Can anyone recommend an online retailer for purchasing materials to start a marine tank? Or more importantly are there any that I should avoid?
I have just been through an awful sequence with one online retailer called Charterhouse who were reknowned for their good service but my first order has been a disaster and I have had to cancel the order and request a refund. I do not recommend them.
Specifically I am looking for items like Salt, Test kits, hydrometer, power heads, live sand. Pretty much the whole lot except for the rock and aquarium.
Trace47, I have spent the last few weeks agonising over the exact same decision. I was originally contemplating buying a juwel aquarium and adding the bits and bobs to make a marine setup but I opted for a plug and play nano like yourself.
I guess it really depends on your budget. How much are you looking to spend?
I opted for the Orca TL-550 and despite very poor setup instructions it is an amazing piece of kit. I laughed when I saw the instructions for the stand which was basically an image of what it should look like when completed. Its not a kinder surprise toy Boyu!
Thanks for the interest everyone. I have since purchased an Orca TL-550 which is 128 litres. I've gone ahead and put in 50 litres of RO yesterday and will be getting 50 more today...the hard way with a lot of muscle! How much do you guys pay for RO? When I used to run my freshwater planted tank with Discus I would buy it at ?3 per 5 gallon refill but now the same shops sell it for ?5 per 5 gallon.
I am now looking for Live Rock. My LFS is selling it at ?14.95 per KG which imho is too expensive. I have found an online supplier that is based near me who are selling it at half price but they are out of stock for a week. I am aware that Live Rock will displace a lot of water but I had no idea that it could do as much as 45 litres in a 128litre aquarium!
So if anyone can recommend a Live Rock retailer I would appreciate it!!! I want to get good quality so I don't mind paying extra for it. I trust my LFS and have seen the live rock they are selling in store aquariums for the past two weeks so I am confident that it is fully cured!
Hi guys, I have now bought a second RO canister so I now have 2 25litre canisters. It just wouldn't be practicle to buy any more as I would only need it for initial fill. How have other people with big tanks gotten over this issue or has everyone got their own RO units installed?
Looks like I will just have to do it the hard way of filling it up in 5 trips. Given that is 250 kgs of water to lug around I am gonna have to spread it over 2-3 days.
Hi everyone, Thanks for the responses. The cost is not a factor at all it was more baulking at the effort of carrying the 5 gallon containers.
If I am getting a 200 litre aquarium I don't see the point in getting an RO unit installed as I will only be doing 20litres a week max and they output more than that in a day right? I object to the concept of wastage of water as well as the cost.
My LFS that sells RO is not close to me and I am not aware of any others. Also its gonna be a real back pain doing the initial fill up. With my single canister it would take me at least 7 trips possibly 6 accounting for displacement of the LR. That would be back breaking and very time consuming. I was just looking for alternatives as once the initial fill up is done I will manage fine with a single trip per week to get water.
Does anyone know of an RO delivery service for North London?
I am just about to order my first marine tank(deciding between orca tl-550 and aqua one 200). I have been keeping tropical fish for over a decade and have always used dechlorinated tap water for that. I also have a planted tank that I use RO water for the plants and discus (very sensitive)that I keep.
I intend to keep Fish with live rock only. My question is, Is it necessary to use RO for this? I have recently had a de-salination plant installed which I understand removes limescale and other minerals. Is this water suitable.
I only ask because I have a water meter at my house so buying an RO unit would cost a lot due to wastage and buying and transporting 5gallon containers of RO from my LFS is both costly and difficult because it is not so local.
Do I have to suck it up and do the trips or is ther an alternative?