Absolute novice at reefing

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  1. Ismails

    Ismails

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    Hi All, just purchased my first marine tank and have absolutely no idea what I am doing. Waiting on delivery of the tank then will start with getting some live rock and maybe coral in. :eek:

    Tank is complete with sump, lights, power-head, heater and skimmer, I dont even know what the purpose of the skimmer is...:p

    Any insight will be greatly appreciated...here are pics of my tank:)
     
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  3. butcherman

    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Welcome to masa. I am sure some fundi's will come post some info for you soon. otherwise start reading up on cycling a marine tank and what a skimmer does.

    Hope you enjoy your stay with us
     
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    yes, now that you got your tank, start reading

    And note

    Live stock can only be introduced after your cycle is complete.

    If you do not know what a cycle is, then start reading....

    And welcome to this hobby
     
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    Welcome to this great hobby, Please start reading on Cycling the Tank, and try not to add any coral or fish before the cycle is complete.

    masahello
     
  6. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Welcome. :)

    There is a lot of very useful information for you here - Beginners

    Take some time out and read those articles, they will help you better understand what it's all about, and feel free to ask thousands of questions.:)
     
  7. Ismails

    Ismails Thread Starter

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    RO water

    Thanks for all the help guys, but can someone please confirm if RO water is the same as the water the gets put into motor car batteries. I believe that when you top up your battery water it is meant to be done so with RO water...can anyone confirm??
     
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    u are confusing distilled water with Reverse osmosis water
     
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    Big tip .Do not, do not, do not put any fish or corals in for at least 6-8 weeks no matter what the petshop or manual says!

    read up on cycling a tank

    & its snowing in jhb south at the moment
     
  10. Ismails

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    advice

    thanks for all the advice...definately gonna wait a couple of weeks before i add any coral or fish...a sales consultant said i would be able to add fish and coral within the first week of set-up:huh:
     
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    The clue is "sales consultant"

    Rather take/get a camera & take daily photos of the tank, rocks, etc
    Will keep you going until tank is cycled.

    Also try to get about 1/2 cup of display tank (DT) sand from ppl around you running a mature tank. Even offer to buy it
     
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    what is the purpose of the the 1/2 cup of sand??
     
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    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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    masahello
     
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    There is lots of life in half a cup of sand, will help getting things going in your tank.
     
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    welcometomasa
     
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    Welcome to MASA

    What a shame that advice like this is given from a LFS. My biggest advice at this stage is to get yourself a new LFS!!!
     
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    thanks

    Thanks for all the advice and insight peeps...much appreciated ;)
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    welcome, i see you are being looked after
     
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    So after much waiting I got my tank and had a modification made to the design of the overflow. Will hopefully start it up tomorrow and get the cycle going...I get the feeling that this hobby is gonna cost me an arm and a leg, fortunately I got one of the best refeers helping me along :)

    Will post some pics tomorrow...watch this space :)
     
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    :welcomewave: have fun, read, read, read, then research some more and above all be patient.
    The hobby can be expensive if you make mistakes and don't take advice from some of the experienced guys. Already on your thread, there are people who have been doing this for years. Ask questions, they will always be answered in some form, but at the end of the day you need to make sure that the info you get is the correct one, do some searches in MASA and again, read!:)
     
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