New marine member

Discussion in 'New Members' started by Jac Troskie, 24 Mar 2010.

  1. Jac Troskie

    Jac Troskie

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    Hi

    I am walking around the local pet shop and looking to buy a new marine tank for the last month. I am getting more and more confused about the right size and filter systems. Any good advise to start and not pay to much schoolfees?
     
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    You at the right place,
    Read, Read, learn some more

    Check out the for sale forum.
     
  4. lanzo

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    Hey jac

    Welcome to the forum...right place for help....please feel free to join the PTA reef club;)
     
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  7. jacquesb

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    A VERY WARM WELCOME to MASA, Jac! Great to have you on-board!

    Please read as much of keeping marines as you can - MASA is a GREAT place to start!

    Please read the URL in my signature, "Starting a marine aquarium".....

    Please ask as many questions as possible - that you can become the absolute best marine aquarist/reefkeeper that you can be!

    Also - please remember the following 2 things:
    1) PATIENCE is the BIGGEST secret of success to keeping a marine aquarium
    2) KNOWLEDGE is the 2nd biggest secret of success to keeping a marine aquarium!

    I hope that you enjoy this journey! It is a fantastic hobby to be in!
     
  8. mnd123

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    Welcome welcome
     
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    Welcome to our beloved forum.Make yourself at home, and instead of a good book, pull up the new member threads and start reading
     
  10. Reef Maniac

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    Hi Jac, and a hearty WELCOME to MASA and to this great hobby :thumbup:

    In my humble opinion, a 1.2m tank (i.e. 1.2m long x 0.7m wide x 0.7m high) is the best "starter aquarium" size. It is large enough to have reasonably stable water parameters, but small enough not to cost you an arm and a leg (well, perhaps just an arm and a foot :whistling: ). It will also make an ideal sump if/when you upgrade to a 1.8m or larger tank in the not too distant future (and yes, that is bound to happen rather sooner than later...).

    Some "tips":

    • Make sure the tank is drilled for connection to a sump, and that it is constructed from thick enough glass. 10mm should be the minimum glass pane thickness for the above mentioned tank, but 12mm thickness would be much better. Also, make sure that the tank has "Euro bracing" all round.
    • Get the largest sump tank that will fit below the display tank
    • Get a RO water filter before you even think about filling that tank for the first time.
    • Buy a good quality salt - don't just settle for the cheapest brand.
    • If you plan on keeping corals, anemones, etc. you will need to buy suitable lights - T5 fluorescents or metal halides (2 x 150W MH's would be ideal for the 1.2m tank)
    • Don't buy any "filters", except for the best protein skimmer you can afford. your filtration will be done by your live rock (expensive) and/or a deep live sand bed (DLSB), which can be set up using cheap "play sand" or preferably real sea sand. Don't waste your money buying "Aragonite", and DON'T use "Crushed Coral" either.
    • Buy the best return pump you can afford - this pump should give you at least 10 years of hassle-free performance. Also, consider installing a CLS (closed loop system) instead of a few additional power head pumps.
    As suggested in previous posts, do a lot of reading / research on this forum before deciding on your system, and check with us before buying anything from a petshop/LFS.

    Good luck, and ENJOY the journey :biggrin:

    Hennie
     
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    Welcome to MASA, check out the link below - great info for new reefers ;)
     
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    You've come to the right place. You will get valuable information here. The best part.....there are no school fees! You will save a lot of money by researching before you purchase.


    Welcome to MASA Jac!
     
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    Welcome to MASA !
     
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    Welcome to MASA!!
     
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    Hey and welcome to MASA!
     
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