Setting Up Own Aquarium

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  1. Shakier

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    Hi Everyone,

    I have been snorkelling for about 5 yrs now catching crayfish of the West Coast Reserve and Yzerfontein.

    I'm thinking of starting up my own Marine Tank at home and would welcome any form of information regarding start up cost and equipment required.

    I simply love the ocean and would really like to start up my own Aquarium at home.

    Your valuable input into this would be highly appreciated.

    Kind Regards,

    Moegamat Stuurman
     
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    Welcome, for info you can refer to members setup threads. Most of the questions you have will have been answered in those threads.

    Heater
    Display tank and sump. You don't have to have a sump.
    Pumps for flow, tunze being my 1st option.
    Return pump if you going with a sump.
    Substrate or bare bottom. You decide.
    Lighting, MH or T5's or LEDS. Can also combine these options.
    Rock.
    Chiller for summer
    Generator for power outages
    Stand
    Well that's a start. If you buy all new I estimate it will cost about R 40 k for a 1,2 x 0,6 x 0,6 tank.
     
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    Hi and welcome to MASA enjoy the addiction:thumbup:
     
  8. JsPLAYn

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    hey,dont chase the newbie away:lol: 40k:eek:

    1stlywelcometomasa

    now to make things easier,you dnt need anything new,checkout "for sale forums" for some great deals in and around cape town area, u can setup a decent running system for under 5k if u want,you also dont need upmarket equipment,most guys run cheapest equip with better success than the guys with the top of range equip

    lesson number 1 in marine is that your success of your tank is not dependant on your equipment,but rather your husbandry skills,so take that into consideration and learn as much as you possibly can by reading beginners forums and advance to diferent sections of forums as you gain the valuable knowlege of MARINE FISHKEEPING

    good luck,and whatever you decide upon,let us in on it and share as many pics possible, we just love pics :lol: and anything you not sure about,hit us up on masa and we will gladly give a helping hand in desicion making etc

    lastly,before you let a pet shop pursuade u into buying anything,hit us upon masa 1st so u dnt waste,they have a tendancy to sell u anything and everything as they just in it for the $ales,with that said,there are some pretty helpfull pet shops around,namely most of MASA sponsor store,so u can even hit them up on MASA
     
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    What also makes this hobby even more addictive is the DIY'ing, look under the diy section there is lots of examples from building your own skimmer to controllers etc. have fun:yeahdude::)
     
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    Lol, he is going to setup a tank, just being realistic.

    2nd hand setups do come up and often are worth the wait for that bargain. But often you end up replacing everything with what you actually want, especially if you are in this for the long term.

    If you have deep pockets contact Idol Marine, Dorry pets, pet stop etc to sell you a complete fully functional setup they is going to work from day one.

    DIY is great if you have time for it and a good skill set.

    Either way enjoy it. Hell of an exiting hobby with loads of like minded friendly people. Often they surprise you with there generosity and do go way out of there way for a fellow reefer.
     
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    welcome to MASA. hope you enjoy your stay:thumbup:
     
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