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Tank Build! Apex upgrades-tank run costs

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ricowind67, May 31, 2018.

  1. ricowind67 GIRS Member

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    Clear Lake, IA
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    Just upgraded to using EB 832's. I love the power consumption feature that shows daily and Monthly electricity costs. Thought this was interesting and wanted to share.


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    Last edited: May 31, 2018
  2. Actuary Well-Known ReefKeeper GIRS Member

    643
    Adel, IA
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    Wow.. I'm guessing I need to update my firmware. Pretty cool.
     
  3. DangerJ Well-Known ReefKeeper Board of Directors Leadership Team GIRS Member

    757
    Des Moines, IA
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    How large is your tank and how many bells and whistles are running?
     
  4. ricowind67 GIRS Member

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    I have a 189 gallon 60x36x20.
    3 Mp-40 pumps
    1 Tunze Turbelle stream 3
    1 main pump Reef flo
    6 ecotech Radion lights
    5 48 inch T5's
    1 Reef octopus 250 3xt skimmer
    1 Reef octopus pump for skimmer feed
    2 500 watt heaters
    those are the big consumers of juice

    going to phase out the main pump with a vectra in the future, somthing more efficient. And after seeing the consumption in this detail you can make the system a bit more efficient.
     
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2018
  5. DangerJ Well-Known ReefKeeper Board of Directors Leadership Team GIRS Member

    757
    Des Moines, IA
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    My jaw dropped at $66/mo to power your tank, figured it had to be something sizeable.

    I've been kinda lucky the past few years only running a BC29 I guess.
     
  6. Actuary Well-Known ReefKeeper GIRS Member

    643
    Adel, IA
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    That's pretty slick. Way cooler than my approach:


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    Average amp pull of 6.06 times 120 volts = 727.2 watts. A 30 day month would be 523.6 kWh. At $.07 per kWh that comes out to $36.65 per month. Unfortunately I do have some additional devices that aren't plugged into my EB8s (namely my lights).
     
  7. DangerJ Well-Known ReefKeeper Board of Directors Leadership Team GIRS Member

    757
    Des Moines, IA
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    And that's for your behind-bar tank? 120?
     
  8. Actuary Well-Known ReefKeeper GIRS Member

    643
    Adel, IA
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    Correct, that it's behind the bar. Display is a 400g and the sump is a 120g. It helps that the heater almost never has to kick on (didn't turn on at all in the last week).
     
  9. DangerJ Well-Known ReefKeeper Board of Directors Leadership Team GIRS Member

    757
    Des Moines, IA
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    See this is what's nuts to me. You're more than double the volume and half the monthly expense!

    Maybe GIRS could put together a best-practice list on how to get the most energy efficient aquariums. I think that could be a handy guide for everyone's wallet.
     
  10. Derek34 GIRS Member

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    Manchester, IA
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    I like the sound of that idea!
     
  11. ricowind67 GIRS Member

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    Clear Lake, IA
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    Actuary,

    What is your lighting setup? I know mine pull quite a bit mid day. I really want to change my main pump, its a reeflo yellowtail, its makes the meter spin too.

    I will send a shot later when the lights are at peak.

    I have been wanting to streamline the consumption for some time.

    I have my calculation at .10 kwh


    Nice to see others getting on this thread


    Sent from my iPhone via App
     
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2018
  12. Actuary Well-Known ReefKeeper GIRS Member

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    Adel, IA
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    My lighting is DIY LEDs which pull around 324w mid day (probably spend about 8 hours at 100%). I'm also not accounting for 2 Jebao PP-20s and 2 Vortech MP40s. My biggest power drain is from my feed pump on my skimmer. I use a Reeflo Hammerhead Gold which pulls around 300 watts nonstop. I'm actually not too disappointed with my Jebao DCT 15000 for a return pump. Pretty good flow for 150w.
     
  13. ricowind67 GIRS Member

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    Clear Lake, IA
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    this is what 5 48in t5's and the 6 ecotechs at high noon on the reef


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  14. Actuary Well-Known ReefKeeper GIRS Member

    643
    Adel, IA
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    Wow, you've really got that tank lit up! I know I could probably increase my wattage a bit. When I had these same lights over a 180g I could only run them at 70% max or I'd start to burn stuff. When I switched to the 400g I put some tighter optics on them to get better light penetration at lower levels and cranked them up to 100%. PAR is okay but not at the levels a lot of people seem to boast about.
     
  15. Derek34 GIRS Member

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    Manchester, IA
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    @ricowind67@ricowind67 What unit of time are those figures corresponding to? $0.84 per what?
     
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2018
  16. ricowind67 GIRS Member

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    Clear Lake, IA
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    per day i believe
     

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