With big aquariums comes big financial responsibilities. If you plan on building a giant aquarium, then you need to understand the inflated costs associated with maintaining such a large setup. For the average aquarium, a pair of 20% water changes every month and refilling filter media when needed isn’t too much of a financial burden. Electric bills are also reasonable and that electric bill isn’t all that scary. But the minute you start adding to the size of the aquarium, your costs start to increase exponentially, especially if you plan on sticking with routine tank maintenance. A 20% water change on a 400-gallon aquarium is a whopping 80-gallons. That’s roughly one full bucket of salt every six weeks, and we all know how expensive that can be.
We’re not trying to discourage you from turning your home into an indoor water park, but it wouldn’t be fare to the inhabitants of your tank if you weren’t financially prepared to care for them.