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  1. Dewald Gouws

    Dewald Gouws

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    Hi everyone

    My name is Dewald and im officialy a member now, something i wanted to do a long time ago...Im a helicopter pliot, and enjoy marine tanks, i want to start my own tank now, but have no idea where to start, can anyone please help/advice......The marine tanks has a relaxing motion to it, something i need now..:thumbup:
     
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  3. Dewald Gouws

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    Anyone?
     
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    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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    Welcome, you are in the right hands now, lets start at what size tank you would want ?
     
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    welcometomasa dewald!! have you got any idea of what you would like to keep? and what size tank?
     
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    Hi Dewald welcome to MASA
    I am also a newbie so I would suggest you wait for the GURU'S to reply
    The following questions will be asked
    What system are you planning ( Fish Only, Fish only with Live Rock Or full blown reef)
    You will learn very very quickly that for this hobby you have to have A LOT OF PATIENCE :wave2:
     
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    Hi Guys
    Thanks for warm welcome

    I dont really now whats the best size to start, but small for now!!! Fish and live rock would be nice.....
     
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    Dewald, what side of pretoria are you from ?
     
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    Howzit Dewald! Awesome that you have been able to start your own new thread! Great to have you on-board man!

    The best that I can suggest, for now - is that you have a look around MASA. Click everywhere. Especially in the other "New Member" threads. And also the "Members Tanks and Setups" threads. You can get there, by clicking on the "Forums" link in the menu bar at the top of the page....

    First things you NEED to do, is to identify a goal..... Also - take into account that setting up a marine tank takes a LONG LONG time, so you will have to get your patience levels RIGHT UP THERE! ;)

    In the meanwhile - read as much about keeping saltwater, as possible.

    You MUST decide on the size tank that you WANT to keep, and that you CAN keep. What I mean by this, is - look at your budget - if you have the patience, then you can do a little bit every month to build yourself a nice sized system.... if not - you can start smaller - BUT, starting smaller, means that you NEED to work harder.... smaller means more water changes, more often.....
    Smaller - also means less room for error.... bigger water volume, means - you have room for error, because things do not go wrong AS QUICKLY, as in a small tank....

    You need to learn about keeping FISH ONLY, or Fish with corals.... You need to learn about different TYPES of corals... (different types of corals, have different requirements and needs).... You need to learn about lighting, water flow, sand beds, filtration types, skimmers, live rock, testing kits, what fish you can keep with what fish - what fish you can keep with which corals... etc....

    So - good luck mate - this is PROBABLY the BEST hobby in the world - BUT - you get to become a water specialist, water dynamics guru, lighting guru, water chemical guru, filtration guru, bio-chemist, marine biologist, reefkeeper, AND fish keeper ;)

    BUT that said - this is STILL the BEST hobby you can EVER get into!

    Enjoy your journey mate! Keeping marines is a LIFESTYLE! Enjoy every step of it!
     
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    I'm from Pta east
     
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    Thanks jaquesb,
    thats alot of information in a very short time, will defin keep everything you said in mind.....
     
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    welcome man!!
     
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    TO MASA DEWALD!!!
    Now to start we have to know a couple of things for the reefers to help you. Like the size tank your planing on. What tipe of tank a fish only or a reef etc. The space that you have are important. So give as some more info???
     
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    Thanks..Im on the Western sideof pretoria (Mountain View)
    I suggest you have a look at the for sale area
    Lanzo has a nice 1.2meter system nearly complete for sale
    This is a good nice startup size as going to small is more difficult
    The larger your system the more foregiving is will be
     
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    im thinking about a 100 litre tank, got a lot of space, would like to have fish and coral, my knowledge about marine tanks are restricted
     
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    thanks Dale6, welcome to you too!!
     
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    i'll definately have a look Thinus, but im afraid for a big tank as i am a beginner..
     
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    can anyone tell me what a "beginner" tank are going for?
     
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    Thanks for all the welcomes guys, keep well
     
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    Dewald - there's no such thing as a "beginner tank"....

    If you mean a tank that SHOULD be sort of "bullet-proof" for someone JUST starting out, then, ANY SIZE tank will be good enough - it's the FILTRATION of the tank that makes the difference.

    The problem with a small tank (like the 100 litre you are referring to - which is termed: a NANO tank here on the forum), is that you cannot setup such awesome and "bullet-proof" filtration systems, like what you can do with bigger tanks....

    Bigger tanks does cost a bit, and it also costs somewhat more to fill the bigger tank with water, substate (sand), live rock, etc - but, you then have the "luxury" of having a decent filtration system, which makes the tank "more bullett proof" than a small tank, without this filtration system.
     
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    i am also goin the 3ft tank route,most guys start their but all eventually want a bigger tank after a while,just rmember the bigger u go the more expensive!
     
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