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  1. Avi

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    Hi guys
    Im new to the salt water aquarium and in need of assistance.
    My requirements for the tanks is basically a small 60L nano tank. There are 2 tanks in mind a boyu or a jewul. Please advise which is a better tank to get.
     
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  3. blackghostknife

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    HI Avi

    First question would be, what do you want to keep in your 60L Tank then you can take it from there?

    Oh and :welcometomasa1:
     
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    WELCOME,
    As said before these smaller tanks are a lot more work that a bigger one. When things go wrong they go wrong in a big way in a small tank
     
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    hello n welcome!
     
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    It all depends which you prefer. But Boyu TL450:thumbup:
     
  7. Ayoob

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    Personally from wat ive seen the @Aquaria-SA AMW37 Nano Aquarium is top class
     
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    Avi Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the reply
    I would like to go small as I have a limited amount of space at home and also a small budget for now. I also want to get familiarized with have a marine tank and the amount of effort requiered each week. Therefore I would like to build a small tank add the live coral, and live rock and coral and 2 fish for starters. Later once im used to this I would go bigger. I have seen a tank 60l Juwel with live sand and Rock for R2000.

    My Qs
    Do i also require the
    nitrate,
    nitrite,
    Amonia,
    Ph test kits,
    Decholryphyer and salt?
    I believe this tank does not have a skimmer, How much of water do I have to change per week?
     
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    welcome, look at Boyu TL550 also, twice the water volume you have in mind but it does not take loads of floor space. it has everyting you need, lights will not alow you to keep clams or sps etc, but there is plenty you can keep. the skimmer is crappy but will be ok if you religious with water changes.

    I have this boyu TL550, its 120L , i do a 20litre watre change every week.

    so for the 60L, i reckon about 10 litres a week.
     
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    Yes you require all the important test kits. You also need to be able to measure the salinity with a refractometer or some of the other cheaper(but not as accurate) alternatives.

    You wont need de-chlorinators as you should be using RO water for the salt water mix as well as water top-up as the water evaporates.

    A skimmer would be better, you would need to do 10% weekly water changes or larger.
     
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    Welcome to MASA...
     
  12. nakoma

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    Hi and welcome . A larger tank is better to learn with than a nano but we are all looking forward in seeing your new tank when you get it . And remember lots of pictures.
     
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    As @Ayoob said the Aquaria AMW37 is a great little tank and has all the critical gear built in. The AMW102 is slightly larger but doesn't take up that much space and would be a great first tak. The Boyu range of tanks are also very popular. The Juwel may be slightly cheaper to start off with but there will be more equipment you need to add such as a skimmer.

    Speak to Lawrence from @Aquaria-SA as he often has specials on the Aquaria tanks.

    A dechlorinator should not be required, best is to use RO water bought from your LFS or get yourself an RO unit.

    As for test kits it is best to start off with N02/3 and Ammonia kits so you can test while your tank is cycling. Once the tank is cycled you can look at investing in the others.
     
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  14. Avi

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    Hi Guys
    Ok it took me a while but I have finally bought myself a tank, A jebo 40liters. It comes with 2 lights, was advised to change one of them to the marine blue. The next step before i start filling up with water is to ge t a hydro meter and a small protein skimmer. I have seen one for a 40-60liter tank so im sure this will be good enough. Please can you advise if this is good enough for starters? Also I need to get live sand and also live Rock, Anywhere in durban its cheap?or should i just get them from the rocks at the beach. :) Hope to hear from you guys soon.
     
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    You can get sand from the beach but not rock, sand from below the low water mark and from a beach far from people/industry ect
     
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    A very WARM WELCOME to MASA, Avi! Great to have you on-board!
     
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    Thanks All for the warm welcome. This has been my passion for many years so I am finally satisfying myself :).
    Just a small update, today I have bought a protein skimmer max 75liters(I assume this will be perfect for my tank as its a 40liter), a hydrometer and a temperature sticker. Just need a little info on where to place the skimmer, can i remove the over flow valve , cut the plastic and fit the skimmer in there? or should i look at an alternate place...guru's Please advise
     
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    Please post pics of your tank Avi as well as your skimmer. It would be much easier to advise if we can see what you are talking about.
     
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    Thanks Jacquesb, I will take the pics this afternoon and post tonight.
     
  21. Avi

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    Hi Guys

    I have attached the pics of my tank

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