Advise on my tank buy.

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  1. dutchdog

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    Hi,

    So I bought this tank, without the oscar. They get to big and want saltwater setup.


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    250 liter tank: Dimensions: 1220 x 450 x 450 8mm glass with two glass top sliders, includes lid and stand.

    Filters:Via Aquas 1200. And x1 internal power head Boyu SP102 - 1200 with filter cartridge.

    Heater: 300 watt Eheim Jager (2 year warranty left on it)

    Lights: x3 30 watt Aqua ballasts and tubes.

    Extras: 10KG of black silica sand, API water testing Kits, fishnet, thermostat, electronic timer for lights, Flourish plant foods, Hikari Gold, x 2 pieces of driftwood.



    Is 8mm glass thick enough? I heard 10mm or more is better? Is this tank any good? (even for saltwater) Maybe some guys know this tank/brand. Any comments apreciated. Good or bad.
     
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  3. erratiC

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    Hey there.. does the tank have bracing under that hood?
     
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    Am not sure. Still need to fetch it.. at moment intrested if 8mm glass is thick enough..
     
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    8mm glass thickness is fine. Make sure of the braces on top. If you want to go saltwater you'll need a overflow and a 3ft sump at least
     
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    braces must be glass?

    I know there are glass sliders in the topsection. I guess this is a ready to buy tank and not homemade..
    Maybe someone knows the brand..
     
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    The tank is good. It's a standard 4ft tank
     
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    Now finding someone who can make a sump with refugium for this tank..

    Or might have a freshwater aquarium first.. Might as well keep this thread as a build thread. Thanks
     
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    That looks like a standard Daro 4 ft tank.

    Need to get it drilled, overflow fitted. And sump build.

    I had a setup like that. It works, But you need to modify the tank and fit an overflow
     
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    Thanks,

    Is the tank any good?

    Who does drilling of overflow and building of sump in Jozi?

    Guess I dont have any use for the Via Aqua 750 then when having a sump?
    Do I need an internal filter and skimmer in the sump then? Sorry for being total Noob..
     
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    Put your location up. Then it would be easier to direct you.

    for your sump, you can read up on MASA. Loads of info.

    But first you have to decide what you want in your tank. Fish only, or fish and corals. Also what type of corals. Softies, and T5 lights and DSB is OK, SPS corals needs strong flow, good lights and excellent water.

    That external is not the best option for a marine system. But skimmer is a must have item.
     
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    Jozi fourwayz.. gonna fetch the tank in centurion. :)
     
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    if the tanks in centurion why not drop it off at dory pets (sponsor and also in centurion) to get a sump buildt and tank drilled. they can also look at adding bracing if you need it:)

    nice tank by the way.
     
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    Now we are talking. Thanks for that.

    I want a refugium in the sump part and get the skimmer, pump etc all in there.

    Can anyone PM me an adress, and quote if these people are online?

    Then I would get another type of filter setup?

    Cheers
     
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    Well.. start is short lived. I have decided that I want a bigger tank before I even started, instead of modifying now and upgrading to larger size later. So this will be moved to for sale section if my friends dont take it..

    Not the end of it, just a different tank I am eying out.
     
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    good choice! get a tank you can work with, which you want and whioch will be able to house the fish you like the look of. Plan your tank around its inhabitants, not the other way around. I wrote a thread ages ago when i started up about this, i'll try find it and you can see if its of any help to you, give me a sec to hunt it down....
     
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    dutchdog Thread Starter

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    Thanks for that Crispin.

    Am eying out a tank almost triple the size of this one. I liked crayfish but they are illegal. Now I am thinking of indoor Koi tank (with just two koi's.) They need around 380L per 30cm koi. It just didnt make sense to modify a tank with a sump whilst there are plenty second hand setups like that availlable.

    Better to have the basics right then regret later "if only I.." Thanks for that link.
     
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    It's a hobby that why you need to modify? What the fun of getting an old system and it all works fine and you still know nothing! Koi 's are boring! Get a bigger tank for a display tank and use that 4ft tank for a sump!
     
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    Yeah I can do that also.. Its not a total waste. I need to think it over what I want.
     
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