Aquaria 102 Newbie

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  1. Bodega

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    Hi all

    I am like many others a complete noob to this but have decided that with time to come I am going to have a Marine Tank as my showstopper at home. For now I decided that today I am off to Aquaria-SA to get me started with the Aquaria 102. I know it's a nano but It is bigger than most I see out there and here in Durban parts will be easier for me to get a hold of should something go wrong. I have done a lot of research over the last 2 weeks and so today will be the big day. i am sure with the help of you fine generous people, i can handle such a task as my ultimate dream for a showstopper will be around 2 meters in length.

    Please note i will have so many questions to come, all i ask for you kind people is have a bit patience with me.

    :peroni: To many great reefing days ahead all.
     
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    Cheers and good luck :thumbup:
     
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    Welcome to MASA!
     
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    Welcome to MASA. Look forward to seeing pics.
    Ask as many questions as you want.
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    Welcome ,enjoy the ride :thumbup:
     
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    welcome to Masa if u need any help i am in durban pm me bud will gladly assist good luck
     
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    Hey guys

    Thanks for the great welcome. Well started my tank up now. So first off rinsed sand off a couple of times and placed that together with LR inside. Fueled it with water given to me from aquaria. Tank got so cloudy from filling of water (guess I did not clean sand like I thought I did). Any case I am sure that will settle. However I noticed that the water is fizzy when entering this skimmer. Is this normal. Also notice a few strands of junk floating around. Is there anything I need to do?
     
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    Thanks mate. I am sure I will call upon u soon. Lol. But very excited thus far even with no livestock.
     
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    Hey all, just wanted to find out where in Durban I can get all the much needed test kits as well as a refractometer. I want to get a good quality kit 1 time and also, please advise which tests I need for now and also going forward.
     
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    For now.
    Ammonia
    Nitrite
    Nitrate
    Phosphate.
    PH


    Them if you keep corals.
    Alkalinity
    Calcium
    Magnesium
     
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    Ok. So where is the best place and what brand should I get?
     
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    @Aquaria-SA maybe. Don't know how far you are from them. Phone and ask if they have stock.
    Definitely get an atc refractometer.
    I use Salifert and Seachem testkits. But RedSea is also good.
     
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    Welcome :)
    I assume you mean the water inside the skimmer is full of tiny bubbles? If so then yes, that is what they do.

    What sand did you use?
     
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    Aquaria provided with the tank. I think its Aquaria Cal-Site White
     
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    That refractometer is a bit expensive but yes, that is a good one
     
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    and with regards to PH test Kits, is the Pen good or the kit
     
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    I use a test kit. Never used a pen so wouldn't know which one is better.
     
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    Gosh, There is so much needed to care for the little creatures. But I guess its all worth it. On that note, like I stated before, tank all done, however, I have only LR in my tank, and just a sand bed in the refugium. Should I add a rock to that as well, tank is only running for 24 hours thus far
     
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