My Boyu TL-550 (With Mods)

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  1. Manic

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    Hey everyone,

    Just wanted to share with everyone what my tank looks like and show the modifications I've done so far. Any comments would be appreciated.

    Well my tank has been running for just over 5 weeks now. Started with 25Kg of fully curred live rock and 5Kg of aragonite. I'm not very patient and I wouldn't be able to just sit and wait for my tank to cycle. So to keep me busy and patient I decided to slightly modify the tank. Here's a few pics of my modifications so far:

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    Here a full tank pic (The glass is a bit dirty but getting a snail tomorrow and wanted to leave it some food)

    2 x SEIO 320 Prop power heads for flow

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    Some of the mushrooms that came with the rock

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    Huge brittle star that also came with the rock (Don't no if it is a good or bad thing)

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    Some mods I did to the back compartments of the Boyu.
    Firstly removed everything that the tank came with and threw it away (This includes the giant sponge that was only gonna cause trouble, the bio-balls and the ceramic noodles)

    From Right to Left.

    Compartment 1: Filter Floss on top off eggcrate with Carbon and Phosphate remover below
    Compartment 2: Skimmer and Heater
    Compartment 3: 4-5Kg of live rock
    Compartment 4: Upgraded return pump (1200Lph), Standard pump still used to return the water from compartment 4 to compartment 2. this increases the flow through the live rock and also improves the circulation around the heater.

    The white cable is just the probe for a thermometer.

    Most modifications for the tank were electrical. First I took the hood apart and instead of only one cable supplying both the led and day lights with power, I rewired the hood so now my day lights have their own plug and the LED lights have their own plug. This now makes it possible for the light to be run on timers. I then rewired all the pumps and lights into an electical box with digital timers and trip switches. The box is mounted on the back wooden panel of the tank. (Sorry about the picture, I had to take it from outside a window)

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    Total Cost of mods so far:

    Return Pump (1200Lph) R175
    SEIO 320 Prop Powerheads: R245 Each
    Industrial Timers: R200 Each
    Trip Switches and Electrical Box: R500

    So tommorow I want to go and get some CUC, been look as some blue-zebra hermits and a lots of different snails. Don't want to get a turbo snail because they get to big and I have heard they can knock down some of your rocks in the tank. What other options do I have?

    Current water Parameters:

    pH: 8.4
    kH: 9
    Ammonia: Undetectable
    Nitite: Undetectable
    Nitrate: 10
    Phosphate: 0
    Copper: 0
    Calcium: 400
    Temperature: Fluctuates between 26 and 26.6
    Salinity: 1.022 @ 26 degrees celcius using a hydrometer thats calibrated for 25. Don't know how to convert.

    I'm about to do a 30 litre water change so my nitrates should go down.

    What CUC do you guys suggest I get?
     
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  3. Mekaeel

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    Looking awsome Manic!
    Increase your salinity to 1.025. In terms of CUC some Turbo Snails and Hermits will be good additions.
     
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    :peroni::peroni:Its 11 out of 10 great system there.:peroni::peroni: looks great man
     
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    Thanks. I wanted my salinity around 1.025 - 1.026 but i read somewhere (Can't Find it now though) but it had a table and apparantly if your salinity is 1.022 at 26 degrees using a hydrometer calibrated to 25 degrees then your salinity is actually 1.026. Don't no how true this is though.
     
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    Looking really nice.
     
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    All looking good. Maybe a nice fire shrimp too in a few weeks?
     
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    Wanted to add a few shrimp. Like the look of the coral banded shrimp (Boxer shrimp) but also heard they can eat your other shrimp. What shrimp are all compatible together in one tank. I want as much variety as possible.
     
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    Rather get a cleaner and fire shrimp
     
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    So since my last post I decided I'm tired of leaving the hood a bit open with a fan right next to it just to cool my tank down. So this was my solution.

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    Just 2 DC PC fans. Blowing air onto the water. So far cooled my tank from 26.4 to 26 in about 30 mins. So guess it works. Just running them off a standard variable voltage transformer that just plugs straight into the wall. When i eventually find a thermostat I plan to link them to that so the fans only come on after a certain temperature. For now they only come on with my main lights. Suprisingly was really simple to do and the cables are neatly tucked away.

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    A top view of my now finally cycled tank (Well at least I hope).
     
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    Oh and the fans and transformer only cost R80 all together if anyone was interested.
     
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    Dude, i love all your dyi on this tank. I've also got one of these tanks and they're pretty cool. I've got fire shrimp and skunk cleaner shrimp in my tank. The banded/boxer shrimp is also beautiful but they're pretty agro towards other shrimps in small tanks. If you had a big tank you could maybe have kept them together.
     
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    very neatly done man...great looking nano sofar;)
     
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    Very nice system, not sure why you wasted your time and skill on a Nano ;)
     
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    So finally got my first part of the CUC. So far only got one blue zebra hermit and one astrea snail (I think it is called that). If these guys do well I plan on getting one or two more hermits.

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    Hermit seems happy. Been exploring the whole tank and the snail is cleaning my glass really well. The lights are still off to acclimatise them so the tank seems a bit dark in the photos.
     
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    Where did you get fans AND the transformer for only R80?
     
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    The transformer I got from Builders warehouse for R60. It's just a 1 amp ellies transformer. The fans I got from matrix computer warehouse for R10 each. It really works well. Sometimes too well though. My heater cant heat the water up as fast as the fans cool it. So u really need a timer or thermostat for the fans.
     
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    Wow those are cheap fans... Are they quiet?
     
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    Very quiet actually. Thought they would be really loud but even if u put them right next to ur ear u cant hear anything. Honestly I dont think they will last long because of the moisture but for R10 I don't care if I have to replace them every month.
     
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    Looks great man, cool DIY. Just remember that your evaporation will increase with the fans, so make sure you have RO water ready to top up daily ;)
     
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    Very nicely done Manic.
    Looks great :thumbup:

    Just a question : How is the flow in your tank ?
    IMO , those Seio 320's may be a little underpowered for a TL550 .

    One suggestion if I may : Move the Seio's in such a way that you have one pointing a bit more towards the water surface. This will help create a more chaotic flow and will also assist in surface skimming of DOC's. ;)
     
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