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Old 10-05-2013, 07:38 PM   #1
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Dobie's dubious 40B & Custom built stand


I have settled on a 40 breeder as my first planted tank. According to the manager at my local Petco, they will be running the $1 a gallon sale again very soon, and they currently have a dozen or so 40Bs in stock.

One of my other hobbies is woodworking so one of the cheap "stand in a box" kits just won't do. The aquarium will be going in my office so my plan is to build a stand to mimic the "look" of my office furniture.

Here is a Sketchup of the stand...





Aquarium

Equipment
Petco 40B Tank
Satellite LED+ 36"
Eheim 2217
Jager 300W Heater (This ended up being a mistake. The 300w is WAY too big 40 my 40 breeder)
DIY CO₂ (2x 2-liter, Fluval bubble counter & ceramic diffuser)
Garage sale 10gal kit for QT


Substrate
MGOCPM
Black Diamond blasting sand cap


Hardscape
Driftwood I have harvested from my local creek
Pagoda Stone from my LFS


Flora
Java Moss
Java Fern
Amazon Sword
Anubias Nana
Bacopa


Fauna
4x Peppered Cory
11 White Cloud Mountain Minnow
3x Otocinclus

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Old 10-07-2013, 08:06 PM   #2
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Well, it's official. Today I ordered my Satellite LED+, Eheim 2217 and Jager 300W.

I began construction on the stand last night and hope to have some progress pictures up later tonight.
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Old 10-17-2013, 02:07 AM   #3
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The wife surprised me today with a 40 breeder. I don't quite have the stand done yet but it's close. I decided to try the driftwood I found in my local creek out for size in the tank. I like the way it looks:



I welcome any comments or input on adding additional hardscape as well as planting.

Thanks for looking.
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Old 10-20-2013, 02:38 AM   #4
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Today I did my hardscape. I like the way it turned out and I suppose that since I'm the one who will be sitting in front of it sipping a nice single malt scotch every night then that's a good thing.

I picked up a lot of really good hints reading the forum the last few months. I really appreciate all the time folks have taken to photograph and document their tank journeys. I know that my first tank is far from perfect, but it's MUCH better than it would have been without this forum to draw inspiration and instruction from.





Thanks for looking, and as always I welcome all comments, questions and criticism.
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Old 10-20-2013, 02:47 AM   #5
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Awesome! I am really liking the 40b size.
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Old 10-22-2013, 06:25 PM   #6
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I found some DHG at PetSmart pretty cheap so I decided to give it a go.



I don't have incredibly high hope since I have no CO2 yet. I plan on a DIY setup until I can spring for a pressurized system but I have not had time to build a reactor yet.

My Satellite LED+ is a little low after I filled the tank, I'll have to get a second one. For now I have moved the light forward so as to give the DHG as much light as possible. I have started with Flourish Complete for now and have ordered my macros from GLA and they should arrive this week.
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Old 11-24-2013, 10:27 PM   #7
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One month update photo. The DHG is filling in nicely, the Satellite LED+ is doing well for me. I have added a few anubias, some java fern, a package of bacopa from PetSmart, a marimo ball and I super glued some java moss to the driftwood. I'm dealing with a bit of algae, but it's coming along nicely.

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Old 11-24-2013, 10:32 PM   #8
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the java fern needs to have it's rhizome (the thick root from which the leaves come off of) exposed or else it will die, just a heads up...

otherwise, looking really sharp
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the java fern needs to have it's rhizome (the thick root from which the leaves come off of) exposed or else it will die, just a heads up...

otherwise, looking really sharp
Thanks, I'll adjust them.
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Thats a nice start so far. Loving that piece of wood
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I love your tank!

Question - I have never seen egg crate under the substrate in a tank before.... what is the benefit of doing it that way?
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Old 11-27-2013, 02:30 AM   #12
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I love your tank!

Question - I have never seen egg crate under the substrate in a tank before.... what is the benefit of doing it that way?
U dont scratch the glass with the rock/wood. Ive never done it though as i dont ever intend to resell any of my tanks so dont mind if there are scratches to the bottem as its covered anyways
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Old 11-27-2013, 10:23 AM   #13
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I love your tank!

Question - I have never seen egg crate under the substrate in a tank before.... what is the benefit of doing it that way?
I got the idea from several tank journals here, it's not an original idea.

In addition to protecting the glass, it gave me a way to anchor the driftwood, it is zip-tied to the egg crate. Also, it helps build up the stones to the elevation I wanted them and they are less likely to shift.
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Old 11-27-2013, 09:24 PM   #14
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I love that piece of driftwood. I think I might have to start checking near bodies of water so I can find pieces like that. The tank looks great and will llok really good once it fills in.
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