Which tank?

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  1. StrayTang

    StrayTang

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    Hello ladies and gents,

    So i do think i may be stirring a personal preference question here,

    But i would like to know what people feel is the best size tank litre wise,
    And the over all best rated stand alone system, aka Plug and Play,

    Jewel, boyu, red sea, etc etc are just a few names i know and have researched,

    Please give advice!

    Which system is in your opionion,
    Is the best fully self contained all in 1 system money can buy,(filter, pumps, heater, skimmer everything in one)

    Regards
     
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  3. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    the RSM 250 is a great tank with everything, to me the perfect size is anything from 250-600L as thats the sweet spot for most additives that make it cost effective.

    I have only ever used RSM tanks, but for the same price you can get a custom tank built etc
     
  4. StrayTang

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    The Red Sea tanks are from what i have read very good,

    Jewel on the other hand seem to be done properly, i am looking at the Trigon 350,
    any experiences with this tank??

    what i am actually looking for is an easy maintenance tank, eg, water changes dont need to be done through the lid on top, they can be done via the sump and less mess less fuss, etc,

    i also believe that 350 liters or there around is the perfect size, will pretty much house most fish happily,

    anyone got a hidden gem in this type of system??

    regards
    Dallasg you have PM
     
  5. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    there are plenty options, no experience with jewel...
    there are some great tanks for sale here, even look at a custom cube with an LED etc, 700x700x500
    or 800x800x500
     
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    If you go for Plug n Play I think Red Sea is the best
    But if you simply going that way for convenience I think you can have a custom tank made for the same money with all the features you looking for.
    Eg I have drain in my sump and calculated the size of the sump to be exactly 10% of the total water.
    So water change = Drain sump (through installed drain) fill sump with new water, turn on return pump. Easier then it will ever be in a Red Sea tank even.
    For me I say think about what you want and see if you can have it designed for you.
    I would never get a Plug n Play system for the reason that for me personally I would make so many changes to the system so it can do what I want it to do that it is no longer just Plug n Play but that is just me
     
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  7. Brendan6

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    Very incorrect.
     
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    Ideal beginner size would be a tank from 250 to 500L

    Smaller than 250, and parameters swings faster. Above 500L and equipment just cost so much more.

    Fish selection options also becomes better as the tank size increase. Tangs in only larger tanks. But its not the total volume that's important for tangs, but the swimming distance. They would be happier in a 1.5m (by 600 by 600deep) tank than in a 900mm cube. Volume wise they are very close to each other, but the 1.5m gives 66% more straight line swimming distance.
     
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    Your tank is just the beginning. Read links in my signature, that will give you other info. Just have fun. It mustn't break your back, or balance, or cause a divorce, make sure your loved one loves the hobby too.
    Oh BTW :welcomewave:
     
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  10. Brendan6

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    If you want some larger fish, you can always go for the semi-popular shallower reef. Reasons...

    1. Equipment gets expensive over 500L, creating a shallower reef limits water volume
    2. Less depth for light to penetrate so its good for fish and coral.
    3. You could have well over a 1.5m tank if you limit height a bit and that's good swimming space.
    4. wave makers work a treat on shallower tanks.
    5. Shallower often means top view is easier (the best view for looking at the corals wonderful colours)
    6. There are plenty of shallow reef tanks that you can look through for inspiration.
     
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    thanks @carlosdeandrade

    7. You can have a 2m x 0.5m x 0.5m (with a water level of 0.40m) with 400L. Loads of swim space.
    8. With a long tank, if you like pinnacle scapes you could make 3-6 different pinnacles for your enjoyment, long arches and caves.
     
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    As a plug and play, I have been happy with the Aquaria 1.5m tank. It has a fairly good out the box set of features and equipment with the exception of the lighting. I added a DIY LED unit to the existing T5s. The look of the tank also fits in well.
     
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    I have been reading up a little and think the Red Sea Max E series may be the one for me.

    Does anyone have an idea when they will be available and pricing?
     
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    I'd agree with the aquaria tanks. They're amazing.
     
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    hmmm, do they all have the border around?

    Much prefer borderless
     
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    Id go with the red sea....the aquaria tanks look like old 60s tvs with those think black plastic borders...
     
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    The Red Sea tanks are a personal favorite of mine, definitely can't go wrong when it comes to quality and neatness of build as well as what it can support out of the box. That being said, I don't think the e line will be available in the next year in SA though. You can look at the existing line of tanks, it should tide you over until you decide to upgrade to a bigger tank (and that will happen, speaking from lots of experience, lol). :m03:
     
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    Couldn't agree more. Huge Red Sea fan here, they are the best all in one out of the box systems. Can't go wrong. Alot of different sizes to choose from as well.
     
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