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Old 08/21/2020, 09:21 PM   #1
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40B Build and BS Thread!

I am in the process of moving into my new place here in the Denver area. After being totally out of the hobby for 10 years, I've been looking at options for a reef tank in the new place. I decided to go the popular route of a 40 breeder with a 20L sump. Yes, I know, how original, right?

Since there are probably thousands of people out there with a 40B and 20L sump, I'm sure there is an insane amount of information available. I've seen a lot so far on these tanks. So far I just have the 40B and the 20L, just picked them up today at Petco with the $1/gallon sale. The 40 was actually $50 which is still a pretty good deal. The Petco guy helped me load them into my car, then I humped them up to my 3rd floor condo in Aurora. The 40 was about the most I could handle alone, but I got that sucker up the stairs without too much trouble. My day job is a route sales rep/delivery driver so I'm used to handling heavy-ish boxes.

The goal is for a mixed reef tank with an assortment of soft corals, LPS, and SPS. Possibly an anemone (BTA probably) although I would almost want a dedicated smaller tank for that. I would like some opinions on my equipment thoughts:

1. I'm thinking of going with the Eclipse M overflow and some kind of Loc-Line return.
2. Not sure which return pump to get. Best one for a 40?
3. Not sure on the stand yet. Maybe the Imagitarium Brooklyn 40 stand, listed at $64 on Amazon? Or build one maybe? I'm not experienced at woodworking.
4. For the sump setup, I'm thinking of something like the Oceanbox Reef Reactive Sump Kit: https://oceanboxdesigns.com/product/...long-aquarium/
5. Skimmer, thinking maybe Reef Octopus Classic 110SSS. Or is there a better one in its class for the money?
6. For lighting, my thought for a 40 would be a Reef Breeders Photon 32 V2+. This is $590 at BRS.


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Old 08/21/2020, 09:28 PM   #2
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Here are the tanks in the dining room of the new place.


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Old 09/05/2020, 01:15 PM   #3
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The Eclipse M overflow just got here today. It looks very well made and even comes with the template and hole saw for the bulkhead. Last night I ordered most of the rest of my plumbing parts and another hole saw for the 3/4" return bulkhead.

The next step is to drill the tank and paint the back and bottom panels with Rust Oleum in black.


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Old 09/05/2020, 02:08 PM   #4
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I just drilled the hole for the overflow. It was actually pretty easy.


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