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Hi all, ive got a few questions about my tank setups etc and the best way to set them up regarding electricity.

I have the following setup at the moment -

*1 3ft tank 100W heater set on 27C, its got an eheim canister filter running, not sure on specs, but its for a 5 or 6 ft tank i think. Also running an internal filter.

*1 2ft tank 50W with a heater set on 18C, with a tiny internal filter.

*1 4ft tank with a 50W heater set on 27C, with an internal filter.

*1 2ft tank with a 100W heater set on 30C.

*1 45cm tank with a 55W set on 20C.

Are these setups contributing to much of the electricity bill? Or will it not change much from these setups?

Later down the track i wanted to run say 4 x 2ft tanks off one 300W heater and one filter, seeing as it would make more sense heating wise or is it better to run 4 x 55W on seperate tanks? since the wattage would only be 220W.

Thanks.

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Any ideas? lol

my thoughts are that it depends on room temp as to how much work the heater has to do , all my tanks are in the lounge room at the moment with the wood heater , room sits at 22 . but i run 300 watt heaters in my 3ft and 4ft tanks .

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all my tanks are in the same room besides one, will the amount of tanks i have make a difference? I dont see how theyd make electricty bill go up much more? Lol hope not anyway..

I was just thinking if i plan to get more setup, would it be easier to join them all off one heater instead of seperates..

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It all comes down to how much space you have to play with and your budget. In my opinion the most cost efficient method of running a fish room (electricity wise) is to heat/cool the room instead of the individual tanks and running a central airline, with sponge filters....

If you look into the search options you will find there are dozens of threads similar to your post with a lot of different perspectives on how guys run their rooms.... including some great debate on solar options... almost all of them are worth a read.

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Hi, yes i read a couple threads on them, i cant heat a whole room till ive got my own house lol.

Ive got most of my tanks in the loungeroom, and probably want to setup another 4 or 5 tanks and thats it.

The best way to do it in my situtation would be individual or is there a more efficient way?

Thanks.

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I'm no expert on the matter, but I would have thought the most efficient way would be have one large sump/filter working across all tanks. Couple of 300w heaters in the sump and bob's your uncle.

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yeah, thats what i would of thought, maybe it is? I dont have many tanks setup, so maybe 4-5 2fters with a sump and 300w heater will do?

Yep - Although I think a 300w would heat the water in a sump okay, always good practice to have a second one going in case of failure. I have two running (one in sump, one in weir). I have them on a timer to prevent them running at peak times. I easily heat the tank to 26degrees, and I save a lot of money not running heaters at peak.

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I run 4 2x18x14 off one 2ft sump and my water parameters are always spot on. If you arent the best DIY I'd suggest looking for a second hand setup on forums, petlink, ebay etc

Would work out a hell of alot cheaper than getting everything brand new. Could easily get a setup for around $200-$400 with everything to get you going.

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