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Hi guys.
I'm new, just wanted to say Hi.
I've always used masa but only finally registered today.
Been in the marine hobby for a year now, and successfully managed to convert my JEBO (ALL IS LOST!!) into a reef tank.
(Don't have any pics atm, will upload tommorow tho)
Thanks for the welcome Mekaeel!
 

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Welcome (finally) to MASA.:)
How did the conversion go and what would you do differently?
 
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Thanks for the welcome guys.
Wee-Man, i would definitely have bought a bigger tank, one MADE for marines.
Other than that, i would've first focused on getting a sump going before buying the prizm skimmer, but back in the beginning, LFS told me sump not necessary.
Will replace the prizm soon, but so far, all parameters looking good.
I'm considering removing the entire top tho, and replacing with metal halides.
Corals look colourfull and happy, but slow growth rate. (calcium levels fine)
 

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Be careful with Mh lights, they burn very hot, so you need a chiller to keep the temp down. There are T5's out now that can do the job just as well for all but the specialist sps collector.
 
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Planning on purchasing a chiller this summer, so mite plan the metal halide switch over during the same period. My tank reached 28/29 deg (some days 30) last year in Summer, luckily it wasnt heavily stocked and no corals but it freaked me out.
I tried all kinds of tricks, added fans, left the top open, etc. Used up alot of R/O to replace evaporated water, but didnt do much to bring down temp.
 

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For emergencies, i have used;-
** read this with caution, use these tips at you own risk**:)

Drinks bottles filled with R/O and kept in the freezer, R/O ice cubes, a bag of frozen Birds-Eye petits pois, camping freezer packs, all of which seemed to have enough effect to keep the temp down. as the old saying goes, "needs must...."
 
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Welcome To MASA!!
 
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Welcome Irshaad. Glad you finally cracked the ice:)

Will replace the prizm soon, but so far, all parameters looking good.
Why?? The baby prizm is a gem, and easy to adjust. You can also get a surface skimming attachment for it.
I'm considering removing the entire top tho, and replacing with metal halides.
Beware the beast of heat:)
Corals look colourfull and happy, but slow growth rate. (calcium levels fine)
Glad to see you checking. Don't forget alkalinity at the same time.

Be careful with Mh lights, they burn very hot, so you need a chiller to keep the temp down. There are T5's out now that can do the job just as well for all but the specialist sps collector.
Agree...the T5 as a light source is hard to beat in shallow water set ups.

a bag of frozen Birds-Eye petits pois,
:011::011: So the Wee Dude loves Wee Peas
 
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welcometomasa !!
Also decided against MH's going to add some more T5's, thinking of 12/14 K 54W. Keep us posted, PICS PICS PICS!!!!
 
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