start small - see what happens

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  1. redman

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    Hi all.

    Just started with marines again after a loooong forced break (kids and life). Worked up the courage to join a community like this and expand the enjoyment.

    Previously I have had a fish only tank stocked with locally caught fish (EL, Transkei) but this time I am trying some corals. Gonna start small though and see how it goes ... we all know things never stay small ;).

    The tank I chose is the Boyu TL-550, 128 litre. Everything is still stock but i have tossed the filter media and gone for LR in DT and filter, carbon and seagel. It has just been through its cycling period and I am starting to look for livestock.

    Please excuse the reflections and the photography - it will improve.

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    left side view of corals
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    mushrooms
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    i have tried for a relatively steep reef face that still has some nice flat outcrops.

    Any other East Londoners out there, please let me have details about Associations or clubs as I would like to get involved and also look at buying some frags.

    Now just to control the urge to buy everything I see - limited space sucks already :blush:, and learn as much as possible from everyone here.
     
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  3. LouiseS

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    Hi. Welcome to masa - I bought my tl550 last week and have just started cycling it so I still have a way to go... Like your scaping :)
     
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  5. NickW

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    Wow, tank looks really great :) looking forward to seeing this tank progress.
     
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    Welcome to MASA tank is looking good, I like the way you have set up your rock.:thumbup:
    A lot of guys on the forum have these tanks including myself and we really enjoy them.
     
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    Love the scaping! Wish I could get mine to look like that :)
     
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    Welcome to our site and the fish tank seems to be doing grate,looking forward to see some more pics with some colorful carols not forgetting a clam on them.
     
  9. redman

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    Thanks for the welcome everyone. :biggrin: Glad to see that there are some more experienced people that I can bug for advice. Will be following both the new and established tanks.

    Mc, really like the variety of corals you have and your scaping allows you to display them very well. :thumbup:
     
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    Nice scaping. I like the almost overfull look of the rock work, and the amount of space it gives you to do place corals. And the tunnel behind for hiding place.
     
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    Welcome and good luck with the new tank.

    What pumps and skimmer are you running?
     
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    :welcometomasa2:to MASA...
     
  13. redman

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    Hi Len.

    Sorry for the late reply. I am running the stock skimmer that came with the tank - seems to be working well enough. I am using 2x Resun Wavemaker 2000's in the tank for flow.

    Love your tank and the selection of corals. I am not planning on going that diverse, but of course that will most likely change over time :)
     
  14. redman

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    Hi Riaan.

    I agree that the scaping borders on overfull but it really does look pretty decent in the flesh. I was lucky to get some really nice LR with holes and gaps. Was initially worrid about flow but it seems to be sufficient to keep any detritus from settling (at least where I can see).

    I have no doubt that the scaping may change in the future - bet most people can't count the number of times they have changed things around :)
     
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