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  1. Evo R

    Evo R

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    Hi all!! :wave2:

    Where to begin....

    First of all im glad that i stumbled across this forum!
    Ive wanted to keep marine's since i was 7 and i think now is the time to start.

    Can anyone please tell me what all the acronyms mean eg: DSB,BB,RO water,ect.

    And what do you guys think of the BOYU TL 550 tank as my first marine tank?
    Any advice would be welcomed.

    And im apologizing in advance for all future (dumb)questions asked!

    Regards
     
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  3. mnd123

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    Welcome EVO!

    DSB=Deep Sand Bed
    RO = Reverse Osmosis water
    BB = Bare Bottom

    I do think that Crispin posted a list of MASA Acronyms - will try dig it out, in the interim, read as much as you can on the beginners forum

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    A VERY WARM WELCOME to MASA, Evo R! Great to have you on-board!

    Good that Marc already sorted you out with the acronyms.

    Now - go and have a read through the URL in my signature, that refers to "Starting a Marine Aquarium".... this gives you some really fantastic information.

    Also - a Boyu TL550 is a really nice looking tank. BUT, it does require a huge amount of work (weekly maintenance and water changes). And, IF something does go wrong in such a small amount of water, it goes wrong QUICKLY....

    If you take heed to these warnings, and treat the system with diligence, then a Boyu nano tank (nano tank is a tank that is smaller than 120 litres of water) is a great tank to start out with.....

    Good luck! Enjoy your journey into keeping marines!

    JUST TAKE ONE LAST NOTE OF WARNING: keeping marines is ALL about PATIENCE! Nothing good happens quickly in marines....
     
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    Welcome to masa!!!!
     
  7. Evo R

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    Thank you all so much.

    What would you guys recomend as my first tank then???

    Setup ect.
     
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    Welcome to MASA Evo

    As for setup as BIG as possible.

    Just read as much as you can the answer are all here and when you don't find them just ask. Great bunch of people here, always willing to help.
     
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    Welcome
     
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    Welcome.

    Personally i have experience on both small and big tanks.

    Going bigger leaves less room for error.

    Most people are keeping thier starter tanks at 1.2m x 500 x 500 around there.

    Its a nice size to work with and easier to maintain.

    What corals are you thinking of keeping? Ask away :)
     
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    Welcome to MASA. You have definatly come to the right place to start this hobby the right way!
     
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    Hi There Evo R

    Welcome to MASA, your one stop forum
     
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    Welcome!

    go as big as u can,but remember the bigger u go the more expensive evrythin becomes,but also easier to handle issues.
    Bigger tank allows broader range of fish species to keep!
    Patience is the key......im being tested with this at the mo!

    best forum u can get!!!!with all the info u will ever need!
     
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    I joined the forum a while ago and have recieved nothing but great help and advice on the site.

    I agree with MAJ that bigger is better but some time finances just don't agree. So therefore more work will ne necessary.
     
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    warm welcome to Masa dude... you will love it!! careful though...its addictive!:thumbup:
     
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    Welcome to MASA
     
  17. Evo R

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    Well im still doing costing and trying to weigh all my opsions(financialy)

    Where can i get live rock?Type?Price ect.?

    And do i have to go the sump route because i already have a canister?

    And does anybody know what a tl 550 would cost and were i can get it?

    And i heard argonite(hope i spelt it right) is better than normal sea sand at the bottem?

    Thanks in advance :thumbup:
     
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    Welcome to MASA...
     
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    You can get live rock at any marine pet shop. I'm sure one of our sponsors will be able to help you out. Remeber that you don't have to use just live rock as this is very expensive! You can suppliment the live rock with base rock which is much cheaper. The live rock will then seed the base rock making it "live".

    The sump route is the best! You will not be able to use the canister for proper filtration except carbon extract, but don't even need the canister for this.. Why don't you sell the canester and get a sump. You can get a standard 3 foot tank at no more than R200 and two panels of glass and bob's your uncle!, you have a sump. Please see my sump design below:

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    Aragonite is much more expensive than normal sand and crushed coral, but in my opinion, a great option to choose if you have the cash for this. It certainly assist in keeping your water parameters more stable with added calcium (Here goes the can of worms again!!:razz:)

    Hope I helped!!;)
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Welcome Evo.

    I agree with Tiger, except for his 'can of worms' :p ;)

    Try to start off with a 4ft tank and a 3ft sump, a sump makes life so much easier in a marine system.
     
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    Base rock going for R40/kg currently.
    As I understand CaribSea base rock is man made from mined, old, reef.
    LR is normally R100/kg or more, I've seen R220/kg some time back.
    Regies sand for substrate/DSB is R35/20kg, aragonite is R500/bag - think a bag is about 15kg, not sure.
     
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