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    Dreaming of My First Tank

    Hi everyone!

    For several years now I've been making trips to places where they sell fish and what-have-you, just to gaze upon them and get nostalgic about my diving days (I lived in the Caribbean for a while - yeah, literally!)

    I was involved in marine conservation over there, and have always felt a bit bothered by the idea of keeping a tank, for a number of reasons. But since I stumbled upon this site, I've realised I could have a marine coral tank without contributing to the destruction of wild reef habitats. I'm actually buzzing with excitement at the idea. Do I need to get out more? Perhaps ;-)

    Problem is I have NO EXPERIENCE WHATSOEVER in aquarium-keeping. But I would dearly love one day to have a very small mini-reef in my home. I am not bothered about fish. Maybe a shrimp or two would be nice, and the odd tiny crab or mollusc. But it is the corals I am most fascinated by.

    So I'm here to try and find our where to start. Reading a few books on the subject might be an idea. Can anyone recommend anything? And, perhaps, places where I can go to see well-kept marine reef aquariums?

    I'm in the Midlands, not far from Worcester - about as far away from the sea as you can get.

    Cheers!

    Jackie

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    Re: Dreaming of My First Tank

    Hi before i kept my nano tank i got a book called the nano reef by chris brightwell i didnt read it once i read it about 5-6 times so i at least understood the basics because this is not a cheap hobby so you dont want to make too many mistakes but all in all i have found it really easy if i was you go for a berlin system using live rock good water movement and good lighting the good thing about what you want to keep is that shrimps and crabs have no load bearing on the biological filter so you keep the water pretty sweet do regular water changes using RO water use a good salt i use D-D as it has calcium in it and keeps my levels around 450ppm (perfect for corals ,crabs,shrimps etc) and the ph stable so you dont have to worry about adding extra supps all in all keep things simple hope this helps you it really is a great hobby my tank is my little bit of the maldives my chill out zone

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    Re: Dreaming of My First Tank

    Thanks so much for that, I'll immerse myself in the book and start saving me pennies. One more question, tho. Does a nano-tank use much power, and is it the sort of thing that you can go away and leave for a week if someone comes in a couple of times to see to it? Oh, that's two more questions!

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    Re: Dreaming of My First Tank

    does it use much power? well it depends on what size nano eg: the bigger the more lights you need but saying that LED lighting has come a long way uses about 1/3 of power and lasts for 10years+ before you even think about changing them
    My nano is a D-D 24 gal it uses 75 watt compact T5 tubes and uses since i have a npower gadget that tells me how much it costs less than 1p per hour and that is inc pumps as for leaving your tank for a week well with your set up the crabs and shrimp live off algae and scraps and the coral get most from light well depending what corals so yeah i would say your safe but thats just my thinking
    cheers
    j

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    Re: Dreaming of My First Tank

    Popped into my LFS today and bought the book you recommended, and had a look at their set-up. They are new to nanos, but have an Orca TL450 on the go - mainly populated with Xenia plus a few mushrooms and a couple of blennies. Looks very pretty. They have larger marine aquariums and they seem to be doing their homework on the nanos so it's good to know they are there. Their price for the Orca seems fair at £145 too.

    I think the Orca will fit the bill for me quite well in terms of size and price, and they gave me prices for live rock, sand, water and replacement RO water. So I'll mull it all over, and immerse myself in the book.

    Cheers for all your help, will get back to you if / when I decide to go for it.

    Jackie

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    Re: Dreaming of My First Tank

    or you could buy 2nd hand i saw a complete set up tank and liverock sell for £120 on ebay last week also as i said keep it simple on my tank i dont have any filters so when you open the tank on your orca all the filter media carbon etc i have taken it all out just put filter floss in 1 compartment and then let the live rock do the rest and i dont use skimmers either simple and its worked for over 3.5 years
    J

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