new to aquarium tanks

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  1. squirel

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    Hi all, ive just bought a 500 litre tank with a sump . I would like some advice
    on what skimmer and pumps to go for.
    Thanks
     
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  3. SchyffS

    SchyffS Reef Aquarist

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    Welcome to MASA :thumbup:
    Congratulations on your purchase.
    Its very important to to post pics of your equipment so that the members can provide good advise.

    On the uplift pump, not less than a 2500 l/hr pump.
    protein skimmer should be rated for 2 - 3 times your total water volume, there are used equipment for sale in the FOR SALE forums....
     
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  5. squirel

    squirel Thread Starter

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    skimmer

    How do you know when the skimmer is rated for 2-3 times your tank volume.
    Is it best to go for a skimmer that lives in the sump.
     
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    SchyffS Reef Aquarist

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    :) its alive!
    All skimmers have specifications, they are easily found on websites and store owners usually have the manuals.
    There are pros and cons for either internal or externally installed skimmers:
    External - doesnt take up sump space, easy to service. Risk of leaking and flooding room.
    Internal - quieter, no risk of flooding. Takes up lots of sump space.

    can you post the following pics.
    Display Tank(DT):
    front, sides, top, overflow chamber

    Filtration system(Sump):
    front, sides, top
     
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  7. AndrévN

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    You can have a look in the for sale forum for second hand or pm @Aquaria-SA a local company with its own brand here locally in South Africa pm him what you require and he could suggest something to you and where your nearest local Aquaria retailer would be. LOCAL is lekker and cheaper. But there is other LFS's and they stock different brands so shop around you'll be amazed.
     
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  8. squirel

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    Hey, thanks for all the info. I still need to set the tank up. Once its up il
    post pics.
     
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    SchyffS Reef Aquarist

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    You dont have to set it up yet....perhaps post before you setup, we can give advise as you progress as well.
    There might be a few mods you wanna do on the existing tank before youspend on plumbing.

    Also provide the specs of the tank and sump sizes and glass thickness.

    Anytime, just ask...
     
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    Welcome to MASA. Some reading for you below before you setup the tank - great info to help you :)
     
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    welcome :)
     
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    Welcome to masa!
     
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    Hey and welcome to MASA!
     
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