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greech's Simple 40 Breeder

Discussion in 'General Marine / Newbie' started by greech, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. greech

    greech AC Moderators

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    Hello AC! Seeing as I have 100+ posts here, I figured I would go ahead and start a tank thread here. I have been in the hobby since Feb 2009 but it feels a lot longer than that! I started with a pre-established 12 gallon Aquapod but upgraded to the 40 breeder in June. I have always been adicted to aquariums but this whole SW hobby has brought my obsession to a new level. I find myself reading and researching so much that I think I know more about keeping a reef tank than I do about my own job :)

    Anyway, a few specs on my simple setup:

    Hardware
    -40 breeder tank
    -Aquaclear 70 HOB fillter with surface skimmer attachment
    -Two Koralia 2 powerheads
    -36" Current Sundial T5HO
    -150W Rena heater
    -30ish lbs of LR
    -20ish lbs of sand

    I don't run a sump or a protien skimmer. My maintenance includes a weekly 10-15% WC using Brightwell's NeoMarine salt. I do run floss that I change out twice per week and Chemipure Elite in the AC 70. Future equipment additions include new T5 bulbs, adding a Vortech MP20 to replace my K2s and a HOB refugium.

    Livestock
    Black & White Ocellaris Clown
    Cleaner Shrimp
    CUC (2 Florida Fighting Conchs, blue hermits and various snails)
    Frogspawn
    2 Acan frags
    Zoa frag (green and yellow)
    Leptastrea (orange and purple)
    Duncan
    Ricordea (green and light blue)
    Pipe Organ
    Bright red Chalice
    ORA Screaming Birdsnest
    Orange Linkia star (didn't make it after the move and was a poor decision on my part to add anyway)

    Been taking it slow with the stocking. I had a pair of clowns but the male came down with what appears to have been Brook about a month or two ago. He died within 24 hours of the symptoms showing up :( The female showed the same symptoms but I fed the tank like crazy and she pulled through like a champ. I am happy to report that she has never looked as good as she looks now. Ultimately I want 4 to 5 fish total. I don't intend filling the tank with coral frags as I want to leave room for growth but I still have plenty of space to fill in.

    Here's a couple pics of the tank after moving things over from the 12 gallon (sorry for the crappy pics):

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    Here are a couple from this past weekend:

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    Thanks for looking.
     
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    Very nice!!!
     
  3. Fishfriend1

    Fishfriend1 Fishlover Extraordinaire

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    pretty cool
    how much did it cost?
     
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    Thanks very much!

    I've got about $800 in this plus livestock.
     
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    beautiful tank...i've had the SW itch for a while...maybe one of these days :)
     
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    Thanks. Be careful, one you get started the itch becomes more like a mosquito bite that never goes away :grinyes:
     
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    Amphiprion Contain the Excitement...

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    Very nice. I'm working on actually reducing some of the equipment on my 40BR. I'm going for the minimal approach.

    Ooh, I see lights in the reflection! Take a pic of that illuminated conifer!
     
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    :eek:mg:Thats a lot of money
     
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    LOL, My daughter picked out the smallest tree on the lot. It was perfect for her to decorate.

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    greech AC Moderators

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    Trust me, that's nothing when it comes to SW. I've seen protein skimmers that cost 3x's that alone!
     
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    BoCoMo In need of grace

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    Looks great! Thanks for sharing!
     
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    ... o dear ...
     
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    Most of my equipment was bought over time as well so that helped with the budget. I also bought everything new so I probably could have saved some $ if I had hit up craig's list. I am always a little worried about what I am getting and what has happened in the tank in those situations though. If I ever get a larger tank, I will probably go that route.
     
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    lol my tank cost about wow i dont even know now upwards of 2500 and im 19!? jeese what am i doing with my life i have to pay for college! hahaha its so worth it though every single penny! that looks great though man! liking the setup and it looks clean!
     
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    I still cant belive how much they cost. Any estimates on a 30 gal tank the is being converted into saltwater. Not the fish they have a new tank.

    New fish,live rock, equipment...
     
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    That depends on so much. greech put together a spectacular tank without the premium price and is further proof that the high price doesn't always equal success. I spent about the same amount of money on my protein skimmer as he did on the entire setup. Estimates can range from about $500-$1000 on average for that kind of setup. Your may cost more or less depending on many factors, including where you buy equipment and whether or not it is used, etc.
     
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    Greech, just pro. You clearly have a good eye + a talent for the craft. That birdsnest is incredible.

    Fishfriend, I'm planning on a 36 gallon FW to SW conversion and I've tenatatively budgeted around $2-3K. I'm not much of a DIY'er and I like to invest in quality equipment upfront. After that expenditure, my tank still won't look as good as greech's (which costs a lot less). There's much to said for the "craft" and skill needed to make these tanks really exceptional.
     
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    Nice tank. Beautiful stuff!
     
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    Thanks for the compliments guys! It has been a lot of fun so far even though I have had my moments of frustration :).
     
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    Thanks
     

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