what are the mistakes you made when starting your first Marine Tank

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  1. blackghostknife

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    Hi All

    I hope this is not a stupid question to ask, I hope it’s just a case of the saying there is no stupid question, but only a stupid answer, so before I think of buying anything and starting, i want to learn as much as I can, so if I can ask, would you tell me your mishaps in starting a Marine Tank, your knowledge will be greatly appreciated, it will help me, not make the same mistakes, and save time and money, I also hate losing life stock, which I’m sure you all do too.

    Thank you
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  3. KeeganP

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    :) Dont ever rush things... take it easy and go one step at a time.....

    It's really easy, Let me tell you the steps I did when I started? (for the second time)

    1. Put in substrate, and LR
    2. Cycle for 3 to 4 weeks,
    3. Test your water.
    4. once your water is tested good, add a fish or two, leave them for at least a week or two before adding in any other livestock,
    Always give sometime between adding livestock so it does not shock your system...
    I’m not sure if you read up on the cycle and what really happens. But the cycle is there for building up beneficial bacteria which break down nitrate's and other stuff. (other reefers correct me if I’m wrong)
    So when adding livestock there is an increase in nitrates and the beneficial bacteria need to build themself up to level out the nitrate's and other elements.

    So the slower you go the better :)
     
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    blackghostknife Thread Starter

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    Thanks Keeganp, it’s funny you say that, yesterday, i went to my LFS just to look at prices and the guy wanted to sell me the whole setup for 10K and he said it’s a special price only for me!
    I think a bit doggy?
     
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    That Depends on the equipment he wanted to sell you and size of the tank.

    My stupid mistake i made a couple of years back was to do a water change with R.O. water and no salt :lol: god i was a dumb :asshole: lost all my shrimps
     
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    Mistake you can make, is to take your wallet with you to the LFS.

    LEAVE YOUR WALLET AT HOME.

    Check what you want, go home, google it, ask MASA for comments, then if you still want that thing, go back with just enough cash to buy that thing, and that thing only.

    NO IMPULSE BUYING.

    That, my friend, is the best piece of advice I can ever give anybody.
     
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    Alan Admin MASA Contributor

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    This is about the best advice out there, ask the questions here before spending the money. What is your experiance as far as keeping fish, fresh water or salt water?
     
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    Alan Admin MASA Contributor

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    Okay just saw your new member thread, if you are a competant fresh water aquarist, then you have the basics down and things fall into place a little easier. Patience and research are the key here.
     
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    Agree with RiaanP ...
     
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    Hi Alan

    I have been keeping Freshwater fish for the past two years!
     
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    This hobby seems to expensive to allow me to impulse buy anyway lol
     
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    That is my worry as well, the Expenses, what are you spending on a monthly or yearly bases?

    For interest sake!
     
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    It is expensive in the beginning but if planned properly then the expence does drop off and is not too bad on a month to month basis.
     
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    i dunno yet about monthly cost - am still planing to convert my FW tank but so far to convert (Skimmer, Powerhead, Hydrometer, water, Test Kit, Live rock, Lights, substrate) its probably gonna cost me R8000 for my 460l - I am soo hoping to get that total down, and thats without a fish lol

    and the wife doesnt know it yet :blush:
     
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    HI Alan

    could you give me a figure, +/- monthly?
     
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    +1
    you will hear a number of people say that mariunes make you broke (some guys greet every nooby by saying welcome to the broke side) but thats crap. If you plan and have more than half an idea of what you want, how to keep it etc then this hobby realy isnt that expensve at all.
     
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    Its nice to learn from other's mistakes, but you learn the best from your own mistakes :thumbup:
     
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    Trust me the time will come,
    This weekend i just went to buy a bucket of salt, i walk out with the bucket of salt as well as a regal tang.
     
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    KeeganP that is so true, but I hate that saying with such a passion! :lol:
     
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    Depends on what you want to run, a fish only system, fish only system with live rock or a full blown reef? A fish only system does work out cheaper to run as you dont have the lighting or additives on a monthly basis. You could also get away without a skimmer on a fish only system, although i wouldn't recommend it.
     
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