Looking for a tank

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  1. deFlerri

    deFlerri

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    Hey Guys,

    Just a quick post to get some feedback, i am about to buy a tank. Ooooo ..... hectic...
    ;)

    Now originally as stated i was thinking up setting up a Nano Reef system... hmmm but after some more hours spent milling around in the forums i have come to the conclusion that maybe a bigger tank is in order. Ok here goes this is what i understand. The bigger the system the more the margin for a mistake.

    So i figured instead of buying a smaller tank, i should not settle for anything less that a 4 foot?
    What do you guys think?
    Is this the right way to go or do you think that a nano would be easier for a start? :crying:
     
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  3. Mike

    Mike Retired Moderator

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    Nope great advice, bigger tanks are more forgiving, but they are more expensive to fit out and run, have a look in our classifieds to pick up any bargains.
     
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    Yes, the initial costs are a lot on a bigger tank, a nano is not all that expensive to set up. A good size I think would be in the 200 liter region, just big enough to be relatively stable, and small enough so it does not cost you an arm and a leg and you don't need a whole weekend to do a water change!
     
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    although i nano works out cheaper in total cost but the bigger the system the easier it is to get right easyer to maintain and easier correct only thing is u need more salt more kalk and more ro water to maintain it thus more cost weekly but i would go for it you should get the biggest tank u can afford and have space for what i did was get a 2nd hand tank thus i could afford a bigger one even though someone elses misfortune of space is my good fortune:)
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    The bigger the better. eg. On my old 6ft tank my auto top up unit failed and dumped over 50l of RO in my tank, but very little ill effects to the tank.
     
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    Hi welcome, I started with a Boyu tank 3 months ago and believe you me rather go bigger, I now started up a 1.5m x 600 x 650 because their is just to many nice things on the market to stay small. Within 2 monts their was no space to buy anything else so please dont make the same mistake as I did. Deidre
     
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    Go bigger dude!!
     
  9. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    I think a 4ft is an ideal beginners tank, it's got room for improvement, decent amount of water and you can really enjoy most of the pleasures of the hobby with regards to corals and fish in a tank that size, except perhaps a bunch of tangs.
     
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    ja a 4 foot is a good starting tank size, Go for it;)

    by the way WELCOME TO MASA:thumbup:
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    im going to a 4ft because it was the tank i had the most success with.. not too big and not to small.. good choice.. perhaps just go a little wider than standard ant it could last a little longer than a standard 4ft...
     
  12. deFlerri

    deFlerri Thread Starter

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    Thanks guys.... Its seems bigger is better after all..... hehe :)

    I will go and have a look at a nice 4ft cabinet tank that a mate of mine is selling... Not too sure about the water damage on the thing but nothing i cant DIY myself.... as i have quite a nice workshop at home..... :)

    Will keep you updated on it... and if i dont want it maybe one of you will.
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i have a 5ft im selling but transport to you will be risky...
     
  14. deFlerri

    deFlerri Thread Starter

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    hey leslie....
    thanks for the thought but i have to agree with you on that....
    Its a shame other wise i would definately be interested.
     
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    no prob dude ..
     
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    i was in exactly the same predicament as you. Was gonna buy a nano. I found a cool second hand setup on the net and went bigger.

    My only advise to you is that the actual tank and stand is the cheap part. There are lots of other expenses that are gonna come after that, and on a bigger tank, the equipment you going to need is going to be more expensive.

    Do all your math and work out how much your bigger tank is going to cost you. Dont forget to factor water cost, salt, electricity, additives for the water,livestock, fish food etc which will be recurring costs. This hobby takes time, so you going to pay for a long time.

    Then decide, whats the best size one and the one you can afford.
     
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    Hey, I also know of a guy that is selling a 5ft with stand and sump in jhb, I think for R1900 or something. Think his user name on here is X Faktor. Maybe he could help if you don't come right with the 4ft cabinet tank?
     
  18. deFlerri

    deFlerri Thread Starter

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    Thanks Hotdog .....

    I might be interested..... lets just see what my m8's tank looks like and i will let you know.... Appreciate it.
     
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    Well i had a look at my mates tank last night and its in a very bad shape :nono:. It seems the bottom of the tank has a crack that has been repaired, but im still a bit worried:006: about it. Besides that there is alot of water damage on the cabinet and it seems that repairing it will cost alot of time and money.

    If anyone knows of someone selling a 5 ft or 4 ft tank with or witout sump i would be interested.

    I had a look at the classifieds..... and it doesnt seems that there is much going at the moment however.

    Hotdog are you sure that the members name is x faktor??
     
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    Pm sent...

    Heres my nr: ********

    I will throw in 350watt heaters. (one 300w and one 50w heater) as well. But then I will sell for R100 extra
    Thanx.
    X
     
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