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  1. cameron

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    hi guys i am new ,i need help on buying a marine fish tank . it is a four foot with a3 foot sump withall the accese with it also a protien skimmer with 13kg live rock is it a good buy:)
     
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    Depends what you are paying,
    what make of equipment comes with it,
    the condition of the equipment and tanks - scratches, age
    tank and stand design
    etc
    etc


    your question is way too open ended. Why not rather ask how long is a piece of string.
     
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    it is not a brnd new tank and it dose have a scrach on the back an i am paying R1200 for every thing is it a goob buy
     
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    I think for that price its a good buy
     
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    Welcome to MASA. Check out the link in my signature on starting a marine tank - awesome info for beginners ;)
     
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    Welcome to MASA! Sounds like a bargain of note. Being new to the game, it's all pretty daunting. But you'll find most of us here only too willing to help. Just fire away with the questions.
     
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    the seller also said that the tank has a long but not deep scrach on the bach of the tank. will it affect my tank on the later on stagersor is it fine and it also comes with t8 coral blue . i just need to get t5 for keeping coral:biggrin:
     
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    i am starting a marine tank . i want to buy one it is a foot with a 3 foot sump with all pumps and acces .and 13kg live rock is it a good buy . and it dose have a scrch
     
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    Give up a list of the accessories with specs and sizes etc. The scratch sounds worrying. It may be better to rather put your money towards building a new tank. By now you will have read through the links given to you by Tobes and will be able to give us an idea of what you want to keep?
     
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    he says the scrah is not any thing i must worri about . the filtits starts with a skimmer, goes thru bleached(dead hard corals) thay keep the good bacteria,goes thru to gravel this traps all the dirt then into crushed coral(very fine dand) this removes all the dirt and the bacteria cleans the waterer ration is :).
     
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    Huh!? Some punctuation and/or a dictionary would be awesome!

    Can you post pics of the "scratch"?

    If you buy it because it's cheap now and the tank pops because of the "scratch" once you have livestock and water inside, you might feel a bit silly for wasting R1200.

    Pics, pics, pics!
     
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    [​IMG][​IMG]I CAN NOT UPLOAD THE PIC BUT , I WILL TRY . HE SAY THAT HE HAS THE TANK FOR 2 YEARS AND NOTHING HAPPENED, AND THE SCRACH IS NOTHING I MUST WORRIE ABOUT
     
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    well, live rock second hand go from R70/80 to R100 per kg, depending on quality, for example if algae is present. On R70/kg the rock alone is worth R910.
    So you get a tank, stand(I hope) and sump for R290. And that include a skimmer. Not a bad deal.

    What skimmer is that? Most likely need to upgrade this first, with your lights.

    Anyway, this is a good way to get into the hobby. Get cheap second hand tank. Learn how marine tanks work. And when you know what you want, later upgrade to your dream system.

    And please, do use spell checker.
     
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    any more advice :)
     
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    Did you read the links in my signature? There's the one about starting a tank and on how to upload a picture.
     
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    yes i did read your post. and you think i shoud get sea water straigt from the sea or mix
     
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    If you collect NSW you must do it at an unpopulated area far away from storm water drains, etc.
    Some guys prefer this as it contains plankton and other good bacteria - others again feels there might be bad pathogens, parasites or high nutrients which can cause nuisance algae.
    Mix is expensive and a shlep to some, your choice :)
     
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    hi guys . i want to ask , how do i prevent dead spots in a tank and is a 2 foot tank fully set up a good
     
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    you just need enough flow to prevent dead spots. A 2ft tank is really small. Not good for a beginner as any changes happen really quick. The bigger the more forgiving it is
     
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    tanks tremayn. i just got a deal for a 1 meter tamk withall tha accs and it comes with extras and also a stan
     
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