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40 gallon breeder build w/ sump

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Upgrading to a 40 breeder from my 35g hexagon.

 

It will be completely diy

 

Custom ware and HOB overflow

Custom sump with fuge

Custom return.

 

Inhabitants will be

 

Softy dominate with some stonies

Typical clean up crew

Some fish

 

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Minor setback. Built the stand for the tank and not the sump! So now the sump i had custom built wont fit!. So i bought a little 10g and threw some baffles in it. Middle will be a fuge spot.

Btw... im horribly messy with silicone. I should've used masking tape for cleaner lines1db46cb2dfa8e2ccf5e9628a72b4ec87.jpg

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Sump looks good, you could probably tumble chaeto in that center section. 
Thats the plan!

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Today i finished the build.

First thing first. Used 3 inch pvc pipe and cap, and used a router to cut my overflow 'were' (
2. Built the 'fail proof' overflow out of 1" pvc and used 3/4" for the return.

3. Mixed 40 lbs of black sand with 2 lbs of with for a little pop.

4. Built stand

5. When i built the stand, i built it too tight for my 20g sump, so i built a simple 10g sump with fuge in middle.

6. Finished plumbing and started it up.

Equipment:
- jeabo rw8 wavemaker and hydor 425 powerheads
- QuietOne 3000 return pump
- Random 150w Heater
- Gealth led Marine lights (company was only around for 6 months. Nice lights though) c0b52d9dd06c28f7290cff3ca7fa88d4.jpg539c1d75378dbc88298e3f223cee7b8c.jpg84121f222f442a50328e142e89f2fcec.jpg73bc1328d7869eb721aa968a888dbf88.jpgf9289c3fb540b12c4bf3422f33c0d48d.jpg

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Looking good!  I'm intrigued by the overflow design.  Too bad the original sump didn't work out... looks like you put some time into it.  Hate when you forget to measure something before building a stand (skimmer height comes to mind 😞)

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Two month update.. things gave been doing well. Getting my ATO on Thursday! Here is a video. Sorry about quality.. :(

 

 https://youtu.be/7yDAhLqMgcI

 

 

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Tunze Ato installed! Used a food grade 5 gallon bucket as my reservoir. fdde4c2ddcd4b9e081d7ffa461daa225.jpg

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So awesome to see the growth in these corals over a couple of months. Everything has nearly doubled in sizef7cecf3c2ccdaf3ba7044f92d0580b08.jpg388a8059c331c29d53784afa1e1fb7e4.jpg63467ed532a62723f5ae16b0149c24c9.jpg78c15bc21ef8cced3ddbc39a4104e23f.jpg0cf997168c72c0c9475003b9d4991da7.jpgb85976caa2cdf5cef6b0fc257940ddf3.jpg

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I like what you have done with the HOB overflow to allow for surface skimming did you by chance drill and holes lower in the outer tube in case the wier gets clogged to allow it to still pull water from the tank? Nice over all set up love me some DIY projects!

 

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Ok! Finally got my new lights set up after building the light hanger frame. Lights are DsunY popbloom LEDs and the frame is made from aluminum. Corals are loving the lights after day one!

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Nice fab work on the light mount. Looks really sharp and well done. 
Thank you.

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Update! Corals are really taking off since the addition of the new lights. Installed a new return pump. Old one was noise. 77d5072f0de2ab5429b7069522adb5db.jpg

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Looking good!

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Got a bunch of new corals and making the switch from Red Sea Coral Pro, to Fritz RPM salt. RS has been great, but really puts a dent in the wallet. 6da00f3febafed14436a068a3e32ba3b.jpg1cac8d94df832eff926f85579a52f548.jpge2bada89e79123a3b408d4a6e59ed990.jpg23bbf36732b6f4672d8bedf6da8d8f4b.jpg02520e2ff1443c639db16290a1237b43.jpg2e4b1cff241e0c7dfb70011e6286adcd.jpg000051c10e46b876ffa34af2a1e8da15.jpgd2ef7a9846519606bd15f775b0ba107b.jpg2cdf5df7c1c1c730d0f4e027ae2b3a43.jpg

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