08-22-2012, 12:21 PM
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Originally Posted by MiamiLeos
Maintenance of the entire tank though.. very costly?
The initial investment is the worst. Your energy bills will go up, as lights and pumps and heaters draw a lot of electricity. On my 150 gallon my energy bill was about $75.00 more a month (I discovered this afterwards when there was a $75 reduction in the bill). I was also running a 468 Watt light, 2 300 watt heaters and like five pumps (if you include the skimmer pump and powerheads).
If you are running a 46 Bow, your electric bill will go up depending on how intense your lights are and how many pumps you need. You need powerheads to keep the water moving and heaters to keep it at a consistent temperature.
Other maintenence really only includes dosing chemicals, buying fish food and of course, fish.