Im thinking of getting a Orca tl-450 13gl, My first question is are they any good? and second what sort of number of fish are we talking about i was thinking 3 maybe 4 small fish over time , but been told 1 maybe 2.
I am new to this about a month ago, and I have an Orca TL-450 and IMO they are an ideal starter tank for marine fish, its not too expensive, its an all in one and a basically good little tank.... Well thats what I think anyway.
I have been told you can keep upto 3 fish and a forth one maybe much later, but you can also have your Clean up crew made up of Shrimps, Hermit Crabs and Snails which are also very fascinating to watch
I dont think you'll be dissappointed if you get one I'm amazed by mine every day, it really is a fascinating hobby.......
If your mixing your own water, you will need Sea Salt, you will also need some Marine Gravel of some sort, A Hydrometer to check your Salt Levels, a Thermometer and a Marine Testing Kit to test your Water Levels, all of these things you should be able to get when you buy your tank and ask them at the shop and they should advise you more on these things......
Thats probably all you should need for the time being
Having just set my Orca up (2 weeks ago) i can tell you exactly what you will need.
Tank Stand RO Water (Excess for top ups) Sea Salt Substrate (I used live sand) Tank scraper/magifloat (for cleaning the tank glass) Buckets (for mixing RO with Salt) Thermometer Marine test kit (im using the Sera Master Kit) Hydrometer Fine Filter wool (collect all the crap in the tank)
Sounds strange but i would also recommend buying something to mix the water and salt, i brought a spoon type kitchen utensil. Worked a treat!
I think thats about it, if you can get hold of it i would highly recommend picking up last months and this months Practical fishkeeping magazine as they have some good tips on setting up a nano reef, especially in this months one! If you can't get hold of them everyone on here will be glad to help!
Don't take anything out of the chambers but the filter wool that you should put in with the ceramic noodles needs to be taken out and rinsed every few days as do the balls in the heater compartment.
Mag floats are fine on acrylic and glass in my opinion, i have one for my coldwater tank which is acrylic and it's fine. But the Orca is glass so you shouldn't need to worry about whether they are ok for acrylic.
Thanks Swanny - I honestly thought it was Acrylic....... oops my mistake!
Thanks for the advice - i'll get myself some of the filter wool this weekend. Sorry to be a nuisance but also, do the ceramic 'noodles' stay in their little net bags or should they be emptied into the 1st chamber?