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Old 06-30-2015, 03:15 AM   #1
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Does anyone else do this?


Do you guys ever put together a tank setup / pricing sheet when you build a tank?

Tech
Derrele 30 litre cube ............................................ $70-75
(might go with an ADA Cube Garden instead if importing this is too much)
Eden 501 Filter / Zoo Med turtle filter .......................... $40~
Mr. Aqua Ultrathin LED (12") ..................................... $65~, $50~
(might even go with the Finnex FugeRay Planted+)
Hydor Submersible Glass Aquarium Heater - Original Theo .......... $20~

Substrate / Hardscape
ADA Small 2 Liter Powersand ...................................... $15
ADA 3 Liter Amazonia, Normal ..................................... $14
(Might go with the 9 Liter)
ADA SanSui Stones, 2 kg .......................................... $35~

Plants
Phoenix Moss, Fissidens Fontanus .................................
Medium light, 23-28 celcius, PH: 6.0-7.5, Difficulty: Easy, can be in higher light conditions
Keep trash off of it, but Shrimp will keep it clean.
Blyxa Japonica .................................................. .
Medium-High light, 22-28 celcius, PH: 5.0-7.0, Difficulty: Medium, turns a brilliant red in high light
Marsilea Minuta ..................................................
Medium Light, 68-84F, PH: 6.0-7.0, Difficulty: Easy, needs supplements.
Marimo Moss Balls ................................................
Toss em in, good at absorbing excess nutrients

5 Carbon Rili Shrimp ............................................. $25-30 @ $5-6 each
pH: 6.4-7.5
gH: 5-12
kH: 1-5
TDS: 100-300
Temperature: 64-80F, I'll keep it at 75F

Rules:
Bioload - 10 shrimp per gallon
NO COPPER
NO EXCEL
If a CO2 setup is needed, go with only a little bit.
(might have the filter break the water surface to get the CO2 and O2 from the room)

This is the tech sheet I'm using to price up my total costs for my nano cube I'm working on.
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Old 06-30-2015, 06:04 AM   #2
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Oh yes, many times. It makes it so much easier to budget money around for relatively expensive projects, like a 55 gallon reef. I tend to get rid of mine after I've used them, or periodically update them to reflect pricing, so I don't have a whole list at the moment. Sometimes the lists are in my head rather than on the computer or paper, but it's all the same. You used a similar system to what I had a few years ago for aquariums that I dreamed up. But here's an example of what I currently do for the 55 reef:

DFS order 2 (automatic feeders, fish food, etc.)-130$
DFS LA order 1 (Banggai Cardinal pair DD, Zebra dartfish trio DD, amphipods, Tisbe pods, brine shrimp adults)-225
LFS order (Stongobiops nematodes pair, Alpheus randalli pair, Caulerpa prolifera macroalgae)-$95
Money left over for future projects-(currently uncalculated)
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Old 06-30-2015, 12:11 PM   #3
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No, if I did I'd cry. Instead I figure what I'm comfortable spending on any given component.
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Old 06-30-2015, 02:23 PM   #4
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No way, I don't want to know how much money I devote to my hobby. That sound like work and not fun when you realize how much you have spent. Most of time when I buy fish are plants I don't even look at prices it's more about getting what I want.
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Old 06-30-2015, 02:50 PM   #5
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Not in layout like that but I do keep count of costs and then regret how much I've spent (usually on plants as I'm thrifty and will get tanks and lighting cheap).
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Old 06-30-2015, 04:04 PM   #6
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Honestly, money is not an issue for me. I donate my blood-plasma at a company called BioLife. I get 50-65 dollars a week. It's slow going, but the supplementary funds add up quick
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Old 06-30-2015, 04:16 PM   #7
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No, if I did I'd cry. Instead I figure what I'm comfortable spending on any given component.
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No way, I don't want to know how much money I devote to my hobby. That sound like work and not fun when you realize how much you have spent. Most of time when I buy fish are plants I don't even look at prices it's more about getting what I want.
I'll have to agree with the above sentiment.....Ignorance can be bliss!
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Old 06-30-2015, 05:53 PM   #8
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I make a cost list for the original hardware, but most of my expenses are in the livestock and things I purchase afterwards, which I don't keep track of.
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Old 06-30-2015, 06:40 PM   #9
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I sell items online for profit and I'm about to start selling plants again and use my paypal funds for hobbies so that I don't have to feel bad about using personal money.
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