TJ_Burtonís 40Gallon Breeder Mixed Reef Build
Table of Contents (linked)
Planning stages & 20L Temp Tank: pg. 1-10
in this section, there are descriptions and diagrams outlining the build and possible options such as lighting, sump/refugium design, and drains/returns. This section also includes pictures of a 20L holding tank with livestock to be transferred to the new aquarium when it is ready. This section also has some "mindless jibber jabber" towards the end.
(The Build Begins: pg. 10-)
- Plumbing Begins!!!
- DIY Mag-Rack "How To" with pics!
- The First Drop Of Water!!!
- The Transfer Is Complete!!!
(The One Month Mark: pg. 17-)
- Sexing Banggai Caridnals
- Switch to HOT5
- Bulb Change - WICKED COLORS (Last Photos Of Aquarium)
- Goodbye 40br - Tank Sold due to move.
System Cost Breakdown
$80 + $80 (First tank cracked during drilling)
$350(Two 250w MH)
$75(Dual 36Ē VHO)
Closed Loop Pump:
$300 (estimated end cost)
Approx Total Cost:
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I figured it is about time I let everyone in on my plans for my next tank. I know I am going to have a hell of a time trying to beat my last tank (featured in my signature) but I must always aim to improve!
So far this is what I have in mind:
-40 Breeder Display Tank
-40 Breeder Sump
-3x 250w Halides (SE)
-2x VHO or HOT5 Actinics
-4000HH Return Pump (Two 3/4 Returns)
-Mag7 Closed loop (Two 3/4 Returns with Loc-Line, May also add SCWD)
-Skimmer (Hopefully a Euroreef or Turbofloter 1000)
I have decided to put the overflow in the corner due to the fact that the center of the tank is going to be the main area for SPS and Clams. The 250w Halides will be set up as 20,000K/10,000K/20,000K and run on the following cycle:
10am - Actinics on
12pm - Both 250w 20,000K on
2:30pm - 250w 10,000K on
5:30pm - 250w 10,000K off
8pm - Both 250w 20,000K off
10pm - Actinics off
Canopy will be running four 4" fans to help battle heat, but the room its going in (basement) is usually around 64.F anyways which will assist in that as well.
Sump/Fuge will be run basically as one big fuge, no bioballs or anything. That will have a 55W PC running on opposite schedule to the DT's lighting.
I prefer to dose my supplements manually as I feel more comfortable measuring things out after testing instead of relying on Calcium Reactors or Dosers, that and Iím cheap.
Here are some quick sketches of how things will potentially be set up.
Edited by TJ_Burton, 22 May 2012 - 06:09 AM.