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bigcity51 10-07-2006 02:09 PM

Energy Efficiency
Hey everyone!!
I have three fish tanks, and came across a site that says fish tanks could use more energy than a refrigerator. Just wondering is there any energy efficient aquarium supplier out there? Don't get me wrong I'm not a cheapskate when it comes to my fish but just trying to do my part to decrease some of my pollution. If anyone knows of any efficient equipment out there can you post it up here?
Thank You Very Much!!!

Lupin 10-07-2006 02:15 PM

Hi bigcity,

What pollution do fish tanks produced?:question: Except that they do consume too much energy.:wink2:
You would end up with horrendous electric bills if you have several tanks especially when tanks are operated with lights, heaters, filters, etc. Hence they waste too much electrical energy.:mrgreen:

Although I still would not care about it because of my addiction to fishkeeping.:wink2:

crazie.eddie 10-07-2006 03:05 PM

Many people use Reflectix (a silver insulating material) to cover the back and bottom and sometimese the sides of the tank. This is used over the decorative backing or paint, which is supposed to keep most of the heat in the tank. I'm not sure how effective it is, since heat can escape on the top and front of the tank.

I know some people heat their fish rooms, instead of individually heating each tank. Imagine working in a room that is 85 degrees F (27 C).

bigcity51 10-07-2006 11:10 PM

Yeah I shouldnt of said pollution.... well around here, my electricity is produced from a coal plant so it does pollute.

Thanks for the info, I'll take a look at it.

love_my_fish 10-08-2006 10:32 AM

Hi bigcity51, I'm also from Wisconsin and am interested in energy efficiency. I buy energy efficient appliances, so I started thinking -- how can fish tanks be more energy efficient? (Especially after I saw An Inconvenient Truth -- geez, how do I reduce my CO2 emissions?!) :? I havent' really found any answers, and don't know where to look for them.

I would guess that bigger tanks are more efficient (hence time for me to upgrade!!) And using the right size equipment for the tanks should avoid overuse of heaters and air pumps. Also, keep lights on a timer.

I know fluorescent lights are more energy efficient, but are supposed to be replaced like every 6 months -- and I heard they aren't supposed to go in the normal trash (is it mercury vapor in the tube? not sure), but I've never heard exactly what should be done with them. :roll:

If I find some better answers, I'll post 'em.

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