Change of Mind( Was going to convert)

Discussion in 'Boyu TL450 and TL550 advice' started by Al, 3 Jun 2008.

  1. Al

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    Hi Guy's,

    I decided against converting my Tropical tank to Marine. Instead im going to buy a new Boyu TL 550 Marine tank:thumbup: . I have read quite a few threads here. Sounds like a nice tank to have. Im really looking forward at trying my hand with marine fish :) .

    How many Fish can you keep in a tank 130L tank?




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    Depending on size... Each person has a slightly different perspective. Rather get a larger tank if you want tons of livestock.

    Else buy the tank and post a "stocking list" and the members here will be able to advise you further ;)
     
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    Hi Al - this also depends on whether you are going to get a skimmer as well.

    The basic rule is 1 inch of fish for every 4 gallons of water (so, 2.5cm of fish per 4.5 litres of water)....

    Now - this means that you can only get like a maximum of 2 or 3 medium sized fish, or perhaps 4 to 6 small sized fish..... this would increase SLIGHTLY if you add a hang-on skimmer....

    Just also remember that you cannot add very active fish (like some damsels, any tangs or surgeons), neither fish that requires a LOT of pods to survive (like most butterfly fish, manderins, etc....) at this stage either....

    You should look at clown-fish, blenny's, gobies, some of the smallest pygmy angels, chromis, etc...

    Good luck mate!
     
  5. Al

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    Thanks Guy's.

    The Tank comes with a built in Skimmer. So i will probably looking at about 6-7 smaller fish in the tank. :thumbup: I will probably get my tank this afternoon or tomorrow and then start to Cycle the tank.

    Any advice with Seachem Stability to cycle the tank?
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    Hi Al - it seems that SeaChem Stability seems to be the way to go, as many reefers believe in using it....
     
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    Thanks.:slayer:
     
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    Al: I think even though the BOYU is 130L, its footprint isn't that big (because it's a cube), so even though the water vol is cool for maybe 5-6 small fish they don't have many places to go, this means you should stay away from territorial aggressive fish as the other tankmates will struggle to get away...
     
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    Hi Al and welcome. The 550 is a cool tank, check my thread for answers, also look at matt165's, he has done loads.
     
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    Welcome!!

    Ahoy Al!!

    Welcome to MASA and the Nano clan!! Ha ha.. I've also got a Boyu TL550 but you gotta give it loads of love all the time. If i had more space I would've gone for a much bigger setup. Anyways, enjoy and post some pics of your tank. Where did you buy it??
     
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    Hi Jaak!

    I also would have gone for a bigger one if i had space. Bought it at SAM's.

    You can check out some of my pictures, Thread name "My first Saltwater Tank"
     
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    same here TL-550 into my 4th week of cycle, also bought at SAM's !!!
     
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    Happy Times Al!!

    Dude, If you can you should try to get to Panorama Petshop in Parow as they sell all the same equipment for a whole lot less than most LFS's. You can check pics of mine on my thread "The Long Road...:
     
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    Hi Sammy!

    Im in my 3rd week of cycling:) . do you have any fish?

    Thanks Jaak!mustmake aplan to go there.
     
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    Quinton Smarty-pants Newbie

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    I have the same tank - they're great. Rather understock at first, until you have a feel for the nitrate buildup rate. 4-5 small fish is a good start, as has been stated already. Jacques' list is spot on.
     
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