New TL 550

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  1. Marcd50

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    Hi all,

    I've been a member for a short while and trying to get as much info as I could before taking the plunge and buying a tank. Had fresh water tanks for quite some time and always wanted a marine tank but I was always put off as it sounded to complicated.

    Well yesterday I finally decided to give it a go and bought a Boyu TL 550. I currently have aragonite and Arag-alive and the salt water has just been put in.

    Hoping to put the live rock in soon.

    Regards
    Marc
     
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    hi and welcome to MASA. please also share some photos of your setup as we love to see some photos:thumbup:
     
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    Welcome to MASA @Marcd50 . Give us some pics. Have you changed any of the back filtration. I agree with @belindamotion , add all the live rock at once. I rushed my cycle and ended up with a disaster. So take your time, cycle properly. Build a good strong pod population, do a lot of research. Add the fish you want,but add once. Dont add fish only to realise you want to add something else after a year. Same goes with coral. You can also do a good scape during the cycle period. When buying live rock,buy good pieces - not huge - pieces that you can easily get a good scaping with. Enjoy the ride - its an amazing hobby - and very rewarding if you do things slowly :)
     
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    :welcome6: get some base rock. I would go with one that's not alive as you will prevent any unwanted "critters" and as you added aragalive substrate you are already half way there!
     
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    Hi and welcome to the Boyu Clan.
    Pics please. :whistling:
     
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    Thanks for the welcomes and advice. I've just added 10kg's of LR. The filtration is all standard at the moment except for adding some filter floss on top of the sponge in the first chamber on the right, where the water overflows into. Just waiting for the water to clear and then I will take a photo to upload.
     
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    Photos attached, water is still not 100% clear but getting there

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    Perfect rock for a nano .... Fiji rock is very porous and loadsa space for bugs to play lol and good for nice scape .... As for filtration, I would remove the big black filter as it becomes a nitrate factory and also the bioballs ..... Filterfloss in 1st chamber ,skimmer 2nd ,3rd u can add purigen and carbon,or just chemi-pure,it works wonders, and also look into biocubes from orca,good for nutrient export ,specially in a nano
     
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    Nice scaping!:thumbup:
     
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    like the scaping. awesome rock to do it with. I agree with @STC-1000 . Remove the sponge and replace if with filter floss. You will have to change it twice a week though. For me it is easier to replace floss than to rinse the sponge. Alternatively, cut the sponge in half,and rinse twice a week. I will also remove the bio balls/ceramic rings and replace with your choice of chemical filtration. I like phosgaurd/purigen combo.Been using it for 2 years and I am happy with the results.
     
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    Thanks,

    quick question, how often do you guys top up with RO water, reason I ask is yesterday I checked SG it was 1.028, so i added RO water, if i had to guess I only needed to add a cup full. the level then went down to 1.023.

    i just checked it now and it was again up to 1.028 and the water level in the return chamber had dropped a bit so i topped up again. Is this normal, I added the live rock yesterday and only checked the SG for the first time yesterday afternoon. the tank was only filled on Saturday morning.

    regards
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    Welcome to MASA Marc.

    What you measuring the SG with?
     
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    Hi, I'm using an Aquasyncro Hydrometer SWH06
     
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    Not familiar with that Hydrometer and will check it out. Hydrometers are very temperature sensitive and is most likely your issue.

    Let me google the specs and will get back to you. :thumbup:
     
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    Bud is there a web link on the instrument? Do you have a PIC of it? Is it a swing arm or floating type of instrument?
     
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