Orca MT50 Nano 80 litre Aquarium including filter system, water pump and light [£89.95 @ Charterhouse Aquatics] - HotUKDeals
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Aquariums are hard to get heat here, but I think this is a very good price for a nice sized tank with accessories.
Available in black & silver.

Described by it's maker as; Novel, Vogue and Larruping aspect and Design it has a creative slide-type and turn-over type structure, the aquarium lid can be slid back and forth or turned over around the rear hinge. Further more, the aquarium lid can be slid & turned over to hang vertically on the rear wall outside the aquarium. This brand new aquarium is completely self contained.

This newest edition to the Nano Cubes comes complete with filter system, Water Pump and built in bio chemical filtration system & Lighting.

Tank Spec
Size: 455LX490WX495H(mm)
L: 80L


Power Saving Light
Voltage: 220/110V
Freq: 50/60Hz
Power&: 24W


Submersible Pump
Voltage: 220/110V
Freq: 50/60Hz
Power: 25W
Flow:1100L/h
Lift:1.3m
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#1
New house + Cheap home for fishies = heat :)
#2
Free shipping as well. :thumbsup:
#3
Charterhouse are a really good company, I used them for my Biorb :thumbsup:
#4
Similar price at Warehouse Aquatics
#5
Nice.. But what sort of fish can I use this for (wanting something with the least amount of effort!).:?
#6
Daniel_Saeed
Nice.. But what sort of fish can I use this for (wanting something with the least amount of effort!).:?


These would be pretty easy looked after http://www.arcatapet.com/item.cfm?cat=9399
#7
The Juwel Rekord 600 is the same price on there too if smaller is desired. The Elite Style 60 too. I've bought from them and they are good.
#8
Hmm due to buy a new property soon and thinking this would be a nice edition. Any idea if these things are hard to maintain? Heat and Rep added.
#10
nice little nano,been looking for a nano to set up and put my clown fish in witha few zoas,having a jig around in my main marine tank.heat added thanks for posting :thumbsup:
#11
had a nano all in one system...not the best idea!
the parts start to break after a year and its a nightmare to replace.
Make sure nothing is integrated into the tank and that every part can be easily be replaced
#12
mamboboy
It has a nice amount of floor space too so you could put in a couple of crabs, too.

Just as long as you make fortnightly 10-20% water changes to keep your fish happy, you shouldn't come across many problems :)


i was told not to put the likes of crabs/lobster with the fish as they are prey? ended up putting a couple of shrimp in to hoover the bottom, but recently both shrimp and a platy suddenly died within a week!? was told after a water test that there was excess ammonia in the water. the pump that was supplied with my tank is crap, so it might be inefficient for my tank.
#13
my crabs used to snap at the fish,it was sort of amusing watching them wait for the fish to swim past and grab them, apart from the fact the fish cost so bloody much!!!
#14
I mainly have hermit crabs.. always trying to get out but never ever attack the fish or vice versa.

Cleaner shrimps are entertaining, and it's worth getting a few snails to clean the inside too.
#15
Crabs do climb up anything and my sons used to walk up the heater cable and sit on top of the filter.(crabs do really need to be able to get out of the water and in the shops the tank will only be about 1/3 full of water) lobsters are the ones that will eat your fish once they grow big enough(they will eat every fish you have).For tropical make sure you "cycle"the tank before putting your fish in otherwise they will die.If anyone needs advice or help on setting up a tropical tank then message me and i will advise you .(i have kept fish for about 8 yrs but only have experience on tropical currently got a 220 litre tank)
#16
Cleaner shrimps are entertaining, and it's worth getting a few snails to clean the inside too.[/QUOTE]

I don't like snails because once you have them you can't get rid of them, i prefer fish to clean my tank and there is so many to choose from.I never had shrimps might get a few
#17
hutchir9
Cleaner shrimps are entertaining, and it's worth getting a few snails to clean the inside too.


I don't like snails because once you have them you can't get rid of them, i prefer fish to clean my tank and there is so many to choose from.I never had shrimps might get a few[/QUOTE]

no point in snails they look horrible. get a pleco (brisstle nose if possible) and these well keep your tank nice and clean.
#18
Hi, I've always wanted an aquarium for my flat. Just a few questions:

Whats sorts of things do I have to do to maintain it?

What sorts of fish can I get without adding extra things?
#19
Thank you so much for the reply. Thats exactly the kind of response I was looking for. The pipes in my building are lead so maybe a filter for the water first might be necessary (getting one anyway).

What kind of heater is necessary, also running costs?

What size is the tank btw, I fear it may be a bit small? Surely the figures it gives isnt corrent (mm it says)

Reckon I will go ahead and get one, reckon my cat my raise the fish stress levels though :p
#20
mamboboy
I'd go with tropical fish. Marine is expensive and a lot of effort to maintain. Coldwater, on the whole is fairly cruel as goldfish should be in ponds and are very dirty. But there's not much wrong with having 2 of them in an 80l tank.

All you'd need is a heater for it to be tropical (I personally avoid 'treatment' chemicals unless there's a disease outbreak) and you are good to go. At 80l's you've got enough room for a decent amount community/shoal fish in there. It has a nice amount of floor space too so you could put in a couple of crabs, too. I'd personally find a good, respectable pet shop/garden centre and tell them your tank size...they should be able to help. You can always tell a good one by whether or not they have marine fish! :thumbsup: It means they are commited on the upkeep of the fish - unlike chains like Pets At Home, who get new fish in every week, and will quite happily sell 8 goldfish for the 30l biorb somebody just bought!

Just as long as you make fortnightly 10-20% water changes to keep your fish happy, you shouldn't come across many problems :)


AS you seem to be quite knowledgeable on this topic do you know of any user groups that exist for aquaria? Tried google but don't seem to be able to get anywhere. Thanks :thumbsup:
#21
Good deal on this particular aquarium..Voted hot..

If anyone is after a full walkthrough on how to set up and aquarium right from scratch and with lots of pics and good commentary, then this link to CheekyCichlids Fishtank Log is a very good resource, and will have you up and running in no time at all, and with no dead fish..:thumbsup:

http://www.tropicalfishforums.co.uk/index.php/topic,722.msg9374.html#msg9374
#22
Charterhouse Aquatics were awful when I ordered from them. It took a month to arrive, I had 6 days off work for no reason waiting for it, they didn't answer the phone or reply to e-mails, items were missing when it did arrive, and I received no apology or discount as a result.
#23
mamboboy
As it is, the tank + equipment is almost capable of having coldwater fish, you need:

-gravel
-plants (real or plastic) / ornaments
-an oxygen pump (the Eheim 100 is great, and fairly cheap at around £15..but you can get cheaper ones obviously)

But then all you need to add is a heater to the equation (around a tenner on fleabay) and then it's perfect for tropical/freshwater fish. I'd personally do that, as there isn't much of a diverse range with coldwater fish...

When initially filling the tank with water you need to allow it to cycle for around a week. This can be sped up by the overpriced bottles you buy in stores, or you could just ask somebody with a tank for some of their water - a pint will do, but the more the better. You know when the process has started because the water goes cloudy.
You don't want to go all out with your first batch of fish. Get something cheap and cheerful, one or two neons for example...there's a chance they won't make it but it's a gamble you take when you first set up a tank.
If you regularly maintain it (fortnightly 20% water changes) and avoid over-stocking the tank then everything should fine as you are keeping the fish' stress levels down. Also If you are in a hardwater area (i.e. you can taste the chlorine in water), then you'll need some tap water solution. The water is fine in my area , but in bigger cities it's probably a lot more harmful to the fish/

There's tons of guides on the internet which go more indepth. See if this one helps at all...

http://www.fishlore.com/FirstTankSetup.htm


Like mikka said thanks for this response i was going to ask the same really but usually get negative posts or people telling you to avoid buying if you dont know, I`ll certainly have a look through the links, Thanks again :thumbsup:
#24
alecb
AS you seem to be quite knowledgeable on this topic do you know of any user groups that exist for aquaria? Tried google but don't seem to be able to get anywhere. Thanks :thumbsup:


I've just joined [url]www.ultimatereef.com[/url] was given a great welcome and have had some cracking advice. although remember opinion on any subject can differ.

Also if you are thinking of this for a marine reef tank then be prepared to spend another few hundred quid on 'other stuff' like rock, water, upgrading pumps, salt, test kits etc.
#25
Just been thinking of buying an aquarium & this comes up :-)
#26


Looking at the proximity of the tank and the pool table, it's an expensive accident waiting to happen!!!
#27
BorisTheSpider
Looking at the proximity of the tank and the pool table, it's an expensive accident waiting to happen!!!



The tank is made of Super tough commercial acrylic instead of glass, tough enough to withstand being accidentally hit by a ball from the personalised pool table next to it..

You wouldn't spend a hundred grand on a marine setup only for it to be placed to close to a pool table and have some plonker put his cue through it or knock a ball off the table and smash it would you..:roll:
#28
http://www.reefsafe.co.uk/ marine forum,,excellent i was one of the first to join it a few years back,growing huge now with info

next preference is http://www.ultimatereef.net/forums/index.php another excellent marine forum

and another huge forum http://www.reefsuk.org/ again been on there for around 5 years.

all marine sorry but if anyone wants to turn this into a nano marine and you are new to the hobby,get on one of them and find out the answer first.

i know its nothin to do with this deal,but its better to get good info than first before you buy.cause if you want a marine out of this,you may need to swap the internal pump for more flow,get rid of any media it comes with bio,and use just live rock for filteration,phos remover etc in the chambers.
#29
mamboboy
When initially filling the tank with water you need to allow it to cycle for around a week. This can be sped up by the overpriced bottles you buy in stores, or you could just ask somebody with a tank for some of their water - a pint will do, but the more the better. You know when the process has started because the water goes cloudy.
You don't want to go all out with your first batch of fish. Get something cheap and cheerful, one or two neons for example...there's a chance they won't make it but it's a gamble you take when you first set up a tank.


Just clarify this...

A week is barely enough time to cycle a tank unless you are able to clone your filter with mature media from a donor tank.
Also taking water from a donor tank will serve very little purpose. The cycling process allows for beneficial bacteria to grow on your filter media, and as such the 'water' contains very little, (if any), of the bacteria. If you can get some filter media from another tank and shove that in your filter - GREAT, if not, I'm afraid transferring water is going to do little for you.
Also, there are 2 methods to cycling, Fish-In, and fish-less. If you opt for Fish-In then as mamboboy states opt for just a couple of small fish, and make sure you stay on top of water quality, (daily changes usually whilst the filter bacteria develop).
I would NOT recommend neons though, as they tend to be only suited to mature tanks, and are quite likely to die if you use tehm as the initial fish in your tank.

For more information on cycling see here:
Fish-In: http://www.fishforums.net/index.php?showtopic=175355
Fish-less: http://www.fishforums.net/index.php?showtopic=113861

I can highly recommend this forum for any fishy stuff:
http://www.fishforums.net/index.php?/index

:)
#30
Quick q. for you fish tank experts. Anyone know where to get a cheap tank large enough to accommodate an ATX motherboard tray? (About 25cm wide) Just needs to be nice and simple, would be happy picking up a used one from someone too.
#31
UberTiger
Quick q. for you fish tank experts. Anyone know where to get a cheap tank large enough to accommodate an ATX motherboard tray? (About 25cm wide) Just needs to be nice and simple, would be happy picking up a used one from someone too.


I'd think either ebay, or else Aquarists Classifieds ( http://www.aquarist-classifieds.co.uk/ )

:thumbsup:
#32
Im still thinking this may be a bit small... are there any bigger ones for good price or photos where you can really see the size of this thing? Measuring it out 45cm by 49cm is pretty small.

Then again maybe if I like I can get a bigger one later down the road.
#33
Hope someone can help with a few questions:

1) I'm guessing this doesn't come with a stand.. what do you recommend to keep this on? (i'm looking to put this in my kids nursery)

2) how many fish could this hold?
#34
mikka23
Im still thinking this may be a bit small... are there any bigger ones for good price or photos where you can really see the size of this thing? Measuring it out 45cm by 49cm is pretty small.

Then again maybe if I like I can get a bigger one later down the road.


If you are doubting the size of it now, don't get it.
One piece of advice with Aquariums is never buy smaller than you want, you'll only regret it.
Many people will tell you no matter what size you buy, you will eventually feel that a bit bigger would be nicer :)
I know I do sometimes, and I currently run a 300L, a 60L and a 40L tropical tank.
The other thing is, up to a point, a larger tank is easier to keep that a smaller one. Think of it like this, fish are sensitive to changes in the water. If something goes into 20L of water, it will have a large effect on water chemistry, whereas if that same 'something' goes into 200L of water it will have a significantly lesser effect. The end result is that larger tanks make it easier to keep the water parameters stable, (you will however end up carrying more buckets when doing water changes! :-D )
#35
Funder;7950273
If you are doubting the size of it now, don't get it.
One piece of advice with Aquariums is never buy smaller than you want, you'll only regret it.
Many people will tell you no matter what size you buy, you will eventually feel that a bit bigger would be nicer :)
I know I do sometimes, and I currently run a 300L, a 60L and a 40L tropical tank.
The other thing is, up to a point, a larger tank is easier to keep that a smaller one. Think of it like this, fish are sensitive to changes in the water. If something goes into 20L of water, it will have a large effect on water chemistry, whereas if that same 'something' goes into 200L of water it will have a significantly lesser effect. The end result is that larger tanks make it easier to keep the water parameters stable, (you will however end up carrying more buckets when doing water changes! :-D )


Thanks for the tip, these two tanks seem to be more the size I would like. Wonder what your opinions on them are:


Juwel Rekord 800 Aquarium - http://www.charterhouse-aquatics.co.uk/catalog/juwel-rekord-aquarium-p-557.html

Fluval Roma 125 Designer Aquarium Only - http://www.seapets.co.uk/products/aquarium-supplies/aquariums/fluval/fluval-roma-aquariums/fluval-roma-125-designer-aquarium-only.html
#36
Funder
I'd think either ebay, or else Aquarists Classifieds ( http://www.aquarist-classifieds.co.uk/ )

:thumbsup:


Cheers, will check it out :thumbsup:
#37
mikka23
Thanks for the tip, these two tanks seem to be more the size I would like. Wonder what your opinions on them are:


Juwel Rekord 800 Aquarium - http://www.charterhouse-aquatics.co.uk/catalog/juwel-rekord-aquarium-p-557.html

Fluval Roma 125 Designer Aquarium Only - http://www.seapets.co.uk/products/aquarium-supplies/aquariums/fluval/fluval-roma-aquariums/fluval-roma-125-designer-aquarium-only.html


Personally I'd got for the Fluval, but that is purely because the filter is a seperate component, giving you greater flexibility, whereas the Juwel has an 'integrated filter', which is not something I am keen on.
#38
Akiriano
These would be pretty easy looked after http://www.arcatapet.com/item.cfm?cat=9399


PMSL
1 Like #39
Yep, I decided I want to go with the Fluval. Only problem I have now is finding a cheap cabinet or table that is strong enough. Don't suppose anyone has some recommendations.
#40
I am looking for a nice tropical tank...shame this needs another heater to make it into a tropical tank as the price is great.

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