Bo0sted 40b Build

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    bo0sted2g Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Well long overdue I figured I should start a build thread for the new tank.

    Current equipment list:
    -40 gal breeder display tank
    -20g long custom sump
    -Ocean revive T-247-b LED's
    -BRS 2 T5 retrofit kit
    -Jebao dct 6000 return pump
    -2 150w finnex titanium heaters
    -Jebao wavemaker
    -Icecap k2-50 protein skimmer
    -VCA random flow generator nozzle


    Current livestock list:
    -2 paired Occelaris Clownfish
    -6 line wrasse
    -Bangaii Cardinal
    -Royal gramma
    -3 blue/green chromis
    -3 Margherita snails
    -2 Turbo snails
    -3 Astrea snails
    -1 hermit crab


    It's been up and running for a few months now but we'll go from the start.

    I had a 30g acrylic cube that started to bow. (Build thread for that can be found here)
    https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/bo0sted-cube-build-thread-30g.326605/
    So I ran over to the local pet I and hit the $1 per gallon sale and picked up a 40b and a 20l for the sump.
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    After that I went to Home Depot and picked up some 2x4 to start building the stand.
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    bo0sted2g Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Now it was time to wrap the outside with ply wood and cut an opening for the doors. Luckily I had a bunch of scrap plywood laying around at work so it didn't cost me anything to skin it.
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    Now she's ready for a few layers of black gloss paint on the outside and I used white pool and shower paint for the inside
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    Here's the final product! Not too shabby for my first real wood working project!
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    Now the next order of business was to mask off the tank and paint the back pane black.
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    Quick and painless. Came out great!
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    After having a nasty outbreak of Dino's in my last tank and having to rip out the sandbed I decided this time we were going to go "barebottom" but never really liked the sterile look of nothing on the bottom. So after reading though a few threads I came across a few people who have had success with using uncured travertine tiles. This in my eyes was the happy median to a semi natural looking substrate while not having sand.
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    Next I needed to drill the tank for the overflow. I originally wanted to go with the synergy ghost overflow but ended up going with the Eshopps eclipse L because it was half the price and INCLUDED the diamond coated hole saw. I was really nervous about drilling my first tank but it was a breeze! Unfortunately working with the hose and power tools I was unable to take pictures during this process.

    So here it is drilled,installed and the plumbing mocked up. I ran out of paint on the back but no one will see that anyway. I was also still trying to figure out where I was going to mount my UV sterilizer. It's final location is now on the side of the stand.

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    Time to build the new sump. My last one I built just had the filter sock on the end of the pvc drain pipe and I felt I could improve the design so I wouldn't have to submerge the sock to change them out. I took an idea from some of the higher end sump systems and built a filter sock holder so I can just pull them out and drop in a new one.
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    Then I went back to Home Depot bought a sheet of glass and cut some baffles for the sump and siliconed them in place.
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    Time to get the sump under the stand and finalize the plumbing.
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    Installed my OceanRevive T247 fixture Added some more rock and filled it up!
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    Nice build. Like the sump. Following.
     
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    After the water cleared up I moved over all the cycled matrix media and cycled live rock and moved my fish and corals to their new home
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    Nice build. How are the tiles working out for you? Never seen that done before.
     
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    When transferring everything over to the new tank I used 100% of the 30g water plus another 20-30g of fresh saltwater that I salinity and temperature matched to the old tank. I also used the same lights and rock and skimmer. So basically the only thing that changed was the glass tank that housed everything.

    Not sure where I went wrong I have a suspicion that I might not have let the silicone in the sump cure long enough but I managed to wipe out more than 50% I'm my corals from the old tank. Here's a FTS right before I tore it down.
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    My Duncan's, neon green hammer, frogspawn, purple hammer, grinch Acans, starburst Acans, all brown jellied and died. All my zoas except the ugly un named ones closed up and disappeared.

    Here is some of the aftermath.
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    They are working out great! I'll try to find the link of the build I got the idea from for you. but eventually they start getting encrusted with corraline algae and look awesome. Travertine is also used as frag tiles sometimes so you could make a zoa carpet or encrust them with whatever you want really. some detritus accumulates in the cracks but nothing that a quick turkey baster cant blow out every now and then.
     
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    Being in a longer tank the single Ocean revive T247 fixture wasn't enough to cover the 36" length of the 40b. So I ordered a T5 retrofit from BRS. This allowed me to keep the LED's while getting the benefits from T5 lighting.

    I have never done any electrical work so was kind of nervous wiring my own fixture but it was easy and the instructions were straight forward.

    I decided the best way to mount this on the tank was to build a canopy. This also gave me the opportunity to cover the water line gap between the tank trim that was driving me nuts.
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    After test fitting everything now we have to skin the canopy add some trim and paint it to match the stand.
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    Nice dsm. Tank is looking good
     
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    Also digging the diy stuff
     
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    bo0sted2g Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Ordered a bunch of stuff from Gonzo. Should be here in a couple days. Here's a preview of what's coming
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    Those are some nice corals you ordered.
     
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    bo0sted2g Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I'm a sucker for a good online coral auction!
     
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    Same here. I bids on some auctions at the moment. We'll see tomorrow how many of them I win. Love new corals. lol
     
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    hybridazn Acro killer..... Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter 3RMAS Member Photo of the Month Award R2R Excellence Award Showcase Editor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Nice build!

    I see you also like to torture yourself with not only aquariums but also dsm's lol. I did as well. Here is a pic of my 95 gst from years back

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