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Hey all, this is my first post to this group and I'm hoping to get some help. I have kept freshwater fish for years and recently (a year ago) go a 20 long tank and started a reef. I love it, everything is thriving and I'm looking to upgrade to a 40 breeder (maybe a little bigger). Right now my 20 long has a HOB on it and I was wondering if I could get away with a HOB on a 40 gallon or would I need a sump? The filter I use and love is an Aquaclear 70 and I'd probably put an Aquaclear 110 on the 40. Also, any good info on stand builds for this size? I'd like to build my own so I can add magnetic border pieces for easy access underneath (If I did a sump). Thanks
I started a Biocube 29g in March and almost as soon as I had it setup I wanted something a little bigger. We've all been there I decided that a 40 breeder would be a good size in an apartment, and got to work getting the pieces together. I've gotten everything ready now except the tank itself ! Weighing a few final local options. I'm not in a rush so I want to do things right. I started cycling some old live rock that had been sitting dry in the heat for 6+ months. I placed it in a tub with 1.025 saltwater, a cobalt accutherm 250w, and maxijet 400. Dosed to ~10ppm ammonia (Trying it high again after my first tank cycle went so well). I probably should have washed the rock off but I'll do a 100% water transfer before putting it into the tank later on. Currently it has been cycling for 2 weeks. I tested a very small nitrite presence 2 days ago and did a 30% water change with 5g from my Biocube. Nitrites are now at .75 and rising. Once the ammonia is completely processed I'll do the 100% and redose a small amount until I have the tank I want. edit: tested this morning 10/08/17: What do the nitrates look like? I am partially colorblind and the purples are hard for me.