Noob in Nelspruit

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  1. Wynandbr

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    Hi all

    I just got myself a 1100 x 550 x 600 fish tank, knowingly that I always had fresh water tanks (Tropical) I decide to move over to salt water tank. See now here is where you guys come in, I need some advise or LISTS or tutorial as to what all I need to get this marine tank idea of mine off the ground and into a reality state. Any and all help will be appreciated, thanks in advance.

    Here is how the tank looks like at the mo.

    http://www.reefclips.net/masaimagespro/di/Y6QV/img-20150412-153509.jpg
    http://www.reefclips.net/masaimagespro/di/MD5X/img-20150412-153516.jpg

    I also go two powerheads one 1200lt / hour and 650lt / hour.
    Would these two be enough for the tank?
    What size heater is needed and how many?
    Would a normal tropical tank's heater be fine to use?
    Where would I find stockist of marine tank coral, live rock etc in and around nelspruit area or would i have to purchase online? How would they ship live stock?

    Many Thanks all :m12:
     
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  3. TaahirS

    TaahirS MASA Contributor

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    Welcome to MASA.
    Normal tropical tank heaters are fine but jager heaters are the best.
    You'll probably need to get the tank drilled and have a sump put in.
    What filtration are you going to use?

    For now you should just read as much as possible. Check out the links in my signature and explore this forum. Use the search function at the top of the page as much as you want.
    Check out the links below.;)
     
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  4. Wynandbr

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    Hi Taahir

    I will be using a 3ft tank as a sump, why would i need to drill the tank if i can route the in and out pipes thru the side of the lid?
    What filtration would be the best for this size tank?
     
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    OK, no need to drill then. Wouldn't you then be able to see the pipes though?
    Filtration depends entirely on what you want to keep.
    Do you want corals or fish only and if corals what type?
     
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    I am looking at fish only but coral would be a nice addition to the tank, i have looked around at what type of water to start off with but still not sure, would normal mineral water be fine as a start? What sand should i use?
     
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    You need to use RO(reverse osmosis0 water. You can buy it at your fish shop or you can buy the machine and make the water at home.
    If you go corals you will need better(more expensive) lights than if you just have fish.
    You can use aragonite or playsand(from Reggies). Playsand is much, much cheaper.

    Filtration wise you will need a skimmer. This is the most important thing. And then build around that. Maybe some Seachem Matrix and some carbon and phosphate remover. It is always better to have a skimmer rated for slightly more than what you want. The bigger the better. And don't skimp money here. Rather get a good quality one. Check out the for sale forum for great secondhand deals.

    I would suggest that you start off with fish only and then as you learn the ropes progress to coral.

    Lighting wise. If you want fish any lights will do. Though It could contribute to algsl growth.

    For coral you would need either LED, T5 or Metal Halide. I would say get one of these and them you can always start with coral without having to buy new lights again.

    I am not sure if there are any lfs in Nelspruit so a shop would most likely have to courier it to you.

    Have you read up about marine aquariums? Cycling a tank. Lighting. Corals. What fish are compatible. Water parameters. There are loads of articles covering these topics on the forum.
     
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    Hello and welcome
    Sorry, not enough flow.

    And how do you plan to move the water? Balancing pumps does not work.
     
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