Greeting and questions

Discussion in 'New Members' started by cswhitehead, 31 Jul 2010.

  1. cswhitehead

    cswhitehead

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    Hi everyone. Im new here. And new to marine aquariums. So i have a lot of questions. Hope you guys will be able to help me as i cant wait to get started. First il tell you what my end goal is. I want a natural looking good size marine tank with sump. I want to keep live rock coral and fish in the tank. I work shifts so only work 16days a month so i have a lot of time to put into this but i dont have that much money to put into it that being said i want to buy quality stuff 1st time around because i dont want to buy cheap equipment thats going to break and battle to do the job because then im going to end up spending more money buying quality equipment 2nd time around.
    So questions
    1. Im looking for a good book on marine aquariums any recommendations?
    2. I want quite a big tank i have read that deeper tanks look more natural how deep should a tank be? What is a good size tank. Length height and width?
    3. I want to build my own tank so what glass and thickness should i use?
    4. What equipment will i need? Lighting, pumps, filter, skimmer, chiller ect. . . And the estimated price of each so i can budget for them and so that i know if im getting ripped off when i go to buy the items.
    Thanks guys and sorry for a stupid questions i know that they have probably been answered before but i am using my phone to view the site so its a bit difficult to search through all the info.
     
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  3. deadmeat2016

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    Welcome buddy, i hope you enjoy the marine journey :thumbup: i cant really advise you on tank building but its good that you have a sump in mind, remember to ask the gurus about building an overflow.
    As far as equipment, a skimmer is very important, i would recommend a reeftek skimmers(R1200 and up). Lighting, depends what you wanna keep but a good starting point is a t5 light unit. Then you want some sand for your dsb, play sand works. hope this gets you started
     
  4. cswhitehead

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    Great now atleast i have something to go and look at so long. Thanks buddy and who would the tank building gurus on this forum be? This might be a stupid question but could you use normal beach sand in your dsb or is that not recommended? The reason i am going to build a tank is so that i have something to do while i save for the next piece of equipment as from what iv read this turns out to be expensive. Think i can manage to get some equipment this month tho. Is a chiller necessary cause i saw one at the pet shop the other day for 7000? What do i need to start cycling the tank? I want to get the tank cycling then i will add more equipment in as i go.
     
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    Welcome cswhitehead...... normal beachsand is fine .... just try to get it far from any waste drains falling into the sea .... also try to get ot as fine as possible and the smaller the grain size the better ...... Also try to get it as deep as possible and not in a heavily populated beach ..... you wouldn't want to be putting nasties in your tank ..... I see you in Richard's Bay .... There are a few fellow reefers in your area with stunning systems .... private message them for their contact details and go have a chat with them before opening your wallet .... you will save some $$$$$$$ ......
     
  6. crispin

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    hello cs and welcome to masa its great to hear that u want to start off in marines, its a great hobby and endlessly facinating to create your own tank:)

    there really is alot to learn though and time spend on here asking questions and sharing your ideas will stand you in great stead as time goes on, i know it has me and thats why i spend so much time here :)

    building ones own tank is great fun from what i have seen although ive never doen it myself. Pewrsonally i started with a second hand tank with dimensions of 1.8m length, 700 width (front to back) and 650 water height (i think:)). that gave me lots of options and really helped me to start off for a number of reasons. Firstly so long as I got appropriate rated good quality equipment i could trust in getting second hand things. interestingly enough I am still using that second hand stuff three years later. Secondly it gave me a fairly large water vollume (with the sump) so i get stability as things change realtivley slower as opposed to a small 130l tank for example. And i could afford to put in most (NOT all) live stock i liked the look of so i wasnt restricted too badly in my fish choice.

    spend some time reading through the beginners section as there are some great threads there and many of the questions you find will be answered there, but if there is something on your mind just ask, someone on masa will most likley have come up against the problem before and will gladly help you out:)

    welcome and happy posting:)
     
  7. cswhitehead

    cswhitehead Thread Starter

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    Great stuff thanks guys. Thanks for the warm welcome and info. Looking forward to my long stay on masa. Just a warning there will be many questions as time goes by i cant seem to find a book on marine aquariums so you guys are my only source of knowledge.
     
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    welcome to MASA!;)
     
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    Welcome to MASA…... :thumbup:
     
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  12. cswhitehead

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    thanks guys. well yesterday i went to price glass 10mm is R1200 per m2. i wasnt expecting it to cost quite so much so i looked around and found a 4ft tank but it seems a bit narrow and shallow its 120x45x45 im waiting to hear back for a price on it tho.so the question is will this tank be fine or should i rather wait and look around more? i spoke to a person at the pet shop they said this is the biggest tank you can get standard otherwise it has to be custom built is this true? and if so can any of you give me contact details of some one who could custom build me a tank.
     
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