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  1. Potjie

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    Hi all!

    My name is Rayno and I have had various fresh water set ups over the last 8 years and now I think it is time to move to bigger and better things!

    I have a 4 foot tank with sump, protein skimmer and a T5 light fitting with 3 tubes which stopped working a week ago :(

    We are moving to a new house in 2 weeks time and I need some advice...

    While I am going to have to move my tank, I want to find my current Malawis a new home in preparation for starting my new marine tank...

    So my priorities are as follows:
    1) Find a new home / Trade in my Malawis. About 18 (3 different colours) Malawis and 2 Malawi Catfish. Any suggestions on a LFS / person in Joburg area that would take them and give them a new home?
    2) New T5 light fitting. I have a deep tank, so I thought about 6 to 8 tubes? Any thoughts about what to get for a decent price?
    3) RO unit for water...

    Any assitance/ guidance would be much appreciated!
     
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  3. crispin

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    Hi rayno, welcole to masa great to have you join.

    excelent idea to switch over to interesting fish keeping with move of the house, its so muc h more rewarding keeping salty things :)

    can you give us the dimensions of your tank? Does it have an overflow and a sump?

    there are a few things you can do in preparation for the move, like read the beginner sections on here as there really is some great info in them.

    BUT, do you know if your tank has EVER been treated with copper based medicines, if it has then i wouldnt risk using it for marines, the slightest copper leached into the silicone will lead to massive problems for most of the inverts :(

    lighting is a particulaly important (and at times complex) topic, so if you tank is really deep (over 700cm?) then you may need to upgrade to Metal halide lights, but give us the dimensions of the tank first and we can help from there ok:)

    welcome and happy postings
     
  4. Potjie

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    Thank you for the welcome!

    I have been interested in a marine tank for many years now, so I am very excited! I have never treated my tank with any type of medicene, so hopefully it would be ok...

    Ok, my tank dimensions are as follows (in mm):
    l: 1197
    h: 690
    w: 490

    I have a corner overflow into a sump with a 3300l return pump.
    The sump dimensions are as follows:
    l: 1000
    h: 400
    w: 250

    AnNy ideas on what I can do with my Malawis...
     
  5. Jacojs

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    Howzit dude!!

    With regards to the RO unit check out The Waterboy under the sponsors, he (Marco) will sort you out china!!

    Jaco.
     
  6. Potjie

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    Hi Jaco

    Thanks, I have seen their RO units they look very nice...
     
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    welcome :)
     
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    Welcome to MASA, glad you joined. For starters, please read the link in my signature for great info on how to start your first marine tank. It is a nice read and will provide you with most answers for now.
    Tank and sump sounds nice. I agree with Crispin on the lights, I would look at metal halides if I where you :)
    Keep us updated ;)
     
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    OOPS, forgot - seeing that you're in JHB, go check out Idol Marine - they'll sort you out with the needed equipment ;)
     
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    If the tank is not built yet, I would swop the height and width dimensions around
     
  11. mnd123

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    Rayno, where in JHB are you? Try VIP in Northgate to take your Malawis
     
  12. Potjie

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    I am in Woodmead for 2 more weeks, then moving to Fairlands area. I will give VIP a call and also check out Idol Marine.

    Thanks!
     
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    I am glad to say that Reptilia in Randburg was nice enough to take my Malawis...sad to see them go ...
     
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    A very WARM WELCOME to MASA, Potjie/Rayno! Great to have you on-board!
     
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    Welcome to MASA. What type of creatures are you wanting for your tank?
     
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    With that depth, and given that your current T5's are not working, I would rather look at two 150W metal halide lamps - they will give you more "punch", and will work out much cheaper in the long run.

    Oh, and welcome to this hobby and to MASA from me as well...

    Hennie
     
  17. Steve Warren

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    Two 150 W BLVs. 10 000 Kelvin or 14 000 Kelvin. Or one of each. I went for 1 x 250 W several years ago but wish I had done two 150's instead. If the budget was tight it could be done with one 250 Watt if you get a good reflector. I would look at a Deep Sand Bed and live rock, as you already have a bit of equipment including a skimmer, consider looking at the threads on algae scrubbers if you are good at DIY. Concentrate on fish only at first, most guys stock too quickly and try their hand at corals too soon. Don't get damsels and clowns because they are hardy as they can end up being aggressive to other fish. See if someone lives near you that has experience with marines and see if he can guide you.
     
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