Converting Tropical to Marine & secondhand

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  1. Trine

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    Hello everyone :wave2:

    I have spent a few hours on this site and learning a great deal. Im at the confused stage as I have no real knowledge about Reef aquariums. Im sure I want one though. I have a 3ft (200L)tropical at the moment and I would love to set it up as a marine. My funds are tight so I was wondering if anyone thinks its worth buying secondhand stuff.

    I want to start with fish only as this is leat expensive I belive????

    What is ok secondhand and what is best to get new?

    Can I use my fluval 205 canister filter for the marine setup?

    The thought of having a marine in my lounge is very exciting:slayer:
     
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  3. inflames

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    Welcome to MASA!! I converted my "Bath Water" tank about a year and a half ago. Fish only is slightly less expensive to begin with, but as your "upgrade" so the money flies out the window!! Just do your homework and research and it will be fine! You can use your Fluval Filter as a Anchor when you go fishing for Marines!!! No good in this hobbie! Look at getting a decent skimmer, a sump, T5 lighting (I would say 4 39watt 2 white and 2 blue) would be fine in that size tank. Good luck and looking forward to the pics of your progress!
     
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    Hey Trine, :welcome7: This is a great place to gain valuable information before heading down the wrong route.

    A 200l setup is not bad to begin with but as we always say here. Bigger is better. In simple form the more water you have the less drastically things change with regards to water parameters. Thus a more stable tank. This is essential for the wellbeing of your fish as in nature they have the most stable of ecosystems possible.

    Fish Only is a good way to start and you don't need to have the most sophisticated equipment and lighting to keep your fish happy, however you will most likely grow to want a full reef setup and quite probably a larger tank. With this in mind you can either keep Fish only for now possibly a few simple corals and save up for that Uber reef tank or start planning a tank that you'll keep for many a year.

    But remember to do things slowly, ask as many questions as possibly and post PICTURES!!!

    All the best
     
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    welcome !!!
    take your time with the change over it will be more rewarding..
     
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    Welcome to MASA…... :thumbup:
     
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    welcome yo! Read the beginner forums.. You'll learn alot.. Its better to take things slow and save up than buying cheap crap that ull need to replace in the future :1:
     
  9. Trine

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    Thanks

    Im amazed how quickly the replies have come. Great. Yes I will take it slowly and save abit longer to get the decent model/make and maybe use the fluval as an anchor. LOL.I want this to be long term and Im willing to wait to get the best results. Upgrade will undoubtebly happen at some point. I have seen some beautiful setups.

    Does anyone know of a good book for beginners? There are so many out there.
     
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    ive only use MASA for refrence you will find everything you need in here and if you get stuck you can always ask , everybody is willing to help even with the smallest things , have fun and take it slow
     
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    There are 3 books called "the reef aquarium" by Julian Sprung and Charles Delbeek. Not cheap, but worth every cent. Considered by many to be the bible of marine aquariums. Also books by Anthony Calfo are more about coral propogation. Google them!
     
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    Thanks again! I will treat myself!!

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    Hi and welcome to MASA
     
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    Welcome to MASA, glad you joined. Read the link in my signature - the confusion should be a bit less after that :p

    The books from Calfo that I have is

    Reef Invertebrates
    - very good all round book - covers all invertebrate types, algae, liverock, etc
    Book of Coral propagation - covers from live sand, refugiums, culture setups, skimming, water parameters and chemistry, nutrient export, decease, fragging corals, how to ship livestock, etc etc.
     
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    Welcome to MASA Trine, sure the guys here will answer your questions and point you in the right direction.
     
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