Shopping for my 1st tank.

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  1. Vara

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    Hi Guys,

    I've had my freshwater tanks for quite a few years all ready but the inevitable happened so I've been reading thru these forums for a couple of months now and I'm starting to shop around for my 1st tank but I need some info.

    I initially thought about going for something like the Boyu TL-550 nano but while shopping around I came across something called a Canister filter and I'm thinking of using one on a 240L tanks instead of a sump. Any of you guys using a filter like this? Can this work for my saltwater tank or is this a big no-no?
     
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  4. dendrosa

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    Hi Vara Welcome to Masa
    I would not recommend using a cannister filter on a marine tank. You may get away with it on a FOWLR ( fish only with live rock) system , but I would imagine you would be looking to keep corals and other inverts and for these a cannister filter would be unsuitable as it exacerbates the problem of nitrate and phosphate buildup.
    You are better off going with a sump which also helps to accomodate much of the additional equipment required on a marine system - protein skimmers, freshwater top off systems heaters / probes etc.
     
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    HI Vara
    I agree with dendrosa a cannister filter is a big no,no rather go for the sump thing. It will be better in the long run and save you lots off money and tears.
     
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    hello and welcome, choosing a tank is a very personal thing and difficult to as im sure you want to try do things rite first time.. i suggest you decide on the place you want to put it and decide on a size from there.. bigger systems are easier to manage in terms of water chemistry as it remains stable for a little longer than a smaller tank. i would definatley recomend a sump (filter below the tank) be added so that equipment such as skimmers heater and other media can be housed there and reduce clutter in the main display..

    all i can say is do your homework.. look at the members setups category on the site and choose a tank you would most like yours to resemble and go from there..

    good luck
     
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    Hello Vara :)

    welcome to MASA. its always exciting and a little daunting to start out in marines, seems that there is so much to learn. But read the threads in the new members sections and also in the different members tanks and you will have a good idea of the common mistakes.

    personally i would suggest looking at a bigger system if you can. Small tanks normally mean BIG problems, the stability of a larger water volume making them far easier to maintain. I would also go with any tank that has a sump over one that has a hang on filter.

    welcome to MASA, take your time and read through the threads here. then ask questions and asertain if your understanding is correct with what others respond, that way not only do you get great free advice but also learn along the way.

    HAPPY reefing
     
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    welcome vara..hope you enjoy your stay, dont be scared to ask

    my 2c with regards to choosing a tank is to really think about what you will be keeping in the LONG run (trust me ...your needs & preferences will change over time) this will not only make the experience more enjoyable but also save you money!

    and yes i agree with everyone...rather go sump from the start

    I would also suggest go as big as you can afford right from the start with regards to DT & sump adding nice to have equipment later is easier than transferring stock to a new tanlk and then having to re buy equipment anyway
     
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    Welcome to MASA Vara!
     
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  14. Vara

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    Thanks for the warm welcome and the info guys. Will do some more research and shop around some more to find the best tank with sump for my current budget.

    Will probably drive you people nuts with all the questions once I have my tank up and running but till then, thx for the help.
     
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    Welcome to MASA Vara, hope you enjoy it here and learn lots. See you got some good advice from the guys - also read through the link in my signature for some good info. Agree with bigger is better and more stable, and get a sump - dump the cannister filter ;)
    Good luck with your shopping and don't be shy to ask - we are here to help and learn from each other :)

    :wave2:
     
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    Welcome to the forum Vara
     
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    a very warm welcome, see you also in gordons bay, need advise bout anything im around the corner:)
     
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    the canister filter does work, iv used it for a while, but resently iv upgraded to a sump, closest youl get to nature
     
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    Great to see more Guys from Gordens bay / Strand / Somerset West popping up
     
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