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  1. MavrickFDT

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    Hey Guys. :wave2:

    I am really new to the whole Marine Aquarium idiea really interested although I am still in the research phase, I currently have 2 Tropical tanks and I want to convert the one to Marine but I obviously have no idiea what basic equipment I might need( can anybody give me some advice? )

    Anyway I am sure I will learn what ever I need on the Net and on the forum but as you all know the more advice the better.

    Lastly high all and thanks guys for a really cool forum as I have been doing a lot of reading and there is a lot of knowledge here.

    Cant wait to start.
    Thanks
     
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  3. Tony

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    Hello and Welcome. Give us some specs on the tank you want to convert and we can point you in the right direction.
     
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    Well it is a small tank a little 70Lt with a 150 litre per hour filter ( dont know the specs) with a power head and 100Wat heater, and a 10W light ( I think).

    It is a small tank and I am sure it will work right?
    Or what do you suggest I change?
     
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    Welcome :)

    This is a HUGE challenge trying to keep such a small marine tank healthy.

    My only bit of advice is going at least 3 times bigger than that tank.

    Small volumes of saltwater are unforgiving and will cause endless nightmares and livestock deaths.

    GO BIGGER ;)
     
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    Well i have another 220Lt as well do you suggest that rather?
     
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    Welcome to MASA!!
     
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    Welcome to MASA...
     
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    A VERY WARM WELCOME to MASA Mavrik! Great to have you on-board! Please don't be afraid to ask questions! Also - please READ, READ, READ and then read some more!

    Also - please ASK as much as you can! That's the ONLY way you will learn!

    Please don't buy ANYTHING before you have come to ask us for our opinions!

    There's some AWESOME experience on this site!
     
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    Welcome to MASA Mavrick, hope you enjoy your stay with us. Please read through the link in my signature, it will also give you an idea of what you'll need.

    The 220l tank will be better, you'll have to get it drilled to be able to have a sump which is the best option IMO.
    You'll need a protein skimmer,
    flow pumps inside the tank,
    a return pump from the sump,
    fine sand (fine arragonite or reggies play sand) for the deep sand bed in the sump and for the main display,
    a refractometer to measure the salinity,
    test kits - ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, kH, pH, calcium for now,
    heaters,
    reverse osmosis unit to make 100% clean water to use with the salt,
    salt,
    strong lights,
    good quality live rock

    There are a lot more, but start to get all this so long - just a warning, good quality marine equipment and live rock will be expensive, but it's all worth it in the end ;)
     
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    hello mavrick:)

    great to have you onboard. Masa is indeed a great place to learn about marines, but its a better place to share experiences:)

    i have a 60l tank and its really tough to keep, warr is spot on saying go as big as you can:) the saying "small tank, big problems" holds very true in marines.

    have a read through the new memebers sections, many questions you might have will be answered there and if something isnt 101% certain, ask us again:) We will do all we can to help u and your tank along.

    welcome to masa and happy postings:)
     
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    Oh wow thats a lot of stuff and I am sure thats alot of expensive stuff, but okay.

    But when you have a small 70Lt tank do you still need sump?
    and will I be correct in saying that the sump is mainly there for filtration?
    And where do I get all of this stuff done like the drilling of the tank?
     
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