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40G Breeder Planted Tank (56k warning)

Hello all!

I finally got a hold of a 40 gallon breeder tank and stand! I currently own a 26 gallon bowfront fish only tank with one live plant, a Ludwiga I believe.

When I brought the stand home, I felt like it would not support the weight of the tank although it is an Aqueon manufactured tank stand. So I decided to beef up the stand a bit although I am not entirely sure that what I did helps any, it helps me sleep better at night.

Here are a few photos of the progress so far.
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what breed of dog is in the first photo? Bulldog? Boston terrier?

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what breed of dog is in the first photo? Bulldog? Boston terrier?
That's my little Frenchie, Phoebe!
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That's my little Frenchie, Phoebe!
Ah I knew I was forgetting a breed! Cut pup' ^^

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I feel you there. Seeing just a few 2x4's holding up hundreds of pounds of water can seem scary, but in reality, it's overbuilt far more than you would think. Your ceiling and roof and walls are all held up by similar pieces of wood, spaced only about 2 feet apart...
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Weight distribution in tanks is kinda funny almost all of it falls on the corners very little falls on the front back and sides. That being said as long as the wood in the legs isn't rotted and you don't shake the tank back and forth you should ok. That being said it's more important you are comfortable with the setup.
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Stand is painted and I'm moving it to its final resting place tonight.

I know the lighting topic has been discussed ad nauseam, but I'm still not sure what lighting fixture to go with despite reading endless reviews.

I'm currently looking at the Beamswork fixtures. Can anybody recommend a model/wattage for a medium tech planted build?
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Quick update:

Lighting: I finally get my light today! It is a Beamswork LED light to start.

Hardscape: I went to the LFS for manzanita driftwood, but the selection was not great. I am going to try a few other places this Saturday.

Substrate: I picked up 50 pounds of pool filter sand over the weekend. Today I am likely going to pick up a few bags of Floramax.

In an attempt to keep the substrates from mixing, I am currently working on a plexiglass divider that I'm going to silicone to the tank. Attached is a photograph of my first attempt, but the piece broke when I tried to make an aggressive bend.
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I'm slowly learning that fish tanks require a lot of work, research, and patience.

I picked up some manzanita driftwood during my lunch break to find out that it's best if the bark is removed. That's my project for the next few days! Attached is a photograph of the manzanita branches.
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Boiling manzanita to remove bark and finishing up my substrate divider! If all goes well with the manzanita, I might be able to start hardscapong tomorrow.

The substrate divider is 2" in the front and 5" in the back. I want to glue some stones or something to make it look like a ledge of some sort. Any ideas what type of stones I can use?
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Background film is in and the lava rocks are purchased! I am going to break up the rocks and randomly place them where the substrate and PFS meet.
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Great start....can't wait to see where this goes!


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Here's an update of the progress. The manzanita has been a bit of a pain. I soaked it, removed the bark with a chisel, boiled, and baked for an hour!

I need to get some more lava rock to finish up! Then on to filling the tank and cycling it. I am also looking for plants. Low light plant recommendations are welcomed!
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We have water!

Filled the tank on Wednesday and added prime and 6.5ml of 10% ammonia to the tank this morning. I noticed that I lost all my test tubes, so I will test the ammonia levels tonight. I hope to cycle the tank in 2 weeks.

I need to start thinking of plants. Can anybody suggest some plants for the back left corner and for the area in in front of the manzanita? I will also be on the lookout for 3 pieces of lava rock to add to the right side of the tank.

Here's a pic!
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Short update!
I added a Hydor water circulator and some more lava rock. The tank is currently cycling (or not). I'm on day 12 and no nitrites yet. Can't wait to start planting and adding fish.
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