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This tank was originally going to be salt water, but it i realized that it wasn't big enough for the fish i wanted and I didn't want to look at a tank full of coral with one tiny fish in it.



Drilled for two 1" bulkheads:


Drain and return plumbing done:


Back/drain plumbing painted black and leak test:




made an acrylic cover:


Mad a wooden cabinet with light hanger to cover up the stand and sump, this is the 1st coat of paint and testing to see if it will support the weight of a light:


Cabinet is fully painted and Lights are in, they are two 10watt led flood lights, Final Product:



Not 100% sure what i want to stock it with, but my 6" L200 and 3" LDA01 are most likely going to be in it if i can find a way to transport them here to VA from my parents place in MA.

Also thinking of an erythrinus erythrinus or erythrinus sp. 'peru'

Substrate will most likely be pool filter sand if i can find it and hardscape will be manzanita wood

for plants i was thinking a lot of anubias and a lot of dwarf sag for the bottom.

any suggestions?
 

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For Plants there will be anubias and the whole bottom will be covered in dwarf sag.

For fish there will be a 6" L200 and 3" LDA01 if i can safely transport them here from massachusettes and also thinking of an erythrinus erythrinus or erythrinus sp. 'peru'

im also open to suggestions on fish as long as they are not common
 

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very cool angels! I would add a few cories for keeping the sand cleaned.
cant wait to see it planted
may we see your filter tank?
 

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very cool angels! I would add a few cories for keeping the sand cleaned.
cant wait to see it planted
may we see your filter tank?
Next fish to go in the tank is my L200. i'll add corydoras sometime in the next few weeks.

here is a pic of the sump tank:
 

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Where did you get your lights from. I am looking into using led for my 46 gallon planted bow front tank. Would they work for growing plants.
 

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Nicely put together build.

Definitely reflects the saltwater origins of the tank design.

Any chance of some details on how you decided to 'skin' the metal tank stand with the wood? That looks like one of the models that Petco offers.

Also, really glad that you went with hanging lights. Trying to have proper and good looking lighting on a 40B without hanging the lights is very difficult.
 

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the lights are 10watt led floodlights from eBay

the metal stand is from Petco. I wanted the open space underneath the tank for the sump and easy access to it, which is why I decided to to skin the stand. both sides are removable so I have easy access to all the plumbing at all times. the skin is made from particle board from home depot and spray painted black. I also wanted the ada look to the stand

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they aren't attached to the stand, just placed there. the side and front pieces are attached with hinges so it it can be opened without moving the whole piece. I'll get some pictures next week. im going to be away til the weekend.

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So you will have to let us know how those light work with your tank. I have a 46 G bow front that I am thinking of changing over to LED's. I found those light online so I might get some when I find out how they do with plants. With my tank I want to go Med to High light plants, so I don't know how many of them I would need.
 

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The lights that i have are only good for low light plants. I have no intention of growing anything other than anubias in this tank. You would need something quite a bit brighter for medium-high light plants. There will be plecos and other fish that dig so plants rooted in the substrate wont work in my setup
 

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Yea so I am thinking that I am going to need at least six of those to grow plants. So is there anybody else out there using these types of lights to grow plants. I will just have to do some more searching for a set of LED's that will fit into the budget.
 
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