I thought it might be helpful to new hobbyist’s to see what my expenses are for my 3 tanks that I have. Here are all of the expenses that I can think of:
Note: This is not including set-ups, costs of frogs or any of the first time expenses such as original fruit fly cultures, cups, springtails, etc.
Take a peek here for my set-up’s.
Electric (will vary based on your electric rate)-
(4) 13 W bulbs (I know the LED is less than a 13W bulb but did not actually measure it)
Each 13W bulb uses .013kW / hr * 4 = 0.052kw/h * 12 hours (length of light cycle) =0.624 kWh/ day * 365 days= 227.76kWh
WeEnergies (my electric provider) charges $.13110/ kWh
Total yearly added cost for electrical = 227.76kWh * $.13110 = $29.86 / year
Water (will vary based on water rate)-
(Monsoon Mister is what I use)
After looking at my water usage, I am going to assume 1 gallon per month for misting, cleaning glass & making cultures.
12 gallons of water = 0.0160416667 ccf (cubic feet is how the utility measures the water)
Water= $1.97/ ccf * 0.0160416667 ccf = $0.0314/ 3 months
MMSD sewer treat = $1.37/ ccf * 0.0160416667 ccf = $0.0220/ 3 months
City sewer = $1.38/ccf * 0.0160416667 ccf = $0.0221/ 3 months
Total of all fees = $0.0755 / 3 months * 4
Grand Total =$0.302 / year
** actual water usage may increase depending on mister settings
$19/6 months = $38/year
Total = $38/year
based on Saurian media –
$25 for 40 cultures that will last me 10 rounds of making fruit flies. I typically make 4 cultures at a time and average 1.5 times per month.
So 40 cultures will last me around 6 months.
$50 / year + $20 to allow myself two times a year to quick run to petco/petsmart and pick up some extra flies
Total= $70/ year
Grand Total for 1 year = $138.17 for 3 tanks (1) 10 gallon, (1) 30 gallon tank & (1) 35 gallon tank
This is a good starting point. There is added cost for any plants or extra frogs you buy.
Today’s post is part of the #30postshathSept challenge, post #15!