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  1. jurgen glissmann

    jurgen glissmann

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    I have kept tropical tanks on and off till now. After a long break I am trying my hand at a reef tank. Capacity 91 litres. I set up the tank about 3 weeks ago. I have a Fluval 305 canister filter - pump output 1000 litres per hour. Prizm hang-on skimmer, 2 Powerheads, 15kg Indonesian liverock. So far I have only seen a type of worm and a small crab. Don't know if they are a bonus or pests!
    I am considering buying an RO unit. Advice on that would be greatly appreciated too.
    I have not taken any photos yet. In fact, I have the tank set up temporarily on the verandah but must make a plan soon to move it inside.
    I live in Somerset West. Know anyone near here with same interest? I would like to meet them.
    Jurgen
     
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    Sorry don't know your area, so can't suggest were you can get a RO unit. Have you considered buying online?
     
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    Welcome to MASA Jurgen,
    R/O units are very good, you can guarantee the purity of your water much more than when buying it from your LFS, get a 3 stage 50gal per day unit with DI unit attached (the lfs will know)

    Crabs in general are mainly ok unitl they reach a large size, then they become opportunistic and may go for sleeping fish. Most worms are cool detrivores so a good freebie, but many have bristles so best not touch them.
    What do you have in the cannister filter? i would recommend you remove all sponges and ceramic rings and just keep rowaphos and carbon (in filter bags or bits of stocking)
     
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    sent some pic, that way we can help you along the way
     
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    Welcome to MASA

    I'm sure there a few guy out that way.

    Try checking the USER CP's (left hand top corner of your MASA tool bar), most guys fill in were they live.

    Cheers, feel free to ask all the questions you want.:thumbup:
     
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    jurgen glissmann Thread Starter

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    Thanks for responses you guys. I will try to locate an RO unit on the web.
     
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    Hi jurgen

    Keyaam works in the area were you live, he mentioned a pets store which does marines

    in the Somerset West area. If you PM him I'm sure he will be more than prepared to

    help.

    Please let me know if you don't come right. I can give you some if you are prepared to

    ride to Uitzight in Durbanville.
     
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    welcome
     
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    Welcome to MASA.
     
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    Hi Jurgen contact a sponsor.
     
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    jurgen glissmann Thread Starter

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    What do you mean - a sponsor?
     
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    Go to the forums page, quite a way down the list you will see "sponsor forums" they are marine shops that pay to advertise with us here.

    I have added a link to the section.


    Sponsors Forums - Marine Aquariums of South Africa
     
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    jurgen glissmann Thread Starter

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    Now I'm with you. Sorry - very new on computer as well as with fish tank
    Thank you.
     
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    Don't worry, i know that feeling well:)
     
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    jurgen glissmann Thread Starter

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    Thank you. I have contacted Keyaam (I think). Still new at this!
     
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    Hi Jurgen - A very WARM WELCOME to MASA! Thanks for joining us! Great to have you on board!

    Jurgen - sounds like you have started off quite nicely. The 3 biggest things in keeping marines, are:
    1) PATIENCE
    2) keeping the water parameters very stable
    3) keeping nutrients VERY low (or as low as possible)

    The canister filter is a great method to run phosphate remover material in, as well as activated carbon it. BUT not filtration sponges/noodles/bio-balls/filter-wool....
    The canister filter can end up increasing the nitrates to unacceptable levels.... over a period of time.

    The best forms of filtration in a reef tank, are:
    - live rock (the highest quality life rock you can afford)
    - DSB (deep sand bed - substrate/sand with a particle size smaller than 1mm in size, where the sand bed is between 120mm and 150mm deep)
    - skimmer
    - macro algae (ie. chaetomorpha species, or some people use caulerpa species) scrubber

    Please have a read through the other "New Members" threads as well - many of your questions could possibly be answered over there.... as well as giving you some nice ideas of what to do next as well...

    Good luck with your venture!
     
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    WELCOME JURGEN!!!
     
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    I see I have a lot to learn but realise too that I have come to the right place to learn. Thanks for advice - don't understand all of it though. I will take your advice and go through other threads. Taking a while to familiarise myself with this site.
     
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