Why does everything cost more with saltwater

  • Probably has to due with the fact that the equipment that is required is built to be way more reliable, have to do with the corrosion aspect of salt in water, and probably that there tend to be more pieces involved with a saltwater filter vs. a freshwater filter to handle other aspects.

    Have you tried looking on eBay or OfferUp or even on here for some type of used tanks in your area or equipment?

  • As mentioned, salt tends to break things down quicker, due to it being corrosive in nature. The higher the salt content, the harder it is to maintain good equipment. Wouldn't want your equipment breaking down fast, now would you? Plus having to spend the money for good quality equipment is always a plus. The better quality the tank and equipment is, the longer you could go between maintenance fixes that would require replacing parts.

  • I noticed that salt equipment is higher too. The initial set up of a tank requires more things too that are different from a fresh water tank. I was told that the fish are harder to take care of but I've never actually confirmed that! So maybe all that combined allows company to charge more?

  • I’d say that it honestly has to do with the equipment needing to be able to handle salt, which in itself is a highly corrosive mineral that would cause for freshwater equipment to fail (seals to go out, metal parts to rust and break apart, etc.). This causes things to be more pricey since they have to hold up to that level of requirements, with a warranty, and be made differently than normal freshwater equipment to avoid rusting out.

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  • The fish are harder to import and often require special diets. The tanks almost always have to be much larger for salt washer fish which will cause the cost of equipment to go up substantially.

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