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  1. Matt & Sam

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    I am pleased to announce that we have started a little tank and the hobby has bitten us hard! I just want to find out from everyone whether it is better to start off with a tropical setup and learn from that route or is it no different to starting off with marine?
     
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  3. NickW

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    I have kept freshwater fish before i moved into marines, and in my oppinion, there is very little difference where knowledge is concerned (so starting with a marine tank and passing a freshwater tank i dont think will be a problem, just your mistakes will cost you more.

    Welcome to the forum :)
     
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    Thanks. Im getting a tank soon. 150x55x60 and had budgeted for a few things for the tropical tank such as a sump, power head, heater pvc pipes and connectors and a overflow, what more things are required? im pretty sure a lot
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    hi and welcome!

    only thing needed is lights and a skimmer, but all depending on what you want to keep will determine what and how much.

    join the PTA group and attend a meeting or 2 and see whats out there :)
     
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  7. Matt & Sam

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    Thanks guys, Im quite a patient guy so will be able to slowly get my tank up to scratch before I get any fish in! my main concern was for the fish thats why I wanted to know if i should start on tropical since I heard that they are hardy fish?
     
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    Hi and welcome to MASA.
     
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    Welcome- not all tropical fish are hardy :) Dont start off with discus fish if you go tropical lol Maybe guppies or mollies rather.
     
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    So do you rate I should rather start with tropical?
     
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    Think it will get you into the swing of things, I started with tropical, but really is up to you. As mentioned previously, there would be less costly mistakes, but as with anything reading up on any tank/fish is vital.
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i would rather start on where your passion will lie, remember changing from tropical to marines, you will have to find new home for them,

    rather learn, same biology involved, save andd get the best equipment, understand the basics, nitrogen cycle etc and start with marines. keep a FOWLR, fish only with live rock and damsels etc and come to a meeting, or can swing past a jhb one
     
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    As Dallas said, perhaps join us at the meetings. Many experienced souls to question to your hearts content whether you start with freshwater or marine :)
     
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    Speaking of meetings, may we use your joint this month @dallasg, or will we have to squeeze everyone into my weeny lounge? :lol:
     
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    Would love to be there where and when are they?
     
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    usually end of the month, join one of the groups
     
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    which group cant find a pta one
     
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    Wecome to the Forum
     
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    Hi and welcome. I would suggest that you have a look on TASA too - that is the tropical sister to this forum and you will get a good idea of what tropical fish are about there.

    I keep tropical fish and recently started my first marine setup and in my opinion the two are worlds apart and while you will lean basic stuff with keeping tropicals before marine - I don't think it is enough to go through the trouble with regards to learning. Ultimately you will have to decide which one you'd rather do, unless you want more than one tank. Marine tanks are also more expensive to setup with regards to equipment and water. It is more time consuming, but is very rewarding and interesting enough to absolutely make it worth it.

    You just need to decide for yourself where you want to end up, and the guys on this forum and Tasa are awesome with helping new people.

    Good luck and enjoy!
     
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    welcome!
     
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