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Old 07-19-2013, 11:38 AM   #1
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Help me build a budget 40g breeder!

As of now my build has the following items:

-40b
-20lbs base rock
-Heater
-HOB filter
-Hydrometer
-Maxijet 1200

If you were building this tank on lets say $25-50 a week, how would you do it? In what order would you suggest getting things? Some stuff I know i'm going to have to save for but I think I am off to a good start having never done saltwater before. What would be your dream stock in a 40b? What substrate would you recommend? Please help!
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Old 07-19-2013, 12:03 PM   #2
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Either a protien skimmer or maybe some macro algae to handle nutrient export.
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Old 07-19-2013, 12:10 PM   #3
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A big part of the cost of a 40b is going to be the rock and the lights, especially if you want to build a reef.

Another note, 20 lbs of rock is going to leave the tank looking barren. I would probably increase that to 40lbs.

I'm not too sure about how good the maxi jet powerhead is but the Hydor Koralia line of powerheads is generally accepted as some of the best budget powerheads out there for saltwater. Take a look at those and see what you think.

If you are on a budget, Skipping the substrate and going bare bottomed is a popular option.

The best value heater I've found to date is the eheim jager.

The filter can be skipped in exchange for an extra powerhead or 2. The rock usually takes place of the filter in a saltwater tank.

Other stuff:
180g bucket of salt
QT tank (MUST HAVE)
Saltwater test kits
I'm assuming you have the rest of the general aquarium equipment.


If you search around online then you can get stuff at a fraction of the price that you can get it for at a LFS. Also, if you order enough most sites will offer free shipping.

My stocking list for my 40b reef:
Mcosker flasher wrasse
Combtooth Blenny
Ocelaris clownfish x2
Firefish Goby
Diamond Watchman Goby
Blue Reef Chromis

They are all reef safe fish, so if you might want a reef in the future then I would start planning for it now.
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If its to be a future reef then invest in an ro-di unit now. Good water quality is the key to salt water. I would also go for a refractometer for measuring salinity, its far more accurate than a hydrometer...
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Old 07-19-2013, 12:24 PM   #5
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If its to be a future reef then invest in an ro-di unit now. Good water quality is the key to salt water. I would also go for a refractometer for measuring salinity, its far more accurate than a hydrometer...
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A refractometer is a really really good purchase but for general use and budget concerns you can save $30 and buy a hydrometer and it will work okay.

RO/DI units are a very good option, most problems I've seen online have started because of a lack of one. I don't use one personally, but that's only because my tap water is amazing. No silicates, nitrate, phosphate, and very very low concentrations of heavy metals. It's still going to be my first purchase after I get my 40 reef started up.
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Trying to find a stand for this is stupid
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Old 07-21-2013, 12:16 PM   #7
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If you aren't doing a sump I found a dresser at ikea for my 40 breeder freshwater tank that works well. It is almost the perfect size, it is a little tall but I think that is good since the breeder tank isn't that tall. I think it was around $110 and then you have drawers for supplies.

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Im still in limbo about doing a sump. Your dresser looks nice.
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