New to Marine Aquariums SA... Want some advice

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  1. Henkie

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    Hi everybody...

    Well I am a total neewbie to saltwater aquariums but I have had a freshwater tank for number of years...

    I am in the processes of buying a new aquarium...

    I can get a tank 1.1m x 0.5m x 0.5 m or
    a tank that is 1.2 m long... i dont have the other dimensions will only get it tomorrow ....

    any advice on which one I should buy.... :blush:
     
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  3. coswecanfly

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    You are always going to want to go bigger so the bigger the better... Oh and welcome to the broke side... :thumbup:
     
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    get the biggest you can afford :)
     
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    oh yeah.. welcome ;)
     
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    Welcome, with marines, the saying bigger is better holds true.
     
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    Welcome to MASA. Some reading for you below on starting a marine tank - great info for beginners. Where do you stay?
     
  10. Henkie

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    I went to look at the tank which I had the dimensions on and it is pretty poor quality. I will take a look and the other on tomorrow... :)

    and I also want to know if a sump is a necessity, I have seen a lot of tanks without one and they are doing well... :whistling:
     
  11. Henkie

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    Welcome to Masa....

    A sumpless tank in my opinion is looking for trouble..... This is not a simple bath water watch the fishies type experience bud.... Better research plenty, read @Tobes link on marines, then watch your wallet go on a diet......:thumbup:
     
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  13. Tremayn

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    Just look in the forsale threads. You can pick up a bargain. Spend lots of time researching so you know what you want before you buy anything. IMO you need a sump
     
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    I would also go for a sump. gonna help you in the long run and will make your life easier. also go for bigger and better.do alot of research and read the links on @Tobes page as the others said. it would really put you on the right track. Welcome to the forum. Please leep us updated and post some pics of how you go. Dont be scared to ask questions. no such thing as bad questions.
     
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  15. Henkie

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    Is a sump a third of your display tank big enough?

    Will post some pics as soon as I get my display tank, should be in this week:thumbup::biggrin:

    We also have a RO drinking water system installed at home, will that be good enough to do top ups with?
     
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    I would go for a sump as big as you can fit in the space you have planned for housing the sump. If you planning on going the dsb route you need a big enough surface area for it to do a sufficient. So imo the bigger the better. I wouldnt use the ro you use for drinking water as it replaces some of the minerals that makes it suitable for drinking. You can just take out one of the membranes{not sure which one or if its a membrane}. Maybe someone else with more experience in ro units can help you better. ask marco aka the waterboy.
     
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    Thanks Charl

    I am still searching for a display tank...
    All these I went to look at are old and needs some repair work.
    If anyone knows about someone wanting to sell their tank in the PE region please let me know..:)
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Henk.. please remove your e-mail adress from your profile.. you may attract a telemarketer stalker :)

    Welcome.. hope you enjoy the site...
     
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  20. Henkie

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    Please keep all your fingers crossed...

    I found a amazing deal... 1.8m tank with a 1.7m sump with all the equipment and a stand.
    Lets hope I am the lucky buyer... :thumbup:
     
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    welcome to masa:)
    that sounds like a great size, i started on a 1.8m which is 700 wide and thats realy nice. good vollume of water so the water parameters a more stable.

    dont be put off by coswecanfly saying welcome to the broke side, he does it to everyone. Marines arent as expensive as people make out and masa is always here to help. We have no finacial reason to get you to part with cash, so bounce any deals off us and we can tell you if its a good deal, a rip off or a bargain.

    what are the dimensions of the tank you are looking at and whats the stand like?

    do you know what equipment it comes with, that way we can tell you waht else you might need (if anything) or if there is something worth upgrading:)

    best of luck with the sale hope u get the tank you want:)
     
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