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Examples of cost changes in the hobby

Aqua360

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The other day I was discussing with a fellow hobbyist about the rising costs in the hobby (amid everything increasing).

While it's disheartening and makes the hobby even more difficult to access, I was curious about some of the prices differences people have noticed now, vs a few years back.

The example i think of are dennerle nanocubes, i have receipts for these at £25 for a 20l cube, when it's now £48+ (and £15 delivery!) at cheapest.

What's the biggest change you've seen?
 

castle

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The price of plants has definitely shot up, but I guess that's to be expected especially as there's now more red tape on the import!

Actually they’re cheaper, or the same 😅 and some, have increased 😬

Plant pots from tropica have been 5.99 for the standard stuff, (sometimes 5£ for say Rotala) for a long time and for bulbs they were 12£+

Orders from 2015 didn’t go so far 😅

See: Tropica Potted Plants | The Green Machine
 

Courtneybst

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Actually they’re cheaper, or the same 😅 and some, have increased 😬

Plant pots from tropica have been 5.99 for the standard stuff, (sometimes 5£ for say Rotala) for a long time and for bulbs they were 12£+

Orders from 2015 didn’t go so far 😅

See: Tropica Potted Plants | The Green Machine
For Tropica pots the price hasn't shifted much, if any at all.

I've noticed it more on potted plants, particularly at my local Maidenhead Aquatics.
 

castle

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Yeah, I’m not convinced the price increase is warranted tbh, but your right - prices of plants in Maidenhead have definitely risen.

It was 9.99 for rotala in one I visited a 6ish months ago.

Fish prices, and coral have gotten a bit inflated too in my LFS.
 

Nick potts

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Haven't bought plants for a few months, but not noticed the price increase.

For me it is the fish prices that have gone up the most, if i take neons as an example, they were around £1 each, now in my LFS it is 6 for £25 so around £4 each, things like standard bettas at £20+ and cull grade shrimp at silly prices.

Can't even think about going back to marine as much as i would love too, i can't justify £50+ for a clownfish and more for some brown mushrooms lol

Not all shops in the area this bad but that is my local.
 
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