Re: YEEEHAAARR!!! upgrading to a 550 from a 450
Cheers Goldnugget, No worries about the day in getting an answer, one thing i've leanrt in this fantastic hobby is PATIENCE. I'm quite close to your sett up, just got the heater in chamber 2, but yours sounds great, I'm awaiting rowaphos now, and i'll pick up some (activated?) carbon next time i'm at the lfs. I have attached some pics, the new tank ios a little sparse, but it has 3 small fish in it to keep the bioload down. I'm onna keep my old 450, as the one piccy shows its great for throwing new live rock in to cycle!!! Then it'll go in the bi tank. As you may notice, i have some rather nice, loud plastic plants in the tank at the moment, this is basically because i just want to concentrate on the fish and invert side of things for a while, then tackle corals etc once i'm ready. The bonus is that the silicone plants attract hair algea like nobody's business, so its easy to pop then out on water change day and scrub it off, far easier than scrubbing rock!!! Thanks for the suggestions, they sound perfect John
I have just upgraded to a Boyu 550 from my old faithful 450. I have very little bioload in the tank, just 3 fish, a cleaner shrimp, and a couple of hermits, plus snails, barnacles and other goodies that came over with the live rock from the old tank. My latest addition is a lovely Pink Scooter Blenny, and i am aware of the feeding issues with this fish, and am ready to by copepods to keep his diet tip top. I still have my 450 up and running, though empty apart from the very well established sand base. I'm thinking that it would be a fantastic place to breed copepods, maybe a nice lump of live rock, and a few corals as a food breeding tank......dunno if that sounds like a good idea or not. I would really appreciate any guidance on the best way to breed copious amounts of live food for Mr Blennie.
Despite only popping up on here from time to time, the info and advice I have found here has done a lot to keep me in this hobby for the last year. Soooooooo............I'm now upgrading from my trusty orca 450, to an orca 550!!!! Loads more room for my lovely fishies!!! I was just wondering on peoples opinions about the best set up for the filter chambers on this tank, as going with the flow (geddit?!?!?) my 450 is completely non standard with bags of live rubble, filter wool and allsorts replacing the bio rings and bio balls (?!?!) Any pearls (oooohh again with the aquatic refferences!) of wisdom gratefully recieved.
Really??? Now i feel terrible!!! Its the ONLY time I ever bought something with out obsessively researching it ......I've just moved in with my girlfriend and she LOVES the tank, and she's got a little too much enthusiasm, and in a moment of weakness at the LFS i got tired of sounding like the boring old fart always saying "not now honey....i'll look into it". It is lovely that she likes the tank so much though. Well, he's hanging on in there at the moment, he was described as a "red starfish" at the lfs, he is a kind of red orange, plump 5 armed starfish, with whitish bumps on him, about 2 inches diameter. If anyone has a large tank that he may do better in then he is most definately FREE TO A GOOD HOME!!!!! if anyone is interested, give me a ring on ; 07833 161441
Sweet, There was a stunning one went on ebay a few days ago, huge spec, loads of livestock / rock / coral plus all sorts of accesories, ended up going for ?360!!!! complete bargain. I want a modern looking tank, so its going to be a toss up between one of those, or an orca 550, as the volume is very similar, but I do think the red sea JUST wins out on neat looks. Cheers Tony By the way, major sad on () I lost one of my beloved Newcastle clowns a few weeks ago after a house move, he developed finrot, and after trying to treat for a week, he didn't make it. Really gutted, what lovely fish they are, the female is still going strong, but I wanted to ask if you think they are happier in pairs? As if they are, replacing the one I lost will be top priority. John
Yeah, I'm fairly sure it'll be short on equipment, but i was balancing up the ?350 for tank, plus skimmer ect, against the ?500 for a red sea max (thats the BARGAIN price a shop near me has one for sale for) The red sea max really is the nicest, but also the priciest, maybe I should wait a few months, sell some stuff on ebay and treat myself. Though wether they'll still be selling them for that price or not i dont know. Cheers for the reply John
I'm considering a new tank, been hapopy with a nano for over a year now, but some of the tanks i'm now looking at are a bit bigger, so i though this would be the forum to ask; has anybody had any experience with these? ; http://www.acrylic-aquariums.co.uk/4.html
I want a modern looking tank, and these caught my eye. Cheers John