Hi fellow aquaphiles

Discussion in 'New Members' started by Loki, 21 Apr 2009.

  1. Loki

    Loki cable tie ninja

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    finally getting around to read this wicked forum.

    Haven't set up any tanks as yet. i have been keeping nano's for the last 9 years.
    Closed my last one down due to me moving overseas for a short while (3 years)

    I am however considering starting off with a FOWLR and then gradually (i know this bug bites HARD!!) moving into the softies. I don't fancy myself an SPS kinda person.

    Anyhow great site and in the words of Hancock "good job". ;)

    BTW i have 2 x (1500mmx600mmx500mm) tanks on 1 stand.
    was wondering what would be your opinions with a 12k budget???
     
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  3. scubaninja

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    Good Job:thumbup: loved that Hancock movie!!
    welcometomasa
    12K could sort you out fully if you are not going into SPS, Rocks might be an issue but if you buy BIO-Rock i'm pretty sure you could be all kitted out with such a budget. I did a single 4ft fully kitted out for mainly softies for a little over 5k, so i'm pretty sure you could, how are your hands at DIY? or do you mainly break stuff not make like our favorite super-hero?
     
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  5. Loki

    Loki Thread Starter cable tie ninja

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    DIY hands very geewd ATM ...
    unfortunately they're more into metal work than the plastic / glass work.
    (something about those hole saws scares me)..
    My reasoning behind the softy tank is i wouldn't need as much kit (kalk etc)
    and they are relatively (i'm using that word with caution cos i am a noob) easier
    than the LPS/SPS tanks.
     
  6. keyaam

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    Welcome LOKI
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Welcome to MASA Loki :)
     
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    Loki Thread Starter cable tie ninja

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    Ta Mr K and Mek
    Veeerry lekker tank u got there Mr K..

    What substrate u using ??
     
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    hello there loki:) great to have you on masa and lovely to hear that you are getting back into the game :)

    thats a fine budget you are working with, although you are advised to look around before buying anything, and ask us if you wnat to know if we think its a good quote, it could stretch that budget further for you:)

    Be a little careful of going FO to start and then want to add corrals, incase you get fish that will like the corrals you introduce later:)

    but great to have a new member here.

    ps i used to have a farm just the other side of erasmia from you, pity i have just moved :(
     
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    I think you mean Mr M :lol:
     
  11. gaboon

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    I said that once;)
     
  12. Tony

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    Me too:p.


    Nick how's that monti doing?
     
  13. ben lloyd

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    welcome to MASA Loki hope jou enjoy our hospitality
     
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    u guys think t5 lighting is gewd enuff for softies..?
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Welcome to the forum, yip T5's will be perfect.
     
  16. Tony

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    How many T5's do you want to use
     
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    Loki Thread Starter cable tie ninja

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    was thinking along the lines of 8 x 54w t5's in a diy sort of effort. (costing please) wanna stay far away from mh's as possible.
     
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    that should be fine for you to do :) i would also look at using allanoid (spelling??) which is basically very good reflective sheeting that you could place under the hood and put water proof end caps on. I chatted to lanzo (Dory pets) before about double ballasts and tubes and he had some good cheap DIY options if you willing to do a little more effort.

    the 500 depth of your tank probably means you have a water height of 450 or so and with t5's your light penetration will be fine.


    PS you will want some sps at some stage.... :)
     
  19. Kunhardt

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    Hey Loki

    welcometomasa

    Hope you enjoy your stay :)
     
  20. Jaak

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    Welcome To MASA!!
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    A very WARM WELCOME to MASA, Loki! What size tank are you looking to have?

    The "more ideal" tank, would be a shallower tank (ie. 500 or mazimum 600mm), but BROADER/wider (front to back)......
    What wattage of T5's were you thinking of? ie. a 1.2 metre (4 foot) tank, 600mm high and 800 or 900 mm front-to-back, would be GREAT. In this case, 8 54watt T5's would be AWESOME!

    And you would indeed be able to keep soft-corals, SOME SPS, as well as LPS corals...

    What power-heads were you thinking of, for in-tank water flow? The best value for money options, would be: SEIO, ReSun Wavers, SunSun's..... alternatively - if you have a wee bit more than R12K, Tunze pumps are the Rolce-Royce of power-heads....

    I WOULD suggest getting the biggest sump that you can have, and also the biggest needle-wheel or pin-wheel skimmer that you can afford....

    Good luck mate!
     
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