New to Marines - My Boyu TL 550

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  1. FrancoisJou

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    Hi everyone

    I've been using MASA for a while now, just never come around to posting pics of my tank. But at last I've managed to get to do it now...

    Ok, first things first:

    Water Params:

    Temperature range: 24.8-26
    PH Range : 8.2-8.4
    Ammonia: not detectable
    Nitites: Not detectable
    Nitrates: Between 5-15.
    Alkalinity: around 3meq/l

    Equipment:
    Boyu TL 550 132l

    Stock skimmer, pump and lighting. Have heard a lot of guys say the skimmer doesn't work. I haven't yet had any issues with it. In fact I get a nice cupfull of very bad smelling greenish brown liquid every week!

    Replaced the 100w heater with a 200w heater. No idea about the name, it works and I'm happy.

    Replaced the big sponge in the first chamber on right hand side with some a smaller piece of filter media I got from LFS. I take this out and rinse it on a weekly basis. Lots of dirt...

    Then I put in a small bag of Purigen during cycling. Worked very well!

    In the third chamber I added lots of liverock.

    I only run the UV filter a few days when adding livestock.

    Added a 2000l/h powerhead in the display section. Not sure, but think it might be a bit on the strong side...

    I do water top ups as needed. Water changes on a bi weekly schedule, 15l.

    Tank has been running for almost 3 months now.

    It's stocked with:

    2 turbo snails
    Peppermint Shrimp
    Cleaner shrimp
    2 yellow tail damsels
    2 Percula clowns
    1 red hermit crab (he doesn't come out when the lights are on ever... So shy. Any one else experienced this?)
    1 blue cheek goby (we have a love hate relationship)...

    Some very nice green Zoa's I got from Flamming Angel
    Kenya Tree
    Leather Coral
    Mushroom Rock
    Candy Cane coral
    Very pretty Blue Daisy polyps (also heard people call them Blue clove polyp)
    then some random tiny frags that was lying around at the bottom of a LFS tank (begged for them)...

    So, initially the tank looked like this:
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  3. rakabos

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    Welcome

    man those fish are hiding well lol
     
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    I've somehow lost the in between then and now pics though...
    Here's more recent:
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    Some close ups

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    looking good there:) i hope that algae doesnt take off, id sugest going slow with stocking and feeding untill you can get it retreating as you dont want a heavey bioload and have that get a strong foot hold.

    but love the zoas and the paly zoas:)
     
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    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Looking very cool man. Run the purigen all the time. Add some filter floss to first and 3rd chamber and rinse twice a week. Purigen with phosguard at the same time and you'll have no algae. Almost no nutrients. But the system is looking very neat.well done.love the pincushion.gonna look better and better with time.
     
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    Had a bit of an algae bloom. Just went to lower light exposure time. Had lights on 14hours a day, now doing 10hours a day. With the snails and goby the algae is not a big problem at the moment.

    Also, was feeding frozen brine shrimp. Heard somewhere you should first strain the brine shrimp, otherwise your introducing extra phosphates into system. So now started doing that as well. Sooms to help a bit, coz I had diatoms everytime after feeding shrimp before (do it once or twice a week).
     
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    Only a day after adding the candy cane:
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    Is he reef friendly?

    And finally, this little hitchhiker. He hasn't touched my corals yet. Is he reef friendly?[​IMG]
     
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    Very nice little system.

    I would not trust that crab. Or any crab other than a hermit.
     
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    Nice setup! Smaaaaaak the Zoa's!!!:thumbup:
     
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    with pincers like that i think that crab will chomp sleeping fish once he grows up a bit:( id put him in the sump


    just a note fella, press enter after each photo entry then they all come under each other and its much easier to see them:) nice pics btw :)
     
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    Tank looking good.

    I don't even trust hermits :(
     
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    Frogspawn

    I got home on Thursday and found the frogspawn in my tank... Pleasant surprise. Wife bought it.

    It's opening up very well now and looking good.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Very nice photos and tank!
     
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    great photos :)
     
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