40G DIY In-Wall Aquarium (2 Month Update)

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UPDATE SUMP SILICONE

Got a few comments on the white silicone. Ordered some aquarium safe silicone in order to be safe.

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Scraped as much of the old silicone as I could, completely covered any remaining silicone in the aquarium safe stuff.



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This time I used acrylic to create the baffles. I know silicon doesn’t bond to acrylic, but hopefully I use enough to keep everything in place with friction. We shall see!

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Don’t mind the silicone mess! I will clean it up with a razorblade tomorrow!
Awesome! Looking good. You will have piece of mind. I don't care what anyone says reef safe silicone only in my tanks
 
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UPDATE: Sump build day 1

After allowing silicone to cure for 72 hours, I began to reconstruct the sump. I will be adding a DIY refugium to the middle compartment. Also planning to add a filter sock holder, protein skimmer, and reactor soon.

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So far I have only added bio media to begin the cycle now. Including, plastic bio balls, ceramic bricks, and the pack of biospheres from BRS

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Here is the salt I went with.
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And bacteria to start the cycle.

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UPDATE: Aquascape and Cycle

So after much debate on the bare-bottom look, I added 30 pounds of Pink Fiji live sand.

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It’s FOWLR tank. I wanted a very natural looking Aquascape. With minimal rock. So the sand was necessary. This also reminds me of scuba diving off the Florida coast.

I feel like I got exactly what I was going for. A lot of the base rock is still covered in sand, but I think over time it will shift nicely.

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Added some frozen foods and a few inverts to start the cycle. After much thought, I decided not to do any fish while the tank cycles.

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Here is the species of crab and snail. I did 10 of each.
 
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2 Month Update!

Tank is cycling nicely and there is a lot of healthy algae growth. I even started to see some coralline algae this week! Happy to hear your comments as always!

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Algae closeups

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