New Boyu TL550

Discussion in 'Boyu TL450 and TL550 advice' started by SuperTreeMan, 30 Aug 2012.

  1. SuperTreeMan

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    So...i bought a Boyu TL 500 about 2 weeks ago. Since then i have added:

    * Aragonite substrate

    * 10 KG's LR Fugi

    * Seio Prop 1000

    * Sunsun Jvp-101

    * ViaAqua VA-130 Pump [I had to replace the stock boyu pump because it was making a stupid amount of noise]

    * Two Oceans water:yeahdude:

    Chamber 1 - Stock filter stuff
    Chamber 2 - Skimmer [i have not used it yet]
    Chamber 3 - A few bio balls / Ceramic rings / and some LR
    Chamber 4 - Heater / Stock UV stlzer [i have not used it yet]

    I found some bugs things crawling in the LR...i think they are amphipods
    I also noted, a worm thing...bristle worm??
    Oh, and there is some algae building up.

    I will be testing all parameters this weekend and will hopefully get 1 or 2 soft corals.

    Well...thats where i stand.

    Your advice and warnings would be awesome!!

    Kind Regards,
    Supertreeman

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  3. Mc

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    Looks like you have gotten off to a good start.:thumbup:
    Looking forward to more updates.

    First pic is a bristle worm.
    Second looks like a cushion star.

    I find a lot of that stuff in the back tends to just gather more detrius then its worth, but everyone needs to find there own method to run there tank.
    I still keep the sponge in mine, but you need to rinse it out once a week.
    I also put some filter floss above the sponge to remove as much of the uneaten food and detrius as possible, I replace this twice a week.

    With that much live rock to break down the ammonia and nitrites, I would remove the bio balls and rings as they may cause you a nitrate problem later.
     
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    Second pic looks more like an asterina star, you wanna sump it cos they multiply fast and the ones i have in my DT seem to have a liking to my zoa's...
     
  5. SuperTreeMan

    SuperTreeMan Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the replies!

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    are you referring to? I assume its the LR/bio balls/ceramic ring in chamber 3. Ill take you advice Mc and remove the bio balls and rings.

    That star is a ninja...i cant find it.

    Will be keeping you guys posted...

    Kind Regards,
    Supertreeman
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    a nice start
     
  7. Jayceew

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    Nice aqua scaping.
     
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  8. Mc

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    Looking at the star again I think gman is right.
    There is probably more than one.

    Yes its thats stuff I am refering to.

    You also might want to look into some chemical filteration such as chemipure elite or purigen and phosgaurd. Takes out some of the impurities from the water and I believe its better to prevent the phosphates before they become a problem.
     
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    Looking good. Tagging
     
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    I Would remove those as it could possibly cause problems in the future. Having it replaced with some PO4 And NO3 media will allow you to safe guard your reef from any problems occurring.

    Nice scape;)
     
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    If that sunsun pump has suckers expect a huge sandstorm one night while you sleeping, do yourself a favor and replace the suckers with a magnet !!! they become very frustrating ask us all :)
     
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    also don't leave that Redsea Hydrometer inside the tank, they become totally useless once algae start to grow on the swing arm.
     
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    sump pics?
     
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    welcome to masa and the delightful world of marines. Like the aquascape youve achived so far:)
     
  15. SuperTreeMan

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    Hello Fish People

    I took some time to take a few more pictures. Since my last post, i have added a few corals, a cleaner shrimp and a hermit crab. I through in a bit of filter floss [works like a charm] in chamber 1 but i have yet to add any sort of chemical filtration. Ill hunt down some
    this weekend.

    Since i am not feeding any fish at the moment, what do i feed Wikus Van De Merwe [cleaner shrimp]?

    The last picture is of the piece of LR closest to the surface...its not looking so great. Mr Crabs is loving it though?

    Thank you once again for your comments and responses!!

    Kind Regards,
    SuperTreeMan
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  16. Sammy

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    how old is your tank ? I think you said you bought a TL-550 2 weeks ago ?
     
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    I was thinking the same thing. Bit early to be adding livestock?
    Have you tested parameters?
     
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    You can't even test parameters in 3 weeks?
    Hope mr shrimp will be ok, corals are hardy ...
     
  19. Selwyn123

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    i would reccommend adding some MicroBacter7 but like the others have said, way to early to be adding livestock. Other than that, the tank looks great
     
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  20. Mc

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    Tank is looking good, I have to agree with Sammy about it being a bit early for live stock as the tank is probably still in its cycling stage. I would also dose some form of bacteria as this will help prevent ammonia from building up.
     
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