My 40g breeder build

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Decided to start a 40g breeder tank. Just finished building the cabinet for it today. Figured I would make a thread to post pics to as I progress. Most everything will be DIY for this tank. Will try my hand at acrylic for the sump and overflow box next.

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I’ve diy most of my overflow box’s it’s not hard at all! Home Depot acrylic sheet (not going to be cheap now tho) from the looks of the diy stand you probably have a table saw. I just scored the back side of the acrylic sheet and heated it up to bend it (2 less edges to silicone together) that way all you do is use the table saw the cut the teeth glue on the bottom snd silicone it to the tank!

good luck! Keep posting
 
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I’ve diy most of my overflow box’s it’s not hard at all! Home Depot acrylic sheet (not going to be cheap now tho) from the looks of the diy stand you probably have a table saw. I just scored the back side of the acrylic sheet and heated it up to bend it (2 less edges to silicone together) that way all you do is use the table saw the cut the teeth glue on the bottom snd silicone it to the tank!

good luck! Keep posting
Thanks for the reply an the tips. I had already ordered a 24 x 36 piece off of amazon an that came yesterday. I cut all the sump pieces last night and bend 2 pieces for overflow box this morning. Idk if I like the orange to be used for an overflow box. Looks great for the sump though.
 

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Well tonight I drilled the tank and finished up the overflow boxes. Honestly I'm not sure if I trust them enough to run water through them. Will have to leak test them next and finish up the sump later this week. An still thinking on if I want to build a canopy or not.
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I’ve diy most of my overflow box’s it’s not hard at all! Home Depot acrylic sheet (not going to be cheap now tho) from the looks of the diy stand you probably have a table saw. I just scored the back side of the acrylic sheet and heated it up to bend it (2 less edges to silicone together) that way all you do is use the table saw the cut the teeth glue on the bottom snd silicone it to the tank!

good luck! Keep posting
Yo. THANK YOU for that tip.
 

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Well tonight I drilled the tank and finished up the overflow boxes. Honestly I'm not sure if I trust them enough to run water through them. Will have to leak test them next and finish up the sump later this week. An still thinking on if I want to build a canopy or not.
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What kind of solvent did you use for the acrylic?
 

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Decided to start a 40g breeder tank. Just finished building the cabinet for it today. Figured I would make a thread to post pics to as I progress. Most everything will be DIY for this tank. Will try my hand at acrylic for the sump and overflow box next.

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What kind of solvent did you use for the acrylic?
I found it at hobby lobby. If I could go back I would just order some weld on 4 and go with that since everyone swears by it. This stuff seem to be the same consistency though so I'll find out when I leak test it.
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So this week I finished up the sump. Painted the back glass. Dry fitted the plumbing. Any advice on plumbing of what I've done right and wrong would be appreciated.
Next will be waiting on rock to try my hand at a NSA
Finishing the stand for paint or stain undecided.
Ordering a pump so I can leak test everything.
What lights would everyone recommend? I have 2 old chinese box lights I was going to use until I got something else.
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This build is looking so freakin' awesome!

If I didn't have so many empty tanks sitting around, I would do a 40 breeder build myself. Love these tanks.

Also, are you planning to leave the back of the stand open? Personally, I think that would be a good idea. It gives the heat and humidity somewhere to go.
 
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This build is looking so freakin' awesome!

If I didn't have so many empty tanks sitting around, I would do a 40 breeder build myself. Love these tanks.

Also, are you planning to leave the back of the stand open? Personally, I think that would be a good idea. It gives the heat and humidity somewhere to go.
Thank you. Honestly I was just walking around petco looking for a dog bed and seen they were having the tank sale. An when we got to the register the lady scanned an extra 20% off. So I said wait a minute I have to grab something else and that's what started this.

Im thinking of closing off just the top part where I have that temporary board going across an mounting controllers and whatever else up there. My original plan was to close it all off but after seeing the plumbing I kind of want it showing. Plus easier access if something goes wrong.
 
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absolutely great looking stand !!! materials list please
Thank you so much. So the stand fram was built with 2x4 I had left over from projects I had going on in my house. I wrapped the stand with 1x2 trim I think I used 6 eight foot pieces or so. Used reclaimed hardwood slats you can get at lowes for pretty cheap considering price of wood right now. It took about 3 boxes. Just layed them horizontal. Built the door bought some hinges and a handle. The fancy trim piece was just an eight foot piece you can get at any hardwood store. It wasnt bad and honestly when I built the frame with 2x4 I just went to lowes and walked around and came up with the design in my head as I was looking at different woods. Need to know anymore lmk.
 
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