Boyu tl550 equipment

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  1. bob o

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    Hi all

    I just recently acquired a boyu tl550 tank, as I really liked the size and look of it.

    I done a bit of googling and many people have converted their tank to marine.

    I'd really like to do this. Problem is, the tank I acquired came with no equipment, only the submersible pump. (All 4 compartments are empty at the back)

    I wanted to know, what equipment do I need to get?

    Eg, what specific pump, skimmers etc- would I need to get?

    As the tank was completely empty

    So, question is, what equipment do I need to setup a marine tank for the boyu tl550

    Thank in advance guys
     
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  3. Guardian

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    Hi there

    I would say that you at least have to start with a protein skimmer. I saw a Buyuo WG428 skimmer advertised on the forum for R350. That is a good starter protein skimmer. Rather go bigger than smaller.

    As far as I know the standard return pump for the tl 550 has a flo rate of 1400 liters per hour that is also not bad.

    I would also suggest to search the forum on the treats of the tl 550 where you will get some good advise on your Buyuo.

    Enjoy
     
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    I would just buy a tunze 9004 skimmer first time instead of buying cheap. Then maybe add some Seachem matrix for biological media as well.
     
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    Thank for the advice guys.

    Would the boyu wg428 be more than sufficient for the marine tanks needs?

    Or tunze 9004 be the skimmer that I ultimately need?
     
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    I have the WG428 for now and have no complaints. If you can afford the tunze 9004. Then go for it.
     
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    I ran a WG428 and I had no problems with it. Tunze is nice but $$$$$$$. R350 is for a used one as a new one will set you back at R800 :005:
     
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    Thanks guys.

    So after skimmer.

    What other equipment are the top priorities for a marine tank.

    Also, the standard boyu submersible pump fine as well.

    Just kind of want a list of the equipment that I need.

    Thanks again for all the advice guys
     
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    The pump works fine. Also serves as a flow medium when running through the tube in the tank the one with the small holes. You can add a wave maker but not really needed in that tank for now. How old is the lights? t5 or led. sponge for the rear and some Live rock pieces for substrate, you can use noodles but they tend to get dirty easily. you might need a heater in winter but the tank manage to keep its heat due to the closed top so its also not needed.
     
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    Power heads or flow pumps, heater and lights. Then you can go bare bottom (ie no sand or arognite) or the opposite and also a bit of liverock to start off with.
     
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    So I would say to get you started - tank, return pump, skimmer, decent globes pending whether you got t5 or leds, sponge, substrate, carbon if you going to add fish, sand for the display and some live rock also for display. That should do it...well it worked for me..
     
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    I got the t5

    Will try to do the LED upgrade in near future.

    Also. I was looking on various websites on what come with the unit. I saw that they include a UV steriliser. What's the boyu steriliser model that come with the unit?

    Further, is this a requirement for marine tank?
     
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    It comes with the pump but mine were disconnected as it wasn't working properly
     
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    Orca-TL-550-Protein-Skimmer-WG-428-0.jpg
     
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    hs-60a_6.png This should give you an idea. Ignore number 2
     
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    Thanks Marco

    That's a good reference to work with
     
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    You're welcome :thumbup1:
     
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    Don't worry about LED's, UV's, reactors etc. What I mean is keep it simple at first until you get the hang of it or not. So instead of spending too much in the start and selling everything a couple of months down the line because you feel it's not for you (and you won't get your full price for your items) make sure marine keeping is for you. There is a lot to this hobby and it can turn expensive quickly if you overcomplicate it. The starter basic is a tank, heater, pump, flow pump/wavemaker, t5 lights (and use correct globes for marine tanks not tropical tanks), Reverse Osmosis filter, test kits, aragonite, liverock, marine salt and of course mixed saltwater in your tank. Once you have all those and you start cycling your tank (where you can buy items to help start the cycling process) then you can look at buying Seachem Matrix Cubes and Carbon.
    Aaaannnd last but not least the most important thing is "MASA" to help with all your questions.
     
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    Most important thing you will need is patience...
     
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    Thanks again for all the help.

    I got the correct boyu tl550 uv filter for the tank today.

    But I don't have the transformer.

    Wanted advice from anyone who has the uv-5 steriliser, to indicate the voltage and mA rating?

    Could I cut wires to use an old cell phone charger?
     
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    Or is there a specific ballast transformer I could use? What would the voltage, watts, amp rating of the ballast be?
     
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