40B Mixed Reef Build

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  1. Shockfiend

    Shockfiend Active Member

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    Hey Everyone,

    I'm starting a 40 breeder reef tank build as an early birthday present to myself (Birthday is September, but it counts right?). I'm going to be posting constant updates with pictures as I have nothing else to do while I wait for my tank to cycle. This will be my first tank, so please go easy, and I would appreciate any advice you guys have to give to a beginner reefer.

    Stay Tuned!
     

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    crabs_mcjones I was a drab little crab once. R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Congrats! I myself have a 40 breeder and it's the perfect size in my opinion. Not to big but not tiny. Are you going drilled tank or siphon overflow?
     
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    brett_schn Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Hey I just got a 40b for my bday too. I’m following along to see how you do it too
     
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    I completely agree. Currently, I have a CPR cs50 overflow box. Its self starting, so I don't have to worry about overflowing my DT if I ever lose siphoning. Pics to come!
     
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    Pardon the mess lol. I put it in my bedroom next to my bed. The stand and 40b cost me about $110. I built a custom 20L sump, and plumbed it with pipes and hoses from home depot.
     
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    Here's a picture of the sump I made. I bought some glass panels for $5 each, and cut them to size. I siliconed them in place after sanding the edges smooth. Leak test on both tanks went fine. Everything is going according to plan so far!

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    K. Steven Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    Love my 40B, great size tank
     
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    brett_schn Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Where did u buy the glass panels?
     
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    brett_schn Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    and what thickness are they?
     
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    They are 3/32" thick. They came in 16x20" panels from home Depot at about $5 each.

    To clarify, the 20L was bought from Petco for $20. The baffles were installed by me.
     
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    brett_schn Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Yeah i got my 40b for $50 and 20l for $20 at petco. What silicone did u use?
     
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    I actually had silicone from a pond kit that I bought, so I used that. But they had silicone next to the glass panels at home Depot. Just make sure they have no additives such as mildew inhibitors etc.
     
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    Quarantine tank was set up almost a month ago. 10G with a hob, air bubbler.

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    crabs_mcjones I was a drab little crab once. R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    If you are starting a new tank, I'd highly recommend drilling it. I bought another 40 Breeder and drilled it and i'm waiting until I move to switch everything over to the new tank
     
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    I wasn't comfortable with drilling it, and the overflow box is here already :p
    I've seen alot of people successfully use the boxes, so I think I'm hoping I'll be alright
     
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    Definitely drilled is a better option and more peace of mind. It's really not as difficult as it looks.
     
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    I'm sure either option works fine. I already have the box though, and it seems to be working great so far. It is also harder to completely block it off, and its much easier to clean and adjust if i need to.
     
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    Once I get my own place, I'll get upgrade to a larger tank, and drill that. I do agree that its definitely more peace of mind, and I'd like to be able to drill a deeper hole so I can do water changes without have to use a siphon in a future setup. But, for now, overflow box it is!
     
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    Nice. I also have a 40B. When I set it up, I bought during the $1/gallon sale and bought two 40B. Purchased a metal stand that allowed me to use the other 40B for a sump.

    What lighting and water flow are you planning on?
     
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    Im looking at 2- 165w Evergrow Wifi LEDs. For the refugium that I'm planning, I don't know yet. I have a CFL on it currently as the tank is cycling. As for water flow, I have a Maxijet 1200, an Aqueon Quietflow 2300 for a return pump from my sump, and a cheap 195 gph powerhead from Petco. I'm totaling roughly 800 gph. As my tank grows, I'll probably upgrade the powerheads/pumps.
     
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