Looking to buy a marine tank. Anyone selling?

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  1. Shravan

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    My budget is R2000 including fish. I live in Centurion, Gauteng. The tank must contain clown fish for an avid 3 year old Finding Nemo enthusiast...
     
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    @Shravan

    welcome firstly

    you will need to give us a little more info of what you want to achieve with this system, and a little more info on your experience with marines for us to better guide you.. on average you will not really get much for R2000 but that being said there are some lovley systems in our for sale section..

    enjoy the site
     
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    @Leslie: Dear Leslie, thank you so much for your quick reply. To answer your questions, I have years of experience with Tropical fish tanks, this will be my first Marine tank.

    In that sense I am not 100% sure what I am looking for, if you can advise, that would be great! In terms of size, a ready-made tank is ideal. The type with the rounded edges, around 1.5m by 1.5m.
     
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    if i may my suggestion is as follows

    Tank size: 1.200 x .600 x .600
    Sump: to be decided but incorporate a compartment for skimmer, Atu (auto top up) and return chamber with return pump and a safe spot for a heater.
    Method of filtration: I would go with in tank LR for now and maybe a bit in the sump if you want a bit of extra.
    In tank flow: two smallish pumps of around 2500lt ea
    protein skimmer: rated to double your total system capacity
    Return pump: a pump of approx 2500 - 3500lt should suffice
    Lighting: I would suggest T5 (4 x either 54w or 39w) to start off with but hailide is an option

    what have i left off??

    guys help me out here...
     
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    Shravan Thread Starter

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    Hi Liesel,

    Awesome! I can see that a marine tank is definitely alot more complex than a fresh water one, although the rewards a beauty of a properly designed system is worth it.

    If you can suggest a supplier or 3 that would be great. I am googling at the moment and there is a mix of custom designed suppliers, and "plug and play" systems such as RedSea Max. I assume the plug and play approach would be better for a beginner such as myself.

    Ps. I am so impressed with the warmth of this forum!

     
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    give wild on pets a call, they are in the sponsors forum, they have all in one systems from Red Sea and Nano cubes, all very good systems and will be perfect for clowns and those starting
     
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    I would advice to save $$$;) , To be honnest, for R2000 you can only buy a skimmer...:blush:
     
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    i would love to see you suceed right off the bat, so my suggestion is that you wait a little, learn a bit more and get to a stage where you can make an informed decision on what you are looking for in respect of what you are wanting to achieve..

    this is unfortunatley not a "cheap" hobby.. and the wrong decision can cost you and your bank balance alot of hurt..

    i know you are revving to go but be patient and get a good feel of what to look for and you will know a bargain when you see it..,

    we are all here to help and offer advice so feel free to as as many questions (no matter how stupid you may think they are) as we are aimed at getting you to understand what you are getting yourself into and getting you to enjoy your aquatic experience..
     
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