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40 Breeder Budget build

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Lingwendil

Figured I would finally post this over here...

 

I recently started planning to upgrade my 20 long to a 40 breeder, and decided to build my own stand that would double as a bookshelf. I wasn't happy with any of the available stands that were readily available, and didn't want to modify one. So, I started out with the Rocketengineer plans from RC, and built a basic stand out of kiln-dried douglas fir, with some scrap plywood.

 

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Stand desired dimensions-
~36" tall, 38" long, 20" deep.

Cut list-
4x 38" (orange/red
8x 28" (purple)
4x 28" (green) (went full height, personal preference)
6x 17" (blue/yellow) (added a center piece on the bottom)

 

I decided to use #9, 2.5" GRK R4 multi-purpose screws, star drive head. Highly recommended, I'll never bother with philips head again!

 

Got it all cut at the lumber yard, paid ~$75 out the door with screws, and went to work.

 

Squared up the top and bottom frames-

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Did some minor adjustment to the uprights to get them all perfect-

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Glued Every joint, and used at least two screws for each attachment-

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And then came the fun part-

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I took a torch to it, as any sensible man would.

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I went a little too far on some spots, but not too bad.

 

Continued-

 

 

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A quick test to see how it looked. A bit dark. I don't want it too dark as the wood itself will darken over time naturally, and there was a bit of loose soot on the surface of the wood that needed to be cleaned up.

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So, after all that torching, you need to clean it up a bit. I used a combination of wire brushes, scotchbrite pads, and sandpaper to finesse it to how I liked it. Here's just after sanding-

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Here's after a wipedown with a damp rag to clean off the dust.

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An application of boiled linseed oil to bring out the grain and add contrast-

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And finally a coat of oil based polyurethane (Varathane satin)

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Not bad for construction grade lumber, and not a single drop of stain 🙂

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Got it up into the room and mounted the 1/2" EMT light hanging arms. I bent them in the store with the bending tool that was on the shelf 🙂

 

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Compare the ~36" total height of the stand to the ~28" height of a typical commercial stand. This height is very nice for me- the center of the tank is just at eye level from a seated postion at our dining table.large.IMG_20190421_200351.jpg.a980ca8f273167df546882a1501d7726.jpg

 

 

Picked up some cheap CaribSea sand from petco. Going a bit more coarse than usual this time to do things a bit differently. This stuff is $8.99 per 10# bag in store, $4.89 a bag if you buy online, plus 10% off for picking up in store. Fits the budget nicely. Pretty close to the Tropic Eden partial bags I have on hand too.

 

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Ziploc baggie of the cheap stuff for comparison-

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Picked up some dry rock (and the partial bags of sand) for $60 locally from a guy on Facebook Marketplace, I figure ~30# of sand and ~35# of rock. Some very nice pieces that are very light and porous, with lots of pieces that have very high surface area.

 

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Initial stacking and playing around had me set on having two structures, with a clear space between them. I think this will be a good layout (If I can replicate it after bleaching some of the rock)

 

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My goal is minimal contact with the sandbed so detritus doesn't end up packed away underneath.

 

And we're pretty much caught up at this point 🙂

 

Goal for tonight is to do the shelves.

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Sunday afternoon I got the rock soaking in a water/bleach mix to get the last of the organics dealt with on a bit of the rock. I went ahead and added all the dry that I had on hand to deal with it all at once.

 

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Hopefully I can remember my layout 🤔

 

I got the shelves cut and glued, but they are a smidge smaller than I like. I may have to add a couple strips under them on each side to support them with the brackets I have, which is no big deal. Worst case I make new ones later. They'll work fine though, so I need to sand and finish them and get them installed.

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My girl's daughter wanted to help, so she gets to blast the crud out of the rock, and babysit the bin while it flushes out the bleach.

 

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It wasn't too bad, but a ton of organic debris came out during the blast session, and it sure smelled like rotten marine vegetation mixed with swimming pool 🙂

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Grabbed a pair of these for now, I'll try to scrounge for an Icecap gyre 1k at some point 🙂

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knox_legend

Following along as I’m also about to start on a 40 breeder budget tank as well. Looks like you’re off to a good start! 

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Got the sand rinsed, rock set up, and tank is wet with ~40 gallons of RO and kordon salt since I had it on hand. Those pumps work pretty damn well! large.IMG_20190503_214524.jpg.c23715af6c7d96c429f7a1bd71355086.jpglarge.received_369132700375283.jpeg.35465ba932fd4bbb55ed1e5b22391a0f.jpeg

 

Ordered a Finnex HMA titanium 150W heater, but I at least have the cycle starting. I think this rock layout is pretty close to what I'll run long term.

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More updates-

Thank has moderate nitrates and nitrates, with zero ammonia. Cycle is more-or-less about done. Doing a water change Thursday or Friday night. Got a light on the tank, and added a bit of rock from the 2.5 that had a single yellow polyp to act as a test piece. Also added a hermit from the little tank as well, and some red ochtodes macro bits.

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The lights are Aavid thermalloy LED spot heatsinks with synjet coolers (diaphragm instead of fan) that are handsome and compact. I added a couple of acrylic discs that were sanded lightly (To diffuse the color blending) to act as splash shields. Still not done but nice so far.

 

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Nice DIY LED idea. What puck are you using with the cooler? I have been trying to do the same with some cree pucks from an broken old AI Sol and have been stuck on the diffuser. you have given me some ideas

 

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Older pic, but they look like this under the lens-

1x Luxeon K16 royal blue (equivalent to 16 individual royal blues) at 500mA

1xmint, 1x sunplus cool white at 1000mA

1x violet and 1x cool blue at 600?mA if I remember right, with a lime on the same channnel as the mint and white.

 

It's an ongoing testbed so I'll make changes here and there.

 

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