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Josh's 40 Breeder

Postby jfagerness » Mon May 06, 2013 4:08 pm

So after a little over a year of the bowfront, I've gotten to a point where I have a better idea of what I want in an aquarium. One of the main problems with the bowfront was the access. Between the small access holes on the top and the height of the aquarium, it made maintenance and moving things around somewhat cumbersome, therefore negelcted. I was planning on upgrading to a larger tank, but I didn't really want to spend a whole lot more $$ on new equipment, so I ended up with the ole' trusty 40 Breeder from Petco. This way I can reuse pretty much all of my existing equipment and have some money leftover to upgrade equipment too.

I'm thinking of going with a beananimal so I don't have to worry about flooding. What I'm still not decided on is the placement of the BA overflow.
I like the idea of having dual returns with the box in the middle, but I'm afraid of how prominent that might be on such a shallow tank.
This tank will sit in the corner of a room, so the other option was having the overflow on the wall side and scape a slope away from the OF box.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Like I said, I'm not real set on either, just trying to gather as much info as I can.

The equipment I'm reusing are:
Return: Hydor Seltz L40 (rated up to 740GPH, probably about 350-400 is what I'm getting at 36")
Skimmer: SCA65 (Similar to the Bubblemagus NAC3) Possible upgrade candidate
Powerheads: Hydor Koralia Evo 1050/1150 and Smartwave (Possible upgrade candidate)
Light: Odyssea 36" 4x39W T5 with ATI bulbs
Sump: 20 long
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Re: Josh's 40 Breeder

Postby jfagerness » Mon May 06, 2013 4:11 pm

Here are my drawings of the overflow placement

Option 1:
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Any others I should consider?

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Re: Josh's 40 Breeder

Postby jfagerness » Sun Jun 30, 2013 5:12 pm

Well I finally had some time to work on this thing... 4 new holes drilled. The outside 2 are 3/4" the middle 2 are 1". I am going to setup the overflow similar to the 2nd pic above. I will probably use the 3/4" as the main siphon and use the 1" for tuning and emergency. I was going to use all 3/4" but I got the 2 - 1" bulk heads for free.

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Re: Josh's 40 Breeder

Postby black hills tj » Sun Jun 30, 2013 8:55 pm

What do you plan on doing for an output line? Might be an option for the 3/4" holes and run the 1" as your overflow/drain.
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Re: Josh's 40 Breeder

Postby jfagerness » Sun Jun 30, 2013 9:04 pm

I thought about that, but I don't think I can run that much through my sump. But at least this way it is flexible enough for me to do something like that. I also really like the idea of a dry emergency drain.

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Re: Josh's 40 Breeder

Postby jfagerness » Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:08 am

Well after having this tank set empty and ready to go for about a month, I finally had a day to move stuff over. And below is what happens when you don't wait an extra hour for some one to help carry the stupid thing down stairs. I had it most of the way down and set one end on the stairs to make sure nothing was in my way and it slipped down a stair and landed on the back corner... the one where the holes are drilled. And as you can see... I now need to start over.

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Re: Josh's 40 Breeder

Postby iced98lx » Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:04 am

that's super freaking annoying. On the upside, you've got the overflow box done and ready to go for #2!
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Re: Josh's 40 Breeder

Postby jfagerness » Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:17 am

Yeah... that's a good way to think about it.

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Re: Josh's 40 Breeder

Postby kevine9723 » Thu Aug 15, 2013 12:03 pm

Take it apart and have Sioux falls glass cut you a new part and silicone it in

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Re: Josh's 40 Breeder

Postby jfagerness » Fri Aug 16, 2013 9:46 pm

kevine9723 wrote:Take it apart and have Sioux falls glass cut you a new part and silicone it in

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I thought about that but I don't know if I have the time to dedicate to getting it done... and I just don't think I would trust it.

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Re: Josh's 40 Breeder

Postby jfagerness » Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:03 pm

So I am ready for take two of this migration. The tank is in the basement and the new spot is cleared to move the stand.

My plan is to make about 30 gallons of new water and mix it in with whatever water I save.

The fish, coral & inverts will live in an 18 gallon tote while I set everything back up.

I'm moving the rock over after a good scrubbing.

The sand will be new.

I plan on letting it run for a couple hours and test it a couple times before I move the livestock back in.

Is there anything else I should consider?

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Re: Josh's 40 Breeder

Postby jfagerness » Sun Sep 22, 2013 8:34 pm

Everything has made the move. It took two days from teardown to setup and I am not completely done. I just threw everything in just until I have more time to scape.


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Re: Josh's 40 Breeder

Postby jfagerness » Sat Jan 18, 2014 4:57 pm

So I suppose I am due for an update. I have been fighting some hair algae on the rocks... but it has been receding with water changes and gfo.

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Re: Josh's 40 Breeder

Postby Pallan » Mon Jan 20, 2014 11:05 am

I love 40 breeders. the width and depth is perfect for a salt water reef
for aesthetic purposes all the rock looks piled to the back try to make it a more island like look maybe even just a few of the bigger pieces Korrins got a nice 40 breeder set up and although I added a little more to my tank as I set it up my plan was initially to copy her two island look on a larger scale
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Re: Josh's 40 Breeder

Postby jfagerness » Mon Jan 20, 2014 11:55 am

I have 2 big pieces of reef saver rock that need to go in. I just want to do some work on one of the pieces to try and make some caves.

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Re: Josh's 40 Breeder

Postby jfagerness » Tue Apr 15, 2014 10:45 pm

update... finally rescaped a bit. It wasn't what I planned, but it works for me.
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Re: Josh's 40 Breeder

Postby aquaticgeek » Tue Apr 15, 2014 11:09 pm

Looks awesome. I like the lay out !


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Re: Josh's 40 Breeder

Postby jfagerness » Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:53 pm

I guess I am due for an update. One of the ballasts went out on my T5 fixture It was the daytime bulbs and i didn't notice, so I am not sure how long it was down. It must have been a couple of weeks as I have a bad green cyano bloom going on. Well I took this time to upgrade to led so I can wave goodbye to buying bulbs every year. I went with a single ocean revive t247. It covers pretty well, it I will probably rescape a bit to get the light loving corals in the sweet spot.

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Re: Josh's 40 Breeder

Postby jfagerness » Sun Apr 26, 2015 7:00 am

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Re: Josh's 40 Breeder

Postby iced98lx » Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:07 am

Looks good!
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