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FrankAbagnale 01-20-2014 11:56 AM

In Wall Reef Build!
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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

This is my 10 Gallon Planted
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My 40 Breeder Planted
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The Basement Room where new tank will go.
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The bookcase that will become a tank.
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All_fish 01-20-2014 11:58 AM

Wow I love your planted tanks!!

FrankAbagnale 01-20-2014 11:58 AM

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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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FrankAbagnale 01-20-2014 11:59 AM

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FrankAbagnale 01-20-2014 11:59 AM


Originally Posted by All_fish (Post 2798404)
Wow I love your planted tanks!!


FrankAbagnale 01-20-2014 10:17 PM

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!

FrankAbagnale 01-24-2014 06:38 PM

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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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FrankAbagnale 01-29-2014 07:49 PM

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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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Oscarr19 01-30-2014 11:09 AM

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

FrankAbagnale 01-30-2014 02:38 PM


Originally Posted by Oscarr19 (Post 2812603)
Looking good so far! I wouldn't mind having an in-wall build someday, very clean looking.

Thanks. I think it will turn out pretty nice. I really wanted a 75 gallon but I just didn't have enough room for one.

FrankAbagnale 01-30-2014 02:44 PM

I went a little crazy this morning and bought a bunch of stuff for the build...

Went ahead and ordered a RO/DI system. I didn't have one sitting around, and BRS buys theirs from my company. Figured I would support them...

Also ordered the 40 lbs of Pukani rock. Hopefully it's enough...we'll see!

Then....I went crazy!

I ordered a Tunze 3155 ATO system, an Eheim 3000 pump (this Danner is pretty loud), a Cobalt heater, some Fiji Pink sand, Apex Controller with Temp and PH probe!

I'm pretty excited! Should start getting some of the stuff this Saturday and the rest early next week!

Kelli fish 01-30-2014 02:58 PM

That looks really good!!!!
The planted tanks are also cool!! :)

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Aquadan 01-30-2014 04:27 PM

Looks great so far. I also have a 40 breeder and ordered pukani rock from brs. I ordered 60#s and it was way too much. I bet 40#s will be hard to fit into your rank. Mine also came in really big pieces that I had to break up. Good luck!!

FrankAbagnale 02-03-2014 03:57 PM

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It's going to be a good day!

I received my Apex Lite controller with PH probe.
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My Neo-Therm heater and the Eheim pump. Hope it's not as loud as the Danner!
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And some Reef Crystals!
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FrankAbagnale 02-03-2014 10:04 PM

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Been busy tonight getting the Apex setup. It's pretty sweet! Took awhile to get going but I think I have it down. I bought a wireless bridge so I didn't have to run Ethernet all the way downstairs.

I also got my sand in the mail, as well as a refractometer, and a pour and dip container for acclimating. I've wanted one for a long time for my freshwater tank and decided to use my amazon points to get it.

RO/DI and Pukani rock should be arriving tomorrow. It's supposed to snow 4-6" tomorrow so I hope they make it!

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paul87 02-03-2014 10:27 PM

Looks like it gonna be a good one. Love the in-wall look. Im following. I have a 39 gallon, wish i had the 40 breeder dimensions! Heres mine.

FrankAbagnale 02-03-2014 11:00 PM

That's awesome! Yours looks great!

paul87 02-04-2014 12:04 AM


Originally Posted by FrankAbagnale (Post 2819394)
That's awesome! Yours looks great!

Thanks. I always like to follow build threads on tank near my tanks size to see how arrangement is. 40 Gallons can fill up quick with a reef tank!

mr_X 02-04-2014 12:55 AM


Originally Posted by paul87 (Post 2819468)
40 Gallons can fill up quick with a reef tank!

So can 300 gallons!

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