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Discussion in 'Medium Tanks (31-100gal)' started by les, May 28, 2016.
Yes I have it on watch, interesting indeed.
Thanks, I am very pleased with them, better than my Hydras but no doubt the Hydra HDs will be a decent improvement on the standards I had
That's an impressive tank there.
Nice video of the controllers.
This got me thinking about a conversation I had with the wife a while back.
It came about with the latest purchase of a Jebao DCP4000. And the following conversation of electric bills.
As it happened that was easy, I was replacing an Eheim 3000, so the consumption is lower.
But, back on topic. Thinking back to my previous tropical setup with fluorescent lights, external canister filters, old style heaters and lots of power heads. The new LED lights, low watt heaters/pumps and circulation heads have in real terms reduced my electric use significantly. I now don't panic looking at the electric meter turning quite slowly with the newer equipment, whist I used to have a heart attract if I looked at it with the old setup.
So I suppose in a rambling roundabout way, I'm asking, have you found that the outlay in the newer equipment your running is actually being offset by a reduction in power consumption and subsequent lower bills.
I've been into this fish keeping hobby for about 30 years now, and think it's becoming hugely accessable for the newbies with all these developments.
Anyway enough talking rubbish.
You know what, I never get seriously into the electricity running costs of my tank, I don't really see the point. What I do, do however is search for the best deal I can get with my electricity providers. I have been 36 years in this hobby and gone through the various tank with the technology at the time and I never actually check the tanks electric consumption. I am sure however in some ways I have reduced consumption but have only offset it with more pump, lights reactors etc to increase it.
Not a bad way of looking at it. I found a pretty decent deal with EDF last time, averages out at £49 a month for electric. You do have to dig through the sites a bit to find the cheap ones though.
It's the only way I can look or is that not look at it (the cost) just go with the best deal I can get.
yeah, i never had the pleasure of running metal halide hahha
while some are going back to t5, leds are the cheapest to run id say.
Pre HQI light I ran Mercury vapour lights and pre them T12s lol
Top down vid.
Very nice les looks great
Cheers mate it's doing very well.
My current tank has been set up 20 months, many of the inhabitants, rocks, fish and corals came from my previous tank and even tanks before that. Over the last 20 months I have added quite a few fish and corals most corals as frags. These animals have come from a number of different LFS's here in the UK. I have never QTd any fish or coral although I do tend to dip corals.
Amongst the fish I introduced directly include 4 Royal grammas, I added 2 then some months later another 2. Each time I added the RGs and within an hour or so I would notice the appearance of a few white spots and the fish would scratch on the rocks and sand no other fish would show signs of WS and in the case of after adding the second 2 the previously added established 2 would not show any signs of WS.
Within 24/48 hours the white spots had disappeared and the fish had stopped scratching with no further sign of any diseases like WS appearing. I have only ever sen WS on my Royal gramma and then only for a brief period after introduction. I don't keep tangs but I do have a Foxface Regal and multibar angels along with damsels and wasses and a pair of clowns all very healthy. I have never seen a sick fish in my tank although I admit one or two have disappeared and a couple have gone carpet surfing.
Do I have white spot in my tank? I would think...no expect so. It must be around 26 years now since I saw any sign of disease in any of the 10 or 11 tanks I have had in that time. I have never QTd or medicated in that time. Am I alone here in the UK who report similar? Nope I have friends who do similar to me and their fish don't get the likes of WS and they have never QTd a fish. That's just the way it is. I would never knowingly introduce a fish carrying WS but Iknow I must have done unknowingly as with my RGs which are known WS magnets and indeed showed WS on first introduction but that soon disappeared with no further signs of any such.
New video taken tonight.
Tanks looking great Les, nice video,
I took a leaf out of your book a few weeks ago and bought two royal grammas, it looks like I was lucky enough to get a male and female, they have now paired up and built a nest in a small cave.
pretty chuffed. Looks like 2018 may start better than 2017 ended.
Thanks for the compliments. Getting a pair of RGs is pretty easy jusbuy2smallones and let nature take its cause as I am sure when young they sort themselves out sex wise. If one is slightly bigger than the other then even better it seems.
Hubble bubble toil and trouble, well hopefully not. Bought this bubble coral from Burscough on Friday, it's settled in well.
Nice, one of my favourite corals and super easy to care for,
had mine six or seven months and it's easily four times bigger than when first bought.
Yes, and they used to be more popular back in the day but then we didn't have the enormous range of LPS and SPS corals we have to choose from now. Still, IMO they still should be more popular than they are.
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