TL550 upgrade

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  1. Starfire

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    Well I have acquired a TL550 to upgrade from my Nuvo 16 and so far I have washed it and filled it with water and got the temperature right. It was running for few days and I added some cured live rock from mu old tank and some bought ones. Now I have to wait again. Very impressed with the size difference also will be upgrading the light soon.

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    You can move the heater to the filtration chambers.
     
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    Have some filter questions...
    I have read what others have done and seems awesome but I don't have a media basket or material to build one so I took the big sponge it came with washed it and cut it into about 25mm pieces that I am going to use as dividers and in the picture I explained what I am thinking. Maybe some advice from experienced TL550 users.

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    3rd compartment still empty just preparing, don't know if refugium is necessary.
     
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    Will as soon as I have filter area setup properly, had 3 heaters in there to get temp up quickly as it was very cold last two nights. That 100w seem to hold 25 degrees with ease.
     
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    Setup is re-scaped and coral and fish is moved over. Sorry for the photo quality

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    Filter area: Divided by open cell sponge(no media basket)
    standard boyu wg428 skimmer
    1 bag of purigen
    1 bag of seachem carbon
    500ml of matrix

    Current stock:
    2 clowns
    1 hermit
    1 court jester goby
    1 cleaner shrimp

    Soft corals:
    1 Pin cushion
    some xenia
    10 mushrooms
    small frag of green star polyps
    small frag of zoas
    some palys

    Hardware:
    100w sicce scuba heater
    standard return pump
    standard tube light
     
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    Good to see you've moved everything over to the bigger tank...you'll find the width and extra height a dream! I know I have after the narrow shallow Nuvo tank.

    Scraping looks good...lots of potential there!

    Ps. That's a Hectors goby not a jester/rainsford ...also a great little goby though...I just prefer the colors of the rainsford myself.
     
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    Thank you, was sad to hear that was not jester... It was sold to me as one. My fault for not knowing..noob..
    Like you said still a nice fish.
     
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    I was able to get better photo's my phone does not have the best camera...
    Here we go, The scape again

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    I added a huge zoa colony in the middle, They are perdy...

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    Under the blue light but the photo does not do it justice

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    I was able to buy a led light for a bargain that I want to use to upgrade the standard hood light with and its specks are:
    EVO Quad LED
    Brand: Green Element
    Model: MHX 15 Clip On
    Fit aquarium: 40-50cm / 14-20inches
    LED setting: 3W LED x20
    Lumen: 2050
    fixture comes with 12x 10000K white 3 watts LEDs and 8x Actinic Blue 460nm 3 watts LEDs


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    This should be sufficient?
     
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    coming along nicely! Really like that scape! :)
     
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    Light unit should be enough. Just worried about ventilation around the light unit to be able to keep it cool
     
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    wow, those zoas are epic!
     
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    I am also not sure what to do yet will plan it carefully. Was thinking I should take it apart and then get a low profile heat sink and re-attach led's that way I can fit them back in splash guard and use its ventilation.
     
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    Thank you @Filthy Mcnasty
     
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    Thank you, I appreciate. Just wish I could go a bit higher feels like a lot of empty space.
     
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    I had the exact same light on my nano, very nice unit, had no issues with it.
     
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    Thanx for help viper
     
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    Was that with or without the hood?
     
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    Different make tank, it's a Jewel Lido 120, no hood. The light unit does get quite hot on the top.
     
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    What should I do?

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    On your next water change, siphon it off in that section.

    Feed less, especially cut frozen foods for a week or two. And increases flow woule help, but that could cause sand storms.
     
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