New to marine and m.a.s.a!!

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  1. turboguppy

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    howsit guys decided to join m.a.s.a so i can learn stuff from u guys and show you my tank progress... once i actually get one!! haha

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  3. Mekaeel

    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Welcome to MASA :)
    Please tell us about your plans for your system.
     
  4. turboguppy

    turboguppy Thread Starter

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    uhm... i have a tank i used to keep tropical fish in(Oscars).. its a 3 foot 90 x 30 x 50.. on a nice pine cabinet.. wanna convert into marine... hoping u guys can help me..:(
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    welcome boet.
     
  6. turboguppy

    turboguppy Thread Starter

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    thanx man !! if anyone knows anyone in jhb area sellin a tank to get me started pls pm me details..
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Welcome to the forum, have a browse through our For Sale section, there might be something in there for you :)
     
  8. turboguppy

    turboguppy Thread Starter

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    yeah but all those okes are mainly on coastal towns!! lucky bums!!! us poor inland okes are deprived of the ocean!!!! anybody in dbn wanna adopt??!?!?!!

    lol:)
     
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    Welcome to Masa
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Nah, not interested, you got any unused girlfriends you wanna get rid of :whistling:
     
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    turboguppy Thread Starter

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    sorry all my girlfriends are well used..

    uhm i have a sister...lol:lol:
     
  12. scubaninja

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    Welcome to masa mate, i'm a newbie too, nice to know i'm not the only one, been feeling like an idiot for the past few days the way people know everything!
    :yeahdude:
     
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    welcometomasa

    There are some deals around in Gauteng, be patient and read up as much as you can or this hobby will cost you BIG $$ in mistakes ;)
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    A very WARM WELCOME to MASA turboguppy! I am very glad that you found us, before actually starting out your marine tank.

    Look - yes - it is possible to convert your current tank, but it might be worth the hassle.

    Here's a short list of things you should read up on, which could lead you to asking questions and learning, BEFORE you buy a tank, or set out to modify your current tank:
    1) filtration: sump, skimmer, live rock, chemical filtration, biological filtration, mechanical filtration, DSB (deep sand bed), algae scrubber
    2) water parameters: nutrients, phosphates, nitrates, denitrification cycle, aerobic and an-aerobic bacteria, salinity, pH, alkalinity, calcium, kalkwasser (calcium hydroxide)
    3) lighting: T5 high output fluorescents, metal halides, lighting requirements of live stock, actinics, Kelvin rating, natural daylight
    4) water flow: power-heads, dispersed water flow, detritus settlement, water volume turn-over
    5) plumbing: down-pipe to sump, Durso stand-pipe, closed loop system, piping to sump/skimmer, piping FROM sump to tank
    6) test-kits: pH, salinity/SG (hydrometer or refractometre), alkalinity, digital thermometer, calcium, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, phosphate
    7) substrate: both for in-tank as well as in-sump (SSB - shallow sand bed, DSB = deep sand bed), substrate/sand particle size (size matters :)
    8) life stock: what fish are compatible? what fish should be stayed away from? what fish are good to start off with? which fish can you keep together and with corals, etc... what corals?
    9) tank cycling
    10) electricals and water

    The biggest thing with marines, is that you require a LOT of PATIENCE!!!
    Also: it helps to have a reasonable amount of disposable income.....

    Remember: only bad things happen QUICKLY in marines....
     
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    turboguppy Thread Starter

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    i have done almost every hobby available to me and joined millions of forums but i gotto take my hat off to you okes this forum is well kept and the best maintained i have ever seen!!!! i'll buy you all a round..:peroni: :peroni: :peroni: :peroni: :peroni: :peroni:
     
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    :) LOL!
    Thanks TurboGuppy..... We try our best, hey!
     
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    Welcome to the forums
     
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    Welcome dude, my tank should be available in a few weeks.
     
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    welcome man love your username
     
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    Welcome to the Forum!
     
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