marine tank

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  1. LyndonRV

    LyndonRV Read Only Funster

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    morning i have just brought 4ft marine tank with a 4ft sump with it plus all the other bits and bobs. does any body now it you can get a controler that works the lights on a timer ans also checks the water condition? :Smile:
     
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    I've kept a amrine tank for about five years. My lights T5s run off ordinary household plug in timers. Unless anything has changed over the last few years water quality is down to you. You can get auto top up units and temp. alarms, but everything else is manual.

    The books all tell you about salt content, ph, nitrate, ammonia and nitrite, but phosphate is also a good one to keep an eye on.

    www.marinefishuk.co.uk well worth a look.

    The most valuable think I learnt about keeping marines is that there are as many opinions as there are fish out there, so take everything anybody (myself included) tells you with a huge pinch of salt, reef friendly of course. A dealer once told me that a pulsing xenia would consume nitrate in a tank. This is no lie, it will ( a gnats worth), and I bought some from him. This was to be the last purchase I ever made from him.

    Dave
     
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    we have two freshwater tanks, 55ltr and 200ltr and like Dave, we use a couple of ordinary cheap plug in timers.

    water quality and control will be down to you.
     
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    Gosh, hope you have someone to look after it when you go away in the van - some of our biking mates used to have them but could never find anyone with sufficient nous to look after them when they went away on holiday.

    One lost all the water twice - came home to literally floods and an almighty stink. He had had a fresh water aquarium for about a million years prior to that with no mishaps at all. Anyway, good luck and don't forget to get a couple of 'Pierres' (cleaner shrimps) - I love watching them!
     
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    Good luck - I would love a marine set up .... but its the maintanance that puts me off.... it would limit our MH time !!

    We have freshwater setups and understock them and overfilter in a big way to reduce the frequency of water changes required... so we only have to persuade someone to feed our tiddlers when we are away..
     
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