New Member with TL550

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  1. Cornelj1

    Cornelj1 ''expect the unexpected''

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    Hi Guys,

    My name is Jaco and I'm a new member and also new in the saltwater hobby. I'm Crazy about the ocean and really loving this hobby.I started my TL550 about two months ago and everything is looking great.I'm just struggling with the scaping of the live rock as I feel there is too much live rock in my tank. Once I get the hang of this site I will post some pictures and would really appreciate any help I could get..

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    Posting pics is easy. Just click on the manage attachments icon and upload from there. You can only do one at a time using that method though.

    Tl550 is a great starter aquarium. Have you got the LED or T5 lights? Still got the standard skimmer?
    What fish do you wanna keep?
     
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    Cornelj1 Thread Starter ''expect the unexpected''

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    Everything is standard at the moment and I'm running T5 lights. Currently having some clown (perculas),green/blue chromis, red fire shrimp,Banggai Cardinal fish. Have some corals but don't know all their names yet-still learning...
    Bubble tip anemone, Frogspawn, pincushion mushroom, zoas, pulsing xenia, clam, some mushrooms, and polyps that refuse to open fully although they have been placed all over the tank to change condition. Anyway that's my setup so far..:biggrin:
     
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    Have you read up on bubble tip anemones? Sorry to police this one, I just feel it's so important that people research what they buy and make sure that they can care for them.
     
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    Cornelj1 Thread Starter ''expect the unexpected''

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    Yes I do a lot of reading and a friend of mine is helping me a lot
     
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    So then you would know that your lights are not good enough for anemones and they need stable, mature tanks over 6 months...
    Preferably 9 months.:)

    Ps. Sorry if I'm coming across as harsh. I'm only trying to help.:m106:
     
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    Hey sounds good can't wait to see pics :)
     
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    Cornelj1 Thread Starter ''expect the unexpected''

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    Any comment appreciated as I said I need all the help I can get. What light should I use then. The anemone looks happy even hosted by the clown. Moved around a lot at first but once it settled down looked quite happy
     
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    Many refers use T5 lights with anemones. If they happy why change? Yes the tank might not be matured enough but only time will tell if something is wrong.
     
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    See if you can post pics first:m106:
    What are your parameters?

    Basically anemones don't like sudden changes in water parameters, swings in water parameters are common in new tanks, especially nanos. They often walk around if unhappy.
    They also require quite strong light, the clam too. There are also a host of other requirements.

    Thus most people say that they should only be put in an aquarium over 6 moths old. I will try and find you some links, maybe that will explain it better.
     
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    I used T5 for my bta. But how strong are the tl550 T5 globes?
     
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    They are perfectly fine for bta....i kept mine under the standard pl tubes 2years plus...no problems.
     
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    Cornelj1 Thread Starter ''expect the unexpected''

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    I'm not sure of the strenght will have to check.
     
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    Sorry but why aren't t5 good enough? They been looking after bta for way longer than led which is still relatively new in this regard.
     
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    Welcome to MASA!!!!

    We have allot of members with TL550 tanks.
    They are fantastic tanks!

    Enjoy your journey!
     
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    It is a bit early for an anemone.
    But bubble tips are one of the few anemones that do very well under T5.

    As long as you keep the parameters very stable. Especially in a small tank it is more of a challenge.
     
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    Cornelj1 Thread Starter ''expect the unexpected''

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    This is my tank at the moment

    20150321_182307.jpg
     
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    Looks good...love all the softies and leathers.
     
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    Digging the tank. Leather sulking in the pic. Do you run any carbon to help combat any chemical warfare.
     
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