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Reducing Fish Room Aquarium Costs ideas?


Andrew Puhr
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I am looking to reduce energy consumption in my unfinished basement fish room. I know there are various videos out there but I have some ideas and I am just looking for feedback. 

Total Aquariums: 2 - 30 Gallon Tanks, 3 - 40 Breeders, 2 - 75 Gallon Tanks, 1 - 80 Gallon Turtle Tank

All tanks are set-up with hang on back filters, heaters, some have sponge filters, and the turtle tank has a sump. All tanks have either glass or greenhouse plastic. 

I was thinking of ways to reduce costs would be:

1) Convert all non-turtle tanks to sponge filters and then just increase my water change schedule to keep nitrates down. 

2) Make sure lids are tight with no major gaps to limit heat loss

3) Change lighting schedule for non-planted tanks

I thought about heating the room but its a large space and I don't really wanting to build a room to heat within the unfinished basement. Any other thoughts?

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On 9/29/2022 at 11:12 AM, Andrew Puhr said:

I thought about heating the room but its a large space and I don't really wanting to build a room to heat within the unfinished basement.

I would suggest not ruling this out totally yet.  I have virtually zero building skills.  However, I was able to build two different rooms in my basement out of the 2" thick foam insulation panels (blue board, I think, although mine is purple).  All I had to do was cut/or get cut a few board and attache them to the exposed boards that hold up the floor above (probably a construction-y name for those...  Joists?), and then I used Liquid Nails and some screws with big washers to attache the foam to the boards.  Presto!  I now have a reasonably well insulated room.  If you are curious about this "method" (if you can call it that), let me know and I post photos here.  It's shockingly easy!

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If you haven't switched to all LED lighting for the aquariums and the basement, there will be a savings there.

Foamboard insulation on 3 sides of the aquariums may be an option depending on your setup.

Calculate the total wattage used by multiple air pumps to determine if fewer larger pumps would be a savings.

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