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  1. leeg

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    Hi guys,Im new here.

    REEEEEEEALLLLYYYY interested in starting up a marine tank.
    but my knowledge is very slim with it
    what size tank?
    what equipment?
    saltwater itself?
    etc etc etc

    I own freshwater tropical tanks, but like I said want to startup a marine tank.
     
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  3. Johanbester3

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    Hallo and Welcome,
    Where are you located?
    You will learn at lot here , ask questions and read a lot , most importantly take your time.
     
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    :welcomewave:
    Have fun.. Follow the link in my signature for lots of info!
    Be patient, ask as many questions as you can.
     
  5. Brendan6

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    Hi dude...I really wish I knew about this forum before starting up...then I could have asked these questions myself...so here is what I would have done differently.

    Start with a standard 4 foot tank. Its a good amount of water, you can experiment with it and really have fun. It wont be as expensive to maintain as well. Cleaning will be a breeze.

    Equipment...well you need to find out what you like. Also depends on your budget...I would have laughed at the person telling me that a R1200 wave maker is needed when you can buy 1 powerhead for R160...but later on you realize how important the better equipment is. BUT to start out with, flow is not expensive if you go sunsun pumps. Skimmer...you will need to spend on one of these puppies. Lighting...I am staying out of this one...I like my T5's...

    Saltwater...well where do you live? I stay in CT and use natural filtered sea water from 2 Oceans Aquarium.
     
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  7. leeg

    leeg Thread Starter

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    Thanks guys,
    I stay in Bloemfontein,so saltwater equipment is scarce is here :m13:
    what do you think as I am a beginner,
    what will the basics me cost to starting up a marine tank?
     
  8. VicZA

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    Are you a DIY'er at all ? There are lots of things you can DIY for your tank and (for me) it's part of the fun.

    A few things that I would recommend .....

    1 - Get yourself a decent skimmer (very important piece of hardware)
    2 - If you can buy good lighting you will appreciate the affect it has on corals and cosmetics of your tank !!
    3 - A well thought out sump (design here is important)
    4 - Learn from others, read all over this website, don't just start .... read, think about it, ask questions
    5 - Read most of the Beginner;s Section (especially the "sticky")
    6 - Patience .... this is NOT a one day game

    Enjoy the ride
     
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  9. leeg

    leeg Thread Starter

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    whats the right size tank for a beginner guys?
    ive already decided to have a FOWLR tank.
    any suggestions?
     
  10. Brendan6

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    Welcome to Masa.....have lots of fun and have patience. If you look around and stay patient you can get alotte of bargains on this very site.

    To me one needs to find the balance that works for me. You can do the same thing 100 different ways and all work.

    The key is to ask million questions. No need to experiment and to fail. Ive learned that the hard way.
     
  12. Zombie_CT

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    Welcome,

    Ask as many questions possible, don't be shy.

    The size of the tank also depends on the space you have available and how much money you want to spend on buying a tank. Most importantly as stated earlier the tank size will depend on what fish you plan to keep.
     
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