The Real Cost of a Saltwater Aquarium

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

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Equipment

You need a lot of equipment to compete with nature.

$1,100: Precision Marine 36" x 18" Reef Sump ($600), Iwaki 55 RLT Water Pump ($500)
$860: Diablo 2500 Protein Skimmer by CoralVue ($500), 25-watt Ultraviolet Sterilizer ($360)
$135: Quiet One 1200 Water Pump ($60), plumbing supplies ($50), grounding probe ($25)
$45: Eheim Jaeger 300-watt Aquarium Heater
$870: MTC Calcium Reactor ($700), CO2 canister ($170; 5 lbs.)
$1,400: Coralife 1/4 HP Chiller ($1,200), Pressure regulator ($200)
$110: Mag Drive 500-GPH Water Pump
$795: Ecotech MP40 Wireless Powerhead ($475), Ecotech MP10 Wireless Powerhead ($320)
$100: Two 30-gallon HDPE water barrels with tops with bung holes to change 25 percent of the water every month -- globalindustrial.com
$12: Mag-Float aquarium glass cleaner to remove excess algae

Running Tally: $17,049

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