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  1. Davey

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    Hullo Everyone,

    I am an ex Koi keeper that had to unfortunately give up his hobby due to losses as a result of Eskom's power outtages.

    I miss my fishes and thought I might downscale to a fish tank. I have had this tank ( L 1.6m x W 600mm x H 560mm) for years and never utilized it. I am interested in growing correls and then perhaps add limited fish.

    The age old question is - where do I start/how?

    You are no doubt the specialists in this field and I would appreciate any and all assistance you could give.

    Regards

    Dave
     
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  3. Jaak

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    Welcome to MASA!!

    Go to the beginners discussions thread and read as much as you can there. Most of your questions should be answered there.:thumbup:
     
  4. Andreas

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    Welcome to MASA Davey.

    You have come to the right place as I also started off here and learned so much.I would suggest that you start reading up on the beginners threads as there is a lot of great info.

    You have a nice size tank so that's a great start.Good luck and please ask as many questions as you like and especially before you buy anything.Rather get advice from many people than believe one person at a LFS.Good luck:)
     
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    welcome!
     
  6. Tridan

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    Hi Dave, and WELCOME to MASA and (hopefully) to this fascinating hobby.

    You do realize (I hope) that Eskom has an even (potentially) greater impact on marines than on Koi, as corals, and even marine fish, are MUCH more sensitive to changes in their environment than koi. Having said that, you can (and should...) take measures to have some sort of backup.

    Yous tank is an ideal size to start in this hobby - it's large enough to be stable, yet small enough to be (relatively) not too expensive.

    If you want to keep mainly corals, you need to have excellent water quality, good water flow and GOOD lighting. I would suggest that you do a lot of reading / research before you buy anything, and that you rather pay more for good quality the first time, when you do buy. Don't skimp on a skimmer, pumps ot lights (although you can save a packet if you are handy with DIY).

    Please research by spending a few days reading posts on this Forum, and then ask questions - we love to help :)

    Hennie
     
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  9. keyaam

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    HI THERE!!!!!!:wave2::wave2::lol::wave2:
     
  12. dallasg

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    welcome aboard!
    u are in good hands....
    the hardest part for me was getting the tank, well u have that now its time to design the engine room and lights.

    one has to have a sump, do u have space under the tank, next too ?
     
  13. Tobes

    Tobes Retired Moderator

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    Welcome to MASA Davey, hope you enjoy it here with us. Please read and learn as much as you can about the following

    Cycling a new tank
    Water parameters/chemistry
    Lights
    Biological fitration eg live rock
    Mechanical fitration eg protein skimmers
    Chemical filtration eg carbon
    Macro algaes for nutrient export
    Flow - tank circulation to sump and back (if you have one) and flow inside the tank

    The lights and flow inside the tank will be determined by what corals you wanna keep. Eg SPS corals need strong lights and strong flow where LPS corals need less light and flow - so plan and do your homework before paying an arm and leg for equipment you might not need.

    Please read through my signature as well as there are some very good info for beginners. Don't be shy to ask and enjoy the hobby :wave2:
     
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