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barryjarvis barryjarvis
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  • Posted on: 13/2/2014 14:54
Re: Marine starter tank #1
I'm also new to marine and have just purchases a new setup (like you i'm jumping in at the deep end).

I went for a Fluval Roma 200.

I didn't get it from seapets, i got it from my local shop. They also modified it and built me a sump system for it.

The tank is a more reasonable price, but don't forget everything that goes with a marine setup.
For example, on top of the ?500 for tank/sump i've just ordered ?210 of live rock & sand. Then another ?100 for a skimmer. Then another ?100-ish (if not more) for testing kits, refractometer, powerheads, and other accessories.

That's all before i've even looked at a fish!
It soon mounts up so choose wisely :)


barryjarvis barryjarvis
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  • Posted on: 13/2/2014 13:53
New tank - Check my method please? #2
Hi guys,

New around these salty parts so just wanted somebody to make sure my method is on track for a new tank i'm getting delivered tomorrow.

It's a Fluval Roma 200 with a sump system that my local shop have made for me.

So, it's being delivered tomorrow and here's what i'm planning:

1) Setup in location, fit pipes for sump etc
2) Make sure all electrical's (lights, pumps etc) work
3) Fill tank with water from LFS (via sump?)
4) I should now have a tank/sump with water cycling round
5) Live rock being delivered next weds - remove some water to allow for displacement and add live rock
6) Add sand
7) Top up water
8) Hope for the best :)

I know it would be nice to have the live rock going in with the water but as it's not being delivered until a few days later i figured i could use this time to make sure all is working as expected. My theory is that this will also give the water plenty of chance to get to temp etc.

The left over water that i have (from removing to add live rock) - can i keep that for future use or would i be best to get rid of that?

Any tips appreciated :)


barryjarvis barryjarvis
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  • Posted on: 13/2/2014 11:28
Re: New members please say hello #3
Thanks for the welcomes :)

I've just come back from the shop where they're just putting the finishing touches to the tank - it's being delivered tomorrow evening :)

Hoping to get it setup and live rock in it this weekend


barryjarvis barryjarvis
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  • Posted on: 13/2/2014 11:22
Re: Marine 'Tools of the trade' #4
thanks for the reply... i'll check out the salifert stuff once i've finished the API kit i've already got.

off to ebay to grab a refractometer :)


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  • Posted on: 10/2/2014 12:00
Marine 'Tools of the trade' #5
Hi all,

I have my new marine tank setup being delivered later this week and so am currently well in to the research process of setting it all up etc and making sure i have everything in place ready to go.
So, with that in mind i'm after a shopping list of things that i'm going to need.

Here's so far:

1) Water Testing Kit - Most places it seems are pushing me towards the API kits. I presume this is suitable for now? (i have read that the Salifert kits are better?)

2) Hyrdometer/Refractometer - Refractometer is apparently more accurate so i'm heading towards that (i'd rather buy right the first time). Any recommendations?

3) Cleaning equipment - Here's where i'm completely open. Any "must have's"?

I know this is probably really basic stuff but what i don't want to do is go out and buy what i *think* is right, only to then find out i could've bought something much better for the same money, or not a lot more etc

Like i said, i'd rather buy the right stuff first time round.

Any help/advice appreciated.


barryjarvis barryjarvis
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  • Posted on: 10/2/2014 11:51
Re: New members please say hello #6
Hi all,

Another new member here :)

I've been pulled in to marine setups by a friend of mine who recently set one up and after years of the wife and i debating whether or not to do it, we've decided now is the time!

So, last Friday i went over to our local and ordered myself a Fluval Roma 200 which they are modifying an making a sump system for :)
Hopefully be having it delivered later this week and can't wait!

Now, i'm off to ask a ton of questions!