StraightAddicted wrote:Question: How much does it cost monthly electric bill to run a 55g tank. With an emperor 400, one heater, no special lighting (what comes in 55g light fixture. There will be no sump. Just looking to see how much its gonna cost me to set this up monthly wise. Thanks everyone for comments
Shane wrote:The other point I wanted to make was that, no matter where you live, the aquarium's lighting will consume more electricity than any other component. An Emperor 400 filter uses 19.2 watts of power. Recommended heater for a 55 Gallon tank is 200 watts, but it does not run all the time and probably does not come on at all for parts of the year. However, even a very low light system at 1 watt per gallon will consume 55 watts while the lights are on. So the big way to save money is to lower the strength and duration of the aquarium's lighting.
Therefore, your tank requires (constanly) 40 watts (heater) + 20 watt light (working half the time) + 12 watts for the pump = 72 watts
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