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Old 01-07-2013, 10:56 PM   #21
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:10 PM   #22
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Found on cl for $40? Good deal or no?
I say yes but maybe a little lower
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:21 AM   #23
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After many starts and stops I'm finally going. Awful I know.

This is what I can't decide.... a 20g or 40g. I know most people will say go bigger but I'm not sure it is worth the energy. I currently have the 20g stand and tank. I like the layout of a 40g. I'm struggling to find a stand for the 40. The ones petco/smart/lfs offer are crazy expensive and DYI means I will lose a finger and a couple of nails. Ha. IF I can find a suitable replacement stand for the 40 I will do it. Otherwise I've got the 20.

What I do have!

750 koralia power head
50 lbs of caribsea base rock
305 fluval filter
30g HOB filter
30 lbs of Pfs
120w taotronics dimmable led fixture
A bottle of ammonia

The rock, fixture, and ph are being shipped via amazon.

Not sure of stocking as it depends on the tank. Any ideas?
Yea!!! It's starting!! so exciting, isn't it??!!
A few things:
The light will work fine for corals. Many people on here have them and like them. You'll have to fiddle with the dimming at first to find the right strength for your corals so they don't get burned. Just don't start at 100% right off the bat. How high your fixture needs to be will depend in the tank dimensions. Hang it high enough that the light covers the whole tank and isn't just spilling onto the floor/ stand.
The 750 ph might be a little much for a 20g. In my 30g, I have a 500 and a 250, and that seems to be good. In a 40, the 750 would be ok, but I would add another one to help make random flows and prevent dead areas.
The tv stand looks ok, might be a little low for viewing, though. And I'm not sure where you could put the filter or sump without tearing out the center brace, which wouldn't be a great idea. :/ The drawers would be good for storing testing supplies, food, etc, though.
A lot of people are very against canister filters For sw. I have one, and my tank is fine. It just needs to be cleaned weekly to prevent nitrate build-up. Only takes me 10-15 min to clean it. I have the Fluval 406 on my 55g reef. Iw ould use the canister and change the 30 hob filter into A mini refugium. What brand hob is it? I did that with an aqua clear 30. It was easy, let me know it you need help with that.
50lb of rock for a 20 might be a little much. Lol. Can always save some of it for when/if you upgrade, and lets face it, almost all of us do! Lol.
BTW, ya got a heater? Test kits? To start you'll need ammo, nitrite and nitrate during the cycle.
You're almost ready to set up!! Let us know what other questions you have!!
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Make sure it's all wood and you be fine. The TV stands are great. I will say that it's a bit on the low side. Which was ok for me because my daughter is only 4 and I wanted her to be able to see every thing.

For lights....some may think I'm crazy but I am running 4


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With 23w 6500k CFL light bulbs. Also from lowes

Tank is planted and doing well. I'm of adding two lights just to have better coverage.(lights are just resting on the glass) or hanging what I have 2 maybe 3 inches off the glass. Just haven't decided.

I do have a thread on it. "My 40g ram build begins" you can find it under my
Posts. Sry on my phone or I would link it for you.
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Yea!!! It's starting!! so exciting, isn't it??!!
A few things:
The light will work fine for corals. Many people on here have them and like them. You'll have to fiddle with the dimming at first to find the right strength for your corals so they don't get burned. Just don't start at 100% right off the bat. How high your fixture needs to be will depend in the tank dimensions. Hang it high enough that the light covers the whole tank and isn't just spilling onto the floor/ stand.
The 750 ph might be a little much for a 20g. In my 30g, I have a 500 and a 250, and that seems to be good. In a 40, the 750 would be ok, but I would add another one to help make random flows and prevent dead areas.
The tv stand looks ok, might be a little low for viewing, though. And I'm not sure where you could put the filter or sump without tearing out the center brace, which wouldn't be a great idea. :/ The drawers would be good for storing testing supplies, food, etc, though.
A lot of people are very against canister filters For sw. I have one, and my tank is fine. It just needs to be cleaned weekly to prevent nitrate build-up. Only takes me 10-15 min to clean it. I have the Fluval 406 on my 55g reef. Iw ould use the canister and change the 30 hob filter into A mini refugium. What brand hob is it? I did that with an aqua clear 30. It was easy, let me know it you need help with that.
50lb of rock for a 20 might be a little much. Lol. Can always save some of it for when/if you upgrade, and lets face it, almost all of us do! Lol.
BTW, ya got a heater? Test kits? To start you'll need ammo, nitrite and nitrate during the cycle.
You're almost ready to set up!! Let us know what other questions you have!!
Lol!!!! I over did it a tad. go big or go home right? Lol!!
I have a test kit. But no heater. My apartment tends to be really warm. I'd love more info on converting the hob!

I'm starting to lean away from the TV stand altogether. I found a lfs that has a 40b stand for 60. Its a lightweight metal stand of some sort. It has space underneath for a sump how perfect. Lol.

Do you think I can wiggle by without the 305 (a sump will be a few months off)?


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Make sure it's all wood and you be fine. The TV stands are great. I will say that it's a bit on the low side. Which was ok for me because my daughter is only 4 and I wanted her to be able to see every thing.

For lights....some may think I'm crazy but I am running 4

http://m.lowes.com/product?langId=-1...86&view=detail

With 23w 6500k CFL light bulbs. Also from lowes

Tank is planted and doing well. I'm of adding two lights just to have better coverage.(lights are just resting on the glass) or hanging what I have 2 maybe 3 inches off the glass. Just haven't decided.

I do have a thread on it. "My 40g ram build begins" you can find it under my
Posts. Sry on my phone or I would link it for you.
Lol me too! I shall look it up! Thank you my dear.
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A month or so ago my bf broke my 150. Its currently sitting in storage awaiting repair. I'm thinking a summer project as I'm not interested in putting in the work now.

He said that he was going to pay to have the tank fixed (he's a sweetheart).

All of that being said I asked him today if he would like to buy the tank and stand for the 40b instead of fixing the 150. He agreed! All of that nonsense being said......

I'll be doing a 40b tank and eventually a 20g sump! I think I need more rock! now I can think about stocking. Maybe.
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Awesome!!!! You'll be so much happier with the 40B vice the 20. I had my 20L running for about two months and then kicked myself in the hind parts for not just going with a 40B like I first wanted to. More room for scaping, coral placement, more water volume, and of course more room for fish buddies.

I have a 40B in storage now that I'm going to drill and then build a stand to go with it once the weather gets better outside since I don't have a garage.
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Awesome!!!! You'll be so much happier with the 40B vice the 20. I had my 20L running for about two months and then kicked myself in the hind parts for not just going with a 40B like I first wanted to. More room for scaping, coral placement, more water volume, and of course more room for fish buddies.

I have a 40B in storage now that I'm going to drill and then build a stand to go with it once the weather gets better outside since I don't have a garage.
Lol!! I thought about a 20l too. Warm weather *drools* can't wait. Good for you for building the stand!
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Alright! Power head came in yesterday!

Rocks will be here today!

All the way from China, the lights will be here tomorrow!

I have NO idea on when the tank will be purchased though. the bf said I must wait.
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..... the lights came in today. I was at first very disappointed with the size of the box. I was expecting a larger box!

The fixture looks amazing. I feel like a man with his toys! (Plus I had just washed my mustang, I feel so masculine)! The lights are blinding!! I cannot get over how bright they are!

As a reminder it is the 120w taotronics dimable fixture. Also I can't figure out how to hang it
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