Reviving my TL-450

Discussion in 'Boyu TL450 and TL550 advice' started by geldenhuysrr, 17 Jul 2012.

  1. geldenhuysrr

    geldenhuysrr

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    Hi all

    Ok so it's been more than a year since i posted anything. After some consideration and a lot of begging i'm bringing the tank back to live. After moving house i moved the tank to a family member "Reefer" to safe keep for a while, we moved all the livestock to his 4ft tank but did not empty the tl450, thus its been "cycling" for just over 15 months now with live Rock and one or 2 snails. :).

    He did Regular water changes on the tank with water from his own tank during water changes. Will test the water the weekend.

    So I decided to move the tank to my office were i will be able to see it all day long!
    thought it a good time 2 do some Mods while i'm at it!

    Done so far :

    Added a 700l/h Return pump to the last chamber connected to the spraybar.
    Bought a WG-308 Skimmer over the weekend to replace the stock skimmer.
    Replaced the 2 x PL18 PC tubes as the old ones were more than 2 years old.
    Ordered some LED's from Ebay, not Cree but lets see! :)

    As I will only be keeping softies i was thinking of keeping the stock lights and add only 3 x 3W 20000k White and 3x 3W Royal Blue LEDS on dimmable Drivers to boost the light for now. Will this work?


    Will be going slow but will try and keep this up to date with pics as soon as the DIY 'ing and Move begins.


    Cheers
     
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    awesum stuff ,keep us posted, we lurv pics:p
     
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    Looks like you been having fun.:)
    I have bought some leds from ebay, they not too bad.
     
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    Yay another 450....Tagging along...:thumbup:
     
  7. geldenhuysrr

    geldenhuysrr Thread Starter

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    Ok so while i'm in the DIY mood and should actually be working I made a media basket to fit in in the first chamber, its quite small so i thought about using the to part for filter floss and the bottom 1 for some kind of media, so here's the question : what to put in it, I've been looking at either Purigen or Chemi-Pure Elite, as I'm not really sure, can some one please help and guide me in the right direction.

    Sorry bout the bad picture, but as said i'm at work and used my Phone.

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    geldenhuysrr Thread Starter

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    OHHHH now how to get this glue from my hands!!!!! :)
     
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    orca biocubes or their phospha-guard GFH
     
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    nice one, but it looks like you have unread PM's pending :lol:
     
  11. geldenhuysrr

    geldenhuysrr Thread Starter

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    Hi. thought i'll give some idea of the planned future....

    Livestock "Wish List" to Stock the 450

    2 x Blue Leg Hermit
    1 x Red Fire Shrimp
    2 x Turbo Snails
    1 x Sand Sifting Sea Star ????

    2 x Ocellaris Clowns (like the more than the Percula)
    1 x Bi Color Blenny

    Mushrooms , Zoa's , Small Leather or Kenya Tree, and will really like a Frogspawn .

    Any Ideas?

    Will soon stat looking for some frag's in JHB Area.

    Do you guys think my Standard lights with the addition of 3 x 3w Royal blue and 3x 3w 20000k Led will do the trick?
     
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    Sound like a good list.
    I would try add a few more if possible, but 6 is still better than nothing.
     
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    geldenhuysrr Thread Starter

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    MC would you add more CUC ? what would you recommend?
     
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    No that should be enough, specially in the beggining when theres not that much algae.
    You could maybe look for a nassarius snail or two, they eat left over food, and dead things.
    I don't really know too much about the star.
     
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    I have that selection also...it's perfect for the TL-450...just bare in mind that the chances are excellent that the Bi-Colour Blenny will nip at you'r SPS...should you wish to get some at a later stage...I got a loose Digitata Frag with my Mushrooms...right when I started with my Tank... and the Blenny nipped and dropped it about 20 times a day...
     
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    Added the Extra Return pump and new Skimmer on the weekend, I left the original pump in the 1st chamber, Boyu 1000l/h and added a 1200l/h pump in the last connected to the spraybar, then turned the spray bar to show a bit upwards to get the surface moving.

    Only problem now is the skimmer cup keeps overflowing, and I cant seem to move it higher to stop this, as the hood won't close! Gonna have to figure this one out!

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    Nice water movement!

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    geldenhuysrr Thread Starter

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    Took a FTS but with the phone, but water was cloudy after all the pump changes and messing around, will try to get a new and better one!

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    REALLY CRAP PIC!!!
     
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    Hi

    so after some more time, the poor TL 450 moved again, hopefully the last time for know, it became a office tank!!


    Ok so the following was done!

    Rinsed the sand in tank water.
    Rinsed the Live Rock. (+- 5kg)
    Washed the whole tank!!!
    Added 6 3w LED's to the hood, (3x 20000k White, 3 x royal Blue)
    Replaced the PL Tubes with new ones
    Added a new SEIO Prop 320 to the display.
    Added a 1200l'h return pump to the spray bar
    Added Chemi-Pure Elite to the first chamber.
    Replaced the stock skimmer with a WG-308
    Started dosing Special Blend

    Currently I have no Livestock in the tank, not sure if the tank will cycle again after the move, but to play it safe i will run if for 3 weeks before adding any!

    Will try and keep you up to date on how it goes.

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    Something nice for the office. Will keep everybody entertained.
     
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    I love a small tl450 once you get it going it will be awsome!
     
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    if i had one in my office i don't think i would get any work done
     
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