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  1. MikeR

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    Hey Everybody,

    So after keeping tropical fish for the last 15 years I have finally succumbed to my tempatation and want to start with a Marine tank. reckon Ill start with a NAno tank of sorts to start with initially , and you ll prob see me browsing around here trying to get as much info as possible.

    very excited to get going

    Laters
    Mike
     
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  3. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    masahello

    hi mike, believe it or not a nano is the wrong place to start, if you can go for a bigger tank, it allows water chemistry etc to be more forgiving...

    but with MASA and patience this will be a great journey
     
  4. Apollo

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    Hello MikeR,

    Welcome to MASA.

    Starting off with a small tank such as a Nano can be daunting.
    Small tanks do suffer from a lack of stability and can be slightly restrictive in terms of what you can keep (corals , fish , inverts). They can however be extremely rewarding if you pay careful attention and take things slowly.

    Larger tanks offer improved stability and more freedom of choice in terms of your inmates , corals etc. but do come at a price.

    You need to decide what you ultimately wish to have ( Only fish , Fish & Coral etc.).
    This as well as your budget will determine which option will suit you.

    Whichever way you decide to go , I wish you lots of enjoyment on your journey.
    This is a fantastic hobby to enter into.:thumbup:

    Ask as many questions as you like and good luck !
     
  5. MikeR

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    Hey Guys,

    I had thought about that- the smaller volume being less forgiving than a larger tank size, whilst I don't really have a budget I thought the smaller tank might be easier on the pocket to start with and I could always progress later on, nontheless if the advice is to consider a bigger setup then i will listen- afterall thats my aim, to try learn as much as possible from all of you
     
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    Try a 3 foot. Not too expensive and not too big.
     
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    Welcome to Masa
     
  8. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    also look at our sponsors forum and see what specials they have on, 3ft is a great size, can keep a bit of everything
     
  9. Mike

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    Hi Mike, welcome to MASA
     
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    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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    hi there mike !
     
  11. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    mike i am in sandton too, dont let hennie hear :)

    if u need help gimme a shout.
    also look in the for sale forum there are some nice bargains there
     
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    Welcome to MASA MikeR. I agree to rather get a 3 foot tank with a sump. A nano goes for about R2500 - R3000 for the small one. A 3 foot tank will cost R400 + R250 for a sump. Then you need a protein skimmer double the water volume of the total system. Some T5 lights and a stand. A return pump, 1 - 2 flow pumps like Seio or Tunze and a heater. Get some RO water from someone or from the LFS ( local fish store), or even better buy your own RO/DI unit. Might cost you a bit more in the end, but you can buy bit by bit every month if need be, have a more stable system and more space. You can also get the right sump from scratch with 3 chambers. 1 = skimmer, 2 - DSB (deep sand bed for denitrification), 3 - return pump.
    Let's stop here, we can look at the setup and the cycle later when you have all your equipment. Read as much as you can and enjoy it :)
    Don't be shy to ask ;)
     
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    welcometomasa
     
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    Welcome to MASA!!
     
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