watsup marine aquariums SA!!!

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hey watsup everybody!
recently got a boyu nano tl450 i think...
gonna only start it up in the new year tho...
soo yea,obviously got a few questions regarding ideal way 2 setup the tank,
and a few q's regarding the filtration system at the back...
stayin in cpt,but movin 2 pe next year,so some contacts over there would
be much appreciated!!
take it easy all...PEACE!!
 

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Hi, welcome to MASA, this is a great place to start learning, so fire away with all your questions.
 

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welcome
 
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tks 4 the warm welcome.....
i have alot of the obvious(wateva) questions,so pls bear with me...
gna number them and hopefully print out the asnwers and keep as a kind of reference...
as i satated b4,got the boyu tl 450 or sumthin...only gna setup nxt year and take it real slow...for obvious(wateva) reasons,including cost....quite intersested in creating a thriving biome for crabs and hermits etc...no real immediate plans 4 fish...maybe in the future tho...
and now 4 the questions....

1. best media and in what compartments to place them in(4 filter compartments at the back) 1 to 4 ideally.

2.best substrate to use?

3.should the base of liverock be slightly buried in the substrate?

4.what extra circulation shld i use...eg a nanostream or 2 or what??...actual brand names wld be ideal pls??

5.nsw and lights off for maturation time?? and can i add the water and liverock at diff times....

tks guys,hopefully u can help me out....later
 

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Hi Ross! A VERY WARM WELCOME to MASA! Great that you have found us and joined MASA!

OK - answers to your questions:
1) remove ALL the default media that you get WITH the tank:
- place in there: live rock rubble, phosphate remover, SeaChem Purigen, Activated Carbon
2) ABSOLUTE BEST (touted to be) CaribSea Pink Aragonite - aragonite in general is "SAID" to be good.
Personally, I would just use Playsand...... BUT, it's your choice in the end.... (aragonite is FAR more expensive than playsand)...
3) You could have "base rock" made from bio-rock - place this on the glass bottom of the tank, and place the substrate around this. Place the live rock on top of this base-rock. Alternatively, make stand from PCV piping, and place the live rock on the stands
4) Yes - Nano-stream or 2 will be GREAT..... Actual brand names: Tunze, SEIO
5) NSW is good. Many people use only NSW... I do - Alan does, Mekaeel does....
Others again believe only on synthetic salt..... You can have lights on for a few hours during the cycling time of your tank. YES - you can, BUT - it is better to have the live rock in the tank from the beginning..... better filtration - better cycling - better/more stable tank....

Good luck with your journey mate!
 

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Welcome to MASA Ross!! Good to have another reefer in Cape Town!!
 
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tks boss...will print out this stuff
as a guide...
pretty sure ill have a few more questions somwhere along the line
 

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Ja boet, WELCOME to MASA

Just one thing, if I may ask (and please don't take this wrongly, it is not a flame...) - PLEASE write in proper English. Internet forums are not SMS messages, and you have a whole, full-sized, keyboard to type on. I (for one...) find it quite difficult to decipher this SMS-speak.

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hi again
just another question....
if replacing filter media eg bio balls and ceramic rings with
LR rubble or peices,should i just basically fill the chamber to the top
with rubble?...should i put the rubble in a mesh bag?(stocking)
or what?...

thanks again guys...take it easy
 
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oh yes,in the compartment(when looking straight on the front of the tank,its the far right one) with the actual uv steriliser i think!...
there is a sponge surrounding the steriliser,should i remove the sponge,and if yes,
what should i replace it with???? if anything at all??
 
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