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Old 01-20-2014, 11:56 AM   #1
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I'm new to saltwater tanks, but not new to fish keeping. I currently have two freshwater planted tanks and have used this forum on the freshwater side for over a year.

After moving into a new home, I am planning on adding a 40 Breeder reef aquarium in one of the walls in my basement. I took out a built in bookcase and am using that spot for the aquarium. Below is a list of equipment that I have with pictures following.

I would definitely appreciate any advice or comments. Right now I need to figure out drilling the tank and installing an overflow (I'm not sure what to do for the overflow), and setting up my sump.

Aquarium: 40 Breeder
Sump: 20 Long
Lighting: AquaticLife T5HO 6 Lamp w/ 4 Lunar's
Skimmer: Reef Octopus 4 Needle Wheel (100 Gal)
Return Pump: Danner Mag Drive 7 (700 GPH) - Figured I can slow it down.
Powerheads: 2 Hydor Evo 750's with Hydor Smartwave Controller

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The Basement Room where new tank will go.
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Old 01-20-2014, 11:58 AM   #2
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Wow I love your planted tanks!!
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Old 01-20-2014, 11:58 AM   #3
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So this weekend consisted of the construction phase. I took out the bookcase back panel and the shelves.

I built a structure into the bookcase and behind it to hold the stand.

And then I filled in around it and painted. I still need another coat of paint and a few finishing touches, but it's pretty much there.

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Old 01-20-2014, 10:17 PM   #6
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Kinda a waiting game now... I have a glass shop cutting some glass for my sump baffles. I took the 20 long back and grabbed a 29G in its place.

Instead of making my own overflow like I planned, I ordered the Glass-Holes 700GPH overflow. I think it will make my life a lot easier. I also ordered a return kit. I'm going to be out of town for work until Thursday evening so I hope to drill the tank and setup the sump Friday. Hopefully I can paint the tank Friday or Saturday and plumb on Sunday.

Wish me luck!
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Old 01-24-2014, 06:38 PM   #7
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Well I made a mistake when measuring for my baffles...Picked up the glass and then had to take it back to be re cut. Unfortunately it won't be ready until Monday.

I did get the rest of the painting finished and set up my light. My overflow is supposed to arrive tomorrow, so I hope to drill the tank and paint the back and sides tomorrow. Sunday I can start plumbing a bit and Monday I will get the sump setup.

Not sure when I'll get the live rock and sand...Next Friday I'm going to order a RO/DI system and probably won't have it until the week after. I'm thinking I might wait until I have that set up to get the tank running. I really don't want to have to haul 60 Gallons of water from the LFS to my house!

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Old 01-29-2014, 07:49 PM   #8
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So I finally got my order from glass-holes and drilled my tank. Drilled one hole in the middle for the overflow and one to the side for the return.

I also got the tank painted, set up my sump, and plumbed everything.

Now I need to set up an RO/DI system (I'm an industrial filter salesman so I may have one laying around my office), buy some sand, and buy some rock.

Does anyone have any advice on rock? I was thinking of ordering 40lbs of dry Pukani rock from BRS and putting some live rock in my sump to help seed the dry rock. What's everyones thoughts on this? I was going to go with Fiji Pink sand. Any thoughts on this?

I also need to start thinking about what I will stock so I don't make any stupid/quick decisions in the future. The only thing for sure will be to clowns. Other then that, I have no idea.

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Looking good so far! I wouldn't mind having an in-wall build someday, very clean looking.
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