New to the Marine world

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  1. CJB

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    Hi All,

    I'm a complete "newby" to the Marine world. I've always loved it, and normally can sit for hours starring into a nice tank. But, have always been advised to stay away, that marine tanks are too expensive and are too difficult to maintain etc, so I never did it.

    Then one day, after doing some shopping for my fresh water tank I saw a nice marine tank again. I decided to start doing some homework and I was hooked. I started getting prices for tanks; equipment; rocks etc, while still living in JHB and started familiarizing myself with all the LFS's around me. I was very excited, then bam, I took on a new job which required me to relocate to Cape Town and I then once again put everything on the back burner.

    But, the urge to own my own marine tank was just to much to suppress. I started looking around for a tank and I found one. The tank was a lot bigger than I thought I'll start with, but I wanted it, so I took it. That is where my hard work started, cleaning and resealing the tank, cleaning and fixing the stand, building a cupboard around the stand and so it went on. Will load some before and after pictures, showing the point that I am currently at.
     
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    CJB

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    Here is the 1st pics of the tank when I got it home.

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    1st round of cleaning.

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    2nd round of cleaning including the stand.

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    CJB

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    Then came the building of the cupboard around the frame.

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    and this is where I'm stuck with the cupboard first need to see how I will position all my Equipment and sump in the cupboard, then when done I will build the doors.

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    After reading around a bit tonight I have now discovered I need high dense foam under my tank, will need to see where I can find that here in Cape Town. :m04:
     
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    Wow such a nice job at cleaning everything. And tinkerbell seems to agree from the pics above :tt2:. Thats a great size for your first marine as Nanos are a bit more tempremental with regards to stability than larger aquariums. What are the dimensions of the tank?
     
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    CJB

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    Thanks :m38::m38:

    My daughter brought me one of her blankets so that I don’t scratch the tank:m16:

    The tank size is 1500x700x700
     
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    Thats a great size tank. You can look for yoga mats to place under the tank. Should get them at sports warehouses, game, makro etc.
     
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    Run that tank with just tap water for a week. Ensure that the silicone everywhere is still good for the job. Looks like the tank stood dry outside for some time.
     
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    Looking Good!
     
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    I like the cupboard idea want to build the same for my tank stand now great job
     
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    Thanks Riaan, will definitely do that as soon as I have my plumbing sorted.
     
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    As my post title say NEW to marine, I was gifted 2 x Jeboa SW-2 wireless wave makers, will this work in my tank or are they to small?

    Then another question, my overflow hole sits at the bottom of my tank as you can see below, is there any suggestion on what I can use for the plumbing?

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    My hole is 50mm do i keep it that big or can I reduce the size of the pipe flowing into the sump?
     
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    A 40dia tank connector will fit in the 50 dia hole a 50 dia connector will be too big. The only problem is the edge of the glass walls might be too close.
     
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    Nice work, starting to bring that tank back to life.
     
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    Welcome to the forum, and to the world of saltwater! Great job restoring that tank; I'd say your patience and hard work paid off.

    What species were you thinking of starting out with?

    -Kamran
     
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    2x Rw2's are too small for that size tank. But what you can do is put them both on the same side if the tank to get started until you can upgrade.

    Measure the hole in the overflow. If its 50mm you can ask for a fitting just smaller that will fit the hole and plumb everything accoring to that fitting. You can reduce the size but I would keep the overflow pipe as big as possible, because reducing the size now will limit you in terms of the volume that you can turn over for filtering etc. You can do something like this that will be silent and efficient.
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    where did you buy the bottom connector in this pic, I have checked at builders warehouse and plumblink here in cape town and I can't find a fitting like that.
     
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    Hi Kamran, I have not decided yet. First want to get all the equipment and setup ready and then I will see.
     
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    Its not my own, just a pic I downloaded to give an option. Do you have any pumping specialists in your area that supplies irrigation fittings and pipes? Companies like rainmakers do supply all these fittings. I am not sure where you would get them in your area. Perhaps someone from cape town can direct you to a supplier.
     

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