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Old 06/13/2010, 09:12 PM   #1
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Postal's 40 Breeder / 25 Cube / 40 Breeder build

Ok, so first things first. This will be a slow process. So you have been warned.

I have a 9ft long wall in the house that has been just been begging for a tank. I didn't have the funds to purchase the 8' x 2' x 2' system that I initially wanted so I transformed that desire to this relatively unique (I think) idea.

The system will consist a 3 tanks plumbed together and running as one system. I will have a 40 Breeder on each side of a 25g cube. Each tank will have it's own distinct livestock that might not prosper as well if they were all in one tank.

The first 40 breeder will contain all zoas, palys, and LPS. A starry blenny, possum wrasse, and leopard wrasse that I currently have will call this tank home along with another small fish or two. Lighting for this tank will consist of 4 t5's in a retrofit kit.

The 25 cube will contain azoo corals only. I have a couple nice sun corals and a dendro currently and will hopefully find some other nice non-photosynthetic corals to add to the tank. The only fish in this tank will be 3-4 shrimpfish or some pipefish/seahorses. Lighting will be provided by 2-3 Stunner LED strips. By using the Stunner strips I am hoping to provide enough light to make the tank visually appealing, but not provide enough PAR for algae to grow.

The final 40 Breeder will contain my current pair of GSM clowns with a nice large carpet anemone when I can find one. The tank will also be filled with all types of macro algae to give it a planted tank feel while providing some nutrient export. No other livestock will be in this tank so it should act as a bit of a refugium as well.

So that is the plan. Please feel free to offer any tips, suggestions, or critiques.

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Old 06/13/2010, 09:22 PM   #2
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Before I started on the stand I purchased a Kreg jig. This thing is great. It really adds stability and strength to the stand.



It only takes moments to drill pocket holes after to set the jig to the correct measurements.



Here are the 3 stands joined together and sealed.





And no comments about all the junk in the background!! We are building the stand in my dad's garage since he has more room than I do. Our dogs have free rein of our garage and yard during the day and I didn't want to leave the stand to the tender mercies of a young dog and teething puppy.

Here it is with the 1/4" oak plywood that will cover the stand. We were marking the holes for the doors in preparation of cutting them out.



The stand will be stained a nice dark walnut and then be protected with a Waterlox finish.


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Old 06/15/2010, 07:02 PM   #3
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The doors from www.cabinetdoorsandhardware were delivered today.
I must say that I was pleasantly surprised with the quality considering the phenomenally good pricing that I received.
Anyone buying doors from anywhere else is crazy.


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Old 06/15/2010, 07:52 PM   #4
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Wow, those doors are cheap. So you're happy with the quality? Can we get pics? I might be placing an order soon.


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Old 06/15/2010, 08:05 PM   #5
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Wow, those doors are cheap. So you're happy with the quality? Can we get pics? I might be placing an order soon.
They are not as good as some of the doors I looked at that were $60 each, but they are a 1/4 of the price. I got them unfinished so that I could stain to match and they will be perfect for that. They are definitely good solid oak doors.
I will get some pics up later tonight or tomorrow night.


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Old 06/15/2010, 08:07 PM   #6
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Sweet good to hear, thanks. The stand is looking great, I love the idea of the 3 seperate tanks.


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Old 06/15/2010, 08:21 PM   #7
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Looks great so far Lee!


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Old 06/15/2010, 08:23 PM   #8
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Very cool idea!


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Old 06/15/2010, 09:28 PM   #9
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Looks great so far Lee!
Thanks, Rob.
It would going better if I had a nice red haddoni waiting in my frag tank for the finished build.


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Old 06/15/2010, 09:31 PM   #10
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Here are a couple pics about the doors.
Again I can't say enough good things about the purchase. I called them up, gave the size of the holes that I needed covered, and they gave me a list of doors and hinges that would work. Ordered on a Friday and delivered the next Tuesday.










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Old 06/19/2010, 11:58 PM   #11
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Finally spent a little time on the stand today. The front and one side are now skinned in 1/4 oak plywood. Here are a couple pics with the doors laid on the front to show how they will look once mounted. I had to stand on a step stool so the angle is a little strange.
Now I only need to skin the other end, and stain and protect the base before it can be moved to my house to start the plumbing.







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Old 06/21/2010, 09:56 PM   #12
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This is going to be a really cool setup Lee


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Old 06/21/2010, 10:03 PM   #13
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Looks like you are going POSTAL with this built.


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Old 06/21/2010, 10:15 PM   #14
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This is going to be a really cool setup Lee

Thanks, Chris.

It will be interesting to see if I can turn the vision in my head into reality.
So far the stand has turned out WAY better than I expected considering I have no idea what the hell I am doing.


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Old 06/21/2010, 10:29 PM   #15
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I am going to follow this thread. This looks like it is going to be AWESOME!


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Old 06/22/2010, 07:33 AM   #16
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Looks great, Lee! I must say, you are quite the cabinet maker. Very impressive. I'm subscribed.


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Old 06/22/2010, 07:36 AM   #17
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So far the stand has turned out WAY better than I expected considering I have no idea what the hell I am doing.
Hahaha nice!


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Old 06/22/2010, 08:26 PM   #18
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Well for not knowing what your doing,it's coming out sweet.and you can't beat those doors for price/quality.


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Old 06/22/2010, 11:19 PM   #19
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Very nice job Lee. I can hardly wait to see it finished . keep posting up dates .


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Old 06/25/2010, 09:36 PM   #20
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Here are a few pics of the stand after being stained with Minwax Dark Walnut stain.
After a few days to dry completely, I will finish it off with several coats of Waterlox to protect the finish.
I still need to stain the doors and add all the trim. Then it is on to the canopies which are currently just frames.

At least when the stand if finished, I can move it to my house and start setting up the plumbing and so forth.














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Old 07/03/2010, 07:56 PM   #21
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love it! any updates? thanks for sharing.


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Old 07/03/2010, 10:39 PM   #22
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love it! any updates? thanks for sharing.
I spent a couple weeknights covering the stand with 3 coats of Waterlox. I love some of the properties of this stuff, but you better have some GOOD ventilation if you use it!

The stand will be making the move to my house on Monday or next weekend. Then the real work starts...

Oh, I did pick up a nice purple gorgonian for the NPS tank while at the LFS today.


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Nice any pics of your current tank?


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Old 07/04/2010, 07:56 AM   #24
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Nice any pics of your current tank?
I don't really have a current tank. My 75g is up for sale and only consists of LR and the few fish that will make the move. All of my corals have been moved to a 20L frag tank and a 30g spare tank.


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i really like your idea for your build.. i'm a huge fan of 40b's and so far i like what you got goin... kudo's my friend


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