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Old 02-02-2012, 11:46 PM   #1
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40 Gallon Breeder Reef/ Stand Build!!

Hey guys this is my first saltwater build/thread. I'm finally getting there! Here's a list of what I have so far:

40g aquarium
29 or 20g aquarium for sump
magdrive 7 pump
2 hydor fully submersible heaters
glass-holes 700gph overflow box
Coralife super skimmer smallest version(I plan on upgrading down the road)
reef master test kit
saltwater master test kit
IO Reef crystals 200g box
Mostly finished super awesome metal stand(pics soon)
redsea hydrometer( I'll get a hydrometer soon don't worry)
1 hydor koralia 750gph
1 or 2 hydor koralia 550gph
eggcrate
....other cool stuff

Right now I plan on having mostly soft corals, maybe some sps down the road, or something. I'm going to get most of my rock for super cheap from somewhere and half or less from www.Tampabaysaltwater.com-The stuff they have is amazing! I plan on doing a DIY LED fixture probably a month or two down the road from now. (www.rapidled.com)

My sump is going to be divided in two - 1st section being the refugium, 2nd - return. the protein skimmer will just hang off the front of the sump. (for now at least, I don't know)
I still have to buy an RO/DI unit so I'm going to buy the 5stage PLUS unit from BRS during the group buy which Carey has so nicely set up.
I'll have two 55 gallon drums for mixing saltwater/ storing water and stuff.

I really just have to figure out plumbing and some other little odds and ends and this puppy will be up and running! Also I am in school and working and stuff so this thread might get pretty sparse fairly regularly, but stay tuned.

29g sump

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I will have pics of the stand, and completed sump tomorrow hopefully.
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Old 02-03-2012, 11:09 AM   #2
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Looks great!

My only concern is the kitchen and bath silicone that you have pictured there. I thought that most kitchen and bath silicones had the anti-mold/mildew agents in the silicone- you definitely won't want that for aquarium applications if this is the case.
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Old 02-03-2012, 11:20 AM   #3
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I think you've done pretty well! You have most everything youre gonna need.

Good catch by S.M on the silicone. I've read the same thing, not to use silicone with the anti mildrew stuff in it.

But either way youre doing great so far.

And for reference here is a cheap refractometer, I have the same one.

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Yes THANK YOU. wow im dumb i just found -NOT FOR: .....aquariums blah i thought i checked but i guess i didn't check enough. Carey - yeah i guess i will get the refractometer now, the price has gone down a bit i think.

Also- what kind of paint should I use to paint the back of the tank? Like do different sheens make things pop out more or does it even matter?
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:39 PM   #5
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I've used black regualr latex paint on all my tanks. I had a problem with peeling when I just did my 90g so I used a clear primer and then put the black paint on. I used a paintbrush and did like 3 coats by hand. I think I will be trying spray paint on my next tank though, alot of people have said thats what they use.
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Old 02-03-2012, 05:45 PM   #6
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Alright, I have a half used spray can of black satin krylon brand paint I think I'll just use. I found this light fixture on craigslist, I'm not totally sure if this is a good deal for a fixture i would use until the summer when I can get LED components on sale. If this is a good deal and I get it, where is the best place to buy CF bulbs?

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I use Krylon Fusion spray paint. As long as you are patient and apply lots of thin coats, with time to dry in between, you shouldn't have any trouble with peeling.

That's an ok deal on the light, but right off the bat you'd probably want to replace one of those 10K's with an Actinic. Those 96W PCs are pretty pricey so to get that fixture the way you want it, it's not as cheap as it appears.

You can get a cheap T5 HO from fish need it;lights; food;Sponge for probably pretty close to the same price, with bulbs. I think they let you choose what bulbs you want, too.
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Yeah bulbs are quite pricey. Awesome I think I'll just do the fishneedit fixture. I'll have two blue bulbs and two white bulbs. What color temp should the white bulbs be for best growth? I was thinking 6700k?

Also, what do you guys think about my sump design?
Is it okay if my skimmer section is also the refugium and then I'll have 3 glass baffles as my bubble trap which will divide the return from the fuge?
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I use 10K for my white bulbs but that's just because I like the look of them. There are plenty of folks on this site that have more experience than I do and could probably give you an actual explanation. LOL
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Old 02-03-2012, 08:35 PM   #10
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Stand pics as promised. (Still needs doors) Mild steel rectangular tubing TIGed together and steel sheet metal tacked on

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