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  1. Dre

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    Hi everyone. Just want to introduce myself. I have always wanted my own marine tank and I have decided to do some research and see what the best starter tank would be. I hope to chat to you all soon.
     
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  3. Gesiggie

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    Hi Dre, Welcome to MASA.

    There is plenty of info on the forum, so I hope you enjoy reading :)

    Your choice of tank would most likely be determined by your budget, and space. Find a size you are comfortable with, and then look at some examples of systems on the forum. This will give you an idea of what you will be in for by choosing that size tank.

    Also remember that each system is unique, and what works for one, may not work for another, and a system can be made as easy / complicated as yo like it to be, but in general, the more complicated, the bigger the chance that you will throw in the towel at the first setback you hit.

    Another biggie in this hobby is PATIENCE. The more time you take to do research, the less chance you will have of future dissapointment.

    But most of all, this hobby is enjoyable and satisfying when done right. :)
     
  4. Dre

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    Thanks. It seems very interesting and a lot harder than I thought. ha ha. I'll take your advice and do my homework.:)
     
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    Welcome dre! Hope you enjoy your time here on masa!
    You are more than welcome to ask as much as you like & we will almost always be able to give you a good answer that will help you out...
    Do some research on more or less what you want to keep & then create your own detail thread with questions to tell us what you have in mind, & we can tell you the details...
    Oh... Are you a girl"dre or a boy "dre"? Lol
     
  6. Dre

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    Awesome thanks. I am a guy Dre. I saw on another forum that a newbie bought an ibox pico. Would that be a good starting point for me. The size is perfect because i do want it for my room. I have read that smaller tanks are much harder to maintain due to the water fluctuations. Do you think I should go for something like that and if so what could I put in that size tank?
     
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    You could go for that, It just gives you a steep learning curve, and you need to be more diligent in your maintenance and parameter testing.

    Some nice zoas, mushrooms, pulsing xenia, small sinularia for softies.

    Fish-wise have a look at this thread :
    Nano Fish Listed By Tank Size - Marine Aquariums South Africa
     
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    Welcome to MASA.
    Just a small pease of advice: Never buy on inpulse it rarley ends well.
     
  9. Visser

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    @Dre, you could go for the ibox, but i would suggest you rather go for the nano size. They arent that much more expensive & you get a lot more stability overall.
    One thing i have learned in marines is that the smallest isnt necesarily the easiest or least work!!!
    My suggestion would be to go for a tank volume of between 75 and 150 liters. It just provides you with much more expandability & stability, (More water = smaller chance of a mistake) & will be small enough to keep in any room.

    For your first livestock, i would say a pair of clownfish (easy to keep & still my favourite after 3+ years of keeping marines)
    For corals, get a polyp rock like zoanthids & a couple of mushrooms. Try to manage your tank in such a way that they look happy all the time, then you can carry on to more delicate corals.

    One more thing. The 4 most important things in marines
    - good lighting
    - good skimmer
    - good constant water flow
    - pristene water quality...

    Read up about these couple of things & then ask some further questions.

    Here is a couple of excelent second hand tanks that is/was for sale on marine aquarium sa.
    In my opinion, the are one of the best priced beginner tanks. In fact, they are so nice, there are even some advanced aquarists that still have their boyu tanks...

    http://www.marineaquariumsa.com/showthread.php?t=42122

    (This is a good example of what can be achieved with a boyu tank.)
    http://www.marineaquariumsa.com/showthread.php?t=41971

    http://www.marineaquariumsa.com/showthread.php?t=40508
     
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  10. Dre

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    Thanks Visser that is some great advise. I'll do some more research and let you know. The only thing that is confusing me is what equipment to go for on the tanks. is it better to buy a plug and play system or to buy it all separate in order to get better results?
     
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    Have a look at the links i added in my previous post.
    They are all standard plug & play tanks.
    The advantage of these tanks are that you get so many aftermarket upgrades for them that you can add as your marine skills improve.
    The first 3 things that most guys upgrade is the lighting, the skimmer & the cooling fans... But thats something you can worry about when your skills progress to the point where you want to add some more intricate creatures/corals!

    The benefit of the boyu plug & play tanks is that you can get them at very good second hand prices. (Cheap enough not to worry about the fancy equipment as you can just upgrade it later)

    Oh, & just a big word of warning!!! REEFKEEPING IS ADDICTIVE!!!
    (Lol, they should say that in the manual of all marine products!)
     
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    :welcometomasa2: also decide what you want to keep.
     
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    welcometomasa
     
  14. dickw

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    welcome Dre

    Best place to start is MASA. So much info and interesting characters.
     
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    welcome
     
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