First Time Marine Tank

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  1. SmellLikeFish

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    Hi all ,

    I Stay in Southern Suburbs, Cape Town and Im currently studying at UCT. Im trying to keep the budget low however do realise im going to have to spend to get started.

    Looking at setting up a 60L tank without a sump. I have been doing some reading but obviously would like some more input and will be asking lots of questions.This is my first marine tank and would like to get the cycle started soon. Does anyone have any live rock for sale ? I also still need to get substrate but would also like input on this please ?

    I look foward to chatting to everyone on the forum and learning from you.

    Thanks In Advance
     
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  3. Dian6430

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    Welcome man. What equipment are you planning to run? Whats the size of the tank?
     
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    Hello and Welcome @SmellLikeFish

    Perky Pets are in the southern suburbs.
     
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    Hi @Dian6430 ,Thanks for the reply. Ive been doing some research but for now I have a 100watt heater and a clip on pump I bought recently.I added some photos. I still need to either get a small wave maker or a small powerhead pump for current.

    Ive been watching some youtube videos and most of the guys with nanos are just running a filter similar to mine and are doing weekly water changes and are adding a carbon into the water , I think Im going to try this ?
    Thoughts ?

    My Tank is 60cmx30cmx45cm.

    Another question is how could I get my tank cycled faster ? Water from an existing tank ?

    @RiaanP Hi , thanks will go have a look there.

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    Sorry i really have no knowledge running a marine tank with the above mentioned equipment. Those look like freshwater equipment
     
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    Hi & welcome, if you go with a smaller tank then the filter will work, I started a 30lt tank 6months ago it has a little built in filtration and I added a hang-on filter , and small powerhead for more flow, I do 20% water change on once I week which is a must. I started my setup with live reef sand, live rock and salt water ran it in for 5weeks and had the water tested at my LFS and once all water parameters was 100% I added my first fish in on week 6. This site help me a lot and I gained a lot of knowledge.

    You need to be patient when it comes to cycling a tank, as it works best. Good Luck
     
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    The general rule of thumb when using hang on back filters for marine is to use one that is rated for twice the the size of your tank.
     
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    Hi @Keshen , Thanks for the reply, I will be following in your footsteps.I went to perky pets in Diep River today. got a few things to get the cycle started.I got stability from Seachem , Blue treasure premium coral sand and their premixed salt water. I will be adding live rock as soon as I can find some more affordable live rock, if anyone can help me in cape town it will be much appreciated.

    Hi @Jones , Thanks for the reply, then my pump should be fine as my tank is about a 70L and it is rated for 280L/h.
     
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    Wouldn't Seachem Matrix and activated carbon source added in the filter (if possible) assist in filtration in a setup without skimmer? (as well as water changes)
    Though the activated carbon may require dosing but still interested.

    Just curious, I have matrix in my one chamber with live rock and cheato and then some more matrix, activated carbon and bio balls in the other but I have a skimmer and perform dosing, but I would assume that the matrix and activated carbon would further assist in a setup without a skimmer.
     
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    All the best, keep us posted
     
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    Why do you say one must dose with carbon? Yes matrix will help for a bigger bacterial colony in the tank to help process nitrates etc
     
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    Im referring to the use of activated carbon/activated charcoal (which some people run in reactors) and not carbon dosing like NOPOX or Vodka etc.

    I use it as it polishes the water, it could also assist in the export of organics which attach to it when replacing it.
     
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    Those dimensions give you a volume of 81L
    Taking substrate and live rock into account your volume will prob be around 65L
    If the HOB filter pictured can handle about 130 to 150L you should be fine.
    Regular water changes will be a life saver if youre not using a HOB protien skimmer.
    If you use live sand, live rock or water from another aquarium you are risking introducing some hitch hickers.
    If you use "dry/dead" materials instead you will have to introduce bacteria with something like seachem stability and it will take a bit longer, but you will have a bit more control in re what goes into your aquarium.
     
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    Great and welcome to the club. Post pics or share your ideas soon.
     
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    Please post your tank progression....?
     
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    Hi guys , sorry ive been quite busy.

    I have gotten a bangai cardinal and have added a xenia , palys I got with one of my rocks , some cool zoas as well as some green and white star polyps. I also got a cat eye turbo snail which is eating the algae off of my rocks.

    Ive been doing weekly water changes with sea water that I get from the two oceans aquarium.I have also added matrix to my hangon filter. My banghai cardinal is a bit shy and wasnt eating for the first two or three days but he started eating soon after .

    Been enjoying the hobby doing lots of reading and staring at my tank.
     
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    Where did u buy ur livestock in CT? How about some pics of your set up :m106:
     
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    Hi guys, here are the photos as promised. BD2E7456-31D3-4F88-913E-B01502497354.jpeg 22B6CEFA-DD1B-49BC-AD18-A6C9BD07BC33.jpeg 22D87855-DCB1-405E-99AE-2417FE29D8C3.jpeg 69598E4C-B2AA-484F-9A78-0A29351988E3.jpeg 28B4F3A8-4CF0-4C2B-8759-B269875B7196.jpeg 1D1D8ACD-88E3-4D62-85C2-7D7A637CF12B.jpeg E4522FCD-1FB6-4167-94CA-7DE84B22A4C0.jpeg CC57FE2C-6418-4C12-B36C-7BD491527233.jpeg

    @anonymone I bought the turbo snail from aquatic vision and got the palys on the rock , I bought the corals and the bangai from a member on the forum.
     
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    Looking good :m122: you've achieved alot since you started this thread.
    I'm still cycling my tank...only been 7 days now...so long way to go still.
    Keep up the good work.
     
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