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strawman1985
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PostSubject: 40 gallon breeder   40 gallon breeder Icon_minitime7/13/2012, 6:52 pm

I just got home with my 40 gallon breeder...Its gonna be an african cichlid tank unless I am told that it is not big enough. Any thoughts, ideas?
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PostSubject: Re: 40 gallon breeder   40 gallon breeder Icon_minitime7/13/2012, 10:49 pm

Anyone who has one, what did you use as a stand?
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PostSubject: Re: 40 gallon breeder   40 gallon breeder Icon_minitime7/14/2012, 1:18 am

i used a desk before i built a stand

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PostSubject: Re: 40 gallon breeder   40 gallon breeder Icon_minitime7/14/2012, 1:20 am

I was thinking about checking Good will tomorrow to see if they have anything...might see if a friend at church would be interested in helping me make one.
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PostSubject: Re: 40 gallon breeder   40 gallon breeder Icon_minitime7/14/2012, 9:16 am

I used a dresser as well.

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PostSubject: Re: 40 gallon breeder   40 gallon breeder Icon_minitime7/14/2012, 2:04 pm

I think I know the answer but I found a cabinet that is 36x14... Aquarium is 36x18... Would this work if I left 2 inches in the back hanging off and 2 in the front? If it would work, what a great inexpensive investment. If it does not then a new plan I suppose.
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PostSubject: Re: 40 gallon breeder   40 gallon breeder Icon_minitime7/14/2012, 3:49 pm

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This is what it looks like right now...
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PostSubject: Re: 40 gallon breeder   40 gallon breeder Icon_minitime7/14/2012, 4:45 pm

Personally, I would get a bigger stand. You may also get away with a nice thick sheet of wood to set between the stand and tank to ensure adequate support on all four coroners. Would be a cheap mod. Just my opinion. Then again I'm an OCD over doer when it comes to my tanks. :-)
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PostSubject: Re: 40 gallon breeder   40 gallon breeder Icon_minitime7/14/2012, 4:47 pm

The sheet of wood was what I was thinking. Its very sturdy cabinet and I only invested $3 on it at the Salvation Army. Hopeful to get some more opinions too...I am not in a huge rush to do it as I would like to have it in the main room especially if I get African cichlids in it.
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PostSubject: Re: 40 gallon breeder   40 gallon breeder Icon_minitime7/14/2012, 4:56 pm

strawman1985 wrote:
The sheet of wood was what I was thinking. Its very sturdy cabinet and I only invested $3 on it at the Salvation Army. Hopeful to get some more opinions too...I am not in a huge rush to do it as I would like to have it in the main room especially if I get African cichlids in it.

You can't beat $3.00, however if your not in a rush and will have it in the main room, I suggest holding off and getting the right stand. Use this cabinet for a smaller tank maybe?
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PostSubject: Re: 40 gallon breeder   40 gallon breeder Icon_minitime7/14/2012, 5:56 pm

I wont be able to afford the right stand for quite some time, I like how it looks together honestly. I live in an apartment, nothing fancy would be for my pleasure. I have a fish room where it could also live. In the living room I currently have a tank with an injured goldfish and 2 weather loaches. I would much rather have something in there than my rescue tank. Haha!!! All my other tanks have are up and running on stands as well.
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PostSubject: Re: 40 gallon breeder   40 gallon breeder Icon_minitime7/14/2012, 6:34 pm

Strawman Question is do you think that cabinet can hold 400 pounds?
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PostSubject: Re: 40 gallon breeder   40 gallon breeder Icon_minitime7/14/2012, 6:36 pm

I put 400 lbs on it and it did not make any shifts or noise... its solid wood, not particle board.

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PostSubject: Re: 40 gallon breeder   40 gallon breeder Icon_minitime7/14/2012, 6:38 pm

Well it might have not quite been 400 but it was close...I think the stand is plenty strong...my concern is for the tank hanging off the sides...
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PostSubject: Re: 40 gallon breeder   40 gallon breeder Icon_minitime7/14/2012, 6:49 pm

I saw you mention using a piece of plywood. If the wood is 3/4 or thicker and aquarium sits on the plywood you should be ok. 400 pounds is water weight and tank and some gravel. If you add rocks then it will wieght more. Cut the plywood a 1/2" bigger than aquarium. That will give you a 1/4" per side extra.
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PostSubject: Re: 40 gallon breeder   40 gallon breeder Icon_minitime7/14/2012, 6:51 pm

Thanks a bunch!!
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PostSubject: Re: 40 gallon breeder   40 gallon breeder Icon_minitime7/14/2012, 6:54 pm

your welcome and good luck
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PostSubject: Re: 40 gallon breeder   40 gallon breeder Icon_minitime7/14/2012, 6:55 pm

I appreciate it, looks like I will be wood shopping soon.
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PostSubject: Re: 40 gallon breeder   40 gallon breeder Icon_minitime7/15/2012, 1:36 pm

Got my wood today...may be cutting it tomorrow. Im excited!! Anyone know where I can get pool filter sand for the best price. I have looked on lowes.com and amazon.com
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PostSubject: Re: 40 gallon breeder   40 gallon breeder Icon_minitime7/16/2012, 10:19 pm

I have not even purchased a fish or anything but I am already going African Cichlid crazy!!!
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PostSubject: Re: 40 gallon breeder   40 gallon breeder Icon_minitime7/17/2012, 5:44 pm

Hope it works out for you!!!!

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PostSubject: Re: 40 gallon breeder   40 gallon breeder Icon_minitime7/17/2012, 8:04 pm

Me too, Im just trying to remain calm and patient... Another question everyone...What type of Africans should I look for with a tank this size?
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PostSubject: Re: 40 gallon breeder   40 gallon breeder Icon_minitime7/18/2012, 12:11 pm

strawman1985 wrote:
Me too, Im just trying to remain calm and patient... Another question everyone...What type of Africans should I look for with a tank this size?

most will work. i have kept SRT hongi, juvies, small group of cyps (male pens the girls in the corner so i do not recommend this.) shellies, julies, etc. the possibilities are endless lol.

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PostSubject: Re: 40 gallon breeder   40 gallon breeder Icon_minitime7/18/2012, 9:45 pm

Don't get bumble bee cichlid they get to big! usafishbox

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PostSubject: Re: 40 gallon breeder   40 gallon breeder Icon_minitime7/18/2012, 10:11 pm

I was just looking up the bumblebee and thought he might too big... Here is what I looking at... Let me get some opinions.. Labidochromis caeruleus, Steveni Taiwan, maingano, Pseudotropheus acei, SRT hongi, Aulonocara stuartgranti, julies... Anything in this group a bad idea?
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