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  1. NaturalBlue

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    Hey there, I've been introduced to MASA by my boyfriend. We began our own saltwater aquarium a few weeks ago. And boy have I quickly realised that it is much more work than I ever anticipated. And that I need all the advise I can possible get.
    I've heard so many wonderful stories about all the members and how helpful everyone can be. Hope that I can bring something to the table as well. Thanks in advance.
     
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  3. Warr7207

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    Nice to have you on board. :)

    Can you give us some specs of your system.

    I also love pics :whistling:
     
  4. NaturalBlue

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    DT: 920x320x380 110l
    Sump: 640x290x290 50lm (almost up and running)
    Lighting: 2xT5 39w
    Livestock: 1x mollie :)
    and about 7kg LR with red/pink mushroom hitchhiker and one tubeworm.
    I know it's not much but it's almost ready to add maroon clown. (I've heard rumours that its aggresive but only plan on keeping one clownfish)

    Livestock goal: 1x maroon clown,
    1x goby or blenny (something on the ground)
    1x bicolour angel
    1x regal tang :)
    1x mandarin
    1x royal gramma ???
    1x bangai cardinal ???
    1x fire shrimp
    1x cleaner shrimp
    1x starfish
    few hermits

    What do you guys think? Cardinal or Gramma? And will the livestock be compatible?

    Thanks!
     
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    Sounds like a cool setup.

    Cool LS (livstock) list, just a couple of things.

    The BiColour must be your biggest fish and skip the Regal, Tangs need bigger tanks, 500L +

    The gramma and cardinal are very nice, but I prefer the gramma it is a more active fish. Cardinals are way too stationary.

    Go for a Lawnmower blenny

    The mandarin I would suggest waiting 6-12 months for your tank to mature. These fish eat pods that will only have a sustainable population after about a year.

    You may get lucky and it will eat prepared food, but very unusual and these fish often starve in young tanks
     
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    Once you get the hang of things it gets much easier... Do remember only bad things happen fast, so take it slow and you will come out tops.. Please do remember to take the advice given by your LFS with a pinch of salt and always ask here on the forum for advice before you go out and purchase, as it could save you alot of $$$$ down the line... Good luck and enjoy!!!!! O yea nice to see some more people from Centurion
     
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    welcome pics are a must!!:whistling:
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Welcome to MASA NaturalBlue :)
     
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  10. Tony

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    See my answers below in red


     
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    Welcome Natural Blue :)

    not natural blonde, just joking, happy posting:thumbup:
     
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    Welcome to MASA.
     
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    Welcome.....i like all ur proposed fish ....but re look the bangai cardinals .....i feel they are way over rated .....take a look at sum pyjama cardinals instead they very ugly /interesting fish at half the price ...always look like they drank too much...happy reefing
     
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    Hey natural nice to have you. post some pics let us see your tank , Good to have a new member join this amazing site
     
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    What setup you looking at doing Blue
     
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    hey blue, very nice to have you join masa:)
    its a fun friendly place where you'll learn lots so ask your questions as they pop into your head. Also as we are primarily hobbyists (with a few great sponsors lurking around to give us great prices) you will find the opinions to be more honest and designed for your tanks best interest. LFS tend to want to sell you things and if it dies they get to sell you something else. Not great on the tank or your wallet, so before you get anything ask us here first ok :)

    thats a lovely fish list although that tank is too small fora regal i am afraid.

    you also have a little while to go before putting fish in there, especially that maroon, so take things slow and let the cycles finish off first ok :)

    you need to get that sump up and going soon, then slowly start to plan what life stock to put in. seriously, dont try rush it, you'll be crying in the end :(
     
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    Welcome to MASA!!
     
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    Hi and welcome to MASA!!! Regarding the Cardinal vs Gramma, I would rather get the Gramma as it is more colourful and the bangai's imo needs to be at least 2, even more in a tank to realy make it worthwhile keeping them! I would suggest a Yellow Watcmen Goby as they are beautiful to look at and have great personalities. Regarding the Regal: like the other said, stay away from the Regal as it will soon overgrow your tank, sad I know as I'm also aching to get one!!!
     
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