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RiaanP

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Do you want to keep it as close as original or not?

My sons TL550 is completly redone. Only the glass part is still the same. The hood is still in place, but got gutted, and the top cut open with a LED fitted above the lid. The filter compartments inside got cut out and slimline overflow and return fitted. Overflow box goes down deep enough so that the bulkhead fittings at the back low enough. To allow the hood to still be lifted and slide halfway down the back as originally intended. The stand got replaced with a steel stand. Sump fitted with TS1 skimmer, Seachem Matrix plus loads of smaller liverock pieces. ATU fitted.

Although at the moment it is connected to my main system. No more sump of its own.
 
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Prefer to keep it original as possible, any pictures of the conversion, rather intrigued to see the setup looks
 

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Any new tips or tricks for a tl550?
You can drill a bigger hole in the back left compartment with a hole saw and add a flow pump to pull water through back sump area instead of the return pump. If you have a wavemaker to put in there, it will make that last compartment like a wavebox, did it with a Tunze 6055 and it created a nice wavebox. A Tunze 9004 skimmer also fits in the back middle compartment, and you can add LED's to the hood, Improved Living sells kits specifically for a TL550.
 

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This is what I did to one a while back, also added an extra fan in the hood to run on temp controller:

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