New to MASA and need help with choosing a tank :)

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  1. Dorrey

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    Hey Everyone!

    I am new to this Forum. I am in the planning stages and haven't bought a Tank yet. I have done a fair amount of reading up thus far but I have a question regarding the choice of tank. How do u decide tank to buy? I am looking at the Buyo range or Nano Cube to start with, since I am new to Marine Fish Keeping and have a limited budget.

    Would it be cheaper to buy a complete setup tank like a Nano or Buyo or is it cheaper to buy a regular tank and add the Filters, Skimmer ect.. to it?

    I was looking at a small 25L or 50 L tank but was told that those are really risky to go with since the margin for error is small in a tank like that, but how do i afford a bigger tank with a limited budget?

    I am planning on having a Reef Tank at the end of the day.

    PLEASE HELP???

    :)

    Thanks for a great forum!
     
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  3. Meneer

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    I would have a look at the classifieds - either here or on gumtree.

    You can get a 1.2m tank for R300 there. If you get 2 of those, you have display tank and a sump. Just need to do the plumbing etc.

    Then just start getting the rest of the equipment.

    Second hand skimmer - between R400-R800
    Return pump - Around R250
    Heaters 2 x 150w - R100 each
    3 x 3000l vibration pumps - around R100 each
    You can buy 3 loose double 54W T5 ballasts (around R240) each
    6 x 54W T5 lights - around R140 each

    Then you should have a nice medium system without breaking the bank.
     
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    What's the 3*3000l vibration pump @ R100 ea?
     
  5. Tremayn

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    Welcome mate! When it comes to budget, if you build up your tank slowly over a couple of months then you can have a nice set up.. but if you want a boyu type tank rather get the aquaria nano. Its pretty cheap.. Have a look here:
    My New AWM37 NANO setup - Marine Aquariums of South Africa

    but I would recommend min a 4ft as you will have more fun and can get more fish and corals. If you get a nano you will want to upgrade later on :) ..
     
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    sun sun flow pump
     
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    sweet set up :) .. would just like to add that you should get a sump to house all the hardware
     
  8. Meneer

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    They Sun-Sun vibration pumps are for internal flow, and look like this.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Hey and welcome to MASA!
     
  10. Dorrey

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    Ty for the info Meneer, I will be looking out on Gumtree for sure.

    I still feel a bit more comfortable with the idea of a tank like the Nano Cube which comes complete and when I have build some confidence with the Marine Tank I will surely become more adventurous and buy a bigger one.


    I see u are also in Brackenfell! I am in Protea Heights ;)
     
  11. FransSny

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    Buying your first tank can be a daunting experience as everyone has his own opinion regarding pro's and cons.

    Consider your budget , time available and final setup before choosing. "Ready made" setups are cool and basically plug and play , but normally people end up selling them after a while due to the urge to upgrade , maintenance required , lack of being able to customize etc.

    Custom tanks let you have the end in mind right from the start, easier to upgrade etc.

    Your LS choices are also quite limited in Nano's.
     
  12. Meneer

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    I am also in Protea Heights.

    Problem is - Nano is very unforgiving if you are not experienced, because of the small amount of water.
    You are also quite limited as to what you can put in there... only 3-5 fish, depending on the size, and NO tangs at all....
     
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    Wow Meneer, I just had a look at your tank and it is really impressive. :thumbup:

    You must really be a handy man since u made all that yourself. Unfortunately for me (being a woman) I am not that handy and my husband would not support this hobby. :(
    Not sure if I would be able to put a tank like that together on my own tho....
     
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    your local masa members will help you out dont worry! :)
     
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    Just shout if you need a hand....

    FransSny made a very good point. As soon as you are into the hobby, you will get frustrated because of the size, as well as the limitations of modifications.

    Wait till you wanna or have to go away for a week and there is no-one to top up, feed etc.
    Worst thing is on the nano you do not always have the space to install a top-up system or auto feeder.

    Like I said. Gimme a shout If you need a hand etc...
     
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    Welcome to MASA Dorrey, glad you joined us. I think you need to read the link in my signature on starting a marine tank - it will help you a lot :)
     
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    welcome to masa dorrey, nice to have you join. :)
     
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    Hi there:)
    I belive a Nano is still the best way to start out.. yes you probably will out grow it but it will give you experience and even if Nanos are small you can really set them up nicley..:lol:
     
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    Guys I cleaned up the thread, please keep it tidy. Thanks
     
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    Thanks tobes knew youd catch us sooner so i raced the answers LOL.
     
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