Advice for another newbie

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  1. Jacques89

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    Hi guys, I have been reading through the posts on this site for quite a while but this is my first post. I have been in the freshwater hobby for about 10 years but want to attempt saltwater. I am quite cautious to go big right away and will rather start small just to get myself familiar with all the necessities, if I decide to go bigger at a later stage I can always convert the small one into a quarantine tank. What is the smallest I can go? I currently own a 280l with some cichlids but intend to keep it that way and will rather get another tank of minimum 400l when I decide to upgrade. I also have a 60l and was wondering if that will be sufficient for a small start up tank. What do you guys think, will the 60l work for now or will I have to get something a little bigger.
     
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    I would suggest something bigger but 60l can be done.
     
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    Here is what I planned for my 60L DIY all in one nano - Marine Aquariums South Africa. Decided to start over due to bow on the tank but will again go for a 63L all in one. I am just going to rely on liverock, skimmer and water changes for water quality. You can keep it simple.
     
  5. Jacques89

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    Thanks for the replies.That tank looked very nice, it looks very similar in size to the tank I currently have. If I may ask,about how much did that little set up cost you?
     
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    You can certainly do a 60l tank to start off with, will be a nice size to learn the basics before you venture bigger and better. Just one word of caution, please research your fish choices before you buy any fish, some of them are sold very small (under 5 cm's) yet can grow up to 9 to 12 inches, so aim to keep nano fish and you'll be fine. :)
     
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    Any questions you might have or anything you're uncertain about just ask here. No stupid questions:thumbup:
     
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    Can do 60L.

    But only small fish, and not a lot of them either.
    Advantage is that you can do rather big water changes every weekend, without breaking the bank. One 20L drum and you done a 33% change. Just add the new water slowly over 30 to 45 minutes to lessen parameter changes, like PH.
     
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    Just a very basic outlay of cost (all prices new, can get cheaper secondhand):
    New tank custom made with 6mm glass 70x30x30 R360
    Bubble Magus QQ skimmer R980
    DIY LED 15x3W Cree and nice fixture (still to come) R800
    Internal flow pump (SEIO or whatever) R300
    Heater R200
    Small internal filter to run carbon/phosphate/nitrate media as needed R120
     
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  10. Jacques89

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    Thanks guys. I am definitely going to try and do this. I love my fish very much and I take the hobby very serious so you guys won't have to be worried, I usually do very thorough research and will certainly not just go out and buy the first and prettiest fish I see. I am aware it is a big step up from freshwater hence the cautious approach, I want to do it right.
     
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    Just a word if caution regarding these small tanks:
    You are dealing with a much less stable environment, where the slightest miscalculation or action can have a huge impact on the parameters and consequent health of the occupants.
    If budget allows, rather do a larger tank, or at the very least a larger sump to have more water volume to "absorb" mistakes and increase stability.
     
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    I totally agree with Irie larger water volume more stable parameters
     
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