Crab's 40G Breeder Mixed Reef Tank

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I've been a member here for a while now, and I figured now's the time to contribute my build thread.

I have a 40G Breeder Aqueon aquarium consisting of mixed corals. No fish at the current moment per my post history. But fish will be coming in a few months.
It has an Aqueon Proflex 2 sump with two 4" filter socks, a refugium, a Reef Octoups 110INT skimmer, an Eheim Classic 3000 return pump and a 300 Watt titanium heater. Its supplied water via an Eshopps PF300 Continuous siphon overflow, hard plumbed to the sump.
The refugium is lit by a Kessil H80 set to bloom mode at 100% intensity.
The heater is controlled by a JBJ TrueTemp controller.
The display tank consists of two Vortech MP10's set to reefcrest mode opposite of eachother.
The tank is lit by a pair of Kessil A360WE's mounted on Kessil's 90 degree mounting arms controlled by my Bluefish LED controller. I also have two Current TrueLumen LED pods for lunar cycles which is also controlled by my Bluefish.
I have an acrylic 5 gallon ATO with a Smart ATO.
My corals consist of:
Jedi Mind Trick Montipora
Rainbow Montipora
Reverse Superman Montipora
Superman Montipora
Red Cap Montipora
Sunset Montipora
Tri-Color Acropora
Strawberry Shortcake Acropora
GARF Bonsai Acropora
Green Candy Cane
Purple Candy Cane
Galaxea Coral
Purple Mushrooms
Red Mushrooms
Green Tyree Toadstool
Green Star Polyps
Green pocillopora
Purple Birdsnest
Jack-O-Lantern Leptoseris
Hammer Coral
Duncan Coral
Mixed Zoanthids

My cleanup crew consists of:
Skunk cleaner shrimp
Blood red fire shrimp
Turbo Snails
Nerite snails
Blue legged hermit crabs



Older picture, some of the coral are no longer and more are added since this picture.




















 
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Looking good! How long has it been running? Are your clowns hosting the duncan colony?
It's been running now for over 2 1/2 years. The clowns were hosted by the Duncan colony, and they didn't seem to mind at all.
 
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Beautiful tank. How high above the water are you running the Kessil? Do you how much space is needed between the tank and the wall for those Kessil mounting arms?

Thanks
I have the kessils sitting about 6.5 inches off the water surface. They only need a couple inches away from the wall. My overflow box sticks out farther then the mounting arms.
 
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Build thread update!
The kessil A360's are gone and I've upgraded to the AP700
I've also added some more acropora, and some mushroom corals.
The refugium is now bare and has chaeto tumbling in it.



 
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New equipment!
My old aquatop pump finally died on me. So I decided to upgrade to a Sicce. The sicce syncra 3.0 and what a night and day difference. I went with a larger gallon per hour so I'm sure that accounts for it, the old aquatop was the SWP-1300 which is rated for 343 gph, but im sure with the head height it probably came to 150-200. The secci is adjustable from 250-715, instarted out low and only one click over and i think ive found my sweet spot. but I've got better flow and my chaeto is finally tumbling in my fuge, which it's never done before so maybe I'll start getting some growth instead of it continuing to die on me. Thanks for reading :D:D
 
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Couple of updates to the tank. I replaced my cheap Aquatop return pump with the Sicce Syncra 3.0, night and day difference. Much more flow, and alot quieter.
Also I've upgraded my refugium light from the Kessil H80 to the Kessil H380 and have noticed an immediate difference. I wasn't getting any growth with the H80 and my chaeto was whiting out and dying off. Now with the H380 my chaeto ball has doubled in almost a week!



 
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Here's a little 2 minute video tour of my tank as it is today. I apologize in advance for all the hair algea, my chaeto in the fuge is quickly making work of it and it should hopefully be gone in the coming month. Let me know what you think :)

 

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Here's a little 2 minute video tour of my tank as it is today. I apologize in advance for all the hair algea, my chaeto in the fuge is quickly making work of it and it should hopefully be gone in the coming month. Let me know what you think :)

Awesome hope mine will look that good someday!!! Sweet light. Nice and clean look. Enjoyed the tour. Thanks
 

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I've been a member here for a while now, and I figured now's the time to contribute my build thread.

I have a 40G Breeder Aqueon aquarium consisting of mixed corals. No fish at the current moment per my post history. But fish will be coming in a few months.
It has an Aqueon Proflex 2 sump with two 4" filter socks, a refugium, a Reef Octoups 110INT skimmer, an Eheim Classic 3000 return pump and a 300 Watt titanium heater. Its supplied water via an Eshopps PF300 Continuous siphon overflow, hard plumbed to the sump.
The refugium is lit by a Kessil H80 set to bloom mode at 100% intensity.
The heater is controlled by a JBJ TrueTemp controller.
The display tank consists of two Vortech MP10's set to reefcrest mode opposite of eachother.
The tank is lit by a pair of Kessil A360WE's mounted on Kessil's 90 degree mounting arms controlled by my Bluefish LED controller. I also have two Current TrueLumen LED pods for lunar cycles which is also controlled by my Bluefish.
I have an acrylic 5 gallon ATO with a Smart ATO.
My corals consist of:
Jedi Mind Trick Montipora
Rainbow Montipora
Reverse Superman Montipora
Superman Montipora
Red Cap Montipora
Sunset Montipora
Tri-Color Acropora
Strawberry Shortcake Acropora
GARF Bonsai Acropora
Green Candy Cane
Purple Candy Cane
Galaxea Coral
Purple Mushrooms
Red Mushrooms
Green Tyree Toadstool
Green Star Polyps
Green pocillopora
Purple Birdsnest
Jack-O-Lantern Leptoseris
Hammer Coral
Duncan Coral
Mixed Zoanthids

My cleanup crew consists of:
Skunk cleaner shrimp
Blood red fire shrimp
Turbo Snails
Nerite snails
Blue legged hermit crabs



Older picture, some of the coral are no longer and more are added since this picture.




















 

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