The Real Cost of a Saltwater Aquarium

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2012-08-22T16:10:13Z

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Fish Food

When fish aren't reproducing or fleeing from predators, they look for food. Herbivores graze for hours. Carnivores eat and then bypass easy-to-catch meals. For herbivores, algae meet some of their needs, and so will flake foods. For carnivores, provide frozen shrimp or a smorgasbord of different kinds of fish. Fish should be fed twice daily.

Initial setup:
$19: Kent Marine Nautilus Sea Squirt Feeding Prong
$12: Frozen Piscine Energetics Mysis Shrimp cubes
$6: Frozen San Francisco Bay Marine Cuisine cubes
$15: Frozen Argent Cyclop-eeze (for fish and corals)
$15: Hikari Marine-A dry pellets
$20: Brightwell Aquatics Garlic Power food soak (to stimulate eating and reinforce immune system)
$13: Brightwell Aquatics AminOmega food soak
$20: Brightwell Aquatics Vitamarin-M Multivitamin Supplement
$723: After initial setup, additional cost for one year

Running Tally: $11,622