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  1. 459b

    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

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    A club in Durbanville has three fairly unimpressive fish tanks. Being me, i told the manager they could be a whole lot better. He agreed. So hes says i must come in next week and make them better. All tanks are freshwater but he is keen to make at least one salt water (depending on the cost). The tanks have alot of potential, they are approx 1.2m long and have varying heights. They are built into the same wall, with the lowest tank starting just above knee hieght, the middle one is at eye level and the top tank only really visible from the dance floor. the bottom tank is a nice chiclid tank, the middle on has red-bellied pacus, plecies, and some other small fish and the top tank has gold fish. I dont know too much about bathwater fish, so would really like some help on this. No payment has been discussed yet, but the manager has assured me that the bar will be overflowing with beer when i go. If anyone in the cape town/durbanville area would like to help out please let me know. If not in cape toen/durbanville any suggestions would also be greatly appreciated.
     
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    i would rather let a company that specialises in tank maintainance deal with this sort of issue...
     
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    HI 459b - Here's my take on this:
    1) get some surity that copper was never used on the tanks - if you - you can still convert this to a marine tank, but NOT a reef tank
    2) look at what is required for a marine tank, and ask who's going to do the maintenance on the marine tank
    3) HenkHugo - would MOST likely be able to assist with this as well - contact him...
    4) OK - you have now setup a marine tank - EVERYTHING that you needed, will be needed to convert this tank of the club to a marine tank as well....
    You know the how much it cost you - at least you know what it will cost the club owner....
     
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    459b Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    thet dont want me to maintain the tanks, they just want to know what fish to keep. They have a company that comes to clean the tanks, but he says all the guy does is gives him food and cleans every now and then.
     
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    459b Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    thanks Jaquesb.
    im not keen to advize keeping a marine tank in a club. We both know how much more maintenance they are than a freshwater, but if the owner wants to throw money around, he might as well do it properly.
    I suppose what i really wnat know are what fish look pretty and are easy to keep.
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    OK 459b. In that case:
    I would suggest a FOWLR tank (fish only), with some of the following:
    - chromis / damsels (most hardy of the bunch) - it is not warranted, BUT, they can withstand neglect

    I think a tank with a LOT of different types of damsels could be the best to go for. The more there are, the less quarrelsome they should be. As there would be too many to actually allow them to create or become territorial....

    Do these tanks have sumps? IF not, then a hidden partition with an in-tank, or perhaps even a hang-on skimmer would be the best.

    As long as these guys know that they should do water-changes as well. At most Minimum frequency: 1 month....
     
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    I don't think a club is the correct enviroment for fish keeping...
     
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    459b Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    thanks again.
    no idea what filters they have, they showing me that next week.
     
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