55 cube aqnd 40b learning to wing it

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So, this is my build thread. I am going to be putting together a 55 gallon cube, a 40 gallon breeder and a home made 40 gallon cube. ANd the sump might be home made too.. Its all just getting tossed together as a single unit.. so to speak. They are going to share water through a shared sump.

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Wow, its mid April 2020 and things have really changed from my original intent.. Read on.
 
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It's not that hard to do. I look forward to following your build.

I've had several systems with 2 tanks and a sump/fuge. They all worked fine. The biggest was a 180g DT with a 75g hexagon DT and they shared an 8'x2'x18" (180g) sump/fuge/DSB.

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It's not that hard to do. I look forward to following your build.

I've had several systems with 2 tanks and a sump/fuge. They all worked fine. The biggest was a 180g DT with a 75g hexagon DT and they shared an 8'x2'x18" (180g) sump/fuge/DSB.
Very nice! I plan to do something similar but a little more utilitarian.. ( defined as cheaper) basic 2 x 4 framing stand painted black and going into the basement. 66 and 24 inches long x 24 deep and 34 high, connected for stability. Pics coming soon...
 
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Here is the 55 (54?) gallon Fijicube I managed to get a 600 G overflow along with it.
Your work so far looks good.

That's a 55g? Man it sure looks bigger than that! I'm sure it's just the photo, but I'm curious since I have a 40g (2'x2'x20") cube now and I'm building a new 3'x30"x20" (90g) tank.
 
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Your work so far looks good.

That's a 55g? Man it sure looks bigger than that! I'm sure it's just the photo, but I'm curious since I have a 40g (2'x2'x20") cube now and I'm building a new 3'x30"x20" (90g) tank.

The dims are 24x24x22 divide by 231 is 54. Yours comes to 49 gallons.. very close. A 40 would only be 16 high. It is a good size. My home made will be 16 high, essentially 2 standard 20's side by side. Already made a boo boo and have to cut another piece.. But its good ole glass and I have a bunch of it from old tanks. a 60 pure cube (24 x 24 x 24) makes for a very nice tank but suggest 3/8 inch glass min.
 
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OK so some history and my plans for these tanks....

I started keeping fish on a regular basis back in the 80's. Did a few single tanks in the 70's too including a salt fish only. I recall a Hawkfish.. and a Sebae clown. Iknow there was more but dont remember. In the 80's I bought a house and set up about a hundred freshwater thanks in my basement and started breeding Angels. Got bored with it and diversified.. I like breeding all different kinds of freshwater. Eventually I ended up with a 125 and a 29 as reef tanks.. Loved them.. BUT then this divorce thing happened.. ahem.. twice and decided to move. At about 1999 I set up a new fish room.. I did one small 40 B reef tank too. in 2008 Unemployment put a kabosh on my fishkeeping. SO .. in 2018, I started looking at reefkeeping. Bought a 75 reef from someone I knew. Had to move it in stages as I was not fully ready for it.. set up a 40B and a 75 for the contents and then moved the tank a month later. Thanks to the owner for allowing me to do it this way..

Well.. So I have 3 reef tanks up and running.. Have had some problems but am overcoming them slowly.... remember bad things happen fast and get fixed slowly.. or something like that.

This build is going to be a 54 cube and a 40 B and I have abandoned the idea of making my own cube. So I have a 24 x 24 inch section of rack that I need to fill . The current 40B and my old Oceanic 75 will be coming down to make room. So I will be doing this in stages to a degree but have to have 2 tanks back up by November. I can show you the frame for the rack.. I have painted it black. I am more into utility than I am decorative. I will be covering the sump area and again painting it black to match.. :) They will all share a sump. The cube will be bare bottomed and the 40B will have sand (or aragonite) for some wrasses I have that could use it. The sump is a DIY project and the skimmer will be a heavily modified old SWC. I am toying with a DIY calcium reactor but dont have enough corals to justify it yet. so thinking Kalk reactor first and then adding a 2 part doser.. Would really like some Neptune stuff but.. hey money has to happen first.
 
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Finally getting the Plumbing done on the Cube. I dropped and broke my homemade Overflow box for the 40 breeder so will have to find a replacement.. if Anyone has one they want to get rid of.. Let me know.



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Repairs to the overflow are good so time to set up my control board... here are some of my new toys..
I won the Apex from the local TCMAS raffle in October. What a score that was. I should also mention the Apex sponsor was New Wave Aquaria in Minneapolis.

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I need to update this more often. This is going much slower than I had anticipated. Several setbacks with my home made overflow on the 40B. Much leak fixing done. I have had to modify my sump a few times too. Funny how you forget things like water levels when installing baffles. Not leaving enough room for a heater. Then changing to a different sump altogether. and then changing again.... and then again.. Decided to go with my homemade sump for certain now. The Fiji Cube I have is too limiting .

Wish me luck as I try to put saltwater and rock in it within a month... Yes, Finally going to NOT be dry.. I should show the tank it will replace.. maybe???

I guess I want to get this right.
 
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I am going to be setting up a bare bottom ULM style cube myself as part of this build. (See BRS ULM successes and failures vid recently published) I have a lot of established rock BUT.. one thing I am or have been getting started is using a couple of media reactors and establishing some aragonite sand in them. I will be putting about an inch of bottom of the tank sand in them and running them as a rapid sand bed in the sump for 6 months or more till the system gets established. I plan to put some cheap sticks in this tank from the start. such as purple stylo and pink birdsnets. then adding something I really want at about the 6 month mark. I will also be connecting this via sump to an already established bare bottom 40B, which is also part of this build. Any comments on this method are appreciated.
 
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Nothing but trouble with my 40 build.. chipped the front class on both sides. dropped the overflow box twice now.. fixed it and then dropped it again.. time to change gears on the DIY box I think.. Finally got the last couple pieces of gear.. ATI light for the cube, the return pump .. Sicce 7.0 ADV and a Reef Octopus 150SSS. Cant wait for delivery to finally put it all together.
 
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So to satisfy my Hanna contest entry -- my water parameters look like this in my other tank

Alk - 8.3 with Hanna
Cal -- 400 with Salifert
Mag 1500+/- with Salifert
PO4 - .08 with Hanna
NO3 - 35 with Red Sea
pH - 8.01 with Hanna.
Temp - 79F with Hanna.
Salinity - 1.025 with BRS super scope

Knock on wood.. No algae..
 
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