Orca Tl 550 Aquarium
Posted 27 December 2008 - 08:15 PM
overall good tank for corals (lighting wise) obviously youll need more power heads, the skimmer is a bit crap but does the job.
overall good plug and play tank
Thanks for your reply.
When you say power heads - do you mean wave machines? Sorry, i'm quite new to all this!
Also, do you know if the fans are ok inside of the light system as someone mentioned to me that the fans inside of the TL 450's needed replacing occasionally.
Posted 27 December 2008 - 08:21 PM
also the fans shouldnt need replacing just cleaning, but you may find they get noisy and at that point its a good time to replace them (with a different brand)
Posted 27 December 2008 - 09:05 PM
Lighting is ok for most soft corals and a few LPS.
As mentions you may need 1 or 2 power heads to increase the water movement (I would recommend the korillia's).
The fans on the 450 got really loud but are easy to replace.
The skimmer on the 450 was rubbish but you can use it or even run without it and replace it at a later date.
The tank itself is very nice.
Other things you will need:
Refractometer or hydrometer to check salinity
Test kits for at least ammonia, nitrite and nitrate (PH and phosphate also handy).
Food - Flake food and depending on fish Frozen mysis shrimp (almost every fish will eat this).
And most important - a camera (so you can post some pictures up on here for us as you progress )
If your not buying your salt water pre-mixed then:
RO water (Would strongly recommending buying an RO unit).
A decent brand of salt.
A bucket, spare heater and spare power head for mixing salt.
Posted 28 December 2008 - 09:45 AM
I don't run the protein skimmer and I have added a koralia 2 powerhead.
The tanks equipement is very quiet, you just get a low level hum from the cooling fans.
The only problem I have had is with the moonlights, they stopped working pretty soon after getting tank, but again this hasn't had any effect on my system.
My Tank has been running since the summer, I would recommend it
Edited by Trod, 30 December 2008 - 01:16 PM.
Posted 28 December 2008 - 01:00 PM
The only down side is that within six months you will be planning a bigger tank however I suspect that applies to whatever tank you get
Do lot's of planning (get yourself a note book), it's half the fun and take things slowly - ask lots of questions, make sure you start a thread so we can watch your progress and help in anyway we can
Look out for reefers breaking up a tank locally, there are some great bargains around if you are in the UK in particular for live rock but you might be lucky like Charlie was and pick up a tank for a bargain as well
Welcome to the salty side and welcome into the tff nano family
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