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post #1 of 25 Old 01-30-2015, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
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Bears Family 40B tank build

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"Now that Seahorse was kind enough to help me locate the proper area for this thread here is the Journal for our build.... "

So here I am about to do my own. I may take parts of my posts from other threads and place them in here if it is in fact relevant to the build. And of course I am always open to replies that are on topic.

At times I will post progress pictures, or just random thoughts and updates on in house discussions on the tank.

so here are some details as posted in my return to the hobby post -

40 gallon breeder
Fresh water
Live bearer tank (intending to have Guppies, Platys, Mollies, and Balloon Mollies)
we have a Marine Land Penguin 350 bio-wheel filter since we intend to have babies i am sure we will be running a little over stocked form time to time so the extra filtration will be great.

we are in a debate on natural stone or the fun painted stuff (Primarily red with a bit of black throughout).

plenty of hiding spots, artificial plants, and of course lighting..

thus far we have the tank, filter, glass cover, lighting, and i built a stand.. we are deciding on a canopy but i have the materials if we decide to build it..

all we need to purchase at this point is the heater, stone, and decorations....

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Update on plans -
we currently have a used T8 light on the tank just for the sake of having light. we are currently looking around and reviewing LED lighting.. this will be suitable if we decide to have some live plants (and we are leaning that way at this moment)

I posed a question on substrate that resulted in an answer to a plant question that i had not realized i posed. I am now a bit smarter because of it (thank you again for the help), however my original question seems to have gone unanswered. "Can you have sand and gravel substrate in the same tank, in zones and they stay separated?"

based on independent research the answer appears to be "yes". i want to have sections of sand on each side of the tank (for plants and potential fish who may want to dig a bit) and have the central area gravel. This seems to be doable and we will attempt when we get to that stage in the build.

So where are we?
I re-purposed my wifes desk into a fish tank stand



and we have the tank assembled and awaiting the next step.



updates as thoughts fill my head and or things change.

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post #2 of 25 Old 01-30-2015, 01:13 PM
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I have used this kind of thing to good effect to separate black and white sand in my 120 gallon tank. I'm sure it would work to keep gravel and sand separate as well. Works quite well. There's a little bit of mixing in the center, but you barely notice it.

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hmmm may have to consider that.. while i want the border a bit more "blurred" this may help.. i would have to find a shorter product though!! 4" is lot of real-estate.

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I just cut it in half lengthwise so it was only 2 inches tall. I have seen some people cut up those disposable plastic food containers to make substrate borders, and I've also seen people cut up a cheap plastic bucket into strips, although that was obviously for a more curved/wavy separation. I also poured a little path of decorative rocks along the separation so that when the sands do mix, it isn't that obvious. You could do the same, spilling a little bit of the gravel onto the sand.

This is an older photo from right after I set up the tank, and the glare doesn't allow you to really see the path of rocks, but here's my result.

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givemethatfish - that looks great!! we will have to think about trying that.. I actually was looking up a few things last evening and noted that a nice large rock barrier may be all that is needed. initially i think this is the way we are going with it. if that does not work we will have plenty of time to find out before there are fish in there so we can change course if needed.

yes i am aware of how much of a pain it is to do things once the water is in (i ran multiple tanks for quite a few years). but the natives are getting restless and they want to at least start the cycle soon..

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soooooo in true Bear fashion we got moving right along today..

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Natural stone for the center (decided agains the colored stuff)



White sand on the sides and a bit of natural stone tossed around for a more natural look



bad pic but here we are with some plants, a heater, the temp CFl 6500 daylights, and water..


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oh yeah and currently we are boiling a nice bit of Drift wood that we bought (yes fish tank safe ;) )...

few more minutes and we will flip to the other side and go another 90 minutes... based on water color. i will likely change the water at the time of flipping it over.

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pictures of the boiling pot please

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post #10 of 25 Old 02-07-2015, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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no pix of the boiling pot but here is a shot today..



the lighting looks wonky because we are floating our new additions..



we have
1 balloon molly
3 red velvet swordtails
1 black molly
2 golden panda mollies
5 lady guppies
2 lucky boy guppies

the testing on the tank shows everything is good but we grabbed some added bio enhancer just because.

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