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I was just wondering which people suggest heating the main tank or heating the sump? i keep my tank heated to about 80-82 and its been costing me a fortune just to heat the tank so im trying to find a way to cut the cost a little bit without heating the room to that level (room is usually 65).

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why are you heating to 82?  I run most of my tanks in the 76-78 range and they are just fine.  IMO running at the higher end of the temps just leads to trouble if you have a problem like a stuck heater!

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thats just the temp i have always ran it at but didnt realize until recently the amount it was costing me.

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i'd slowly lower it, it will cost you a lot less to heat to 76 than 82, maybe even nothing dependant upon how much your pumps and lights put out

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This thread is making me wonder how much I pay to heat my tank in the garage. I've thought of insulation on the garage door to save costs and I'm only in the 76-78 range.

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Hey old salt.

 

Find out with a kill-a-watt, might be spendy as you suspect! 

 

Bombertech has some garage tips as he lives in colder eastern oregon.  I think he does things like covering the tanks in acyrlic, utilizes insulation etc...

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This thread is making me wonder how much I pay to heat my tank in the garage. I've thought of insulation on the garage door to save costs and I'm only in the 76-78 range.

I found out to heat my 180 reef tank to 82 i was spending about 300-400 a year in electricity.

 

 

Hey old salt.

 

Find out with a kill-a-watt, might be spendy as you suspect! 

 

Bombertech has some garage tips as he lives in colder eastern oregon.  I think he does things like covering the tanks in acyrlic, utilizes insulation etc...

Thats how i found out how much it was running me, the heater was costing me way more then even my LED lights,

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My controller is set at 78.5 but almost never has to turn the heater on

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Sump is nice, out of the way, less likely to break.  Be sure to put it in a fixed height chamber so if your ato fails it is not high and dry and shatters.

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