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  1. eb.adam

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    Hi there.

    My name is Adam. I'm looking at the possibility of keeping a marine tank. Can i have a list of what is needed in terms of equipment? What's the smallest tank i can have? I'm pressed for space.

    Thanks
     
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    Welcome Adam!!!!
     
  4. butcherman

    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Hi and welcome to MASA. smallest tank .... pico tank which is only a few liters no equipment other than a tank lichts and a flow pump and weekly water changes.
    next size up is a nano tank a Boyu Tl440 or a Boyu TL550 these are nice tanks reasonably small and come with everything you need to start with and take up less than a 1x1m have a look around the forum here and see what the guys have done witht their tanks.
     
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    Hey and welcome to MASA! The smallest tank I would say is the biggest you can fit into the availible space you have. Like butcherman said, you can get a pico and nano wich ranges from a few litres to about 100 but then it's hard to keep everything stable. The bigger the tank the easier it is to keep everything stable. Smal tanks need allot of work and waterchanges. If the tank is bigger you also get more choises of what to keep in it...

    The best would be to read the beginner forum a bit and see what other did and what you can do and what you will need.

    Equipment:
    Skimmer
    Lighting
    Flow pumps
    return pumps
    Heaters
    Chillers(optional)

    Just to name a few. If you read on ,on the forum you'll see that almost everything can be changes and replaced by something else. There is no sure way of starting a tank. All that is a must is that you read allot on starting a tank and maintaining it. You will also need buckets of patience...
     
  6. crispin

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    welcome adam great to have you join :)

    if you are pressed for space why not give us an indication of what size space you do have so that we can look at applicable tanks for you?

    welcome and happy postings:)
     
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    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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    hi and welcome
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  8. Keanan

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    Hi and welcome to MASA
     
  9. eb.adam

    eb.adam Thread Starter

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    thanks everyone!
    it's good to be here.

    i already have 2 freshwater tanks and i want to learn how to keep saltwater. as a result, i'll probably go for a nano. i dont want to spend too much money at this stage but i dont see any used nanos in the for sale forum. what are my other options? how much do they retail for and where? who are the dbn sponsors at this site? and do they have stock?
    thanks :)
     
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    eb.adam Thread Starter

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    apologies a pico reef is all i have space for... or will converting an existing 1ft or 1.5ft tank work out better?
     
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    Hi and welcome eb.adam!

    Your marine tank can be any size tank you can build! But of course your stocking and maintanance will depend heavily on your choice. I was running a tiny little 40L which I have no moved up to an only slightly larger 70L and I'm very happy with the way the system is running. I have low intensity lighting - but I only keeping very easy corresponding softies, a very low bioload and maintain with frequent water changes.
    If you are interested in running a nano as opposed to some of the larger setups I strongly recommend checking out the articles http://www.nano-reef.com.
    That said, never forget that in the marine world "Dilution is the solution to pollution"!!!
     
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    Hi ebe

    I wouldnt personally recommend starting with a pico... Mostly because it will mean very frequent water changes, and more importantly - VERY limited stocking options...

    If you are happy with just keeping a few inverts and attractive easy corals, then a pico can make a very nice desktop-type mini tank. But If possible, I would strongly recommend getting the 1.5.
     
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    Hi Adam, welcome to MASA, glad you joined us. For a better understanding about keeping marines, read the link in my signature for some great info regarding starting a marine tank ;)
     
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    thanks Tobes
     
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    yeah, i think maybe the 1.5 is better :)
     
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    welcome !!
     
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    Welcome Adam
     
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    thanks. can i possibly construct my own 12g nano tank?
     
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    Welcome to MASA !
     
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    A VERY WARM WELCOME to MASA, Adam! Great to have you on-board!
     
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