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post #1 of 44 Old 02-25-2009, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
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My new 40 gallon breeder build thread

Well as fate would have it I ended up with a nice 40 gallon breeder drilled with a center overflow, 20gal long sump with baffles and refugium. Tank is already running with 40lbs of fiji pink sand and the refug is full of pods, algae, live rock rubble, etc. The guy I bought the pink mushrooms from a couple weeks ago was selling it with a lot of accessories today for $170. I ended up trading him a .22 long rifle I have had since I was 11 for his son to start target shooting with. Score. I got rid of a gun that has been sitting in storage since the early 80s and get an up and running tank. He sold the lighting though so I'm thinking I'm going to go with 4 T5 bulbs on this one instead of halides. I may just do a FOWLER tank and keep some small angels and such that I wouldn't be able to put in a reef. Definitely want a goby/pistol shrimp pair.
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post #2 of 44 Old 02-25-2009, 05:07 PM
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Good trade! Looking forward to following this thread.

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post #3 of 44 Old 02-25-2009, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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It's up and running. Rocks and lights are next.

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very nice.
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post #5 of 44 Old 02-26-2009, 08:18 AM
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Looks like you're off to a good start.

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post #6 of 44 Old 02-27-2009, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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Added 75 lbs of coarse aragonite last night and mixed it together with the fiji pink. Built a small reef with 10lbs of rubble I'm going to put in the refugium when I finish cleaning it.

Added the 36" 2x96 Current PC fixture I bought off a local guy today. My canopy is strange in that it sits on the inner rim of the tank so the light couldn't actually go in the canopy and I don't have legs. Sits on top perfect and provides plenty of light. Really wasn't thinking of using PC on this tank but for $55 for a Current 2x96 with a moonlight I really couldn't pass it up. It's much brighter then I thought it would be.

Now I'm waiting patiently to find a good deal on rock on CL. Can't wait to put a tiger pistol shrimp and watchman goby in it. Plenty of substrate for tunnels.

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post #7 of 44 Old 02-27-2009, 07:47 PM
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It's looking very nice and I love the lighting.

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post #8 of 44 Old 03-01-2009, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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I found cured Fiji on Craigslist yesterday for $2.50 a lb. He still had some nice pieces and the guy gave me about 10 lbs of rubble for the refug for free. So I built the reef yesterday. There's a small watchmen goby and a talbot's damsel in there. I went to Home Depot this morning and picked up one of those 16W 6500k sealed CFL spotlights to use on the refugium. I cleaned it up but it still ain't the cleanest ;) I think the flow is way to low through the sump and return. I don't know if the return pump isn't working the best or what but I'll be getting a replacement soon I think.

He's ready for a pistol shrimp buddy:

Like these Talbot damsels and they are mellow for a damsel:

There's about 15 lbs of rock in the sump and refug and a bunch of chaeto.
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post #9 of 44 Old 03-01-2009, 02:45 PM
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wow ! you're coming along great :)
i love that goby,look forward to seeing pictures of the pistol shrimp.

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post #10 of 44 Old 03-08-2009, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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Ack my heater malfunction and stopped heating last night. Tank was 68 degrees this morning. Some snails look like they didn't make it but maybe they are just frozen temporarily heh. Fish look fine. Hoping the pistol shrimp is OK. Looks like he was digging a new entrance and sealing up the old one last night. The new entrance is on the backside of the reef of course. The watchman goby could care less about the shrimp but it hardly comes out it just moves around inside it's cave.
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