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40B "I might be getting a divorce..." Journal -- Pics Added Last Page

Couldn't resist the Petco $1/gallon sale any longer. Finally found a 40B at my local store and grabbed it. I don't think my wife will be nearly as excited as I am. This tank will be going on a rack in my storage room which Im slowly trying to turn into a fish room. Here is a picture of the placement:



I have most of the equipment to get it running already lying around. I'll need to get a better lighting solution and some kind of Co2 setup going as Im going high tech with this one. Here's the projected build list:

Tank: 40 Breeder
Filter: Fluval 304 (until I can upgrade to the Eheim I want)
Light: 4' Shop Light with one GE Plant Bulb and one 65k Bulb
Substrate: Either Flourite or AZOO/Mr. Aqua (haven't quite decided)
Co2: Piecing together a decent pressurized system
Fauna: RCS to start
Flora: HC, HC, HC, and some more HC

Shooting for an Iwagumi style tank with this one. Single carpet plant selection with some stone. Still trying to track down the right stone. Any ideas or suggestions welcome...

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What is the bulb size for the fixture? T5HO? Everything looks sweet though. Can not wait to see it setup!

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What is the bulb size for the fixture? T5HO? Everything looks sweet though. Can not wait to see it setup!
The shop light over it now takes trusty T12 bulbs.... lol. Waaaaay old school.
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The shop light over it now takes trusty T12 bulbs.... lol. Waaaaay old school.
You do know that having a pressurized CO2 system is pointless unless you up your lighting? Right?

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You do know that having a pressurized CO2 system is pointless unless you up your lighting? Right?
He has his lighting already...
I'd strongly recommend an upgrade though. LOL. But you are only growing HC, so you should be fine.
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Great tank size. Are those wire racks capable of carrying that much weight? Once filled it will weigh over 350 pounds.
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He has his lighting already...
Two T12 bulbs even with reflectors are not enough to drive a plants need for CO2 to the point that a pressurized system is not needed/a waste of money. I would advise you to get a two bulb T5HO fixture form Catalina or Nova Extreme.

I was also wondering about the stand... Not strong enough IMO.

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Two T12 bulbs even with reflectors are not enough to drive a plants need for CO2 to the point that a pressurized system is not needed/a waste of money.
There's no harm in adding pressurized (or DIY) CO2 to any setup, regardless of lighting...

Anyway, plans look great. I love iwagumi tanks. I've always wanted to have a 40B, too. Neat dimensions to work with.
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There's no harm in adding pressurized (or DIY) CO2 to any setup, regardless of lighting...

Anyway, plans look great. I love iwagumi tanks. I've always wanted to have a 40B, too. Neat dimensions to work with.
There is no harm, but remember the amount of light pushes a plant's need of nutients and CO2. Two T12's will not drive a plant's need for CO2 to make a pressurized CO2 worth it. Would'n it be better too not waste $300 on something that the plants do not need.

I look forward to your planted Iwagumi, and pardon my thread jacking!

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I would put a piece of plywood under the tank to distribute the weight evenly over the shelf you have it on. I have a 20g long on a similar style shelf and I used a sheet of metal to disperse the weight a little more. Works well, just keep an eye out for any bowing of that shelf.

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didnt read everything yet needed to point this out.

That tank will weigh in the range of 400lbs once filled with rock water and fish
That rack doesnt look like it can hold 400lbs for a long period of time. not to mention its metal which will rust with all the water around it

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Couldn't resist the Petco $1/gallon sale any longer. Finally found a 40B at my local store and grabbed it. I don't think my wife will be nearly as excited as I am. This tank will be going on a rack in my storage room which Im slowly trying to turn into a fish room. Here is a picture of the placement:



I have most of the equipment to get it running already lying around. I'll need to get a better lighting solution and some kind of Co2 setup going as Im going high tech with this one. Here's the projected build list:

Tank: 40 Breeder
Filter: Fluval 304 (until I can upgrade to the Eheim I want)
Light: 4' Shop Light with one GE Plant Bulb and one 65k Bulb
Substrate: Either Flourite or AZOO/Mr. Aqua (haven't quite decided)
Co2: Piecing together a decent pressurized system
Fauna: RCS to start
Flora: HC, HC, HC, and some more HC

Shooting for an Iwagumi style tank with this one. Single carpet plant selection with some stone. Still trying to track down the right stone. Any ideas or suggestions welcome...
He already mentioned he's getting different lights...

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Ok, wow.... I feel sooooooo stupid right now... *Begins banging head against computer desk*

Sorry!

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- I'm getting better lights
- The rack shelf holds 500+ lbs per shelf and I have plywood for under the tank. The rack is also stainless. It's commercial quality not something cheap from Target.
- Thanks for the concerns.

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metal rack

Those metal racks support their shelves by plastic things that go around the bars. the plastic can compress under heavy weights. It is just my opinion but i would never put a tank on that. It isnt worth coming home to find your tank on the floor.
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