Howdy (Boyu TL550)

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  1. Marine007

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    After setting up several fresh water tanks over the last few months I finally took my plunge into the salty side last night when I scooped up a 5 month old Buyo TL550 from Gumtree.:thumbup:

    Worked until midnight to set it up and I pray that when I get home from work all will still be well.

    So what I bought:
    - Boyu TL550 + stand
    - +-20kg of fully cured 3 year old live rock inside (came from another tank into the Boyu)
    - 2 African clown fish
    - 1 Cleaner shrimp
    - 1 Turbo Snail
    - Several (but well hidden) red-legged hermit crabs.
    - T5 lighting unit (previous owner found the Boyu lighting to be ineffective)
    - A Large mushroom and some interesting stuff - yet to be properly identified by me - on the live rock
    - Auto top-up unit
    - Refracto meter
    - Several other tools, test kits, etc


    So keen to see if things remain stable and alive after moving the tank for 3-4 weeks and then I would love to add to the collection.

    Would definitely be coming here for advice.
    I've noticed that it seems to be quite standard to upgrade your Boyu. Advice on what to upgrade (and with what) would be greatly appreciated.

    I spent a lot of time with a razor blade last night scraping of green algae, so advice on algae control would be greatly appreciated.

    Will try to post some pictures over the next week or two.


    The Boyu is my expirement to see if I can cope with a marine tank.
    I also have a 2mx0.6mx0.6m tank drilled with a sump which is currently hosting Oscars. The plan is to "one day" convert that into a marine tank. So hoping things work out with the Boyu.
     
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  3. RiaanP

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    Welcome to the dark side.
    What you know about fish and freshwater, not a lot are applicable in the marine world. Completely different.

    Anyway, waiting for those pictures.
     
  4. belindamotion

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    I have to ask...did I read this wrong...?
    Did you'r Tank not cycle...? You mixed the salt and added the "livestock"...? or is this the "5month old" Tank that you bought with everything in it already...? If that's the case...you might need to get some Stability as you might have a "spike" from the move...
     
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  5. Marine007

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    Some more info:

    So the Boyu tank is 5 months old, but it was started with live rock and water from an existing (3 year old) tank. So it was running for 5 months (but fully cycled to my complete novice understanding).

    I did not only pickup the tank, but took drums and collected all the water as well. Just added 25l of "fresh" water (created with salt and RO water) as a water change during the process.

    Hope I didn't screw it up.


    So - yep you did read correctly - it was last night that I bought and set up the tank, but in the existing water.
     
  6. Marine007

    Marine007 Thread Starter

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    Forgot to mention - I did throw in a cap of Stability last night when I setup the tank.

    (Fortunately Stability seems to be one common component between marine and freshwater tanks!)
     
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  7. belindamotion

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    Everything sounds perfect...:thumbup:..the only problem I see is the lack of pictures...!!! We don't like being deprived of photo's...:lol::lol:
     
  8. Charl_Stanhope

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    Seems like you have done things right. With the move you would get a little spike in ammonia etc. So by adding some stability you are helping your bacteria cope. I would add a cap full everyday for a week. It would be good to do a complete water parameter test, so you could see what needs to go up and what needs to go down. That way it would be easier to identify and rectify your algae problem. Pictures help alot? What kind of filtration are you running in the rear chambers. ? Some of the stock boyu things arent the best and a few small changes would benefit the tank hugely. In the first post you didnt mention anything about flow in your tank,that might be the primary source for you algae problem.But please post some pics so we could see your setup.? :thumbup:
     
  9. Mc

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    Sounds like its going alright how about some pics.;)
     
  10. yusiG

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    Exactly what I did. Only I left 3/4 of the water and all the live rock in and drove 20km/h (literally). Took a week to get fully stable again though :thumbdown: look forward to seing your tank bro. :)
     
  11. Marine007

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    A few snaps with my cellphone. Will get better pictures once life slows down a little...

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    Nice I like a lot of live rock and the purple coraline algae is really looking good.:thumbup:
    Just make sure the water can flow through the rock work so you don't have any dead spots where detrius can build up.
     
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    Looking good sofar.
     
  14. mandarinman

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    How are things going? I havent seen or heard anything! And am hoping that tank and yourself are doing ok!
     
  15. Marine007

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    Thanks for asking. Doing very well. Just returned after a weeklong holiday.

    I realised that the tank wasn't level at all after I set it up first. And also realised the stands feet weren't adjustable. So built a platform with adjustable feet and had to take out the water, rock, etc and re-setup the tank.

    Below some updated pics.
    I added a couple of fire shrimps and a few more turbo snails.

    I also added a red seastar, but that went horribly wrong.
    First it looked like it stubbed its toe as some "skin" were coming off. In a few days all the skin disintegrated and the seastar withered and died. (Advice on how to prevent this in the future will be greatly appreciated!)


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    Looks like thing are going well.
     
  17. NickW

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    Tanks is looking good :)

    Maybe i am seeing wrong here, but i see that the hood on the tank is up and you have laid additional lights across the tank? are those there to stay and planning on removing the hood? or are the lights just temp :)
     
  18. Marine007

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    It is a 4xT5 lighting unit. Got it with the tank. Previous owner of the tank indicated that the built in lights were not up to the task for the corals, etc. So I keep the lid open and I am using the lighting unit full time (on a timer switch).
     
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    Ok i see, you mentioned earlier in the thread about upgrades, alot of guys with the TL550 mod the lights :).
     
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    did I spot some Aptasia?........or is it my imagination?
    What is that green fern like thing inside the tank?
     
  21. Marine007

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    I'm new at this - it could very well be. Came with the tank.
    Forgot what the green stuff is called...
     
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