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40 breeder display and sump

Discussion in 'Build Threads' started by CoralJunkie, Aug 5, 2017.

  1. CoralJunkie

    CoralJunkie John BRS Member

    I'm in the later stages of the nitrogen cycle. My nitrites are about 2ppm and nitrates are about 4 or 5ppm. Due to the rarity of 40 gallon breeder stands I decided to try a metal racking from home depot. It holds 1,000lbs and fits 2-40 gallon breeders one on top of the other. I estimate a total of about 700lbs including sump, rocks and sand. This setup is in a sitting room in my home and will house my current livestock until I finish my basement man cave. I'm building an in the wall setup. I'm thinking a 200g predator tank with some type of flashy looking eel as the centerpiece. I'm using a diy pvc overflow with a toms aqualifter to automatically start a siphon in case of a power outage. I took a 2inch black pvc pipe, cut it to size and with a dremel I notched teeth into it. I siliconed it to the bottom of the tank. It acts as a weir, the water spills over into it then my 3/4inch pvc overflow drains it into the sump. I ordered some glass to be cut so I could silicone baffles into the 40g breeder sump. The sump is very basic, it has 3 chambers and a bubble trap just before the return chamber. The first section of the sump is the largest section and will be filled with chaeto, I'm not sure what I will keep in the second chamber. I have a skimmer but I'm hoping the chaeto grows large enough and removes enough nutrients so I won't have to run it. Maybe I'll add more chaeto if I see that it's working well.
     
  2. CoralJunkie

    CoralJunkie John BRS Member

  3. CoralJunkie

    CoralJunkie John BRS Member

  4. CoralJunkie

    CoralJunkie John BRS Member

    That's the type of overflow I'm using. This is a closer look at the pvc overflow 20170630_073913.jpg
     
  5. CoralJunkie

    CoralJunkie John BRS Member

    Top down view before water was added 20170610_015453.jpg
     
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  6. CAPSLOCK

    CAPSLOCK Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator BRS Member

    That's a cool PVC overflow.
     
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  7. CoralJunkie

    CoralJunkie John BRS Member

    Thanks, it works great and the Toms aqualifter is insurance. It starts right back up as soon as the power comes back on.
     
  8. CoralJunkie

    CoralJunkie John BRS Member

    The cycle finally finished. 20170810_120647.jpg
     
  9. CoralJunkie

    CoralJunkie John BRS Member

    I moved my clownfish and anemones into the tank last night. 20170812_133301.jpg
     
  10. CoralJunkie

    CoralJunkie John BRS Member

  11. Db1060

    Db1060 Non-member

    Nice setup
     
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  12. Chris A.

    Chris A. Formally toomanyfish BRS Member

    Looks good, like the light stand
     
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  13. CoralJunkie

    CoralJunkie John BRS Member

    Thanks, that's a pvc special right there lol
     

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