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  1. ReeferNR

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    I have recently become very interested in saltwater tanks. I've been doing a lot of research and I'm hoping to get a new tank soon. I do have some questions though...

    I intend to have corals later on, so should i start with a refugium (protein skimmer, DSB and return pump)?
     
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  3. Wes

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    Hi ReeferBR best bet is to buy a really good skimmer, save up for it if you can. If you plan to do corals you may need to later start calcium dosing/cacium reactor.

    Anyways good luck, wish you all the best.

    oh and: :welcome6:
     
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    Welcome to MASA. A refugium is diffrent to a sump.
    A sump will house the skimmer, dsb, and return pump.
    It can also house the refugium.

    A refugium is basically a safe haven for your tiny marine organisims and macro algea.

    Keep asking questions :thumbup:
     
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    welcome to the forum
     
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    Thanks for the advice. I know this is a costly hobby, so im trying to design my final system and implement it in stages.

    If i intend to have a 240L tank, what rating skimmer should i go for?
     
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    Dependant on the type of corals and fish load I would go for a skimmer rated at least 1.5 times the system volume, but in terms of skimmers bigger is definately better, so the higher rating you can afford the better. As suggested above, if you are able to save a little bit more and buy the best skimmer you can then do so.
     
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    Welcome to MASA. May your learning experience here be the best youv'e ever had. Just one word of advice, Take it slow to avoid dissapointment. Good Luck!!!!!!

    Cheers
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    Hi and welcome to Masa
     
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    my advice is,for a successfull tank ,you need to start off correctly... it will always be advisable to add a refugium,tho its nt a nessesity,it can add a whole lot of benefits wen it matures up in the long run

    also when adding a dsb,best is to seed it with maybe a cupfull from a fellow reefer/petshops 'older/matured' dsb

    as for lighting,dnt buy for what you starting with,invest for the long term as you wouldn wana hav2 constantly upgrade when upgrading livestock choices

    tank,i know you have your one planned out already,but take into consideration the huge amt of fish/corals available,so best to do is go with the biggest tank your space and pocket allows as to prevent obvious future upgrades :lol:

    as for skimmer, i quote the guys above and try for 1 rated atleast twice ur systems volume as skimming is your biggest form of filtration

    there are many other types of equip you may or may not need, but that you decide when you get there

    have fun,goodluck and post loads of pics:thumbup:
     
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