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  1. Batsec

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    Hi everyone.
    I have started with a very basic tank 3 days ago learnt siome stuff the hard way but am picking up pace now.
    hope to learn alot from you guys.
     
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    Hello and welcome. Ask away and we will help you along.
     
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    hey batsec:)

    welcome to masa great to have you join:) tell us a little about that tank you just got:) how big is it and what sort of equipment do you have with it.

    Masa is a great place to learn about all things marine and if you ahve just started out there really is a huge amount to learn. the best way is to ask us questions and lets see if we can help you get over the cycle period and then stock that tank slowly so its a beautiful reef:)

    you will often hear things in here that the local Fish store tells youy differently. believe me when i say its masa that you need to listen to and not the LFS. Very often they give poor or bad advice especially if they are not specialised in marines. thats either out of ignorance (using bio balls and ceramic noodles for example) or out of knowing that the advice is to your detriment and thus you will be back to buy more stuff to fix the problem. MASA has no ecconomic encentive to give you bad advice, we wimple tell you the best possible way to achieve what we believe is the correct method of reefing.

    Ask as many questions as you like, there is no such thing as a beginners question, many many times ive learnt from other peoples posts when i was too shy to ask myself. Jump in, the waters a lovely 26 degrees and sg 1.026:)

    welcome to masa and happy postings:)
     
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    Welcome to MASA Batsec, glad you joined us.

    Please tell us more regarding the tank and filtration. If you are completely new to marines I suggest you read the link in my signature at the bottom - very good info for beginners on how to start your first marine tank ;)

    Please post pictures so that we can assist you. I hope you don't have any livestock in at the moment, cause sometimes LFS's (petshops) give beginners the wrong advice just to make some money. Luckily we have very good sponsors on this site, giving good advice and they know their stuff :thumbup:
    A tank needs to cycle first with good quality live rock for at least 6 - 8 weeks before any live stock can be introduced - but you'll read all about that in the link :)

    Don't be shy to ask - we were all beginners once :wave2:
     
  7. crispin

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    Bala Sharks seems to like jumping allot. I killed two (accidentally) yesterday
    They where jumpers when i got the tank with the two sharks in for free and the tried jumping out of the bucket they were in evertime i opened it.

    So at home I set up the tank and due to lack of knowledge i returned the two balas an the buterfly after just 2 hours of filtration. The buterfly is still alive an well but a hour after puting the sharks in the started swiming upside down and the all of a sudden tehy would dash forward. Forward woulsd then be into the roof of the tank or the walls or the floor. well sadly enough they didnt make it nut a valubkle lesson was learnt.

    And you can put them on the list of jumpers, my nephew from who i got the tank and all confirm the jumping was normal beaviour."" from another post by Batsec


    oh hell :( ok we are heading down a one way road to disaster very fast here :( that fish that you still have....make that ANY living thing you still have....will need to come out that tank its life is in serious danger, if i understand you correctly that you started the tank 3 days ago???
     
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    Aren't Bala sharks bath water fish? :whistling:
     
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    batsec, that link in tobe's link (i really should do the same hey tobes:)) is great reading to start you off with.

    but in a very evry simplistic way of doing things you have to let the tank settle, or cycle atleast 6-8 weeks with Live rock (do you have ANY?) before you add any living thing to the tank.

    you say you got it from your nephew, does he keep marines too? if he gave you those sharks (sorry but i dont know them, generally there are VERY few sharks that can be kept ina small home aquarium) he should have known ure tanks not ready too. send us a pic and lets see what we can do to help ok :)

    PS out of intrest where are u from?
     
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    dont know:biggrin: do they come up the drain holes?
     
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  13. Batsec

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    nope my ex balas are toilet water fish...
     
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    Welcome to MASA...
     
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    Firstly ...Welcome Batsec, you couldnt have come to a better place to learn.

    Secondly whatever you are doing stop now....you are heading for disaster, do some more researc first

    Thirdly ...give whomever told you to keep bala's in marine tanks the website adress, they still need to read a bit.

    Sorry for sounding harsh, but rather be patient now and reap rewards later. We all make mistakes, just learn from them and be prepared to ask questions, and take advice
     
  16. Batsec

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    Hey Guys thanx for the nice welcome. Firstlly I am from Heidelberg in GPMy nephew wanted to get rid of his whole tank and i took it over from him. What i did was clean the tank nicely and replaced all the water with tap water, i threw some anti chlorinator product in, and of the 3 fishes only the water butterfly survived.My intention is to have the tank only to look at and as a entertaining hobby. I cannot afford to spend too much so it will be a low budget tank. As much as possible for as little as possible. I wil howevr tak the best of care of whatever is in my tank be it a Guppie or a lionfish...I have since introduced 3 neon tetras and a plecostimus to the tank and after more than 24 hours they seem quite happy (except the plycostimus is little shy)The above mentioned fish will be average inhabitants of my tank because they are cheap enough and they look good. i will introduce some middle and bottom dwellers later.I have a 50 liter tankA adjustable heater set at 25 degrees.Hanging filter that has a spunge, deactivated charcoal and small rocks section.I have a longish triangular stone that makes bubbles, which is hidden under a plastic ghost ship for effecti have a round blues air stone hidden in a mountain wit hles that releases air randomly.I also have a rock not sure if its Live but it is real and my plecostimus loves it.Oh yes and a layer of white gravel at the bottom the usual size for usual aquariums.And a crappy thermostat that said it was 24 degrees when i through it in the tank and has rissen up to 31 degrees even though the water is still the same as day one.
     
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    WAIT WAIT WAIT. Stupid of me, I am not into marine (meaning SEA water fish duh) I have a normal tropical aquarium and thats it. So sorry for the misunderstanding.So where is the website for normal aquariums and people who dont read properly...
     
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    For now i will dabble a liitle longer in the not so dark side, but thanks for the warm welcome in any case at least i know where to come if i turn...
     
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    This must be the funniest thing ever :lol::lol::lol::lol:
     
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    I read about these bala sharks in another thread and started to post about them being bath water but got disturbed but none the less very unusual thread!:)
     
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