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Ady34

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Hi all,
I know there's a few marine tank keepers here, and would just like a pointer to a good marine forum please.....just for a look and some good reliable advice, I've got an itch that might need scratching ;)
Thanks,
Ady.
 

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saltytank.com small but very friendly forum and I know some of their members have joined this forum. me included
 

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I hope I can say this ?
Ultimate reef is a superb forum to look and read around just unfortunately not a nice place to ask a question no end of arguing and stroppy replys from stuck up members
 

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I hope I can say this ?
Ultimate reef is a superb forum to look and read around just unfortunately not a nice place to ask a question no end of arguing and stroppy replys from stuck up members
+1 on that. I cant stess how friendly the other forum is you will definitely get good advice there and will be treated with respect
 

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Thanks guys, will have a look.
 

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Try Reef Central.
I was on there for a few years when I had reef tanks.
Lots of good info.
 

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I'd give +1 to saltybox,
Can't say how good the advice is as I don't know enough, but Thenanoreef.co.uk & nano-reef.com is somewhere I often browse because some of the nano tanks they get running are really impressive looking.
I used to look at reefcentral.com a lot as well for mantis shrimp stuff.
 

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Thanks guys, was hoping there might be a general consensus as to one in particular to make life easy :) ill have a look at them all and find one I like to browse.

I'm not talking to ady anymore...
Ha, dont worry, im not getting rid of the planted tank mate, but do fancy a marine nano. Just need to assess manageability and the size I'd need for 'cliche' a couple of clown fish and a goby or two with shrimp hermit crab etc. I just love the gobies, saw a two spot the other week in maidenhead and can't rid it from my mind!
 

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Thanks guys, was hoping there might be a general consensus as to one in particular to make life easy :) ill have a look at them all and find one I like to browse.


Ha, dont worry, im not getting rid of the planted tank mate, but do fancy a marine nano. Just need to assess manageability and the size I'd need for 'cliche' a couple of clown fish and a goby or two with shrimp hermit crab etc. I just love the gobies, saw a two spot the other week in maidenhead and can't rid it from my mind!
125l minimum i'd say
 

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Ultimate reef is good but has the same issues as a lot of really big forum, lots of different opinions and not always conveyed in a helpful manner. What is good is the 'Help team' which is a private forum that just admins and select members can read and reply, they will basically walk you through your tank day by day.
Saltybox is a bit more UKAPS style, smaller with friendly folk.

Its well worth trying a reef ady, they are still more interesting to view on a daily basis and a lot of the fish have personalities you dont get so much with FW, especially planted, unless you go big... oscars etc Unfortunately i got bored with it as fiddling and moving things around is a bad idea in SW, its all about keeping it stable.
There is of course the issue of £££££ too, double the cost of a full spec planted :eek:
If you like aquariums though its a must try at some point :)
 

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125l minimum i'd say
I was thinking bigger may be better for stability.....was wanting to use the 55l nano I have already, but this may only be good for a goby and some inverts.

Ultimate reef is good but has the same issues as a lot of really big forum, lots of different opinions and not always conveyed in a helpful manner. What is good is the 'Help team' which is a private forum that just admins and select members can read and reply, they will basically walk you through your tank day by day.
Saltybox is a bit more UKAPS style, smaller with friendly folk.

Its well worth trying a reef ady, they are still more interesting to view on a daily basis and a lot of the fish have personalities you dont get so much with FW, especially planted, unless you go big... oscars etc Unfortunately i got bored with it as fiddling and moving things around is a bad idea in SW, its all about keeping it stable.
There is of course the issue of £££££ too, double the cost of a full spec planted :eek:
If you like aquariums though its a must try at some point :)
Thanks Iain,
yeah I think I need to view a site with friendly and helpful members...not sure how you'd get to be one of the select members on UR, but walking through a set up would be good. At the moment it's just a persistent idea, but every time I see some marine fish I want to try them more. Low 'fiddling', long term would be ideal really as a replacement for the shrimp tank, ill always have the planted tank for that :) cost would be an issue which is why I wanted to keep it smaller really as live rock gets pricey the bigger tank you go. I'm sure it'll happen one day, but need to do some research to see if that time could be soon :)
ultimate reef is ok if a bit abrasive at times lol, i kept a reef tank for many years and i am only to happy to help in any way i can ;)Gary
very much appreciated Gary, ill not be shy should I have any questions :)

Anyone know when the new Fluval Sea set ups are released?

Cheerio, and thanks all.
 

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if you decide on a particular size of tank it might be worth your while to have a run to ocean corals in York the owner is very knowledgable and he can get aquariums built at very competitive rates including drilling the base and getting sumps made i got my freshwater tank made through his shop it's a 20"cube made of optiwhite glass cheers gary
 

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Thanks Gary, I suppose my next step is to go to a few specialised shops and chat to those who know and see some of the equipment on offer.....although I must stress in no way will I want to go to the great lengths that many reefers go to, I'd like a relatively 'out of the box' system capable of housing a few fish, shrimp crabs and some tougher corals maybe.
There's plenty to research, I like the idea of the fluval sea set ups but I'd need to know more about them and see one.
Cheers,
Ady.
 

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it's more than possible to have a marine set up without all the expense and all the expensive equipment. check out the 'berlin' method
mine was set up for about 3 yrs a 4ft tank with about 20 to 30 kg of live rock (bought for about £5 per kilo second hand) a second hand HOB skimmer for about £30. no need for any other filtration for the first 2 yrs I even used T8 tubes without any probs I then added a couple of extra T5's you'll also need 2 or 3 wavemakers plenty to be found on ebay... honestly it doesn't need to be a bank breaking hobby especially if you stick to soft corals. I'm only decommisioning mine due to health problems effecting my ability to maintainance. This was how mine looked its a Juwel rio 240 P5060069.jpg
 

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Sorry to hear you have to decommission the tank Kevin, looked very nice and also encouraging to hear it doesn't have to be a bank breaker!
 
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