Boyu TL550 with sump

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  1. Kevin

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    After a year or so, I have finally installed a sump for my TL 550.

    I will post pics of the modification soon.

    I have drilled a 32mm hole into the back of the tank for the overflow and a 20mm hole for the return. The back of the TL 550 is glass not acrylic so I had to source the drill bits. Builder warehouse have got in diamond drill bits from Torkcraft. I paid R129 for the 20mm bit and R169 for the 32mm bit.

    Drilling was a breeze, but I did quite a bit of practise before hand on old glass.

    The overflow, will start to operate from tonight. I have split the overflow into the sump into two lines. One line will run over an ATS and the other will flow directly into the chamber of the return pump.

    I have set up a DSB underneath the ATS in the main chamber. The sand is playsand at a depth of appox 12cm. On top of this I want to put in Chaeto and some other macro algae.

    The return pump is 2000L/hr, I dont know if this is too much for the tank. Advise will be appreciated.

    I still need to install some lights in the sump for the ATS and for the algae growth.

    Space is limited so I am going to put 2x50w downlights for the sump and try and squeeze in a 23W CFL floodlight for the ATS. I hope this is suffiicent or is it overkill?

    After all of this, if I still have space, I want to chuck the Boyu skimmer as far as I can throw it and put in a lekker skimmer in the sump. Any advise here would also be appreciated.

    Here is a pic of the sump. It is approximately 60L.

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  3. nickv1

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    I have the same system. Added a BH1000 ReefOctopus skimmer onto it this week.

    Your sump idea is appealing as well.

    Thanks for sharing this with us.

    :)
     
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    How is the BH1000 performing? I am sure it can only be better than the standard Boyu skimmer :)
     
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    Kevin - the ReefOctopus BH-1000 skimmer outperforms the "standard" Boyu skimmer by about 1000 times!
     
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    Kevin

    Skimmer only in for a few days but thus far huge difference in water clarity. Glad I made the change.
     
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    I looked them up and they seem to clip on the outside. I think I will be able to modify the back of my stand so I can clip it on the sump.

    How much do these skimmers go for? I already had to explain to my wife, why I spent so much on diamonds (drill bits) and they are for the fish :p
     
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    sounds pretty cool, wanna see pics if you are done ! please share !
     
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    OK, I started the pumps and overflow last night. All seems to be running well, except the ATS is splashing water everywhere. I will have to do some mods this weekend.

    Here is a pic of the plumbing at the back of the tank.

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    Here is the overflow. It is a simple elbow joint which I can turn to adjust the height of the water in the DT.

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    This is the return line from the sump

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    This is the ATS, used a normal white cutting board. Will experiment with different things to get best results. Currently it is splashing water all over.

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    A pic of the sump minus ATS

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    Any advise would be welcome.

    I will install the light this weekend. I think I am only going to go with the 23W CFL flood light as there is not enough space.
     
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    Big problem. I was installing a saddle to hold the overflow pipe in place and when I moved the pipes to get it into the saddle, I heard a crack. :(

    The back of the tank cracked were the overflow comes out of the tank. I have managed to repair the outside with Pratelys putty, but the is still a very small leak. Fortunately the glass cracked right at the top so there is not much water pressure but the tank has been weakened.

    I am going to try and fix the inside this weekend with glass weld (an epoxy putty) and see if it holds. If not I will have no option other than to drain the entire tank and replace the back glass which will be a real mission because the fram of the nano is glued on with silicon.
     
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    Maybe drill a small hole in front of the crack so that does not run and then place another piece of glass over the crack and slicone it to the back panel.
     
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    It's a small tank, drill a 10mm glass and stick it with silicone to the back side and clamp it, happened to me with bottom plate and tank is still running!!!!
     
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    Nice mods, sorry about the crack. Next time rather build a small external overflow box, so if the glass crack it is easy and cheap to fix ;)
     
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    I will try to cut some glass and stick it on the back. Good Idea's. I managed to glue the inside with epoxy putty and the leak stopped, but with glass anything is possible, especially if there is vibration. I think sticking glass to the outside is the best option as it will add structural strength.

    This weekend, I finished off most of the sump. All I have to do is mount a door to the cabinet and it is finished. The wood I bought for the door was slightly warped so it does not close tightly. I am busy making it straight, so it will take a few days.

    I installed the rest of the overflow into the sump to reduce splashing and noise and added a plastic mesh over the cutting board to reduce noise and splashing.

    I also added a 46W CFL flood light inside the sump facing the ATS.

    Now it is a question of hurry up and wait to see if algae forms on the ATS and to see what the nitrates do.

    I am still running the pathetic Boyu skimmer until I can afford another one.

    Now all I need to get is some Chaeto and some sand to seed the DSB.
     
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    Last night the first signs on brown algae appeared on the plastic mesh on the ATS.

    I am keen to see what the nitrates will do. Currently they are still sitting on 15.
     
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    Great illustration pics.
     
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    Looking good Kevin! You will be very happy in a while......
     
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    The ATS has got good algae growth within a week. My tanks water has never looked so clean.

    I will post pics over the weekend.

    I used to struggle to keep the water temp below 27 and now it is sitting at 25.5 without moving much.

    I will do a nitrate test tomorrow to see if there has been any improvement.
     
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    I cleaned off the first algae from the ATS on Saturday, a week after initial setup. There was a lot of brown slime algae which I wiped off the plastic board. The smell of this stuff was similar to that of what comes out of the skimmer cup.

    I tested my nitrates and for the first time in a very long time they are sitting at 5. Before I installed the sump the reading was between 15 and 30. This may also be due to the amount of new salt water I had to add to fill up the sump. Time will tell.

    Also I have absolutely no green algae growth on the sides of my tank. There is still some one the back wall but it seems to be diminishing.

    Below is a FTS. The water clarity is the best it has ever been. Now time to stock with plenty corals.

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    The flood light and ATS before cleaning.

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