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Discussion in 'New Members' started by Michael Bubb, 4 May 2011.

  1. Michael Bubb

    Michael Bubb

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    Hi all,

    I recently started a marine tank, small Boyu Tl-550, an impulsive buy and probably not the best choice for a beginner.

    I look forward to learning as much as possible.

    Michael
     
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    Look in the begginer section,there you'll find loads of info for new guys like yourself to beter understand this great hobby!
    And dont be afraid to ask questions(even if YOU think they are dumb).
    O and show us some pics of your setup ect.

    And a small piece of advise.....if ever in doubt, ask the friendly bunch on masa.As we dont make a cent out of you, just give honest opinions and advise.
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    welcome!

    the tl-550 can be perfect for beginners and very rewarding if patience and forward planning are used.

    let me run thru some of the issues with these setups...
    the lighting is ok for soft, leather and some lps corals, one can mod the lid and add 2 more power compact lights, i did.

    also the skimmers included can be not as efficient as one needs but we can help this out chemically.

    and lastly the filtration at the back needs to be changed somewhat then you have the perfect nano.

    if we look at the filter material that came with it we have a bag of ceramic rings and bio-balls, and some other goodies, well some here will tell you to remove them etc but if u have good husbandry and dedication its not a problem.

    there are 4 chambers and i have mine running like this
    chamber one has a bag of carbon, 500g changed every 30days, on top of it is filter floss changed when brown, 3-7 days
    chamber 2 i have all the bio-balls and filter media that came with the tank.
    in chamber 3 i added the chemical stuff to remove nitrates and phosphates, namely brightwell nitratR and PhosphatR and organicR, all 3 can be re-used.

    the last chamber i left open with the return pump etc.
     
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    Welcome to MASA, glad you joined us. Some reading for you in my sig if you're interested ;)
     
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    Welcome.. dallasg gave you some good tips there
     
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    welcome to masa and the wonderful world of marines :) look forward to seeing some pics of ure tank :)
     
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    :welcome7: TO OUR FORUM....

    You got some good advice from Dallas...

    PS: I've tried to contradict him a few times and always came up wrong... Now I learned my lesson and it saves me money and works...;)
     
  13. Michael Bubb

    Michael Bubb Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the warm welcoming

    The tank has been running for around 1 month already. i am however still battling with string algae, i have done some reading on this site, this can be attributed to the cycling process, or excess waste. What is strange, that i just cannot understand " its all over 3 of 5 live rocks and nothing else. Is it prehaps that the live rock has been exposed to air and has died off, resulting in the live rock releasing additional phosphates, hence the algae bloom"

    What is your view on this?
     
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    welcometomasa

    No question is a dumb question, the more your read and ask, the more you learn!

    I also had that issue on a few pieces of LR.. Took them out and used a toothbrush and scrubbed of the GHA. It has not come back again, (touch wood) for now.
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    it could be from the cycle and and a combination of waste and phosphates etc
    algae grows where the flow and conditions are right, so not too worry where it grows.

    keeping the glass and gravel clean will help and making sure water is prestine.

    what are ur params?
     
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