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  1. martinkeyser

    martinkeyser

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    :slayer:hello all
    Im very new here. the bug bit me. bought my tank yesterday, approximately 400lt for fresh water fish but after visiting executive pets decided to let go of the fresh water fish and go with marine. will be starting soon so will be bugging you`s a lot for advice
     
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  3. werner5

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    just remember marines is much much more expensive than freshwater
     
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    Good morning Martin! A VERY WARM WELCOME to MASA (in this cold time of the year! ;))
    Great to have you on-board!

    You more more than welcome to ask as many questions as it takes, for you to become the absolute BEST reefkeeper you can be!

    Just a few pointers, though:
    1) Keeping marines successfully, takes a HUGE amount of PATIENCE! Everything in the seas, oceans and on coral reefs, has it's own time - DON'T try and rush it. Only bad things happen fast in marines!
    2) READ, READ, READ, READ - and then read some more! Knowledge is KEY in keeping a marine tank succesfully. Also - then only you KNOW what the best equipment, the best lifestock, etc. to purchase.
    3) NEVER just "believe" what a LFS tells you - PLEASE, ALWAYS come and ask us here at MASA our opinions! We don't have ANY financial gain in giving advice! We just want the best for you, and your lifestock!
    4) ALWAYS ask as many questions as you need to - there's NO such thing as a stupid question....

    Good luck with your journey into marines!

    Keep well and enjoy!
     
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    :welcometomasa2: to masa. hope you enjor your stay
     
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    Welcome buddy ! Get ready for the steep learning curve ahead, in this hobby you can't get by without learning . . . in time you'll be a master plumber, chemist, vet, engineer, electrician, botanist, biologist, photographer, and a master in patience . . . Welcome and good luck for the road ahead.
     
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    Welcome to MASA
     
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    Welcome to MASA!!
     
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    lots to learn so dont be shy to ask for advice:)
     
  10. martinkeyser

    martinkeyser Thread Starter

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    Thanx you all!
    already feel welcome. won`t bug you`s with questions yet, still doing some reading, reading and some more reading!
    sjoe, lots to learn. but getting there!
    see ya
     
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    Welcome to MASA!

    The more you read the better...remember ask as many questions as you want and need!
     
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    Hello and Welcome

    Just a Q.
    The tank you bought, is it a marine tank? With overflow for sump?
     
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    Welcome to MASA...
     
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    welcome to masa hope you will enjoy your stay
     
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    Welcome to MASA Martin, hope you enjoy your stay with us. Please read through my signature for some great beginner info.
    Just a Q - seeing that you bought a tank to keep fresh water fish, I suppose that it does not have a overflow? Or a sump?
    It's best to have a sump with a marine tank to keep all equipment like skimmer, heaters etc. Also to have a deep sand bed (DSB) for nitrate reduction - read up on that ;)

    :wave2:
     
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    Tobes Retired Moderator

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    O ja, make sure you have all the essentials like

    test kits - ammonia, nitites, nitrates, pH and kH for now
    refractometer/hydrometer - to measure salinity
    thermometer - temp :p
    Reverse Osmosis unit - it's best to buy this as you'll need RO water to make the salt mix and to top up water lost due to evapouration - you can also buy RO from a petshop, but cannot always be trusted :whistling:
    A TDS meter - measures total dissolved solids in the RO - must be 0 - 5 :)

    OK, I'll leave you now to go learn...

    ...and cry as your wallet will take a knock :p
     
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  19. martinkeyser

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    hey tobes and riaan,
    thanx for asking, but yes. it has an overflow and a sump. the guy that`s selling the tank actually have salt water fish in it at the moment. he ordered a new tank for his new bedroom. after me and wifey saw the tank we fell in love with salt water and that`s where it started.
    just got prices on protein skimmer, pump, rocks, sand,salt etc today from exotic aquariums today as he is keepeing all hiss old stuff.
    any suggestions regarding that? good place to buy?
     
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    Before purchasing anything speak to Lanzo at Dory Pets as he is a sponsor closest to you - People come from Newcastle to get hardware etc from him. We have shopped and some LFS's ripp people off and supply goods that are not compatible to your tank - after learning the hard way (felt like putting bricks through shop windows sometimes) we learned to shop around compare prices (Apples with apples) and Ask our sponsors on the forum for their advice i.e LAnzo etc. Dont be scared to ask.

    I have seen that some LFS's look outside what type of car you drive and make their prices accordingly sometimes ridiculously.
     
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    hmmm, bastards. thanx
     
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