 Old 03-18-2014, 04:34 AM
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you wont notice really. it may be a couple bucks or so. companies charge by kilowatt hour, simply put, that's 1000 watts use in one hour or 500 in two hours. however long it takes to reach 1000 watts.
we can round the 55 watt to 50 to make it easier. you can run that 50 watt item for 20 hours and youll have 1000 watts.once you hit 1000 watts, than it starts counting again.
after that its the charge per kilowatt hour, probably 7 to 10 cents.
so roughly 10 cents a day to run it.
did i go over board?
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compare that filter to a 500 watt lighting system for plants... yikes
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post #12 of 25 Old 03-18-2014, 04:57 AM
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Yup, lights are where you pay!

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Yeah I went to this site Costs Calculator Which let me plug in all my numbers. i am in CA so its 13.230 cents per kilowatt then they have different tiers if you go over the allotted amount. so next tier is 15 cents then 17 cents. California is the worst for utilities. Water is 80 bucks just to be able to use it.

Anyway I figured at extreme its about $120 a year to run my 55.
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Ok, I just got the canister today. I was wondering how close to the sand I put the pickup tube?
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I have mine about an inch off the bottom.

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I think mine is practically touching the bottom. It doesn't suck enough to pick up sand. Having angelfish I feel a bit apprehensive about having too strong of filtration. I think a second filter would solve my problems, but I'm afraid to do that and it's expensive, so my tank is a mess on one side. I think cory catfish would help this... or something to push around the poop so the filter can pick it up. MTS don't do much for me. But, I have always had MTS, so I cannot say how my tank would look without them... however, with them, I still have buckets of fish poop.

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I know quite a few people with big filtration and angels. Agent has an AC110 plus an xp3 canister on her 75 (more than 10x turnover). There are two spawning pairs in there.

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Wow, I have about 3.5x turnover. I had the same filtration in a 50g and the angelfish seemed to have trouble. Everything seems perfect now, albeit the angelfish have grown and are stronger swimmers... probably could use a little more... hmm when I get the money...

Not trying to hijack this thread lol

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3.5 - That sure explains why the tank is dirty.

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