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Old 10-15-2013, 04:47 AM   #1
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my long awaited 40g breeder set up


I figured I'd start one of these threads just for the heck of it. I purchased this set up during the summer for a pretty sweet deal. I got the 40g breeder tank at Petco's DPG sale. Not soon after I went back and found a stand there for 12 bucks!! So the whole set up was under 70 bucks. Not bad at all. This set up was to replace my 56g column tank that I had sold online for 130 bucks.

I'm gonna plant it quite a bit, this is just the start of it, I'm just not entirely sure what I'm gonna do with it yet. I've been toying at the idea of doing both a tank thats just solely a planted tank, with no inhabitants, and doing a couple small schools of tetras, and some cory cats. something simple.

I love Rotala, so my first plant purchased is some Rotala Indica which is going to be used as the background plant. Idk if I should trim it or not? I love when it gets really tall. It looks so sweet.

I'm not trying to spend too much money on this tank, or have too many issues. But I might be adding C02 later.

I am also currently dealing with some algae...





I had bought a bit too much Rotala I think.... as I have an extra bag and I'm not sure if I should plant it or not, or just let what I have in there grow real thick and bushy looking.




Not that this has anything to do with anything.... but here's a pic of the stand. It is actually pretty nice and very sturdy. Especially considering how I got it for under 20 dollars.




I'm using eco complete for the substrate, and its still more or less a work in progess. Nothing to ride home about. I like the whole bushiness of the Rotala, and I found that Ludwigia has a really nice contrast to it, so I will be adding that in the midground later. And will be more than likely adding S. Repens in the foreground. May throw in a few crypts, too.


I know the filter I have is rather big and bulky, but it's the one I've always used and I'm kind of on a budget, so I had already decided to not change it. Anything I can do to help the tank? Suggestions?

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Old 10-15-2013, 07:50 PM   #2
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Where did you purchase the stand?
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:01 PM   #3
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the algae issue could be because of minimal planting. plant all the rotala!
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Old 10-15-2013, 09:17 PM   #4
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I purchased the stand at Petco

Actually, the algae was there even before I planted anything and was much, much worse!
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Old 10-15-2013, 11:07 PM   #5
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I purchased the stand at Petco

Actually, the algae was there even before I planted anything and was much, much worse!
Nice score. I had a 75G setup before I moved into my new house and I have to downsize now. So I've been looking into the 40B.
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Old 10-16-2013, 03:05 AM   #6
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you could float some of the rotala and let it absorb the extra nutrients in the water...? What kind of algae is it?
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Old 10-16-2013, 03:11 AM   #7
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I found one last week for $60 and i thought that was a deal on clearance... I never saw any 40B stand at any of the 2 stores I go to around here.

Great find, they are a sturdy. I have one for a 33G Long.
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Old 10-16-2013, 03:14 PM   #8
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Nice score. I had a 75G setup before I moved into my new house and I have to downsize now. So I've been looking into the 40B.
Yeah, I did have a 56g column before, and it was nice and all being such a big tank, but it was a pain to work with. way too tall. So even though I did technically downsize, the dimensions are so much nicer to work with.

I believe the algae is diatoms algae.

And yeah usually when I go to Petco, I've never really seen stands for 40g breeder tanks, but I think the only reason they were there was because of the current dollar per gallon sale. It was also supposed to be originally 60 bucks. So that was such a score when I got it for 12.
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Old 10-19-2013, 11:27 PM   #9
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I added a whole bunch of S. Repens today that I got from Petsmart.... unfortunately I'm at a dead end I feel, I really don't like how it looks so far. not sure what exactly to do plant-wise

I do think I definitely need to add a black background. And maybe change the lighting.




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Old 10-19-2013, 11:34 PM   #10
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How many packs of repens did you buy? I thought about buying some too, but they look alot different from what i've seen.
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Old 10-19-2013, 11:44 PM   #11
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You made sure to wash the gel off the repens roots right?
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Old 10-20-2013, 07:00 AM   #12
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I just bought one. There were a lot in that package. And yes of course I did. I was surprised that gel stuff came off as easy as it did.
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Old 10-20-2013, 12:36 PM   #13
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This tank needs a lot more plants. Try grouping the plants and make in a less symetrical formation. Cut thos rotalas in half and replant in two or thee separate groups. Same for the repens.
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Old 10-20-2013, 07:22 PM   #14
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Well I am going to be adding more plants as time goes on. I was considering maybe just tearing out the stuff in this tank, and doing a crypt only tank.
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Suggestions 1) background 2) plant in groupings not lines 3) find some hardscape, rocks or driftwood 4) plants!!! WAY MORE PLANTS!!!!
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