Hello, new to forum, and marine.

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  1. AquaLene

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    Hi everyone

    I have had Fresh Water tropical for many years. Currently have three tanks (planted): Some of my fish, like the eels and rainbowfish are finicky characters, so am used to tank maintenance, good clean water, and water parameters etc.

    I want to try my hand at Tropical Marine on a corner tank I am currently repairing (sprung a small leak a few months ago, it's too nice a tank to waste, has base stand) About 145L (difficult to calculate exact, due to shape):

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    Should be good to go by mid week. Size: 600 X 600 X 600 semi-triangle shape.

    To start, I have a protein skimmer, a Hydrometer, non iodised salt I got from a Pet & Pool shop (is that ok?).

    Some beginner questions I'd appreciate if you can help. Filter: I see 3 x chamber sump filter seems the way to go, but could one use a Fluval FX5 canister filter instead?

    Live sand: Can one get from the beach/lagoon? (am based in Knysna).

    Water: Can one use rain water, or must it be distilled or R/O?

    Thank you in advance, for what looks like a wonderful forum! :thumbup:
     
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    Hi AquaLene,
    Welcome to MASA.
    To answer a few of your questions:
    Salt: this should be marine salt, obtainable from various marine shops. These salts have minerals added that is needed to keep your inmates healthy and happy.

    Live sand: you can collect from the beach, as long as it is from an unpolluted area, and then try to collect at least 1 m below the low tide line...


    Water: not too sure about using rain water, test it first... Too high tds (5), and I would rather leave it. Go for RO. Then you are sure not to introduce surprises to your system (waterwise)

    Cheers
     
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    hello and welcome to masa, its great to have you here and i hoep we can help you strat off your marine adventure (strap yourself down its quite a ride in the beginning) :) see my commenst in blue above:)
     
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    Thank you everyone for the welcome.

    And thanks @Gesiggie and @crispin for the advice! You have helped me a lot already so that I don't start this project incorrectly, most appreciated :)!!

    I will indeed check my fresh water meds for copper.

    I am not sure, got given by a friend who had one in storage (so excuse the dust :p), maybe the pic will help? (I removed the top container that it spills into for ID purposes):
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    Thanks for the rain water warnings! I was also going to ask about collecting NSW if rain water was not recommended. That will be easy for me, and I can get very clean NSW here at the Heads on an incoming tide (deep). Will test before use.

    Nope, no overflow hole, am still not sure if I can get away with using a large canister filter vs sump in marine? If sump is the way to go, I will still have to plan and plumb. Am not in a rush, want to tackle this slowly and properly.

    Will indeed save for one, thanks.

    Live sand: Will collect at a spring low, many thanks all! :)
     
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    Welcome to the forum.

    Remember that you are going to need a source of RO water in addition to NSW. All top offs to replace evaporation must be done with RO. Salt does not evaporate so topping off evaporation loss with salt water will result in an ever increasing salinity, which will eventually kill any livestock.
     
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    I wish I knew many months ago what I know now . I would have gone with a sump instead of two canister filters as there is just no competition is filtration power and options of filtermedia and even in terms of maintainance its just so much better and easier .

    So far as substrate goes I personally would have gone for aragenite from the word go . Seasand could get blown around by your flowpumps if you use seasand . I used crushed coralsand but couldn't get goby's as the coralsand was to rough , nevermind that it leached PO4 into the water . To change your mind once you have living stuff in the mix is not great .
     
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    nice post fred, i couldnt agree more.
     
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    As said, Rather get the tank drilled and use a sump.

    That little skimmer is not going to do the job. Check the for sale threads, there was a Reeftek TS1 available during this week that would be perfect for this size tank.

    Oh
    Hello and welcome.
     
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  14. AquaLene

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    Ok, Sump it is then! :)

    Thank you everyone for all the valuable advice, sump it is, question answered. I'll jump to sorting a sump. :)

    Fred d I will look into aragenite too, thanks.

    Albert Terego I have a source for R/O water for the top ups, got that sorted, it's just a lot further to collect than the NSW for the main fill and water changes. (will obviously use far less for the top ups, hence a container of R/O will last a while, so it's fine.)

    Are there perhaps any other members from in and around this area/Garden Route? I'd appreciate some advice on reliable suppliers of live stock that ship to this area.
     
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    :welcomewave: Ask as many questions as possible & research research research even more.;)
     
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    So sorry, I missed this yesterday, so the skimmer needs to bigger/better? I will check the for sale section, many thanks. :thumbup:
     
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