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  1. cushy

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    Hello all. I want to make the switch from f/w to a s/w aquarium, been looking thru posts and feel i can get all the help i need from here. Sure will have many questions to ask u guys soon, so brace yourselves lol. :thumbup:
     
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  3. crispin

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    hey cushy, welcome to masa :) lovely to have you join and it would be a pleasure to help you in your journey from boring FW to exciting SW :)

    do you have a tank size in mind, or indeed a tank that you want to purchase? best ask advice on here first we can often save you a ton of cash, or spend it for you if you like :)

    welcome and happy posting
     
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    Welcome:wave2:
     
  5. cushy

    cushy Thread Starter

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    firstly thanks for your reply. :)
    now where to start??????????
    i only have a 3 foot 38 gallon tank at the moment. i do plan to buy a larger tank as obviously alot better and can better stock it. but unsure weather it would be beneficial to me to keep this tank and convert it to s/w as a fish only tank to get the feel before upgrading my tank?

    any advice for a total beginner would be great.
     
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    Keep the 3ft. You can use it as a quarantine tank/ salt water mixing tank/ add it to your sump etc :) .. What size tank do you have in mind?
     
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    It would be better to start with your dream of the tank in mind. For the reason that a reef tank needs a lot more money and equipment to run it successfully. A FO tank doesn't need great lighting, just enough so you can see it, and it's flow can easily be controlled by a few or maybe just one power head. In a reef tank the lighting, filtration and flow are crucial. T5's and metal halides are the best route, for flow it must be random either using a closed loop system with multiple outlets or a special pump that distributes flow in every direction. Filtration, a skimmer is a must and live rock is really beneficial. I would say the best would be to get a bigger tank (or you can stay with that size for a nano range). The bigger tank must have an overflow to the sump where all the equipment is housed, you can use the 3 feet as a sump if you want. Th ebest would be to take it slow, this is to buy the equipment and stuff it gives time to save up the money. While the tank is in cycle, here you have to have the filtration in check, skimmer and live rock and other mechanical and biological filtration. While the tank is running through it's cycle, you have time to save for the lighting and flow, and so on and so forth. The main thing is you will start now only thinking you want to start with a FO tank but with a reef in mind but the fact of the matter is that if you then want to upgrade, you will have to change everything just causing a waist if money. Just my opinion
     
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    Welcome to MASA
     
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    Welcome from me as well :slayer:

    Good advice there from Annoying :thumbup:

    Oh, and where in the World is Spalding?

    Hennie
     
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    Welcome, join the newbies gang... growing everyday:)!
     
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    :welcome6:

    Now read @Tobes signature and enjoy the life of Marines... Welcome...:thumbup:
     
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    Welcome to MASA. The link that @maxisoft is relating to is below - starting a marine tank - great info, enjoy ;)
     
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    Welcome to MASA! where in the world are you?
     
  14. Tremayn

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    Don't Spalding make Basketballs? :whistling:
     
  15. cushy

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    Sound advice........ Think will wait and do lots more researching whilst saving for a larger tank to start off with.

    Spalding is in the uk for those wondering :thumbup:
    many thanks
     
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    UK! At least you don't have to worry about getting a chiller :p
     
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