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  1. Hermanus

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    Hi everyone. I have n 55gl/ 4foot aquaruime with sump started obout 3 years back with the thank, before that had n smoller aquaruime aswell, so not new to the hoby but still have to learn alot, been reeding alot on the form and disided to join today as this form looks great to be apart of!
     
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  3. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Welcome to MASA.

    we all learn everyday!

    can u start a thread in the members setup area and show us your tank.

    Enjoy your stay!
     
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    Welcome to MASA Hermanus!
     
  5. Hermanus

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    I'll take some pics this afternoon and post them, have to learn how to post then
     
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    :welcometomasa1:Hermanus !

    what do you do in Harrismith?
     
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    Welcome to MASA Hermanus, hope you enjoy it here with us. Just a warning - most guys here are pic crazy, so prepare yourself ;)

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    Welcome to MASA!!
     
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    welcome to masa Hermanus
     
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  12. Hermanus

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    Thanks, tell me what do you use for gravvel or sand on the bottem of your aquaruims? I had crused correl but where advised to ghange thet to reggenite becouse the crused corrall reless phosphtes. so know I ganged to reggenite. Whant to set up n 1.8m aquaruime and looking for n less expesive why to get someting on the bottem and for the dsb,
     
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    hello Hermanus, welcome to MASA great to have you on board.

    Great to know that youve kept a tank for a while, we can always share in each others experiences and knowledge :)

    My father used to own two farms in the Harrismith area, i basically grew up there :)

    substrate is often a question many people ask. There are three primary options and each with associated costs and advantages.

    The most expensive is Arogonite, which is beautifully white to start with and stays that way if you have some creachure to turn it over for you. A sandshifting star for example (but there are many examples)
    Reggies PLAY Sand is also nice and white and much cheaper. Its got good particles size (perhaps a little small as it can get blown around the aquarium) but you MUST wash it alot before hand. Atleast 4 or 5 times till its not milky at all.
    Sea Sand is also used occasionally, but due to its colour its often unslightly in a tank. If you did want to go this rout ( a trip to durbs coat for example) you must collect it from an unpolluted area and as deep in as you can, but other guys will tell you more about that if you wanted to go that rout.

    I had a 1.8m and was lucky to have aragonite. Its my favoured material of the three as i found it gave a great environment for small critters in the substrate (very benificial) and it didnt blow around the tank at all.

    But for the price Reggies Play sand is a great alternative.


    You need to make sure that the sand is sugar fine (1-2mm) in size and smooth. Crushed corral is often too course and rough, which leads to a build up of detritus in the substrate and damages the critters who live there.

    Hope to see some pics of your tank :)
     
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  15. Hermanus

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    Thinking of using sand collected from durbs, must it be in the water ,wafes, or on the beach where ther is not water, where is the best? will try for pic soon. I whant to use one sump for the two aquaruims eny suggens I dont whant to lose any of my corels I have when I stard up n 1.8 and the current 1.2 in one sump?
     
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    welcome hermanus...good to have yo here

    try and use sand as far as possible behind low water mark...also get it back home ASAP...helps to limit dieback
     
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    Tanks FransSny , do you know of a good spot where you can collect? Probbebly as far as possible from durbs it self for pullosion reasons?
     
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    Sorry dude, i stay in the lovely province Taxiteng....I had to ask questions when i went to Ballito a few weeks ago. Actuallly the water, life etc was looking good while we were there.

    Sure someone will be able to give advice...maybe start a new thread
     
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    Welcome Hermanus, hope you will learn a lot and receive many answers, thanks for your help to me up to now.
     
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