Boyu TL-450

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Hi! My name is Gertjie

I would like some advise from all you guys on a Boyu TL-450 58L tank. A friend of mine wants to sell it and I am interested. It has its original light, pump, sponges and heater. Its skimmer is missing and dont know if UV is included. Would it be a bad choice for a first marine tank(had freshwater aquarium for 10 years)? I read some modifications made by you guys and sounds great.

I was looking to purchase a 600mm(L)x450mm(H)x320mm(W) tank and start a Nano tank but this Boyu caught my eye.

Would you buy a new tank or is the boyu(with some extra accesories added) fine for a beginner?

Thank you in advance!!!
 

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Welcome to MASA. The advantage of a second hand small tank is you get away with starting up a lot cheaper. The disadvantage of a small system is stability. If something should go wrong it has quite a huge affect on the tank inmates, like salinity or temp changes.
 
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Welcome to the forum !

Tobes has already eluded to the disadvantages of going with a smaller system.
Smaller tanks are a lot less forgiving than their larger counterparts in terms of stability.

However, I have also just started up my Boyu TL450 and I'm looking forward to growing a successful reef and learning a lot in the process. I believe that discipline, patience and diligence is the key to successful smaller reef keeping.

Lastly, you may want to consider what you are paying for a second hand Boyu.
Remember that you will need to purchase a skimmer . For a Boyu tank this will set you back approx R 400 (Boyu WG skimmer) , so you need to add this to the amount you are paying for the Boyu.

The Boyu TL450's retail anywhere from R 1700 upwards, depending on where you buy.
For this money you are getting a brand new system.

Might be worthwhile considering new rather than second hand .
Just my 50c worth.
 
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Thank you for all the welcomes and advice so far. Will then take the advice, and make a final decision.

Thank you to everybody that makes this site so informative and fun to read!!!
 
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I started with a boyu and enjoyd every moment of it!!! Sponges at the back? You should take them out dude...
 

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