New to Marines

Discussion in 'New Members' started by Steve1975, 25 May 2012.

  1. Steve1975

    Steve1975

    Joined:
    25 May 2012
    Posts:
    41
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Cape Town
    Hi Everyone

    I am very much a newbie to marines, i have been into freshwater aquariums for many years and i have decided to take the next step! I will be aiming to keep a fish and live rock setup for now.

    I recently purchased a 1.8mx0.6mx0.6m tank and a sump. I am in no rush though, and will only purchase the rest of the equipment once i have a better idea of what i want to keep.

    This is why MASA:thumbup: is soooo gr8. Plenty of info that I will have to go through!!

    Hope to chat to some of you soon.

    Thanx
    Steve
     
  2. AdS Guest




    to hide all adverts.
  3. B2048

    B2048

    Joined:
    19 Apr 2010
    Posts:
    108
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Johannesburg
    Welcome to MASA!
     
  4. Gesiggie

    Gesiggie Challenge accepted

    Joined:
    2 Sep 2011
    Posts:
    2,151
    Likes Received:
    35
    Location:
    Potchefstroom
    Hi Steve1975, welcome to Masa!
    Fire away with your questions. We are here to help!

    May you find this hobby a pleasure and without too much stress....:)
     
  5. Tremayn

    Tremayn

    Joined:
    21 Mar 2010
    Posts:
    5,226
    Likes Received:
    69
    Location:
    Lenasia
    Welcome. Start a new thread for your tank and upload pics :)
     
  6. Steve1975

    Steve1975 Thread Starter

    Joined:
    25 May 2012
    Posts:
    41
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Cape Town
    can anybody recommend a protein skimmer for 1.8x0.6mx0.6m tank with only fish and live rock and what sort of lighting should i be focusing on?

    thanx
    Steve
     
  7. Tobes

    Tobes Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    30 Nov 2007
    Posts:
    9,482
    Likes Received:
    118
    Location:
    A Beautiful place!
    Welcome to MASA, hope you enjoy it here. Some reading for you in my signature on starting a marine tank - great info for beginners ;)
     
  8. belindamotion

    belindamotion Google Master

    Joined:
    24 Jan 2011
    Posts:
    4,803
    Likes Received:
    134
    Location:
    Pinetown,South Africa(KZN)
    :welcometomasa2:to MASA...:1:
     
  9. Steve1975

    Steve1975 Thread Starter

    Joined:
    25 May 2012
    Posts:
    41
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Cape Town
    thanx everyone for the warm welcome.

    it will be a while before my tank is up and running. still need some equipment and will only get this once the funds are available. long term project for me and want to do it right!! as soon as i begin setup ill start taking pics. for now im educating myself...and plenty of info available!!!

    thanx again
    steve:)
     
  10. Steve1975

    Steve1975 Thread Starter

    Joined:
    25 May 2012
    Posts:
    41
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Cape Town
    howdy

    Im caught between going for a sump without a dsb, but im been told at the lfs that its the best way to go? Any advice?
     
  11. Wes

    Wes

    Joined:
    24 Jan 2012
    Posts:
    1,428
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Randburg
    depends what you want to do. What u looking to do for future developments?
     
  12. Steve1975

    Steve1975 Thread Starter

    Joined:
    25 May 2012
    Posts:
    41
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Cape Town
    thanx for reply, ill be starting slowly, first fish and liverock and slowly add coral over time. basically i will end up with a reef tank eventually im sure. with all these new reactors on the market are ppl moving away from a dsb?
     
  13. EFJ

    EFJ MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    13 Sep 2011
    Posts:
    1,523
    Likes Received:
    272
    Location:
    Dwaalboom 60km's from Thabazimbi
    Hi and welcome to MASA.
    To start off with stick to something simple. A dsb is very affective and a lot of experienced reefers still use them, I believe reactors would be for people who have had more experience with reef tanks.
     
    Steve1975 likes this.
  14. Steve1975

    Steve1975 Thread Starter

    Joined:
    25 May 2012
    Posts:
    41
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Cape Town
    yes thank you EFJ, just was waiting for someone to clarify. im a newbie so simple for now is best.when theres more money we can look at reactors!!
     
  15. EFJ

    EFJ MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    13 Sep 2011
    Posts:
    1,523
    Likes Received:
    272
    Location:
    Dwaalboom 60km's from Thabazimbi
    I have seen tanks that have very basic systems and they look great, I dare say even better than systems with reactors, although that's my opinion. It's not always about the most expensive or the most fancy equipment. Its what works best for you and your pocket. Oh and dont forget to use the thanks button under my profile for good advice.:whistling::thumbup:
     
  16. Steve1975

    Steve1975 Thread Starter

    Joined:
    25 May 2012
    Posts:
    41
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Cape Town
    lol, i already did b4 your latest post, u r correct though, ill stick to whats gonna work for me.
     
  17. Steve1975

    Steve1975 Thread Starter

    Joined:
    25 May 2012
    Posts:
    41
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Cape Town
    test
     
  18. Steve1975

    Steve1975 Thread Starter

    Joined:
    25 May 2012
    Posts:
    41
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Cape Town
    [​IMG]
     
  19. Eight

    Eight

    Joined:
    20 Oct 2011
    Posts:
    117
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    Pretoria
    Take it slow. Look at a lot of tanks and buy the best equipment you can afford. Good luck!
     
  20. the fish

    the fish

    Joined:
    23 May 2012
    Posts:
    2,074
    Likes Received:
    24
    Location:
    Florida Hills Jhb
    hi and welcome to MASA..:thumbup:

    in my opinion just stick to the basics. run a dsb and try not use too much mechanical filtration. in the ocean there's no mechanical filtration at all. keep it as natural as possible. only thing with reactors is that it speeds up some processes (or so ive heard). but at the end of the day just go with what you are more comfortable with... (spending more money on things like reactors isnt always the best way). this is just my opinion. ;)
     
  21. Steve1975

    Steve1975 Thread Starter

    Joined:
    25 May 2012
    Posts:
    41
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Cape Town
    thanks yes ill be doing just that, no cash left for things like reactors anyway! ill be doing a dsb like @Visser built with a denitrafying undergravel filter. and then just take it from there.
     
    Last edited by a moderator: 26 Nov 2015
Recent Posts

Loading...
Similar Threads - Marines Forum Date
Great selection of Marines received Aquatic Vision 21 Oct 2016
Latest Marines in stock Aquatic Vision 22 Sep 2016
New shipment of marines available at Aquatic warehouse Aquatic Warehouse 5 Sep 2016
New Marines have arrived Aquatic Vision 3 Sep 2016
breaking the rules of Marines... Advice and insights General Discussions and Advice 8 Aug 2016
New Marines received - great stuff!!! Aquatic Vision 13 Jul 2016
Marines have arrived Aquatic Vision 12 May 2016