Hi all - brand new to this hobby - pls help?

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  1. Crayfish

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    Hi all

    I am brand new to this hobby and still researching before I start my first tank - any pointers?

    Thanks:slayer:
     
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    Welcome to MASA hope you injoy your stay with us and remember that WE LOVE PIC'S. Do as much reading as you can.

    Ps remember marines in no cheap hobby it takes a lot of time for stuf to grow to it's full potensul.dont rush you will regret it later.

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    Thanks ml.

    I see you also live on the W rand - any good referrals for suppliers?
     
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    Crayfish A very warm welcome
     
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    Ok, still getting the hang of this forum...thought I'd try adding a pic and then asking some more specific questions.

    - Would you suggest that for my 1st tank I stick to FOWLR or could I go straight into trying a reef config.?
    - What is the minimum size tank I should buy for my 1st attempt? (I have read that bigger is easier, but I am nervous to go for a huge one right away)
    - Any other tips on specs for an ideal "Beginners Tank"?

    Thanks[​IMG]
     
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    Welcome crayfish. Tell us you want to do and we will guide you along.
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    masahello

    welcome to the hobby, please tell us your intentions and goals, eg keeping corals, fish only etc, we are open 24/7
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    for tank size, get as big as u like, or that is practical, a nice size if 4ft, 1200x500x500
    with a sump and dsb of about 1000x400x400
     
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    Howdie Crayfish.I would say FOWLR is a good start.Make sure you get reef safe fish only so when you decide to get corals and stuff you dont have a problem;)
     
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    Thanks dallas. Sorry for the ignorance, but what is dsb?
     
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    Thanks goodisor! So, if I start with FOWLR and then, later, get the hang of it, I could move to add reef?

    Another question, if I do go FOWLR to start, any suggestions on good inhabitants?
     
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    Crayfish it all depends on the size tank u start with. once the tank and sump are decided on. then its easier to decide what fish etc.
     
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    http://reefmaniacs.com/hl/Starting with Marines.htm

    Thanks dallas. Will read the DSB section now...also reading the article above - very useful.

    If I go for the 4footer, 1.5mx1.0mx1.0m tank with sump and 1.4mx0.4mx0.4m DSB, will I be able to start with FOWLR and then later progress to full reef tank?

    Also, it must be the "boy" in me, but what do you think of a "predator tank"?
     
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    Thats a nice tanks size, 5ft and huge, if u can afford to go that big, by all means, with the height being 1m with water at 900mm u will need 400metal halides...
    i would however go for 1.5mx1mx600mm will make working in the tank easier and u can use 150w or 250w metal halides and t5 when moving to corals etc

    predator tanks are cool, depending on the fish u can still keep corals etc, but limited with invertabrates
     
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    Thanks again dallas. Sorry, meant to use your earlier suggested size of 1.5mx0.5mx0.5m - how many litres is that?

    Could I keep Lion Fish and Trigger fish with a reef config?
     
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    its about 330L with water at 450mm

    yes u can, lion are reef safe but may attack shrimps and smaller fish, u can get reef safe triggers, even the ones that arent sometimes have good tempraments.
    there are a couple of reefers here that have clown triggers in reef tanks, look at mekaeel thread he has a awesome selection of fish and corals
     
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    Thanks yet again dallas - this is really helpful. I am soooo excited to start, but I know that, every bit of info I read says I should go slooow, learn more first and be patient!

    Will check out mekaeel's thread.

    Rough guess, how much do you think it would cost for me to get the tank you suggest up and running, all in?
     
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