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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-27-2013, 01:29 AM Thread Starter
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Another 40B Journal (pic heavy)

Well, I've purchased a used 40 breeder and had it sitting for a while before I decided to finally do something with it. This is my second planted tank and I will be reusing some of the equipment and idea's from the 20 long (that journal can be found here) I put together.

So, the reason:

A few months ago, I added a pair of kribensis which ended up spawning. Well, over night, they managed to get at a few of my neon tetra. I tossed around the idea of setting up two tanks where one would house the breeding pair of kribs and the other a community set up but was extremely nervous with getting carried away with MTS. Space considering, I had to go with one tank. I separated the kribs from the corys, ottos and neons and when they grew large enough, I traded them for a few Rams to stick with the community theme. Which brings me to, fauna.

In the 40b, I'm stocking:

18 Neon Tetra
4 Ottos
3 Panda Corrys
5 German Blue Rams

Equipment:
40 Gallon Breeder
DIY Stand
Filtration
(1)Fluval 404
(1)Fluval 304
(1)Hydor Koralia Nano 425
(1)Hydor 201 Inline heater (200 watt)
(1)Aquatop Inline UV Sterilizer 10watt

Lighting
DIY Tracklight
(2)PAR 38 LED 5000k bulbs
(1)PAR 38 CREE LED 5500k bulbs

CO2
(1) 5lb Bottle
Milwaukee Regulator w/ Bubble Counter
DIY Cerges style reactor

Now, on to the good stuff. If you've looked through my previous post, you know that I have a crawl space where I decided to run my filters/plumbing to keep unsightly hoses and plumbing out of sight. Here's a picture of what it was:


Clearly, I had a few things to learn and I like to think I did. I tore all of it up and started fresh. The 40 breeder was drilled toward the bottom of the rear panel and so I wanted to take advantage of that in order to keep unsightly equipment out of the aquarium. I thought about an overflow but I just don't have the room. I decided to use the 1" bulkhead to directly feed the two filters.



Tank against the wall


I reused the original laundry wall box with one change. I knocked out the recessed whole and ran the 1" line FROM the aquarium 'into' the wall. The two brass valves will both be used as returns from each filter (1 from the 404 and 1 from the 304)


Here is a mock up of what I mean


Behind the wall

The 1" union valve runs makes the turn down into a quick drain for water changes and into a 1" why that is then reduced into two 3/4" lines that will feed the two filters.

Here is the tank in it's final spot with the feed line hard plumbed with a union joint.


Now the rest of the filtration. The 3/4" line on the left will feed the Fluval 404 which will house mechanical and biological filtration. It will then return to the aquarium while forcing injected Co2 into the reactor and inline dosing adapters. That's it. The 3/4" line on the right will feed the Fluval 304, housing mechanical and biological filtration, and will return to the aquarium via the Aquatop UV (set to run for 5 hours a night beginning at midnight) and the Hydor inline heater.








That's really it. The lights are on 10 hours a day. UV is on 5 hours a night and Co2 is pumped about 3bps two hours before the lights turn on and stop one hour before the lights go on. I've reused a lot of the same media and some of the old Aquasoil mixed in underneath new Aquasoil. Let me know what you think.

-Paul

PS Almost forgot, full tank shots.






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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-27-2013, 02:37 AM
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Beauty of a job man! Everything looks fantastic. How long has it been up and running?

Only suggestion would be to take off the outflow thats not alilypipe and make it a lilypipe hehe.

Keep it up man! How about a few pics of the right and left side close up from eye view to see some of the finer details?

Great job,
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Beauty of a job man! Everything looks fantastic. How long has it been up and running?
Thanks, Joshua! It's been running for three weeks now. Cycled relatively quickly with established filter media, substrate and plants.

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Only suggestion would be to take off the outflow thats not alilypipe and make it a lilypipe hehe.
Way ahead of ya! Just came in yesterday.

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Keep it up man! How about a few pics of the right and left side close up from eye view to see some of the finer details?
Here ya go.

Left side


Right side


Side




Can anyone help me with this algae? I grew a lot of this stuff in the 20L. I haven't started dosing any dry ferts, yet. Was going to start this weekend but I wanted to fight it off before it takes over.
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The stuff in the bottom picture is Utricularia gibba, an absolute pest in aquariums. Be ruthless or it'll take over. A fine airline hose is great for getting it out. Just be vigilant for little fragments getting blown in to a different place in the tank.

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The stuff in the bottom picture is Utricularia gibba, an absolute pest in aquariums. Be ruthless or it'll take over. A fine airline hose is great for getting it out. Just be vigilant for little fragments getting blown in to a different place in the tank.
Thanks, Phil. I've been watching your 300g thread and I'm really looking forward to seeing it come together!
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how do u like ur par38? im thinking of usiing some to light my 75
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how do u like ur par38? im thinking of usiing some to light my 75
They're great. I had the same three hanging over my 20L (About 3 feet from the bottom and had a glosso carpet taking over the tank within 3 - 4 weeks.
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FREAKIN BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!

I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS TANK!!!

The use of the crawl space is AWESOME!!! Your plumbing is top notch, and your layout is PERFECT!!! I really like the Rams too!!!

It looks like it is a established tank, even though it is a new setup! Your color choices and plant types is spot on! I can't wait to see the moss grow out on the drift wood, as well as the Anubias spread too! Those lights make everything POP! Do they spill out light into the room very much? They look very good the way you mounted them too! What type of fixture did you use? I guess I need to check out your 20g journal! LOL

Keep up the AWESOME WORK as well as the BEAUTIFUL PICS too!!!
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P.S. Subscribed!!! and VERY JEALOUS!!! My 40B is still empty, but after seeing yours it won't be for long!
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Wow. Your full shot of the tank in the first post is amazing. Something about just really catches my eye. Great work.
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Good job stocking the fish!
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I had that algae growing on my pearlweed I think mine was due to uneaten food getting left in the pearlweed
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