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New Marine tank setup - Experts advice required.

 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:03 am Post subject: New Marine tank setup - Experts advice required. Reply with quote

 Hi  All,
 
 I  am  planning  to  start  a  new  marine  tank  (5X2X2)  ft  tank.  Can  somebody  give  me  some  expert  advice  on  the  key  essential  things  to  plan  for,  what’s  the  budget  I  need  to  plan  for.  Any  previous  message  threads  I  need  to  go  through.
 
 
 What  are  the  key  maintenance  activities  and  what's  the  cost  associated.  Do  I  need  to  be  at  home  all  the  time?  How  to  plan  if  I  need  my  vacation.
 
 I  have  experience  of  keeping  the  fresh  water  fish  (Cichlids),  will  I  be  able  to  be  successful.
 
 I  would  like  to  start  in  a  small  scale  with  some  hardy  fish  and  then  upgrade  myself  to  the  reef  tank  later  as  I  gain  more  knowledge.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:34 am Post subject: Re: New Marine tank setup - Experts advice required. Reply with quote

 Loads  of  patience  required  to  setup  marine  aquarium.  In  a  way  marine  aquarium  expenditure  would  be  inevitable  needless  to  say  even  for  a  water  change.  You  need  pristine  quality  water.  Most  important  is  keep  live  stock  load  as  minimal  as  possible.  You  need  test  kits  and  refractometer  to  constantly  check  water  parameter  and  specific  gravity.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 4:37 pm Post subject: Re: New Marine tank setup - Experts advice required. Reply with quote

 See  this  one
 
 http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=24347
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 11:28 pm Post subject: Re: New Marine tank setup - Experts advice required. Reply with quote

 Thanks  for  the  reply  guys.  
 
 I  stay  in  Hyderabad  ,  are  there  any  gurus,  I  still  need  more  inputs  before  I  start  my  project.
 
 Thanks  once  again.
 
 Couple  of  questions   for  tank  size  of  5X1.5X2  ft  (  124  gallons)  which  gives  value  for  money.
 
 1)  Filteration  (  Canister  Vs  Sump)  ,  advantages  and  disadvantages
 
 If  ,  Canister  whats  the  best  available.
 
 2)  Skimmers  (  Whats  the  best  available  in  the  market  ).
 
 3)  Water  change  schedule  .
 
 4)  Lighting  System  ,  whats  the  minimum  requirement  for  FISH  only  tank
 
 5)  Amount  of  Live  rock  and  dead  rock  that  needs  to  be  added.
 
 6)  Whats  the  amount  of  crushed  coral/live  sand  that  needs  to  be  added.
 
 What  are  the  different  water  parameters  that  needs  to  be  maintained.  Whats  the  best  test  kit  available  in  the  market.
 
 Sorry  gurus,  if  I  have  posted  lot  of  questions,  I  need  good  advice  because  of  the  myth  that  marine  is  too  difficult  to  start  and  be  sucessful  for  starters  like  me.
 
 Regards,
 Sashi.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:03 am Post subject: Re: New Marine tank setup - Experts advice required. Reply with quote

 Sashi,
 
 
 Since  you  are  just  starting,  I  would  suggest  spend  a  lot  of  time  on  planning.  This  is  the  time  where  you  can  get  many  things  right.  There  is  no  alternative  to  research  when  wanting  to  setup  a  marine  tank.
 
 Go  for  the  Sump.  I  wanted  to  go  for  Canister  and  after  researching  a  bit.  instead  went  for  the  sump.
 
 
 Get  as  much  Live  Rock  as  possible.  My  guess  is  around  40-60  kgs  would  be  a  reasonable  start.
 Skimmer  -  If  you  can  get  good  brands  like  Reef  Octopus,  nothing  like  it.  Else  you  can  go  for  Weipro  2017.
 
 Water  change  should  be  15  days  to  a  month.  I  go  20-25%  change  per  month.
 
 You  will  need  around  20-30  kgs  of  Crushed  Coral.  Live  Sand  they  say  is  better.  I  never  tried  it  out  though.  
 
 
 2  T5  should  suffice  if  you  are  looking  for  FOWLR.  If  it  is  a  reef,  lighting  is  entirely  different  ball  game.
 
 
 You  will  need  Salinity,  ph,  Nitrite,  Ammonia  test  kits  and  you  can  source  it  from  Chennai.
 
 btw  which  side  of  Hyderabad  do  you  stay.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:24 am Post subject: Re: New Marine tank setup - Experts advice required. Reply with quote

 @djay
                  I  read  your  earlier  post  mentioning  the  finer  aspects  of  marine  hobby.  Its  just  commendable  and  compliment  you  on  the  excellent  write  up.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 3:59 pm Post subject: Re: New Marine tank setup - Experts advice required. Reply with quote

 Thanks  Govind.  It  was  one  of  those  days  where  I  was  in  a  mood  to  write   Smile
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