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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 11-07-2012, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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40Breeder build thread

This tank was originally going to be salt water, but it i realized that it wasn't big enough for the fish i wanted and I didn't want to look at a tank full of coral with one tiny fish in it.



Drilled for two 1" bulkheads:


Drain and return plumbing done:


Back/drain plumbing painted black and leak test:




made an acrylic cover:


Mad a wooden cabinet with light hanger to cover up the stand and sump, this is the 1st coat of paint and testing to see if it will support the weight of a light:


Cabinet is fully painted and Lights are in, they are two 10watt led flood lights, Final Product:



Not 100% sure what i want to stock it with, but my 6" L200 and 3" LDA01 are most likely going to be in it if i can find a way to transport them here to VA from my parents place in MA.

Also thinking of an erythrinus erythrinus or erythrinus sp. 'peru'

Substrate will most likely be pool filter sand if i can find it and hardscape will be manzanita wood

for plants i was thinking a lot of anubias and a lot of dwarf sag for the bottom.

any suggestions?
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Very nice start. Can't wait to see it done. What Fauna and plants do you plan on having?

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For Plants there will be anubias and the whole bottom will be covered in dwarf sag.

For fish there will be a 6" L200 and 3" LDA01 if i can safely transport them here from massachusettes and also thinking of an erythrinus erythrinus or erythrinus sp. 'peru'

im also open to suggestions on fish as long as they are not common
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got the tank started up and cycling. driftwood will be here next week

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Tanks is cycled and 1st 2 fish are in they are "green leopard" angels. My plants should be arriving some time later this week. Still waiting on my driftwood.

here is a quick video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnqD2...ature=youtu.be
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Plants are here

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very cool angels! I would add a few cories for keeping the sand cleaned.
cant wait to see it planted
may we see your filter tank?
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very cool angels! I would add a few cories for keeping the sand cleaned.
cant wait to see it planted
may we see your filter tank?
Next fish to go in the tank is my L200. i'll add corydoras sometime in the next few weeks.

here is a pic of the sump tank:
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Nice sump!

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clean work, looks nice.
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Where did you get your lights from. I am looking into using led for my 46 gallon planted bow front tank. Would they work for growing plants.

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I don't know where the op got those lights, but I know that you can find ones like that on eBay for a very reasonable price. Here's a great thread about them. They can be very effective for growing plants. flood light LED's
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Nicely put together build.

Definitely reflects the saltwater origins of the tank design.

Any chance of some details on how you decided to 'skin' the metal tank stand with the wood? That looks like one of the models that Petco offers.

Also, really glad that you went with hanging lights. Trying to have proper and good looking lighting on a 40B without hanging the lights is very difficult.
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Re: 40Breeder build thread

the lights are 10watt led floodlights from eBay

the metal stand is from Petco. I wanted the open space underneath the tank for the sump and easy access to it, which is why I decided to to skin the stand. both sides are removable so I have easy access to all the plumbing at all times. the skin is made from particle board from home depot and spray painted black. I also wanted the ada look to the stand

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