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Every since my move in 2009, I have been moving backwards with my tank maintenance. I'm back to lugging buckets up and down stairs. Prior to the move I had a 80% automated 125g. I know have 2 - 34g Solanas and a 20g. It's gotten to be a hassle that I don't have the time for.

I've always wanted a 4' x 4' x 2' tank but it also just isn't feasible for me right now. I had also planned on building a hatchery at some point for my percula pair. The percula's have been hit and miss with their spawning and with reasons mentioned above, I have decided that if I am going to raise clowns, it will be on a much smaller scale.

This leads me to an option I have been throwing around for a while, shutting down my current tanks and doing a 40g breeder build. I have one just sitting in the basement right now that I was planning on using for my hatchery. I want to take my time with this and make it as low maintenance as possible.

I'm going to try my hand at building my own stand and hood. I want a bit of a lip on the stand in front so I have a small area to work and even for my cats to sit and watch if they want.
 

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Tank will get a mix of all of the corals from my 2 - 34g solanas. I currently have one acro, several types of plating and encrusting montis, blasts, gorgonian, some yuma ricordia and zoos.

My percula pair will make the move, if the female makes it from her current hunger strike/old age. I have had a black barred convict goby in the past and will have to have one for this tank. That will likely be all for fish.

I miss having a sump. It is going to be a must. The overflow area in the solana is just too small to have any kind of decent equipment.
 

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I plan on something very similar to what Nate-Bro has in his 40g. Drilling the back.
 

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Hoping I get some time tonight to do some initial drawings of the stand.
 

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I have a plan for the stand now. It's based off of a couple I have seen plans for. I'm extending the front out as mentioned above. Hoping I can pick up some of the lumber later today.
 

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I've got the framing material! Now just to find the time to make some cuts and get this going.

Getting ahead of myself a bit here but:

Overflow:
I was looking at two 1-1/2" returns. How much flow can I expect to get out of this sized plumbing? Would it be better to have both overflows tie together (Y) before going to the sump or run two separate overflow lines to the sump?
 

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I've got the framing material! Now just to find the time to make some cuts and get this going.

Getting ahead of myself a bit here but:

Overflow:
I was looking at two 1-1/2" returns. How much flow can I expect to get out of this sized plumbing? Would it be better to have both overflows tie together (Y) before going to the sump or run two separate overflow lines to the sump?
I'd skip the Y on the drain. One clog could cause a flood. What are the chances of both drains clogging?
 

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I'd skip the Y on the drain. One clog could cause a flood. What are the chances of both drains clogging?
That's how I was siding. My 125g had separate returns all the way to the sump.
 

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Welcome to the 40B club!
 

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Got all of my stand frame boards cut today. I still need to get some time to make sure all of my cuts are even. Like I mentioned above, woodworking is out of my element. Cuts are not too bad but I do need to sand a few to make sure they are even with corresponding boards.
 

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Don't know if it's too late but if your'e not confident in your woodworking skills here is an easy overbuilt stand template.
 

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Don't know if it's too late but if your'e not confident in your woodworking skills here is an easy overbuilt stand template.
I am actually using that exact drawing with an extension to give me the shelf I want off the front. The extension will also give me a lip on the sides as well. I am also adding another support on the bottom to support my sump.
 

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I am actually using that exact drawing with an extension to give me the shelf I want off the front. The extension will also give me a lip on the sides as well.
Good deal, somewhere to rest your beer while you enjoy the tank.
 

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I know I will need 2-1/2" - 3" screws. Would deck screws be my best bet here?
 

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You could use deck screws without a problem. The screws won't be supporting any weight so you could get away with less. If deck screws will help you sleep better at night, go for it.
 
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