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Hi everybody

Good to be here.

I have recently been given (yes,I am lucky) a relatively large fish tank, 1.5x500x600 with the following accessories. Atman 883 Internal Filter,3kg Live rock,Two lights, Sea sand mix.

When I received the tank,I spent quite a bit of time cleaning it and am now ready to get going.At least I think I am ready.

I have always wanted to have a marine tank being an avid fisherman and having grown up in Plettenberg Bay.
I have had a couple of smaller freshwater tanks but have never tackled a marine setup.

The people I have spoken to,to be honest have scared me away from doing the saltwater thing.I really want to got the marine route and would appreciate any advice from you guys/girls.

Hope to here from somebody soon.

Kind Regards

Bullett
 

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Welcome and there are some scary people here and good luck with everything.;)
 

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Hi Bullett! A very WARM WELCOME to MASA! Many thanks for joining us! GREAT to have you on-board! Please do not be a stranger now, you hear!

BTW: How abouts some pics of this nice sized tank you have?!?!?

OK - there are indeed a few things you have to contemplate - but scared? No - please don't be..... just be open minded..... it is a COMPLETELY new thing - quite a bit of a learning curve..... just read a lot - and ask many questions.....

The more questions you ask - the better the understanding we have of you and where you come from..... please don't be scared to ask questions....

ALSO - please be patient - read a lot..... this is the "secret" of keeping a successful marine tank!

Good luck with your new journey! Remembe - it is a LIFE STYLE!
 

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Hi Bullett and welcome to Marine Aquariums of South Africa!
 
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Thank's a lot Jacquesb,its good to be here.

I am prepared to do what is neccessary in order to have a successful marine tank. I am also prepared to take the time that is needed in order to achieve this.
I am not going to rush into setting it all up as I believe this will only lead to becoming very frustrated.

Give me your five most important tips when setting up a marine tank.

Good chatting to you.

Cheers

Bullett
 

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OK - Bullett - you asked for it: ;)
1) Be PATIENT
2) READ A LOT
3) ASK AS MANY QUESTIONS as possible
4) learn about:
= filtration
= water chemistry
= lighting
= water dynamics and water flow
= life stock compatibilty
5) get the BIGGEST and BEST skimmer you can afford
 

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Welcome to MASA Bullet, hope you enjoy your learning. Ask here before buying anything, could save you a lot of money. Just remember that a petshop is there to make money and some will sell you stuff you don't need. We here on Masa have no financial gain by giving advice - we just care for the marine world ;)

and enjoy the hobby - it's addictive :p
 
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Hi JB

Just printed 8 pages of "So you want to set up a marine tank...." Having a cold beer enjoying the reading.

The friend who gave me the tank had marine fish in it before he gave it to me. I did notice heavy algae growth in the tank before he emptied it. Am I correct in saying that lack of water flow would have caused this.
In the event of me setting up a FO tank, how many extra powerheads would be required in order for this not to happen once I get set up?
I will be doing lots of reading on the topics you have mentioned,thank's for that.

Cheers

Bullett

By the way where in Cape Town do you reside?
 
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Thank's Tobes,

Yip,almost got ripped off already! Really glad to be able to get good advice on the forum.

Regards

Bullett
 

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A little advice, buy Ericc Bornemans Aquarium corals book it is in my opinion the best, also alot of the pages on the internet are VERY old, run them threw the people here.
 

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Hi JB

Just printed 8 pages of "So you want to set up a marine tank...." Having a cold beer enjoying the reading.

The friend who gave me the tank had marine fish in it before he gave it to me. I did notice heavy algae growth in the tank before he emptied it. Am I correct in saying that lack of water flow would have caused this.
In the event of me setting up a FO tank, how many extra powerheads would be required in order for this not to happen once I get set up?
I will be doing lots of reading on the topics you have mentioned,thank's for that.

Cheers

Bullett

By the way where in Cape Town do you reside?
Hi Bullett - I am in Table View/Parklands area.......

For FISH ONLY you do not need a LOT of power heads - power heads and water flow is very important when it comes to corals..... but for fish only you can get away with minimum flow......

Heavy algae growth is because of too high nitrates/phosphates.....

This can be removed by one of the following ways:
- huge skimmer
- algae scrubber (see the thread under biological filtration - very interesting)
- using something like (commercial product) SeaChem PhosGuard etc, to remove phosphates from the water....

Terrible nuisance macro algae growth also comes from overfeeding.....

BUT - then again - in a FISH ONLY tank some macro algo is actually good - if you have the correct types of fish in there (ie tangs, lawnmower blennies, etc).....
 
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Welcome to Masa bullet. These guys know what they talking about. trust me, you came to the right place. If you need any help with the setup ill be happy to assist where I can.
 
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BULLETT were is the pic of your tank it is hard for us to pic it with out pic (you get)

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and do a lot of reading before you start your tank!
 
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Welcome to the forum Bullett.

It is quite easy to be scared off when initially hearing about marine tanks, it can be a hugely involved hobby with many different aspects to it and reading all the threads on a forum with all the different gadgets and gizmo's can be overwhelming, but, it can also be made a very simple and rewarding hobby.

We'll be able to get you going and get you enjoying your first marine tank.

Let's start off with your tank:

Do you have a sump?

Can you explain what exactly the "sea sand mix" is, is it small grains of sand?

Are you wanting to start off with just fish and some live rock?
 
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Welcome to MASA bullet,
there really is a huge amount to learn with marines, there are times when i felt that i was overloaded with info and couldnt take it in. but go slow, ask questions and the guys and gals on masa will see you around many mistakes and frustrations. Marines are adictive, they ARE challanging, but having a tank is the best thing in the world....other than fooling a brown trout on a dry fly:)
 
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