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
3 Panda Corrys
5 German Blue Rams
40 Gallon Breeder
(1)Hydor Koralia Nano 425
(1)Hydor 201 Inline heater (200 watt)
(1)Aquatop Inline UV Sterilizer 10watt
(2)PAR 38 LED 5000k bulbs
(1)PAR 38 CREE LED 5500k bulbs
(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.
PS Almost forgot, full tank shots.