Sticker Shock?

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  1. Fross

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    So, we all know this hobby is expensive. It can be more or less so depending on what you want, but either way, it ends up costing quite a bit and most of us probably knew that before even getting into it. I am wondering, whats something that ended up cost much more that you had thought it would?

    for me, it was plumbing. I knew things like a skimmer, ATS, nice sump etc were going to cost me, but I always left the plumbing as an after thought. something I could pick up quick once I had all of the major parts. well, I just put in an order for $550 to plumb the damn thing and I am "sticker shocked"
     
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    Plumbing here too. Fittings and valves add up fast, especially so for quality valves

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    Yeah.... plumbing for sure. I'm taking lessons from 6gal to greatness lol.

    For me it was my lights... pay another dollar in for diffusers, rails, and a control module since ecotech decided they didn't want to play nice with Apex anymore. Technically not all needed so plumbing is still the biggest.
     
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    Plumbing is probably considered one of the most overlooked/hidden costs in this hobby.
    Why??? I think we consider the plumbing to be a DIY project. And most people associate DIY projects with lower costs, but that's not always the case. I could go on and on about reasons why, but that's not for discussion here.

    Another surprise sticker shock item is the calcium reactor.
    A calcium reactor is only one component of a multi-part system. You also need to purchase a feed pump, pH probe, pH controller, CO2 tank, CO2 regulator and finally the media. Some of those added components cost more than the reactor itself.
     
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    +1 on that. last time i calculated the costs, a good CalRx setup easily adds up to $1000.
     
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    A little off topic, but designer coral prices can get crazy, but they are purdy. I see some of these nubs and prices, but I guess supply, demand, and growth rate make a market. Don’t get me wrong, luv em, I just get scared like a frightened kitten
     
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    Switching over to a CaRX seems like a steep cost. $300+ for the reactor, $300+ for the regulator, $200+ for the doser/pump, the tank and misc plumbing/media. I'll stick to 2 part for now. :)

    I'll agree plumbing was a "hidden" cost for me that I hadn't factored into my budget. I think I spent close to $400 on it, all together. I did get a little crazy with my use of unions, but when I've wanted to swap out various parts and redo something it's been so easy.
     
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    I use Supplyhouse.com for plumbing parts. They carry Spears in sch40 and sch80, and a lot of obscure fitting like 22.5 elbows, long sweeps, socket barbs, etc. Prices are often substationally better than anywhere else, but some stuff is similar everywhere.
     
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    Yeah, the Calc reactor did catch me by surprise as well. I was so excited when someone sold me one for $100, then I found out the reactor its self was the cheap part. I then had to spend $300 on a pump and $300 on a valve.
     
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    I'm not usually caught off guard by how much I've spent on something as I'm a miser(tight wad) and research purchases well in advance. That being said I find anything made by eco-tech to be priced on the high side for what you get. I only own one of their products(mp-10) and within 18 months of use I had to replace the dry side for $90. Been running for years since but will likely never buy another.
     

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