drauka

Trying It Again, 40 Breeder, Well Maybe 93 Cube

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drauka   

Some background first,

My first "reef" tank was a 55 with tons of problems. Canister filters, wet dry sump, power compact lighting, tap water. Surprisingly this tank did well for almost a year before bubble algae took it over. I had been keeping both tank for several years prior to this and was honestly just burnt out aquariums at that point so I shut down that tank and moved on from the hobby for a while.

A couple years later, while visiting friends I happened across a closeout deal on a 24 gallon bio-cube. At this point I had read much much more of reefkeeping and realized most of my mistakes I had made on the 55. I went all out on this tiny tank and kept it for a few years. During a move I inadvertently cracked the back panel on this tank and had to make a change and fast.

Having learned from mistakes made on the 24 setup I moved ahead with the change out. I ordered a 40 Breeder locally and had it drilled for 2 internal corner overflows. I ran this tank for some time and finances and personal things got in the way of me taking care of this tank.

Fast forward a few years and I have been bitten by the bug again. I still had my 40 Breeder and a bucket full of plumbing parts and a few other odds and ends from the last build but I vowed to take my time this time and make everything not only look nice but work well.

For the past couple months I have been slowly building a stand and gathering parts. At this point the stand is about 90% done and I have about 75% of the stuff I need to get it running. That "working well" portion of the build has involved lots of planing, research and thinking about how would be the easiest way to accomplish some things.

Now for a few pics,

the initial plan

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A 40 Breeder over a 40 Breeder sump with a 20 Long for ATO. Once this basic layout was built I added lots of brace pieces to strengthen the connections. Luckily I work with structural engineers and I ran some ideas past him and he assures me the stand is way overbuilt with the bracing.

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the bones (this is before the bracing was added)

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A mock up before adding the removable front panel and staining everything.

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As it sits right now. I am letting some the the stain smell dissipate before I move it inside, shim the stand and complete the plumbing. This is going to take a few weeks since I am going on vacation and am waiting on a sump baffle kit from a friend.

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drauka   

Will do Richard,   how are you at installing sump baffles?  mine looked like a 5 year old finger painting last time.  

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Lol you don't want to see my sump then. I used a plastic tote and instead of baffling I used another container that fit the skimmer I raised it up a little and cut a hole in the side of it to drain at optimum water level for skimmer.

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drauka   

Lol... ok...I'll take that as a "not so good" on the silicon skill.

I replaced the bottom trim tonight. I am waiting on parts to be able to finish up the sump and the plumbing. after my vacation I'll be moving around my living room to get the tank in and leveled and then the cycle will begin.

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TrentN   

If you haven't gotten it yet I'd recommend one piece of hardward less than $20 but could save you a ton of frustration and heartache.

 

GROUNDING PROBE

 

I just got the 65g up and cycled, put a couple of test fish in and everything was fine, put in 2 dwarf angels everything fine, for a week. All of a suddon things started to look "puny" in less than 30 hours lost 3 chromis and both angels. Took the water to get tested. Everything was spot on. Steven at Petland told me 2 things it might be, first was water temp, it was good. The other was volt leak from pumps and such, BINGO, main pump from refugium and 1 power head were leaking voltage. The tank was charged with .6 amps when tested on multimeter at 200V~ setting.

 

An electricians multimeter is not a piece of equipment I think I'd need to set up a fish tank. I just happen to have one, but if you don't you should be able to get a cheap one from the "temporary tool rental store" aka Harbor Freight.

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drauka   

Hoping to make some progress this weekend.  I am back from vacation,  I go on another weekend trip next weekend though.

 

I need to build my water mixing station.  

Get the ro/di cartridges changed and the ro/di water container filled.  

Get salt mixing, Install the sump baffles.  

Move the stand in place and get going on the final plumbing.    

Hang the light.  

At some point I need to either pick up sand and rock locally or order it.  

 

Richard, if you want to stop by this weekend you are more than welcome to.  I still live in the same house and my number hasn't changed.  

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drauka   

Thanks again Richard. Helped me a ton. I have RO\DI going in the 32 as I type this and I got the clamp replaced and the light hung. I'm going to relax now. I go out of town again this weekend so I probably won't get it filled up till I get back.

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drauka   

Rock and Sand added.

 

Need to mix up another 10-20 gallons and I can turn on the refugium section of the sump.  Its running right now and is pretty darn silent.  Hopefully turning on the fuge and a good slime coat on the pipes and it will quieten down even more.  

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drauka   

Works like a charm. I cut off the fuge and had it all diverted to the skimmer section with no issues. I made up some more water tonight and finished filling the sump so it's on now. Also got the skimmer running and first program into the light. It's all just playing with settingsome now and a few other things till the cycle I'd done.

I need to ride your way and get that stuff you talked about.

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Yeah I have loads of chaeto and that microbacter7 here for you. Busy as always but can definitely set something up to meet you somewhere or something. You et your rock and sand in there yet? No pictures it didn't happen.

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drauka   

Rock and sand are in as well.  I need to pick up some rubble for the sump.  I have a little in there now but I want to do a pod pile in there this time.  I have the skimmer running to too let everything get slimed up (its pulling out some of the sand silt so a bonus) and see what issues and dialing in that I might have.  I still need to get the old Aquacontroller JR reprogrammed for how the tank is setup this time (looks like the old PH probe is going to work fine) .  The ATO isn't installed either but that won't take much time.  

 

I have to do family stuff on Friday.  I'll drop you a text and see when would be good for you.  I don't have that bulb for the fuge yet either, so I need to swing by HD and pick up a bulb for that.  

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drauka   

1-1/2  on the drain and 1-1/4 on the skimmer.  I ordered them from Amazon.  I just couldn't make myself pay the price for the ones on Marine Depot.  

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