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Tacky Question, how much do you spend on your hobby per year?

  • Under $500.00

    Votes: 2 5.7%
  • $500.00 to $1,000

    Votes: 6 17.1%
  • $1,000 to $2,000

    Votes: 11 31.4%
  • Over $2,000

    Votes: 16 45.7%

  • Total voters
    35

Witfull

Well-known member
Joined
Jan 27, 2004
Messages
647
Location
New Jersey
no more than a grand??? including electricity?

hmm,,,i dont want to know,,,,refuse to attempt it,,,,(placing hands on ears.....singing..lalalalalalalalalala)
 

big t

tankless
Joined
Oct 21, 2003
Messages
1,914
Location
Denver
Hmmm, depends on which year you are talking about here :D

the first year I prolly spent about $1200. This year getting close to $2000 already.
 

NaH2O

Well-known member
Joined
Jan 25, 2004
Messages
8,568
I voted for over $2000, but I haven't experienced a full year with this tank other than set-up. When I think about the cost of water, filters for RO/DI unit, bulb replacement, electricity costs, food, livestock, new equipment, etc....I think I'll be getting in that range.
 

Ed Hahn

Life is A Highway...
Joined
Jan 27, 2004
Messages
3,955
Location
Kennewick, Wa
I think $1500-2000. It has been considerably cheaper since I joined a Club. I have gotten things at better prices. I have traded or just been given corals.
 

Hooked

Well-known member
Joined
Feb 12, 2004
Messages
185
Location
Indianapolis
I recently made a list of basic items required over the course of a year (bulbs, filters, carbon, test kits, kalk powder, RO/DI carts, salt, etc) and it totalled about $1,200. That doesn't include any new equipment, electricity, livestock or emergency replacements. So I voted $1,000 to $2,000

And yes, I make lists for everything :rolleyes:
 

cookiemn

Chicago bound!!!
Joined
Jan 17, 2004
Messages
226
Location
Kirkland
Price of new tank, sump, and plumbing : $1000
Price of new stand : $ 800
Price of new skimmer : $200 est.
Price of new RO/DI : $140
Price of new MH/VHO lighting : $700 est.
Price of new sink installation in the garage for the tank : $ 400
Price of my wife laughing watching my frustrations : Priceless

Cost of electricity, salt, food, etc. are probably the only cheap things that I have spent money on in the past few months. :)
 

NaH2O

Well-known member
Joined
Jan 25, 2004
Messages
8,568
Price of my wife laughing watching my frustrations : Priceless
LOL! My husband has had some good laughs at me, too. Too bad I didn't think the situations were very funny :)
 

iamjosh

Well-known member
Joined
Feb 22, 2004
Messages
265
Location
Spokane, WA
So far this year I've dropped a little over $3,500 @ Aquatic Dreams.

That includes my new 125 Gallon Tank/Stand & Super cool light. Watch for a thread very soon :)
 

Fly n Reef

Sky Goddess
Joined
Aug 19, 2003
Messages
255
Location
Kent, WA
Let's talk painful joy. I just finished setting up my new 180. I am just starting to stock it. Now that the major costs are out of the way (tank, stand & canopy, sump, skimmer, etc.) I just found out my chiller is just not big enough. To the tune of another six hundredish bucks I now have a new chiller on the way. I am afraid to add this years total.
Thank goodness I don't have to answer to a spouse to where my money goes! Ha, Ha! :)
 

kevinpo

Expert
Joined
Jul 1, 2003
Messages
2,287
Location
Spokane Valley, WA
Well now :) Light bulbs and electricity are about $1500 a year. I don't buy livestock anymore but test kits, filters, and additives are another $750 for a total of about $2,250 per year.

I initially spent about $20,000K :rolleyes: (that's my story and I'm sticking to it)

Regards,
Kevin
 

fishermann

Well-known member
Joined
Jul 13, 2003
Messages
670
Location
Searcy, Arkansas
I have over $7,000 to start and don't have any idea how much I've spent for the last three yrs,but I would say in the range of $2,000 is not far from wrong, my wife says its to much but she likes to look at the tanks so doesn't complain too loud, except for when she has to clean the water spots off the carpet every now and then.
 

The Apprentice

Well-known member
Joined
Apr 12, 2004
Messages
1,174
Location
Umatilla,OR
I started this year with a 2000$ budget and have spent more then that in just light fixtures once you get into this it really gets ahold of you. I am in for the long haul but my first year and i am over 9K$ and i still dont have the 75 gallon tank up & running yet but to see what we can have is worth every penny to me plus I need you guys to keep using that electricity LOL....thanks..jeff
 

CarlaW

Scarlet Begonias
Joined
Feb 8, 2004
Messages
7,670
Location
Columbia Falls, MT.
My initial setup was budgeted at about $15,000. and I know i went over that with the electrical setup. Power costs jumped about $80 a month, and I haven't really sat down and figured the cost of lite replacement and all the other stuff that goes into growing and maintaining my little toy.
 
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