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Hey There All

I've Been On The Site For Almost 3 Hrs Consecutively And I Confident U Guys R Da Masters And Will Give Me The Best Possible Advise Not Like The Pet Shop Dealer Did. But As They Say Once Bitten Twice Shy But Knowing That You Guys Will Assist Me I Have No Doubts.
Tonight I Will Post Some Photos Of My Tank And Sump And Your'll Can Tell Me Wat Equipment To Buy. Because I Want My Tank to Be Perfect This Time Like Some Of The Gurus On This Site. I Wasted Alot Of Money Previously Believing One Pet Shop Dealer And Wen I Got Other Guys To View My Tank They Came With The Same Story " You Need To Spend Lots Of Money To Sort Your Tank Out " I Dont Mind Spending A Buck or two As Long As I Get The Right Equipment To Do The Right Job, But I Need Lots Of Help Cos I'll Be Totally Honest I Don't Know Anything.:(
 
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welcome saravensan:) very nice to have you here. I am sure MASA will e able to give you good advice, free of charge and help you along to understanding what YOU need to do to have what YOU want to achieve.

however to do that we need you to help us a little first, by giving as as much info as you can on what you have, what your experience and history has been and where in 5 years time you would like your tank to be:) Not so hard really.

so lets start with a few questions, simple fun ones for now:)

Where do you live?
How big is your tank?
Do you have a sump, and if you do how many chambers and what equipment do you hide in there?
How old is the tank?
And how many or what creatchures and tank mates do you keep in there? From the little guys (pods and bristle worms) to the things you might have put in there?

And lastly, what sort of tank would u like to have eventually? SPS, LPS, FOWLR? and ummm do you know what I mean by those things?

Welcome to MASA, and to marines, its a wonderful ride, lets see if we can help you enjoy it a little more.
 

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hey, will help where i can
 
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:wave2::welcometomasa2:

Here you will get all you need to know dont be shy and think a question is stupid as there is no such thing.. I think Crispin has summed it up for us so post away and remember we love pics..:thumbup:
 
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THANX MY MAN FOR THE WARM WELCOME
I AM CONFIDENT THAT MEETING YOU GUYS WILL ENSURE MY TANK THE BEST SETUP AND UP KEEP.

OKAY FOR YOUR 1ST ? I RAN THE TANK FOR OVER A YEAR BATTLING TO GET THE RIGHT ASSISTANCE BUT I DO KNOW THE BASICS LIKE WATER CHANGES WHICH I USED FROM THE NSW. I ALSO KNEW TO CHECK FOR AMONIA AND NITRATES BUT JUST THE BASICS. I BELIEVE HONESTLY I AM BELOW AN AMATEUR STATUS BUT I AM REALLY WILLING TO LEARN IN FIVE YEARS TIME I WUD LIKE TO HAVE MY TANK POSTED AS ONE OF THE MASA TANK OF THE MONTH AND I UNDERSTAND IT WONT BE EASY BUT THATS MY GOAL.

I AM LIVING IN PIETERMARITZBURG MY TANK DIMENSIONS SHUD BE 120(W)x80(H)x40(D) GIVE OR TAKE I HAVE POSTED SOME PHOTOS TO SHOW WAT THE TANK LUKS LIKE AND ALSO THE SUMP WHICH HAS FIVE CHAMBERS THE TANK HAS BEEN COMPLETELY DRAINED AND CLEANED SO I WILL AWAIT FOR YOU GUYS TO TELL ME EXACTLY STEP BY STEP TO WHICH WAY TO GO I'VE GOT A VIA SKIMMER WHICH I HAVE ALREADY TOOK A PIC OF AND POSTED SO YOU CAN CHECK WHETHER IT NEEDS TO BE CHANGED.
LIGHTING I HAVE 2 T5 TUBES ONE PINK AND ONE BLUE I ALSO HAVE A UV STERILISER
THATS ABOUT IT NOTHING ELSE SO IN OTHER WORDS I AM STARTING FRESH IN NO MISHAPS THIS TIME
LASTLY I AM HOPING TO HAVE A TANK WITH LOTS OF LPS AND A FEW SPS AND FOWLR IN THE LATER STAGES WEN THE TANK MATURES THOROUGHLY.
 

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Welcome to MASA saravesan :)
Glad you found us. We got a really help crew out here who will guide you all the way :)
ps. Try not to type in cap's, it means that you shouting at us.lol.
I see you live in PMB, why not join us at our monthly local reef club meetings, you will find them very informative :)
 
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Thanx Mekaeel for the warm welcome
and thanx for the big up bout the caps wont using again.
so wheres the monthly meeting held so i can try to attend?:thumbup:
 
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THANX MY MAN FOR THE WARM WELCOME
I AM CONFIDENT THAT MEETING YOU GUYS WILL ENSURE MY TANK THE BEST SETUP AND UP KEEP....well actually thats up to you, we wil,l just help all we can with advice and mentoring, but you get to clean your own skimmer:)

OKAY FOR YOUR 1ST ? I RAN THE TANK FOR OVER A YEAR BATTLING TO GET THE RIGHT ASSISTANCE (thats what we are here for, so we will do all we can there:))BUT I DO KNOW THE BASICS LIKE WATER CHANGES WHICH I USED FROM THE NSW. (i see you are in PMB, are you still getting NSW or are you mixing your own now? do you have a RO unit, and how did you do your top ups to relace water lost to evaporation?) I ALSO KNEW TO CHECK FOR AMONIA AND NITRATES (those are a good place to start, but there are a few other key things you will need to look for as you cycle and then along the line once you have stock in there....but thats all in time:) do you still have test kits, if so what brand and are they expired?) BUT JUST THE BASICS. I BELIEVE HONESTLY I AM BELOW AN AMATEUR STATUS ( well then you me and 95% of masa are in the same boat:)we have a few pro's which we call sponsors, but they are there to get us cool equipment for cheap cheap and funky corrallas and things! :) well thats a brief description of our sponsors:) BUT I AM REALLY WILLING TO LEARN IN FIVE YEARS TIME I WUD LIKE TO HAVE MY TANK POSTED AS ONE OF THE MASA TANK OF THE MONTH AND I UNDERSTAND IT WONT BE EASY ( its as easy as taking the time to learn principles and take the time to get things right, nothing to it really:) BUT THATS MY GOAL.

I AM LIVING IN PIETERMARITZBURG MY TANK DIMENSIONS SHUD BE 120(W)x80(H)x40(D) GIVE OR TAKE I HAVE POSTED SOME PHOTOS TO SHOW WAT THE TANK LUKS LIKE AND ALSO THE SUMP WHICH HAS FIVE CHAMBERS ( 5 chambers:) thats good to hear, i am sure we can help in getting that sump sorted into a good filteration system with mechanical, biological and chemical filtration for you) THE TANK HAS BEEN COMPLETELY DRAINED AND CLEANED SO I WILL AWAIT FOR YOU GUYS TO TELL ( we will advize you.....its up to ytou to accept or reject advice as you feel fit to. There are many many ways to achieve the same effect, but in general the principles of how to look after a marine tank are constant. learn to look at the principle before the method and you will gain a far better understanding of marines. Understand marines and marine setups and achieving your goal tank is much easier. Remeber we will suggest things we think are right, but they are personal beliefs of amature guys just trying to help all we can) ME EXACTLY STEP BY STEP TO WHICH WAY TO GO I'VE GOT A VIA SKIMMER WHICH I HAVE ALREADY TOOK A PIC OF AND POSTED SO YOU CAN CHECK WHETHER IT NEEDS TO BE CHANGED.
LIGHTING I HAVE 2 T5 TUBES ONE PINK AND ONE BLUE I ALSO HAVE A UV STERILISER
THATS ABOUT IT NOTHING ELSE SO IN OTHER WORDS I AM STARTING FRESH IN NO MISHAPS THIS TIME (lets hope not, but we all have a few challanges everytime:))
LASTLY I AM HOPING TO HAVE A TANK WITH LOTS OF LPS AND A FEW SPS AND FOWLR IN THE LATER STAGES WEN THE TANK MATURES THOROUGHLY.
where are u posting pics? perhaps we can see some:)
 
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ok we have a few things to look at and change, so lets see what we can do:)

do you know the make of that skimmer by any chance, not one I know.
 

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Crispin it looks like on of the old Via Aquwa skimmers but I could be wrong..

Saravesan could you maybee post a pic of the sump and lets start there
 
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