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Hi all,

I've decided to keeping a marine fish tank. totally no experience in this because i only use to keep freshwater fish.

I've gotten quotes from various supplier, the estimated cost for a 3 X 2 X 2 full system tank with a full height cabinet ranges from 3-4k.

however, these packages does not comes with a chiller.

How are the prices? am i being carroted?

I want to keep corals so i guess chiller is essential?? but i dont plan on stocking too heavily on it as i'm still a newbie, so im looking at like just a few maybe 2-3 soft corals .

anyway, one of the supplier quoted me 3k with no chiller, but i noticed his tanks has those soft corals im planing to keep. he explained that those are anemone and i have to hand feed them.

actually what is the main difference between soft corals and anemone? i still have to feed the corals right?

and it's a bit difficult for me to understand why does soft corals need a chiller but a tank with anemone do not.

Hope somebody can enlighten me.

(originally posted at DIY forum, realized it is more appropriate here)

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Welcome To The Salthy world!.. :yahoo: Firstly corals need cool water anemone or not..is best to have as our tropical weather is warm and humid..yes corals do well with feedings..anemones are carnivorous "some" tho..so its good to feed and Keep temp around 25-27 degress.max warmth around 29degress..ok difference between corals and anemone..hmm..anemones are cniderians like jellyfish. They are are all fleshy and can sting. Coral is a member of the poriforas and are single celled organisms living in colonies. They have hard calcium rich shells and they cant sting unlike anemones..Thats about it..:) Hope It helped! :cheers:

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Hey Sarah. Im a newbie as u as well. Only in the game for a few months. Started my 2ft cube with a hailea chiller, bm nac 3.5 skimmer, skimz FR, T5 lighting, jebao wavemaker and thats about it for a basic setup! And i think chiller is essential for corals unless u wanna go for fish only tank den a fan will do.

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Rule of Thumb of temperature requirements:

31-32 deg for FOWLR

28-30 deg for fish with LPS

27/28 deg and below for fish with LPS n SPS

these are rough guides, however, you need to pay extra attention to the species of Livestock you are going to buy.

try to follow as close as possible to their natural habitat conditions, chances of survival are higher


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$3k-$4k for a 3ft tank without any support equipment definitely smell like carrot. Unless you are talking acrylic tank, then its dirt cheap. Have a chat with N30 tank maker and see if he can give you a better price if not at throw in return pumps or wave makers or lights. Oh ya and if you are getting a arctica chiller, go for 1/4hp and bigger. Dont make same mistake like me that run hard on 1/5hp and waste electricity. Sent from my GT-I9300 using Tapatalk



Reviving my reef tank :

Crystal glass 53" x 22" x 17" rimless (inclusive of 12"x22"x17" IOS)

Life Reef HVS3-24 with mazzei venturi

ATI Sunpower 8 x 39w T5 (4 x Blue plus, 2 x Aqua blue special, Coral plus)

ZET Light 3 x 3w LEDs moonlight

Arctica 1/3 Hp + 1/4 Hp back up

Vortech mp40w x 3 + Jebao wp25

Eheim 1264 x 3 + water blaster 5000

Vortech back up battery

TLF-150 + Rowaphos

Activated carbon

Kamoer 3 channel + CaCl2 + NaHCo3

150L Refugium with DSB, miracle mud, cheato

2ft T5 x 2 light tubes for refugium

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3-4K got comes with any equipment ??

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| Display : 48x30x22 Skimmer : SK-201 skimz

| Sump : 30x24x18 Wavemaker : 2x RW-15 , 1x RW-8

| Cooling : 1HP titanium drop in coil ATO : JBJ

| Lighting : ATI Sunpower 8x54w + 48x cree xte royal blue Return : Jebao dc-6000

| Dosing : Jebao dosing pump [ CaCl2 + NaHCO3 ] Pump :

| Reactor : FSZ Z160 zeolite reactor & phosban 150

| System : ZEOVIT

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      Clean the glass. A healthy tank will have some bio film & algae growth on the tank after a few days.
      Magnet scrapers are popular. Be careful not to get sand trapped between the cleaner & the tank glass/acrylic as this can scratch the glass. Some have magnetic blade attachments which is an efficient way to scrape off stubborn algae.
      Hand held scrapers are good for hard to reach areas and close to the sand bed. Do not apply excessive uneven pressure when using hand held scrapers as they tend to scratch glass easily.
      If you have an acrylic tank, use only cleaners with a soft  cleaning pad. Metal blades will scratch acrylic.
      Cycling & adding livestock
      Once the tank is set up, cycle the tank with bacteria additives. This takes about 4-6 weeks to complete. After which you can start to add livestock slowly. Read up about care requirements & whether your aquarium set up is ready or suitable for it. Key points :
      Marine fish can be territorial & aggressive towards fish of similar species, shape or color. Some are just bullies to everything else Aggression often lead to injuries, stress & often death. Check compatibility Corals of the same family in general will not sting each other. Corals can be aggressive & sting corals of other species. Some fish or invertebrates eat corals. Author - @SubzeroLT
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