Newbie tank advice

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  1. Wayno

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    Hi guys,

    I have kept fresh water fish for a long time and want to get into marine. I know about the differences and have done LOTS of research.

    I am looking for a little advice on a tank though.

    One of my LFS has this tank, which is in my sort of price range, both for setup and monthly costs.

    Does anyone have one, know someone that has one? Are they any good as a starter Nano tank ? The shop has one setup and it looks good, but they have a non standard skimmer running in it and I am not sure how much maintenance they do to it.

    Any advice would be useful.

    Thanks.
     
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  3. Nabzo

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    welcome
    cool tank whats the price of it ?


    if im not wrong maintenance is judge on what you actually wana keep in the marine tank

    what is it that you wana keep
     
  4. Wayno

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    Hi,

    Thanks. It was just over R3k.

    I was wanting to keep a small reef system and a handful of fish, but not overload it.
     
  5. Nabzo

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    from my point of view have a look at the aquaria 37 or the Aquaria AMW102 if you spending that kind of money ,

    the Aquaria AMW102 i assume will fit your needs
    Aquaria is one of the sponsor on MASA
     
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  6. Wayno

    Wayno Thread Starter

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    Hi guys,

    Thanks for the advise.

    Just working out exactly what I want and what I can afford, and don't want to buy something and wish I had gone just a bit bigger! I know its a slippery slope.

    Does anyone know a good place in Durban area to get a tank made or roughly how much a 900x500x500 with corner overflow should cost? Just want the price of the tank for now, will deal with the sump later.
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    welcome, dude its inevitable, youll be going bigger before you know it....
     
  8. HoboHoppy

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    I say save a little more money and get the bigger tank. You don't want to go through all the set up costs headaches, cycles and when you have a few corals and fish you decide you want bigger. If you can wait and save and have the space go bigger. Don't believe the wife! SIZE DOES MATTER! :)
     
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    a minimum size id personally look at is a 1.2m tank. that will offer you some time to grow with the hobby
     
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    Hi there i have the boyo tl 550 its roughly 130 l , i really like the tank almost going for a year now .if i could give you some advice listen to what the others tel you go for a fairly larger tank becouse you wil want to upgrade sooner than later , if i knew what i know now i would have waited and got somthing biger and try not to go for a tank thats to high beleave me its not fun to move your corrals when you cant reach
     
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    I second that. I bought a nano and now i want to upgrade to something bigger
     
  12. SilverWolf

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    Pitty you are not in gauteng. I just build a tank this past weekend for R900. 600Lx500Wx500H. Includinc back compartment. Would help you build your own tank if you were here.:)
     
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    @SilverWolf post pics of your build for R900 would love to see it and hear how you did it,
     
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    @wayne I started in a Red Sea max 130d tank, all standard rsm skimmer heater and pumps, loved it, I read what the guys are saying save till you have a bigger tank but I am glad I started with a 130l I had a huge tropical 700 l set up for years I sold that and got the rsm, was a learning curve a huge one, it's totally diff to tropical. I am ready now to upgrade a year or so later but I would not change a thing, my rsm was used now I will sell it on to another newbie ,

    You learn the basics and learn it well with a small tank and the damage is not beyond handling, I had spikes, temp dips, power outages, bio over loading resulting in a tank loss, anemones that died and took my tank out, so many experiences all in the name of this obsession, cos I can't call it a hobby, you read a lot and think you prepared then you get the tank and it's learn as you go a day at a time :)
     
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    Not the best pic and i still have to neaten the wires, but you get the idea. Obviously you can custom it. Use black perspex for background etc. will do a whole thread soon

    image.jpg
     
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    For a DT i will rather research an external overflow such as a coast to coast on the left of the DT.
     
  17. Wayno

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    Thanks for all the advise guys, will keep you posted!
     
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