Boyu TL 550 - 3rd week running - Levels

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  1. pmalan1000

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    Hi Guys,

    Thought I will post update of my little Boyu TL 550.

    Background of Tank:

    Boyu 550 - 130 litres
    Boyu L200 Chiller
    Stock Skimmer, Lights and Pump
    Removed all Filter media that came with the tank.
    Overflow chamber I put in black filter sponge for filtration and 10 BioBalls I took from Sam's Aquarium's sump filters
    Second Chamber is the Skimmer
    Third chamber is extra 1200 l/h pump for the chiller
    Return chamber is the heater ( never on ) and the stock return pump

    2cm of Live Sand ( fine white ) at the bottom of the tank
    10 KG FIJI Live Rock
    Fitted extra powerhead inside the tank flowing water over the live rock

    Stats as meassured tonight : Tank has been running 3 weeks now

    Ammonia : 0
    Nitrite : 0
    Nitrate : 50 ppm
    PH : 8.0
    Salinity : 1.025 ( Specific Gravity )
    Temperature : 25.2 C
    Carbonate Hardness : 7.7
    Alkalinity : 4.22
    Phosphates : 0.2
    Calcium : 300
    Magnesium : 1500

    I have also a green algae problem which is starting to spread rapidly.

    Couple of Springtails visiting on the surface of the water.... fast little buggers.


    Can anyone please advise me if I am on the right track and some advice if I need it.

    Thanks in Advance

    Pierre
     
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  3. 459b

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    Tank looks like its still cycling. Things seem ok, nitrates still a bit high.
    What units are you using to measure alkalinity?
    Calcium is also a touch low, try get that to at least 380.
    Are you dosing anything?
     
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    pmalan1000 Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the reply.

    I use Salifert Test Kits, but more specific the KH/Alk Profi Test, which meassures :

    Alkalinity : 4.22 meq/l
    Carbonate Hardness : 7.7 dkh

    Not dosing anything at the moment really, except SeaChem Stability.

    Cheers
     
  5. mandarinman

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    turn the lights off when cycling. it prevents algae forming as much. get rid of the bio balls as they tend to produce a lot of nitrates. cos that is what they are designed to do!
     
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    Sounds like a nice setup.:thumbup:
    Nitrates are really high, I find when my nitrates are high it contributes to the algae growth.
    As mentioned above keep lights off during cycle. Don't stress about a bit of algae in the beggining I had the same problem, it seem to be worse with new tanks, as the different types of algae also go through some kind of a cycle. Also you should try keep the phosphates under 0.1 as they can also contribute to algae growth, this can be achieved with a product called phosgaurd.
     
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