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My new 40B w/ custom stand.

This is a project I have been thinking about doing for many years. I recently moved back to my home state of Rhode Island so I figured it was about time that I got started with it. I got the tank as a left over from the dollar/gallon sale. Amazing thing was that the sale was over but they had the tank on the shelf with the advertisement still stuck inside the tank so they honored it. I was pretty excited. I designed and built the stand myself. It was a fun project. I will be adding more plants and critters slowly as my time is limited with work and life. But I am really looking forward to watching this tank evolve.

Here is what I have in/on it so far:

Finnex Planted+ 24/7 Fully Automated LED light
Fluval 206 canister filter
ADA Amazonia substrate

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Ran the plumbing with alternate inflow and outflow pipes for easy, spill-less water changes







A couple days after filling



How it looks today with a few plants added.

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That piece of driftwood is badass.

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That piece of driftwood is badass.
Agreed, too bad it doesn't go all the way up the tank to look like a tree root.

Also, really nice stand.
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Quick question, I have noticed the intake and outflow tubes have begun to grow some ugly looking stuff inside them. Does anyone know what this is or why it is happening? Also is it a bad sign? I haven't noticed it on any of the other plumbing, only this tubes directly connected to the filter itself.

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That's a great looking tank and a fantastic looking stand. Nice work. (No idea on the tubes, hope the bump here helps get an answer.)

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All my filter tubing eventually gets that brown gunk. If I notice it is affecting flow I just disconnect and run a long flexible brush through them, rinse with water to clear it out and pop em back on. Pretty sure it's normal (I think they recommend cleaning tubing every six months or so?).

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Looking great! I think the brown gunk is actually colonies of bacteria, but I'm not sure.


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I think it looks great and that drift wood is a beautiful piece. I love the way it just seems to flow. Great work on your stand!
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Thanks for the responses and nice words. I ordered more plants that will be arriving today. Ill post more pics after I plant them this weekend.

I guess I will just leave the brown stuff in the lines unless I see that its restricting flow. Seems to be just fine right now. I have noticed there seems to be a bacteria bloom recently as the water has begun to cloud up a little bit so the bacteria colony may be exactly what it is.
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How did you build your doors? I'm trying to figure out how to build doors for a stand I'm contemplating building, and don't haven a table saw or router table, so i'd like to keep it as simple as possible.

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How did you build your doors? I'm trying to figure out how to build doors for a stand I'm contemplating building, and don't haven a table saw or router table, so i'd like to keep it as simple as possible.
This will be very hard to do with out a table saw and/or a chop saw. Unless you have somewhere near you that can cut wood to size for you.

The recessed portion of the door is a piece of 1/2" finished plywood that I cut to size on a table saw. It is about 2" larger on each side than what is actually showing. The trim pieces are 3/4" pine, which I cut to the size I needed on a chop saw. I glued and finish nailed (with a nail gun) overlapping the plywood by 2" on each side.
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Nice job on the stand dude, and that centerpiece is choice
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This will be very hard to do with out a table saw and/or a chop saw. Unless you have somewhere near you that can cut wood to size for you.

The recessed portion of the door is a piece of 1/2" finished plywood that I cut to size on a table saw. It is about 2" larger on each side than what is actually showing. The trim pieces are 3/4" pine, which I cut to the size I needed on a chop saw. I glued and finish nailed (with a nail gun) overlapping the plywood by 2" on each side.

I've got a miter saw so that's not an issue. From the pictures of the doors it originally looked to me like the panel was inset in the frame, rather than the frame being set on top of the panel. Glad I asked, this may be how I end up making the doors, thanks!

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Quick update

I received my plants on Thursday and planted them on Saturday.

Plant list of what was added:
Ludwigia sp. 'mini super red'
Alternanthera reineekii sp. 'purple'
Alternanthera reineekii sp. 'mini'
Didiplis diandra
Ammannia sp. 'Bonsai'
Heteranthera zosterifolia
Anubias petite
Red tiger lotus bulb
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Looks great. Can't wait to see it grow in. Co2 and ei or?
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