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kalan850
09/03/2017, 12:23 PM
This is a journey through my 40 Breeder build. I will be using this thread to document each step I take towards creating this *Healthy and Thriving* reef. I've always wanted to set up a 40b reef and now I'm making it happen!

Goals:
-Never give up!
-learn and progress!
-don't forget to have fun!
-Focus on the tank as a whole!
-Patience! Patience! Patience!
-Maintain a Healthy Thriving reef
-Maintain a very "clean" Aquascape
-Grow colonies(plan space for each colony to grow out and fill in)

In theory these goals are something I can refer to and look back on when I get frustrated or discouraged when things get tough. Also they will help me to avoid impulse buys with the consideration of placement and space with Aquascape taking priority. They will help me to be patient to consider the long term. "In theory" we shall see lol...

I'm into DIY so I've drilled the tank, baffled the sump, and built the stand so far. I'm currently working on painting. Next on the to do list is build a canopy.

I have the following equipment ordered:
-2x 36" Let Lighting retrofit t5 kits (brs)
-3x blue plus 1x purple plus bulbs (brs)
-60s Somatic skimmer (brs)
-Jebao dct controllable return pump(a)
-dj power strip (a)
-150 gpd rodi unit (EBay)
-tds meter (a)
-reef Krystal's salt (a)
-magnum media salinity refractometer(a)
-2 eheim heaters(a)
-Red Sea test kit (eBay)

Pictures of current progress:
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170903/99c24f64db4c3d051029d0c13984a9ab.jpg
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170903/b00be6b076decc5e2e5c21f524e6d04e.jpg
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170903/f5857dce94b2231fec6f86a252491d5f.jpg


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kalan850
09/07/2017, 02:43 PM
Slowly but surely the build continues. I fabricated the canopy today. Still needs a few finishing touches and some paint.
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The panels are not secured yet I just threw them up there for the pics.



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lieberca
09/11/2017, 12:56 PM
Looking sleek! Keep up the good work!

kalan850
09/11/2017, 03:37 PM
Looking sleek! Keep up the good work!



I appreciate the feedback! I've had to put the build on hold for a few days on account of hurricane Irma. Hope to pick back up where I left off on Wednesday. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170911/ac6b1a546fc16d14fb978d343674c9c8.jpg
In the meantime I'm enjoying taking it easy out of the storms path casting a few lines in. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170911/79f700e64002bcf1ea4360e93aa55cba.jpg



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lieberca
09/11/2017, 06:41 PM
Seems like a productive way to ride out the storm!

kalan850
09/13/2017, 12:27 PM
Thankfully our area in northwest FL wasn't impacted by the storm. We are back home safe and I'm back to work on this build. Painting painting and more painting. It will definitely teach patience! (A goal of mine lol) I feel like that's all I've been doing for the past 2 weeks! Just applied the second coat to the outer canopy and the first coat to the display and sump.
Most all the equipment I ordered has arrived
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170913/92455b1745ebcbd9fe14f03bb1218413.jpg


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kalan850
09/17/2017, 03:36 PM
Whew I feel like I've reached a milestone. Finally the panels are installed! https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170917/53d68fe00eb98f489e8af6a3f4b288ad.jpg this thing is looking more and more like a reef system each day. I'm proud of it! Stoked to be plumbing and installing the lighting next.


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kalan850
09/18/2017, 08:33 AM
The installation of my quad t5 setup went well and cleaned up nicely.
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I'm a bit worried that it's going to be too blue. I guess we'll see once rock and sand are added.


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James404
09/18/2017, 08:47 AM
Good start so far, what types of corals are you going to be adding to this?

kalan850
09/18/2017, 12:28 PM
Good start so far, what types of corals are you going to be adding to this?



Thanks bud I appreciate it. I am going to keep mostly LPS coral with a few sps and a handful of softies. I'll do lots of acans, a few chalice, Duncan, a single scoly, pink tip neon torch, frog spawn, ora birdsnest, millepora, and some zoa's/paly's.




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kalan850
09/20/2017, 11:38 AM
I worked on the plumbing yesterday.
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170920/a0979fd71128c3d35720b9f328fbd7b1.jpg
Found a small leak on one of the gate valve joints. I'm going to attempt to seal the leak with silicone... we shall see... the stand and sump area are coming together as well.
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170920/98a4532c2421e7d38dc36f7c764fc649.jpg


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kalan850
09/22/2017, 12:35 PM
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Well the silicone stopped the leak and she's running optimally! Super quiet too!

I've installed the DJ strip as well
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170922/a10bcb438e6f46012a5eb57b264dc5a5.jpg
I plan on managing the wires as soon as I install the rest of the equipment.

Dang man it was big task cleaning out my storage room to make way for a water change/mixing station but I did it lol!
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I will be building a stand in order to stack 2 of these 44 gallon brute containers and running my rodi straight from the spigot outside into the room. This room is not temp controlled so in the Summer time ill have to use frozen water bottle to bring down the water temp before a w/c. Winter time my heaters will do the trick.

Another task completed was drilling a small hole in the return nozzle to act as an anti-siphon.
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170922/af4cefa086d8416112391d91c5d08c1c.png
Good thing too! Our power went out this morning around 7:30am while I was still in bed!



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davidadelp
09/25/2017, 07:33 PM
Looks great I am about to start a 40b reef as well, looking forward to your updates

kalan850
09/28/2017, 08:28 AM
Looks great I am about to start a 40b reef as well, looking forward to your updates



Thanks David. The 40B has such a great footprint! Do you have a build thread going yet? Currently I'm working on the salt mixing/water change station for this system. It's a must in my opinion! Nothing is better than easy and convenient maintenance. It's important for the health of the system as well. I'll post some pics of the progress later.


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tjm9331
09/28/2017, 09:49 AM
Looking great!

kalan850
09/28/2017, 01:53 PM
Looking great!



Thank ya much!


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kalan850
09/28/2017, 02:01 PM
Got some work done on the mixing station today [emoji106][emoji16]
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170928/03a12ade3a1678cf3bf62600ef6f1563.jpg
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170928/3afd133129a458d2d03e5b40fb63a62e.jpg
Still need to add the main supports and some bracing but it's coming along nicely.


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kalan850
02/13/2018, 11:41 AM
Wow [emoji15] 5 months since my last post on this build. I'm still at it though. It's been a slow journey so far! Here are some updated pics.
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180213/322cfe1c68058be14c8590c2020f78ca.jpg

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180213/e2818db86f2788a06c02adb955413f03.jpg
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I'm working on putting the hardscape together with epoxy today.
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180213/29703ed765c26001e16b04b13ad5679b.jpg
Tomorrow I'll add the sand, water and a table shrimp to start the cycle. Once the tank is cycled I plan on using a sponge filter located in the sump to filter a 20 long quarantine tank for my first fish.



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J4c8o
02/13/2018, 10:06 PM
Nice setup

kalan850
02/14/2018, 03:28 AM
Hey thanks I appreciate it. I've been working on it for a while now. trying to take my time and do things better than previous builds.


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soflo_chuck
02/14/2018, 08:09 AM
Looking nice!!! Irma hit us hard over in swfl!!

kalan850
02/14/2018, 07:59 PM
Looking nice!!! Irma hit us hard over in swfl!!



Thanks very much friend. I'm sorry to hear that. I know the storms are devastating! Did it wipe out your tank?


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kalan850
02/14/2018, 09:01 PM
I feel as though I have waited forever to actually get this thing wet lol! After roughly 7 months of tinkering with it its finally time. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180215/5fbda58d9b38d8972f8ee46d6575689c.jpg
The tank isn't really as blue as the pic makes it out to be. I need to learn how to take better pics for sure! Anyone suggest an app where I can adjust the white balance on iPhone camera?


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J4c8o
02/15/2018, 10:03 PM
Nice looking tank

kalan850
02/16/2018, 08:10 AM
Nice looking tank


Well thanks I appreciate you saying so.
Here is a better pic
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180216/917e34ce32937c59cf53d4ed6a70bdba.jpg
I was able to find an app called muse cam that let me adjust the white balance manually to get a more realistic pic of what the tank actually looks like.



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~RuSh~
02/20/2018, 03:41 PM
Any chance you might explain the water mixing station a little better?

kalan850
02/24/2018, 07:57 PM
Any chance you might explain the water mixing station a little better?



The 150 gph rodi unit is fed from the spigot outside. The filtered water runs into a 44 gallon brute can located on the top of the stand. I'm using a float valve inside the can to keep it from overflowing if I get distracted or get pulled away from tank maintenance. There is a bulkhead installed into the bottom of this can which is then plumbed with a ball valve to allow me to fill the salt mixing brute can below. I have a pump at the bottom of the mixing can that has been plumbed so that the water is pumped up then back down into 2 outputs. These keep the salt from settling at the bottom. You have to drill some holes in the middle between the 2 outputs in order to keep the salt from collecting behind the outputs. The other output is for pumping the saltwater from the mixing can to the tank. With the front valve closed and the rear valve open the water and salt mix. With the front valve open and the rear valve closed. Water is pumped into the tank. I have a tplink wifi outlet that I control the pump with using my phone during mixing or pumping water to the display.


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kalan850
02/27/2018, 07:03 AM
Well the tank is cycleing doing its thing you know. It's giving me time to sit back and think. Could be a good thing or a bad thing right lol [emoji23]. As spring and summer approach I know work will get busier and I'll have less time to play with my aquariums. I have a small HVAC/R business and work as a cook in Destin Florida. looking back to my first post "My Goals" for this build has really kept this system moving in the right direction. That being said I think that I should dial the "corals to keep" list back a bit. At this point with work and family I feel like my tanks will be put on the back burner more often than not. I've done what I can with the w/c mixing station to keep maintenance easy but my thoughts as of now seem to drift to a primarily soft coral reef. I feel it will suite my lifestyle better. I would like to have each rock formation covered in only one or 2 specific soft corals to keep a colorful minimalist iwagumi style aquascape with a little bit of movement. Thoughts anyone?


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callsign4223
02/27/2018, 07:39 AM
Check this out.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aquarium-camera/id1279335875?mt=8

kalan850
02/27/2018, 08:11 AM
Check this out.



https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aquarium-camera/id1279335875?mt=8



Very cool [emoji41] thanks!


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