Tip of the Day – 12/1/2013

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If you want to alleviate the high costs of maintaining a reef tank, there are two ways to approach it. For one, you could lower your cost of operation. By cutting back on the electric bill and your consumables, you could save a significant amount of money. There are many ways to do this, such as using more energy efficient equipment and altering your maintenance routine. The other approach is to make money from your aquarium, and we all know the best way to do that is to sell coral frags. Most hobbyists usually employ a mixture of the two methods, with most probably leaning more toward the latter. Keep in mind, though, that both methods require a great deal of time to fully implement, and both will require some initial investment. Either way, both can help with the costs of reef keeping.

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  • Megan Niswonger

    My issue right now is waiting for all my corals to grow enough to be able to frag them… I’m filled with frags but they aren’t big enough colonies to cut up and sell… I just upgraded my lighting to try and get more growth out of my SPS and put up an incredible pair of LEDs thanks to my buddy Rob at Slippery Rock Corals 🙂 He’s got Bridgelux LED systems for $179/piece and another $20 for a two year warranty! Being a thrifty college kid, (who works as at Petco as the Aquatic Specialist) I use my discount to spend on the important things such as pretty fish, a reliable heater, and awesome filtration (Chemi Pure Eliteis the way to go!) then I snag other things used like my protein skimmer, HOB filter, power heads, and live rock/sand from dummies who are breaking down their systems. That’s the best way to cut back in my opinion.

    PS: I love your blog!