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Hi everyone!:thumbup:

I have been following the different threads relentlesly on every pc I get to and even on my cell phone whenever I can. Congrats on a fantastic forum and community.
I have had fw fish for years, but had to sell them when I moved. Now i want to enter the realm of artificial reef eco systems, but am constrained by a lack of capex!
Will eventually get there though and thank you again!
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welcome man!

We are here to learn and help each other.
soooooo... lets start your marine system a.s.a.p!:)
 
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Welcome Gorgotha. Glad to have you join us.

Low tech systems can be set up on a shoestring budget. Your biggest expense should be your skimmer which you should investigate carefully and ask for advise here. Second hand systems can also be picked up at really good prices.
 
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I know this is a major debate point, but is a skimmer absolutely neccessary? In a system with a small bioload you can easily get away with not using one. My system has only been running for 5 months with livestock, so I can't really comment, but from all the forums I have been reading there isn't a problem with no skimmer. Skimmer seems to just give that little bit of breathing space in case? Or am I understanding it completely wrong?
 
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Sparky there are systems that run skimmerless but they will always employ another means of nutrient removal ie chaeto refugium, massive water changes

Every animal in your tank respires... ie breathes, eats, and gives off waste. If your nutrient removal is slower than your nutrient addition, your tank will slowly become more acidic and oxygen will be in short supply.

Its not only about the food you add to feed your fish and inverts that are nutrients, but also light and flow that are sources of energy (nutrients) as well. A skimmer raises your redox and also removes waste before it becomes DOC. (dissolved organic compounds)
 

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Hi welcome to MASA, gr8 to have you on board.
 
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Welcome Gorgotha.

Need to find a way around the capex approval process ;)

Well worth it, this hobby may hurt your wallet but is totally addictive. :thumbup1:
 
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Welcome Gorgotha :D
 
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Thanks guys!

Thank you for the warm welcome guys!
I want to get started as soon as possible. I visited the marine aquarium expo on Sunday, actually too late... Many exhibits were already packing up, but it was very cool!
I also managed to get hold of an old 80l aquarium with extra heater and airpump for R100... perfect for a future sump!:slayer:
Now somebody does not have a spare 1.5 or 2m tank lying around for a display?:p

I was amazed to see that most of the essential equipment was actually affordable... (any good alternative to expensive RO).
I should be able to set a (hopefully) stable system up in about two to three months.
I really love invertebrates and would love to grow stony corals later... It seems like such a satifying endeavour and challenge.

BTW: I was so dissappointed when I visited the National Zoo here in PTA recently and the aquarium does not have a single invertebrate on display? Why not???

Rock on reefers:yeahdude:
 

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Welcome Gorgotha lovely to have you here. In terms of R/O you can buy from most good LFS until you get a unit, normally about a rand a liter I think
 
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