Approx. cost of running a Nano

Discussion in 'Hardware & DIY' started by Tom, 18 Sep 2013.

  1. Is anyone here good at calculating the cost of electricity? I'm looking into starting a small tank at uni with gear I already have, but on such a small budget, I need to know how much it's gonna cost to run.

    Basically the system would have a light (24w for 8 hours), a solenoid-run CO2 unit (no idea wattage, 8 hours), and a small external filter (8w).

    If anyone's calculated this sort of thing before, it would be interesting to hear. I'm not looking for an exact cost, just a guide.

  2. foxfish

    foxfish Member

    Not a lot mate!
    40w at 0.15p per KW run for 8 hours a day would be £1.40 a month.
    So as an estimate between £9 - £12.
  3. sa80mark

    sa80mark Member

    Ive just put mine in a electric cost calculator and worked it on everything turn on 24 hours a day

    Light 11w
    Heater 25w
    Filter 20w
    Solinoid 12w

    At 12.7p kw and its 21p a day but in the real world its cheaper than that as the lights heater and solinoid arnt on for 24 hours a day
    aliclarke86 likes this.
  4. Good to know! I'm looking at getting my own place this year as an investment (parents own, I rent from them), rather than sharing the rent between 4 guys and putting money down the drain every month. Makes it a lot easier to fit hobbies in and I'm craving another tank after so long!
  5. squid102

    squid102 Member

    Approximately half a pint of beer a month. :D

    Don't worry about it and enjoy your beer nano!
    Deano3 likes this.
  6. Ady34

    Ady34 Global Moderator Staff Member

    Co. Durham
    if you successfully breed shrimp in it it could pay for itself :D
    Tom likes this.
  7. That's not a bad idea!

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