Another newbie

Discussion in 'New Members' started by Keanan, 16 Mar 2010.

  1. Keanan

    Keanan 2time

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    Hi All

    My name is Keanan and live in Cape Town. I'm a complete newbie when it comes to marine tanks.
    I currently have 4 freshwater tanks, but soon will be converting 2 of those into marine. The one will be used as a DT which is 1.2m(L)x60(W)x70(H) and the other one will be used as the sump, which is the normal 3F tank. I would like to keep a reef tank and I know I have to do a lot of reading on how to go about it and would appreciate some help/advice as well. If there's any good LFS here in CPT that I can get some advice from, please let me know or should I rather just stick to the internet and MASA?

    Thanks
    Keanan
     
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  3. RiaanP

    RiaanP Moderator

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    Hello And Welcome

    Check out the sponsors. I'm in Pretoria, so I do not know your local sponsors other than Frans running the Cape Town part of Dorry Pets.

    Converting tanks, to marine. Can be done. Drilling and overflow boxes added.

    Sump might be a bit small. For a 3 chamber setup, after the skimmer and return pumps are in place, check how much space you got left for the centre chamber.

    Anyway, welcome to the better side of fish keeping. And yes, what you though you knew about fish keeping, nope of no use, now you will start to learn...

    But you are at the right place. Read and learn before you spend your money. It will only save yourself some bucks.
     
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    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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  5. keyaam

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    Hi Keanan

    Heres the best advice you ever gonna get. Stay on the forum and try to ask as many questions. Before splashing out and purchasing any equipment run it by us as we have no financial gain. I would recommend Phuture Lab and Dorry Pets as a Good LFS in cape town. There are other LFS but not sponsors unfortunately. Oh BTW welcome to the dark side
     
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    Welcome to MASA....
     
  7. Keanan

    Keanan Thread Starter 2time

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    Hi RiaanP

    I will check out the sponsors section.
    If the 3f is too small then I'll have to get a 4f.
    As for the drilling and overflow boxes and as well as the sump, I need to get that done professionally because i suck at DIY:lol:.
    I've already been reading but not alot and i must admit, I've never read this much not even in school:blush: so i have alot of reading still to do because it wont be my money I'll be saving but my mothers:blush:.
     
  8. Keanan

    Keanan Thread Starter 2time

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    Hi Keyaam

    I might be going down to Phuture Lab on Saturday. Where about is Dorry Pets?
    I'm going to need all the advice I need regarding equipment but first need to know where to start. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks to all for the warm welcomes.:bigthumbup:
     
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    Welcome to MASA and an awesome hobby 2time ! Ask as many questions as you like.

    We are situated in brackenfell BTW, feel free to pop around anytime...advice is one of the few free things still around LOL
     
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    Welcome to MASA!!!
     
  11. flipwhip

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    Welcome to MASA…... :thumbup:
     
  12. Tobes

    Tobes Retired Moderator

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    Welcome to MASA, glad you joined - here is some more reading for you :p, check out the link in my signature - great info for new guys ;)
    Please pop in by the sponsors in your area and don't be shy to ask us anything - most of all, be patient - good things take time :)
     
  13. clinton stanford

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    welcome!:thumbup:
     
  14. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Welcome to MASA!

    Visit a few LFS's and some reefers in the area and look and see what each use etc, as for your 3ft tank, i think that would be fine for a dsb if planned correctly, i have the same setup and been running without any issues. yes bigger is better and if you can afford to get good equipment and get a bigger sump then by all means, but you dont have to spend large amounts to get far, just patience and planning
     
  15. crispin

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    hey 2time (i hope thats not what your girlfriend calls you! :))

    welcome to masa and the wonderful world of salt tanks. its so much fun converting from bath water to marine and there is alot to read and learn. However masa has great collective experince and if you follow the advice given on here your tank will do well. Generally we (as in masa) have done all the mistakes at sometime or other and thus we will try point them out to you.

    i agree with dallas, that set up can work well, but you will need some planning and get good equipment. The LFS (in general) in CPT dont have a great reputation for marines, so best to stick to the masa sponsours as they are specialised in this field. Also a note on LFS's (local fish store), they normally tell you crap to make you buy stuff you dont need and then sell you other stuff to fix the problem they created. Their advice is often motivated by your wallet.

    going out to see other peoples tanks is always inspirational and i met some really nice capetonians with reef tanks in their houses. so read through some of the threads on here, take your time and then go meet a few capetonian reefers, it wilkl make things so much easier to understand once you've seen what they do :)

    welcome to masa and enjoy spending mums cash :)
     
  16. Boegie

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    A VERY WARM WELCOME to MASA, 2TIME! Great to have you on-board!

    The okes have given you fantastic advice! Please read the thread in my signature, about "Starting marines tanks"....

    Please read as much as you can.... and also please remember: you need a LOT of PATIENCE in this hobby. Also - read as much as you can about keeping marines: knowledge is power in this hobby!
     
  18. Keanan

    Keanan Thread Starter 2time

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    So I've been on MASA for a while now and haven't asked any questions yet because I found most of my answers in the beginner's section but here goes my first question and definitely not my last.:biggrin:

    Most of you members use MH since you's keep SPS and nennies, and WOW such beautiful tanks I've seen on here :thumbup:. what I want to know is will I be able to keep SPS and neenies with just T5 lights. The MH is a bit out of my price range, more like my moms price range :whistling:. And is there maybe a cheaper alternative to MH like the normal floodlights Game stores sell.

    O and my tank is still at the planing stage, still need to sell my bathwater fish :lol: to get in some funds.
     
  19. Tobes

    Tobes Retired Moderator

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    MH is not more expensive :)

    Mh unit - R2500-R3000
    Globe - R700
    total = R3700

    T5 unit - R3000-R4000 for a decent 6 tube unit
    Globes - R140 min each x 6 = R840
    total = R4840

    Then T5 globes needs to be replaced 6-9 monthly for best results, depending on make. You get Geissyman (spelling?) for like R250-300 for a single globe.
    MH can last up to 2 years ;)

    I like MH more cause they give that nice shimmer in the tank.
    T5's can work out cheaper if you can DIY and make up a nice unit.
     
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    Hey and welcome to MASA!
     
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