New here, saying hello!

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  1. Vilas

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    Hi!
    I thought I'd introduce myself. I used to keep a reef back when I lived in the states, (I'm originally American) I hadn't wanted to set up a tank for some time due to unreliable power where I lived - on a nature reserve north of joburg.
    Now I'm down on the coast, and the power is much more stable (and I have a gennie!) so I've bit the bullet. It's been about ten years since I've had a tank. Maybe more.
    I got a 240l tank, pretty vanilla and out of the box (Juwel) and 30kgs live rock. My cycle was pretty mild, even though I've been spot feeding a couple of little Dendrophylia that came on the rock. I've been at 0 ammonia and nitrate for a week, so I added a cleanup crew I fetched from tide pools. (yes, I have the permits I need and researched everything before adding!)

    Excited to keep a tank here with so much amazing local life I can keep! I'm cycling two quarantine tanks, an exotic only and a local only tank.

    Very excited to learn about what you guys are all keeping!

    Charlotte
     
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    Welcome! Photos please :peroni:
     
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    Hello and Welcome Vilas
     
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    Vilas

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    The tank. Had a bit of fun with aquascaping. I don't intend to add fish for a while. In my experience, the slower the better. My husband, of course, wants all the fish right now. He'll learn...!

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    Welcom, Great size to start with...

    Good luck and hope you enjoy this hobby.
     
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    Vilas

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    Thanks! It's a bit bigger than my first tank, which was a 55 gallon. I'm happy to have the extra water volume.
     
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    With my experience the more water volume the slimmer the risk of having a failure...

    These nano tanks normally when something goes wrong it spread much quicker...
     
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    Yup. Shame to see beginners with tiny little tanks. I wouldn't trust myself with anything smaller than this, and I kept a reef happy for years.
     
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    You are actually 100% correct, i know of a few people (beginners) that started off with tiny tank, less than 100L and always failed cause the overstock and keep the wrong fish for that size tank and then go around saying marines suck and is not worth it...
     
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    Vilas

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    Yup. Then the guy at the fish shop tries to sell them a school of tangs and says it's just fiiiiiine. They'll get along just fine with your 30 damsels and mandarin...
     
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    Damn, you gave me some flashbacks from when i started few years back, i know of a few local fish shops here saying the exact same thing to every new marine client...
     
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    Saw a guy at the shop I was checking out trying to buy four tangs, three clownfish, and some kind of wrasse. I don't care how big his tank is (likely small) - you just cant add that kind of bioload all at once! Luckily, the guy assisting him was trying to explain that. Think it was falling on deaf ears, however.
     

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