Adam's TL-450

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  1. eb.adam

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    Hello everyone! :)

    I bought a Boyu TL-450 in early 2011 (I think January/February). I started with NSW, live sand from the beach, and Prodibio Start-up. After 4 weeks I added some of my coral. After another 2 weeks, I added 3 fish. After a bout of whitespot (and loss of all livestock), I've decided to take things easier on the livestock side.

    Changes/modifications:
    • Removed all the stock filtration (including skimmer)
    • Added a Boyu WG-308 Skimmer.
    • Added phosphate remover.
    • Added SEIO Prop 320 and Boyu WM-101.
    • Added about 7-9kg's of live rock.
    • Added a PC fan (blowing air out). Got the egg crate idea from fly*. :)
    Hardware
    I have an auto-topup which I haven't "formally" set up as yet.

    I just began running the WM-101 and put the SEIO prop off... Will run SEIO prop at night and WM101 during the day (on the same timer as my lights). Depends on how the corals find it, I'll see from there. With the SEIO Prop, there's no real dead spots. I've mounted by WM-101 on egg crate (using cable ties). The suction cups wouldn't work on the back panel since it is not glass.

    My lighting is currently the stock lighting. I run them from 8am to 8pm. I don't use the LED moonlights. I've also managed to get another TL450 hood. Going to investigate the possibility of LED lighting.

    I had a digital thermometer which packed up. I use the normal mercury one that I used for my freshwater tank. Temperature sits around 26-27 degrees at this point.

    My heater is stock and set to 25 degrees centigrade. All pumps in the back chambers are stock. The arm for the return pump is tilting toward the surface to keep water "more" oxygenated.

    Livestock
    I currently have no fish.

    As far as clean-up crew, I have a cleaner shrimp and a number of hermits. I think this will remain as such for a few weeks.

    As far as corals, I have number of different Zoas, Pulsing Xenia, Purple Shroom, Metallic Green Shrooms, Frogspawn and some other little guys.

    Maintenance
    I do a 15L water change every 2 weeks or so. I need to be more punctual in this regard. I dosed with Microbacter7 every week (when I had fish).

    I feed fish once/twice a day. Now that I have no fish, I sink flakes every morning.

    I have my float switch set to turn a lamp on when my water level drops as such. I then top up. Will work on it before the holidays. I lose about 1.5L a day. I have a refractometer as well. Use it for some top-ups and changes. Salinity sits at 1.024.

    I use a little plastic card and magnet cleaners to clean the glass.

    My skimmer collection cup fills up every 2 days or so, I empty, rinse, replace.

    Extras
    I've been battling with a few types of algae, water changes helps A LOT. I've found a small piece aiptasia as well. Going to inject with kalk tonight.

    Now onto the part everyone loves, PHOTOS :D

    Photos
    The chambers from left:
    1 - Return pump and float switch.
    2 - Heater.
    3 - Skimmer.
    4 - Phosphate Remover and Thermometer as well as pump into the skimmer chamber.

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    Some of my livestock:
    Metallic Green Mushrooms
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    Frogspawn
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    Green Zoas
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    Zoas & Pulsing Xenia
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    Pulsing Xenia & Crab
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    Green & Orange Zoas - Not fully opened.
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    Acrobatic Shrimp
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    Continued in next post... :)
     
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  3. eb.adam

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    Full Tank Shot
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    Thanks!
    Big thanks to @Falcon, @Keeganp and @fly* :)
     
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    Looking good,nice and clean
     
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    tank is looking good mate. Keep it up and keep us updated. With pics that is :lol::lol:
    How you finding the wg 308 boyu skimmer as Im in the middle of upgrading mine. Just need to find the best one for my tl550. Love the corals. How long have you had the frogspawn for?
     
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    :thumbup: Looking super dude!!!

    Your Pulsing Xenia has really grown very well man... Im coming to steal some :tt2:
     
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    @Ugen - Thanks!

    @Charl_Stanhope - Thanks! Will do!

    As far as the skimmer goes, I don't really have livestock to test it with. It seems to be doing a better job than the stock skimmer when I had no livestock with it too. The reviews are also generally better. There are other options from Boyu for the skimmer. (WG308 and WG310 which is the same diameter, but taller). Ask SAMS in CPT. They would advise you best. :)

    I only have the frogspawn for just under a week :)
     
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    @Keeganp - Thanks bro. Feel free to come through! :)
     
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  9. Ugen

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    Hey Adam,were about in Durbs are you from?
     
  10. eb.adam

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    Greyville... Near racecourse...
     
  11. KeeganP

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    Ugen Has the Boyu 550 also looking good.
     
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    Ok Cool,I am not to far in Morningside near Mitchell park,Thanks Keegz
     
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    I've seen your thread Ugen.. GOOD STUFF :thumbup:
    We should meet up? :)
     
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    Keep in touch,anytime
     
  15. KeeganP

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    how do you frag Pulsing Xenia?
     
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    Eb the tank is looking leka!Just needs some fish...but patience will pay off hopefully!

    Those mushrooms look really happy in their new home:thumbup:

    What fish you thinking of when the time comes?
     
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    i usually take a scissor and snip away :p
     
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  18. KeeganP

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    Really that easy??
    Do you hear that Eb..? I'll bring the scissor :lol:
     
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    @Falcon - shot for ALL the help and inspiration!!! :D thinking of 2 clowns and maybe a yellow tail blue damsel... Need some blue... Maybe a peppermint or glass shrimp too... :)
    Probably after Maldives though... Let's see what happens...

    @keegz- LOL i'd frag like how Ahmed does! Bring your scissors :) I'll give you the piece on the rock with the reddish zoas or maybe some of the top ones too... :)
     
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    Slmz EB! Your tank is looking stunning man!
     
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