New To Marine Tanks

Discussion in 'Beginner Discussions' started by Schalkvdw, 19 May 2015.

  1. Schalkvdw

    Schalkvdw

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    Hi,

    I Want to start with a New Hobby (Marine Tank).

    But are so confused. Can anyone please assist.

    I was thinking on getting the Boyu TL550 but nowing myself I would go bigger after just a few months.

    Then I had a look at a website called Power Lab that Builds Marine tanks with everything included already. But don't like the base of the system.

    Was wondering if I Could build my own base(cupboard) and just set everything up myself if that would be possible and maybe work out a bit cheaper than the other options.

    If someone can maybe give me a breakdown on what I will need to do this myself.

    Would also like to know if could just use a normal tank that you can buy from any pet store or does it have to special glass and so on

    Help is very much appreciated

    Regards
     
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  3. Nsteyn

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    Hi Schalk

    You can make it as easy or as complicated as you want to make it.
    Have a look at a few persons builds. If you are DIY inclined you can do 99.99% yourself.
     
  4. Schalkvdw

    Schalkvdw Thread Starter

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    Thank you for the reply.

    I Can DIY.

    Just don't know what I will need for the tank.

    Size wise I was thinking 1.2x60x60 or 1.5x60x680

    Thanks
     
  5. Franske

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    Hi and welcome, me personally don't trust any standard tank from a LFS since I believe most of them (not all) are designed on the limit. I would rather get a specially designed tank from a reputable tank dealer or LFS or build it yourself it is very easy and simple.

    Or even better wait for a decent one in the for sale section on the forum.
     
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    Welcome

    where are you situated ?
     
  7. Schalkvdw

    Schalkvdw Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I'm Cape Town Based
     
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    oh. There are a couple of very good guys building tanks here in JHB.

    Dont know anyone in CPT sorry.
     
  9. TaahirS

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    Powerlab build nice tanks. What do you mean you don't like the base? The wood around it?
     
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  10. Schalkvdw

    Schalkvdw Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the reply.

    Yes Don't like the wood base.

    Do you think I will get away cheaper doing it myself with a pre build tank.

    Got a Quote on a 1.5 x 60 x 68 with 10mm glass and not to bad and they can do a sump as well for a reasonable price.
     
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    It will be cheaper, but dunno if it will look the same as a professionally built tank?
     
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    Your professional look and some peoples DIY skills are the same!!
     
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    irie ivan MASA Contributor

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    Welcome to our addiction...
    Carefull when buying off the shelf tanks, also take a close look at the cabinet workmanship and before committing, check the design here on MASA.
    Same advice with any equipment you buy, especially some stuff made by local shops. Don't let dollied up websites, clever marketing, sales motivated advice or clever talk fool you.
    Ask ask and ask again.
     
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    For those dimensions, i would rather go for 12mm.
     
  15. Schalkvdw

    Schalkvdw Thread Starter

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    Thank you for the responce.

    I can get a 1.8m tank for a really good price. Just have to build my own base/cabinet for it.

    Would I need a specific size sump for this and skimmer?

    What else will I will I need just so start up with firts.

    Thanks
     
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    I can get this one also. But will have to convert to marine thank

    Any input please. Is it worth doing. Its a boyu EB 1000

    image.jpg
     
  17. Franske

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    Looks like a nice tank, don't have any experience with a similar one but can most likely be converted quite easily.
     
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    imo get a system with good sump space to allow you to change your filtration methods once you gain more experience..problem with some of the all in one systems are that often you are limited to what you can keep due to the built in filtration system or lights etc..the decent all in one systems are very expensive
     
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    Thanks for the reply.

    I'm also going more towards the 1.8m one just unsure whats size sump and skimmer ill need on that size tank. Dont min building my own stand
     
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    Yr sump is dependant on your space and your skimmer, go with the biggest possible.
     
  21. Schalkvdw

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    Hi. All

    If I want to get a RO unit. Do I have to get a specific one and what tester kit should I get to begin with

    Thanks
     
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