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  1. Charl Boettger

    Charl Boettger

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    Hello everyone! I've just registered as I was told by two pet shops to come and read some forums and answer my many questions.

    I've always known what a fish tank was and owned a 1m custom freshwater tank when I was younger. Now, when someone mentions fish tanks, I don't really mind, but this past weekend we were up in Jhb visiting family and I saw this little Jewel 128L tank with live rock the whole tut. I was blown away, and now, unfortunately I think I might be getting a new obsession..

    I am very interested in getting a corner tank, space is limited, looking at about 200L as suggested that would be a great size to "play" with, so far the best deal I came across is a Buyo TL-550 as it comes with protein skimmer, filter, moon light, circulation pump and extractor fans. Very tempted to buy this, but it's square and only 128L. The other option is a Jewel Trigon 190L. Obviously excluding all extras and much more expensive though. I do know that I want a semi reef with fish, so I'll have to think long and hard. I don't want a custom built, main reason is that the glass panes will obscure the view and stands will have to be built etc. But, suggest away.

    So, I will be making my way around this site and see what's going on. Hope to chat again soon..

    Charl
     
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    Hey and welcome to MASA!

    What type of fish and inverts do you want to keep?

    The 200liter tank would be more easy to keep with water quality etc but with some work the 128 will be just as great. Lots of great nano tanks on the forum just take a look. The bigger the tank the more fish and greater variety of fish you can keep like surgeon fish need a minimum of 4 feet tank to swim.
     
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    Welcome to the broke side... :thumbup:
     
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    Your new obsession.

    Hey Carl,

    When it comes to this hobby, it pulls u in more and more !
    My advice to you...

    I've been through a couple tanks & at the moment i have a 450L Jewel tank & a 1000L custom tank.

    The Jewel set me back about R13 000 where as the 1000L only about R9000.
    Without a doubt the Jewel is beautiful & i'll never part with it !
    The only thing is that it's pretty much plug and play & not as much fun as a custom tank.
    -No sump & major toys to play with !
    Other than it's beauty, it's more expensive and doesn't captivate you ! I've found that with custom tanks, you "play" with it more & ultimately learn so much more !

    Just before you go out & send ur millions, i thought i'd just give u my 10 cents worth !

    Hope u have a good go at this hobby ! Something that ur hard work really pays off !

    Shaun
     
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    Welcome to MASA, hope you enjoy it here. Some reading for you below on starting a marine tank, great info for beginners ;)
     
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    hello charl and welcome to Masa, great to have you here.

    marines are a great hobby and getting to grips with it all can be a great learning curve. If i were you, id go custom made to fit the area you have in mind and then you can build in all the additional aspects of the hardware that make life better for the tank and easier for you.

    welcome and happy posting.

    ps are you related to the bottger's from namibia?
     
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    welcome :)
     
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    Nice of the shops to tell you this.

    Anyway, look in the for sale forums. Secondhand marine tanks got worst resale value than cars.

    I would stay away from tanks with bowed fronts. Depends on the process, these tanks can be prone to cracking in the corners. Not all of them, but keep it in mind.

    "Custom" tanks, like in normal square tanks can be a lot cheaper than "special" tanks like the Boyu or Jewel. A sump is must have item, in my opinion. Skimmer, heater and other filtration equipment can be hidden there. And "Special" tanks normally lack in this area. Advantage of the "Special" tanks are that they are almost Plug & Play. But, you have to run the tank anyway for 6 weeks to complete the cycle, so a bit of extra time to do your own setup does not matter.

    Keep on reading...
     
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  13. Charl Boettger

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    Welcome to the broke side indeed!
     
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    Charl Boettger Thread Starter

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    Thanks for great tip!
     
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    Charl Boettger Thread Starter

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    Thank you for advise! Sorry, I am from Namibia, but not related.

    Take care
    Charl
     
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    Thank you very much for these links, they surely helped alot!
     
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    Thank you so much for your advise!
     
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    Hi there, sorry nope. Not his cuz. But by the looks of it I wish I was!

    C
     
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