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- Dec 31, 2017
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Thanks for stopping by.. I would love to have a sleek rimless reef tank and contemplated a Red Sea but just couldn’t justify the price, I have always loved the dimensions of the 40 Breeder and $100 for stand and tank is a bargain. the stand worried me a little but after I got it together it seems fairly sturdy and has a wide footprint which helps with stability, the only other thing would be rusting but I plan to wipe down frequently with a damp rag and protect it with towels when servicing the tank so we will see.. lighting is going to be the biggest single cost for this build but I’m still hoping to come in right about $700 for a t5 / LED combo, the 36” aquatic life t5 fixture is around $260 but hope to catch a sale and I’m thinking about trying two of the CoralBox moon LED’s @ $179 each so with four t5 bulbs @ $20 I’m right at $700Looking great, excited to follow along! You know, as I plan my next tank I have been lulled into the assumption that it has to be rimless. But when I think about the rimless 20g tank I currently have, it always has a black cover on it (looks like a rim) and I would love to go T5 lighting in a hanging canopy, which basically reduces the visual impact of a rimless tank, too.
So now I'm asking myself, if I can get a 40g breeder AND a steel stand from Petco for less than $100, why would I spend over $1,000 on a rimless setup that won't look rimless by the time I'm done with it anyway?
Plus...I like clear silicone better than black...there, I said it. I know, it's heresy, but I do.
You've given me great things to think about. Imagine what I can do with that $900 lights, skimmer, return pump, controller-wise!!!
Thanks for stopping byLol, literally started a very similar build yesterday before seeing this one. Picked up the tank and stand from petco yesterday.
Glued a couple of pieces of 1/4" mdf together to make a platform for the bottom to set the sump on. Thinking about it though, a rubber mat on the carpet could be quieter. Was planning on putting some foam under the sump.
Did you find the stand to be pretty square when you assembled it? Seems real solid to me.
Been having the debate about drilling vs hob. Wife's tank has a cpr hob overflow. My only complaint is the aqualifter pump is a pain in the *** sometimes. Think more flow would eliminate the need?
Had been considering doing a diy hob overflow out of pvc I'd seen on YouTube.
Build looks good! Thanks for giving me ideas for mine!