Genral Questions And Discussion

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  1. DeanT

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    Hi all.
    i have been part of the forum for some time , and appreciate all the input that goes into the site.
    while there is a wealth of info , i feel there is too much for someone to take in as a beginner , and this is the reason i have put this hobby off for so long.

    i think too much info , makes people scared ( as i was) and very hesitant to start the hobby.

    while many people in the fish hobby realize it is a constant drain on the wallet, together with a whole lot of other problems, i must admit , the forum put the fear of god in me to start , especailly since many people make you think this is rocket science.

    i have chatted to many people , while picking up quality second hand equipment , and they all seem to say it isnt that difficult.

    so i am on my way to starting my tank , but getting all my hardware and stuff now, getting my tank cycled and then will start with livestock next year.

    i have taken good warning , not to be in any rush, at all.

    i have many questions , that i have picked up from reading various post the forum , and to find final answers is difficult, as i guess everyone and there setup is unique.

    so my first question is - dosing or Reactors.
    the reason why i am asking , is that with many large tanks you see on the forum, the setups are with large reactors , co2 bottles and charmers to run , a hundred million different things.

    my tank at the moment , is a 1.8m x 70cm x 70 , with 1.5 m sump and eventually this setup will get bigger (obviously).
    i wanted to know do you invest in reactors and stirrers , or go , the dosing route and invest in say a profilux doser .
    i wanted to know the pros and cons of each method.

    thanks in advance to anyone who participates.
     
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    Tagging along for the dosing vs. reactor info.
     
  4. finrott

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    As a newbie i suggest staying away from CA Reactors but what are you wanting to keep? (This will help you establish your demands)
     
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    k kinda give you an idea about my tank> I am running a 300ltr sps/lps tank. initially i only had a few lps corals, so my alk and ca levels were pretty good with just dosing and water changes. The moment i started adding sps's i started noticing a drop in my levels. This has made me change over to a reactor. Testing is the key to establishing your needs for your aquarium. Big issue i have with reactors for newbie’s is calibrating of your probes and noticing when things aren’t working correctly
     
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    DeanT Thread Starter Dean

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    with starting out , i would like to start with a FOWLR tank and then slow move to a reef system.
    I would like to invest , in equipment , that i would like to use going forward for quite some time.
    big issue i have noticed with CA reactors is the co2 bottles and costs of it and also space with all the chambers.
     
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    For a Brand new tank?....

    neither, your tank is not using major elements (Ca, Alk, Mg)
    Once you have started going towards having a SPS dominated tank or you notice your levels are not being maintained by water changes, do you look at these things.

    Each have Pro's and con's.
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    will not require any dosing or reactors. Your biggest challenge will be nitrates. Rather spend the money on skimmers and other filtration such as NP pellet reactors
     
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    DeanT Thread Starter Dean

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    already have purchased a reff oct xp5000int and a RO unit, so on the skimming and water side, i am sorted , like i mentioned earlier , i would like to try and pick up equipment i will need in the long run that will last, all depending on how i go.
    I will see how long it takes me to move over to reef.
    i also want to get the stuff now , before the drain starts on the wallet , once everything is up and running :)
     
  10. finrott

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    I would say CA reactor should be last on your mind...Make sure you have decent lighting and some nice quality live rock...
     
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