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Nubster 01-09-2012 05:14 PM

40B of Obscurity...yellow neo tank, now running, with pics.
Starting another build thread that will be lost in the traffic, but that's ok.

I am starting out with a 40B I grabbed at the latest Petco sale, just finished building the stand frame. Still deciding if I am going to skin it or not. The tank isn't going to be out in the house, it'll be in a spare room (my fish room so to speak) so I am really not concerned about the looks.

Plans are, Black Diamond blasting media substrate, two sponge filters, possible medium/high light with CO2 but not sure on that yet, Iwagumi style hardscape, lots of Java Fern and moss. Inhabitants will be the really nice yellow neos that I got from sewingalot. If you read this Sara...shrimp are doing great and starting to breed :icon_bigg

Anyways, that's about it for now...not much I is a quick pic of the tank and stand and I'll get one soon of the Oyaishi rock I plan to use in the scape. As usually, comments and suggestions are welcome...please comment...I suck at this stuff and can always use lots of help :proud:\

Next step is cleaning and paint the tank...back and sides will be black.

h4n 01-09-2012 05:18 PM

nice!! cant wait to see it finished,

Also what bike is that in the background?

Nubster 01-09-2012 05:23 PM

Yamaha XS 650 a buddy of mine and I built.

h4n 01-09-2012 05:25 PM

Nice man!! love it!
Love the seat, reminds me of a old school football lol

Nubster 01-09-2012 05:28 PM

haha...that's about what it looks ghetto rigged as the bike was when I got it, the seat was already on the bike, it wouldn't surprise me if I turned the leather inside out and it WAS an old

I still want to tear it down again, clean up the frame and repaint, dish the tank, do a hand clutch/shifter, lots of little stuff. Just don't have the cash at the moment. It's a rat ride for sure but fun as heck and gets lots of looks.

h4n 01-09-2012 05:41 PM

ya everything looks good though, the tank does stand out a bit.

Nubster 01-09-2012 05:44 PM

Yeah...most of these bikes have Sportster tanks or something similar. I kinda like that this one is a bit different but I might end up changing the tank at some point if I can't get it how I want.

Nubster 01-12-2012 01:40 AM

Started painting the back and sides of the tank black and I DIY'ed a shop light for the tank that should put me around medium lighting according to the chart. Here is a little write up on the DIY light....

Not really a serious DIY, just a simple modification. I thought I'd throw this up in case anyone else is looking for a inexpensive lighting option for a 40B or other 36" tank.

I had on hand an old 48" shop light I was using on my 75g before switching to T5. I found some 36" bulbs in 6500k at my local Lowes. After not being able to find a suitable fixture for those bulbs, I decided I would make my old fixture work.

So I got the bulbs and once home, I disassembled one end of the shop light. I installed the bulbs so that I could get a proper measurement where the end-cap needed moved to.

Marked the fixture, took it outside and drew a straight line all the way across.

Using my angle grinder and a cutoff disc, I made short work of the fixture. Don't forget to wear your safety glasses.

Fitted the end-cap and a few pop rivets and it is nice a secure.

Cut the wiring down to length, soldered the connections, and used heat shrink tubing to make sure the connection was good.

Finally, installed the bulbs and fired it up.

So there you have it, a little DIY, less than $20, and you can have a decent medium level light over your 40B.

h4n 01-12-2012 11:12 AM

Nice Nub. Looks good!!

Nubster 01-13-2012 06:00 AM

One step closer, tank is painted though it's a really crappy job. Not sure what happened but seems there are spots on the tank that didn't accept the paint despite cleaning it well with alcohol. I'll have to touch them up later or use black tape to cover up the spots.

I also played around with my main rock of focus, my Oyaishi rock if you will. I have a few supporting rocks too, just didn't bring them in. I might go out and see if I can find anything else that would work better. But here is a quick shot of what I have to work with. I am debating on doing a Iwagumi style hardscape keeping nice and simple or building a kinda cliff type layout with a nice high shelf in the left corner built up behind the main rock and a retaining wall of other rocks. This shelf would extend from the back to about halfway to the front and from the left side to about mid tank. I have some ideas on how to make the shelf but I need to get into town to check the availability of supplies. Anyways, quick shot of my Oyaishi rock....

Don't mind the dirty glass and little bit of substrate. I just added enough to cover the bottom glass so I could get a better idea how things would look. There will be a lot more substrate in there when it's all finished.

h4n 01-13-2012 02:33 PM

oh... pretty rock!

Nubster 01-16-2012 07:06 AM

Well, tank is setup, water in, filters flowing, heater heating...I'll get some plants in tomorrow, acclimate the shrimp, and get some pics. I am realizing that I will probably need to upgrade the lights as the two 30w T12's aren't really cutting it so for the time being I am adding a couple clipons with CLF bulbs to supplement. I am also using two sponge filters powered by an airpump. Not really diggin' that setup. I might change to one sponge with a small powerhead and invest in a small canister. That way I have my sponge, have some flow from the powerhead, polishing from the canister, and surface agitation also from the canister. If I decide later to do CO2 in this tank I can also send that through the canister. I am looking at the SunSun (AquaTop) line of filters. Anyways, just an update...stay tuned for some pics tomorrow once everything is settles a little better.

Nubster 01-16-2012 07:09 AM

Oh, and I also grabbed a 20L from Petco over the weekend. I plan to use it for breeding out higher end RCS and I REALLY want to get a couple varieties of tiger shrimp so I'll probably be setting it up to accommodate tigers (are their needs much different from RCS) and I want to do the same with the 40B so I can get a second variety in that tank. Looking at either Super Tigers or Red Stripes and OEBT's.

Nubster 01-16-2012 07:42 PM

Couple shots of my girls...there are at least 5 berried yellows in the tank right now. I did make a huge goof last night...

I caught all my yellows and had them in a breeder box. There had to be about 20 since there was a preggo shrimp that I got with the shipment when I first got them. So I had the adults and the babies in the box. I took the box out and hung it in my big tank with the RCS. Tore down the 20g and got the 40B up. I decided to let it run over night with the heater and filters to let everything kinda get where it needed to be. This morning I go in to move the yellows over and wouldn't ya know it....the rim of the breeder box got down below the surface of the water and guessed it, the box was empty. So now there are around 20 yellow neos mixed in with my RCS. Not a huge deal since I don't care much about the purity of the shrimp in that tank. It's going to be my melting pot tank anyways. But....I want to breed yellows so now I'm netting out yellows as I see them in the big tank. So far I think I got all the berried females and a few males, so 8 shrimp maybe altogether. The babies, probably never get them, at least until they are bigger. If I don't, oh well. I'm hoping to get my 20L up and running soon enough so I can start pulling the nicer RCS out and adding some new blood to them. are a couple shots. I'll get a tank shot up later this evening.

green_valley 01-16-2012 08:57 PM

OH MY OH MY...........
I want yellow shrimps.
How long have you had this guy?

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