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Tadi 06-25-2012 02:07 PM

Advice for a new 40g breeder
Ok so...a friend has a 10g tank that she is ready to upgrade to a 40g breeder.

Alright, so as far as the hardware is concerned, I am admittedly a little lost.
Filter: I was considering a canister filter for the tank over a HOB but I am unsure of how much more beneficial it would be for this tank. I would also like to go with a filter at least one step above the minimum requirements for the tank to make sure that she has more than enough filtration in case she does get closer to being fully stocked eventually. Any suggestions (HOB vs. Canister and any specific model)?

Hood: I haven't had much luck finding full hoods for 36" tanks. I was considering using a VersaTop + a strip light (if that would even work?) that they have at the large chain stores but I would like to hear from someone who has set up a hood for a 40g breeder before. Also, should the type of lighting matter much for this? I was just considering a colormax tube if the versatop and strip hood worked out.

Also, I have heard that about 2lb per gallon is a good estimate to have good sand coverage, is this true in your experience?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Varkolak 06-26-2012 03:49 AM

Eheim, Rena, Fluval, and Cascade are the canister filters I've seen with the best reputation but for a tank that size you would be better off using a Penguin or Marineland bio-wheel HOB filter or use a fluval U4 just because I love them xD.
If you dont plan on keeping live plants then lighting doesnt matter at all for anything but asthetics so a full hood would be fine for you and will save alittle vs buying a canopy and lights. With sand in a tank that size a 50lb bag would be fine but remember that light substrate will stress fish more then a darker one so have that in mind when choosing as well as some sands being too sharp for bottom feeders who like to burrow in the sand

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