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  1. PietL

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    Hi All

    I am very new to marine aquariums, and I am here to learn.
    I am very keen to get into this fascinating hobby and have read a lot lately and went through a lot of awesome information here on MASA. I have researched a lot lately, but still have tons more to learn.
    At the moment I am thinking of starting with a nano setup (120l) (to eventually have some soft corals and a couple of fish). I was originally looking at a bigger initial setup, but think it might be better to start off with a smaller initial setup that will cost me less to start with. I will hopefully learn a lot this way, and can then make a more informed decision if/when I want to upgrade one day. My idea is to take it very slow and make sure that I do it the right way and hopefully learn a lot along the way. Does this logic make sense?

    Anyways, a big hello to everyone!
     
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  3. Nsteyn

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    Hi there PietL

    Sounds good to me :D Welcome.
    Where in FS are you?
     
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    welcome .. Enjoy:thumbup:
     
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    Welcome ! I got into this 6 months ago with the same mind set.

    Enjoying every minute of my 60l Tl450 and I must say in hindsight I think going bigger than a TL450 / 550 for a first tank might not have gotten me as hooked as I am now, but having said that, I can't wait to get my 700l running now !

    Best of luck with the tank !

    PS. Heads up - post pics before we all start clamoring for them :)
     
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  11. PietL

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    Thanks for the welcome guys.
    Now for an update. I got my tank this weekend (Aquaria AWM102) and cleaned everything with RO water. I started making RO water (got it down to 1ppm TDS) and started to fill the tank once I had enough (mixed salt before I added to the tank). Man, the RO water filtration is a drip!:m12: Took me about two days to fill up (+100l). I started running the skimmer, pump and heater early this morning, and apart from some micro bubbles everything seems in order.
    I am getting a test kit later this week, so will start to check the parameters then. The SG is currently 1.024 @ 24C
    I have some synthetic rock as well as a couple of small pieces of live rock which I have added (some in refugium with DSB and cheato and rest in DT). I would have liked to add the live rock a little bit later, but as I am 300km from the closest LFS, I already bought it this weekend and did not want to leave it in the plastic bag for too long.
    Now for the cycling to start. I am quite looking forward to this, to see how things will change.
    Here's a quick cellphone photo (otherwise it never happened:lol:)
    [​IMG]
     
  12. TaahirS

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    Looking good.
    Is there not space in the first compartment for the heater?
    Is the RO unit new or second hand?
    Good luck.:thumbup:
     
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    And another thing. I'm absolutely loving that scape. Has great potential if you add corals.
     
  14. PietL

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    Hi TaahirS

    Thanks. I am planning to move the heater out of the way, just put it in the DT to make sure that it was working. I was thinking of maybe putting it in the refugium (as this is where I have the most space- skimmer is in first compartment so it is a bit cramped), but am not sure what effect it will have on the cheato.
    It is a new RO unit. It started at about 4 ppm (which I did not use) and then settled at 1ppm after about 15l.
    Yes, I can't wait to start adding some corals, but will take my time with the cycling process.
     
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    Sounds like you are on the right track:thumbup:
     
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    looking good man :thumbup:
     
  17. PietL

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    I stopped by my house this afternoon to check on the aquarium and noticed this thing in the chaeto in the refugium. Anyone know what it is? It is alive. Should it stay?
    [​IMG]
     
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    maybe take it out temporary and tank another picture without the cheato in the way.
     
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    I took it out and placed it in a container with water from the tank and finally got this photo. It's about a cm long. The closest match I could find on the web is Aiptasia, but I'm still a noob and might be way out. Any help would be appreciated. Will keep it separate for now, just in case.
    [​IMG]
     
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    I reckon that is aiptasia. @RiaanP.
    Chuck it...
     
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