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  1. Carl FG

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    Hi,

    I have finally ventured into thishaving wanted a marine tank for ever. I have a small (37 litre) "chinese" all in one tank I bought from Lifestyle and have managed to make the first two weeks without anything dying!

    I am a little concerned though as I seem to haev a lot of algae that I can't get rid of and I am not sure if the "refugium" - that is what it is called on the directions - is supposed to be full of water or not.

    The guys I bought it from gave me some ceramic circles that they said would be fine to use.

    Can anyone guide me about this please. I would really appreciate the helpas I have now turned off the light to try and stop the algea growing and that sort of ruins the whole idea.

    Thanks
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Welcome to MASA,

    you will get algea during the tanks cycle.

    The Refugium should have water in it.

    Can you please post a picture of your system for us?
     
  4. Carl FG

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    Thanks butcherman,

    Will try and post a pic next week.

    So I shouldn't change water etc at this stage and worry too much?
     
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    Welcome man!

    having a nano comes with benefits as well as verious cons. Firstly, smaller tanks require more frequent water changes, weekly in my opinion and i would do approx 15-20%. This will ensure that all the dangerous elements such as nitrites and nitrates dont get too high and harm any inhabitants. The algae is unfortunately a stage that ones tank has to go through, dont stress to much about it as it will disappear after time with if you make sure your water changes are done! i would a bit careful with the ceramic rings you have, they become a bit sketchy after time and cause various spikes in your tank, i would remove them and put crush LR (liverock) rather, this will help with nitrates as well! please post some pictures!
     
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    First thing is first, What livestock do you have in your tank? as it is obviously cycling, no livestock is recomended, but our advice will depend on whats in the tank.
     
  7. Carl FG

    Carl FG Thread Starter

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    This is such awesome feedback - thank you both.

    I am a complete novice so please excuse my terminology. I have a nemo, a dory and a sort of "angel fish", plus a small star fish and a fire shrimp.
     
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    Oh dear I guess the next question is which shop sold you the fish and the equipment together!!

    either fish are going to have to be moved or you are going to need lots of Microbe-lift special blend and Nite-out...

    Good luck and welcome
     
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    The dory will not work in a tank that small even at a later stage...he needs a much bigger tank...
     
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    Thank you - can I get this at any Marine Fish Shop? It is not a real dory - it is however small and blue with a yellow tale - not the same I don't think as the realy dory! Sorry for the confusion
     
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    ok thank heavens its not a regal (dory). Also it looks like you have too many fish in there too, just becareful with the damsels as it gets aggresive (fish with the yellow tale), he could chase your other fish around.
     
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    its a damsel....

    masahello

    there should be no fish added to the tank in the first 3-4 weeks atleast.
     
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    The problem is that you really need to cycle your tank (there are instructions on this forum somewhere) for a long time before anything but rock is added. The Microbe-lift is definitely not the best solution but I would speak to the lfs (local fish shop) about it if finding your fish a temporary home is not possible.

    IMO the shop where you bought them should take them back and then you can collect when your tank has finished cycling!
     
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    Go to wild on pets, in greenstone, behind the mall next to the Nandos drive through, they will sort you out with everything you need ;) speak to brin
     
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    I really hope that Lifestyle did not sell you the fish and tank on the same day?
     
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  17. Carl FG

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    Information overload .... Lifestyle did unfortunately. Anyway, I will spend this weekend figuring out what to do. Thank you all for your input and advice - greatly appreciated
     
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    Eish! - In summary - take the livestock back and ask them to hold them until your tank is cycled. Not good!
     
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    Welcome to MASA. I suggest you read the link below on starting a marine tank - great info that will help you a lot ;)
     
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