The new guy - literally

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  1. gaboon

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    Hi All

    As the title says, the closest I've come to a marine tank was a large second hand one I bought for a grand 7 odd years ago, then went overseas before I could set it up and had to sell it as my mom refused an empty tank sitting in her dining room.

    I currently keep dart frogs and a gaboon viper. What sparked massive interest for me again was seeing a nano reef tank setup at Exotic Aquariums in Boksburg! Hopefully will be getting one by next week but plan on doing alot of reading up here as my knowledge of the hobby is limited.

    Hopefully everyone here wont mind all the questions that will be coming thick and fast:biggrin:

    Cheers
     
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  3. Alan

    Alan Admin MASA Contributor

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    Hi gaboon, welcome to the forum, nice to have you on board

    Thats why we here.
     
  4. Mike

    Mike Retired Moderator

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    Hi, welcome to masa,
    Nanos might not be the best for a noob, they are quite specialist in my opinion, due to the very limited amount of water, marine fish do not tolerate change in their conditions - they live in the sea, their conditions just don't change,.
    But don't let me put you off, there are some wonderful little set up's you can look at, something like a 600mm cube, or a metre long tank might be easier to learn with.
    You pays your money you takes your choice, if you do go for the nano, research, reseach and then start asking questions.
    This hobby is well worth the time and effort you put in, i hope you enjoy, and how about some pictures of your other beasties? :)
     
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    Hey Gaboon, welcome to MASA

    Isn't the Gaboon one of the most poisenous in Africa ?

    Marines are much safer :D
     
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    Mike Retired Moderator

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    And dartfrogs??? shall we tell him about the palytoxins in zoalanthids too;)
     
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    lol, yip Gaboon sounds like you need to ditch the nano and set up a predator tank ;)
     
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    gaboon Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the replies. Wee-man, a nano as a first marine tank was going to be one of my first questions! The saleman assured me it would be ok for a beginner... hence the reason I joined this forum:)
     
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    welcome
     
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    Welcome to the forum gaboon, fire away with the questions.
     
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    Mike Retired Moderator

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    Mate, i have nothing to gain from what i believe to be good advice, other than the satisfaction that it gives us both to share in this amazing hobby, your lfs salesman may have other agandas:whistling:

    The difficulty with nanos' is the water conditions, my last system was around 950ltrs my blue tang died and disappeared within the rock work, bit of a bugger, i liked that fish, no real issues, the clean up crew got rid in a few days, sorted, if you lost your fish in a nano your nitrates would go through the roof with only, say 70ltrs to dilute instead of 950, so it's just that much more difficult to learn with (bit like trying to learn to drive in a ferrari).
    Good luck, Mike.
     
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    Welcome Gaboon! Don't worry - rather ask and learn, than get frustrated and leave the hobby in the end!

    BTW: I believe STRONGLY in experiencing it for yourself - try out methods - see which one works for you - there are MANY guidelines - and many ways to do things....

    I would tend to agree on the nano tank - it's not impossible - ask Mel (see the other "New" newbies' threads in the forum..... It is just that you need to do so much more work to ensure that you keep it right....

    There's no room for error with a nano - where-as, with a bigger tank with a LOT more water, you have more "breathing space".... Things (water parameters) change MUCH slower in a bigger tank (more water volume)....

    Nano's are indeed a BIT cheaper to set up, as you require less to get the same effect as a bigger tank.... BUT, believe me - you will most likely upgrade VERY soon in any case.....

    Good luck with the hobby.... and ask & learn! Remember! This hobby is a journey! It's the road that matters....
     
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    Wee-man - you and I are thinking alike at this mo'
    :thumbup:
     
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    great minds ;)
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Yeah - too sad it all has to rot one day - perhaps become an organ donor - donate the brains to science ;)
     
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    Mike Retired Moderator

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    Nope, i'm pickling mine Kanga stylee:whistling:



    I found out my local offy sells Peronie the other day, i will buy some and try it soon, and will report my findings when i sober up:)
     
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    You getting them back for that "Hennie" arn't ya :lol:
     
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    Welcome Gaboon good move on reading up on the hobby first.
     
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    Mike Retired Moderator

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    Yep, wanna tell 'em?
     
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    Ocean Lazy Sea Slug

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    id go big first time i got a nano and now 4 months down the line i want a bigger tank
    i think its better to go big first time then you dont wast money LoL
    but its your choose good luck:thumbup:
     
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    Welcome Gaboon.

    I saw the nano's they sell and they look G8T, and they prob made you a very attractive deal, with water and live rock, almost plug and pray. Don't want to dis them, as they also need to earn a living, but if you are good at DIY you can start a bigger setup for the price they sell them for. Just go back to them to buy other things, and they will still get your money. You will find lots of info on DIY and other on this Site. Good luck, and try not to impulse buy.
     
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