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This is my first saltwater fish tank I'm making after many freshwater tanks I have through out the years. I decide to go with a 40g breeder and a 30 gallons sump. I start a thread on another page but this is the right page to keep the progress of my new adventure. I would like to thanks many of the members here that help me out with a few question I had and their suggestions. I think R2R is the BEST saltwater forum with a quick response not only from the Staff but from other members that make a little easier for a new reefer to get the knowledge and make the right decision on this hobby. Thanks to All.

My goal is to make a FOWLR first and later going with Corals. Here we go..

This is a few pics of the progress form the beginning when I drill the tank, installed the Eshopps overflow and return line until I finished the stand. Right now I'm working on the sump that probably will be ready by this weekend.

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Aqueon 40g Breeder
DIY stand
30g DIY sump
Eshopps Eclipse S overflow
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Aqueon 400gph return pump
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Done with the sump, not a nice looking but it works the way should be. So, almost ready for rock, sand and water. Working now on the plumbing connections.
 
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The sump will hold around 15 gallons of water so it will be a total of 55 Gallons on the whole system.
 

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Good job look really nice;)
 
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Thanks KJ. I never been so excited with a fish tank that with this one. Maybe because I make myself a few things like the sump, drilling the tank, the stand or because is my first saltwater, but I enjoy working on this project.
 
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Thank you Jason. I have my 55 gallon Mbunas there but I move then to the back room. Sorry for the Mbunas... LOL
 
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Looking good! I think going FOWLR first is best. By the time your ready for corals you tank will be mature as will you as hobbyist
Thanks you. I agree with you. Something that I learn by reading is not to rush on this hobby. Freshwater fish keeping is a complete deference scenario even with the same principles.
 
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Yeah I went FOWLR for 8 years before I went to reef. I learned a whole lot and when it came time to keeping corals I was able to keep all my fish happy and healthy and still have tangs that 10 years old. I am very careful not to overstock the tank, something I did as new hobbyist when I added 6 predators to a 55gallon. Keeping corals is entirely different but then again has many similarities and I think your on the right track...good luck
 
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Yeah I went FOWLR for 8 years before I went to reef. I learned a whole lot and when it came time to keeping corals I was able to keep all my fish happy and healthy and still have tangs that 10 years old. I am very careful not to overstock the tank, something I did as new hobbyist when I added 6 predators to a 55gallon. Keeping corals is entirely different but then again has many similarities and I think your on the right track...good luck
Wow, 10 years old tang. Thanks for the heads up.
 
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B772E053-F31D-43E4-AF4D-873A19A4EC04.jpeg DB11E69B-6495-4C20-8FE0-55859A683CA8.jpeg Today is my first day of cycling my 10g tank that I will use for quarantine. Yesterday I add the Dr Tms One and Only bacteria bottle and I did my first test after 24 hours. I think is working but I will do another test tomorrow.
 
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Right now making my own filter sock holder..... not bad.

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