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    Lighting and return pump questions for a 40gal breeder build

    Any info is is greatly appreciated

    I am slowly piecing together a 40gal breeder with 20gal long sump. going to use the glass hole 700gph over flow box and 2 3/4 returns.

    I am going to try building a stand and see how that comes out then maybe try a canopy.

    What do Yal think T5 lighting or maybe some kind of led??

    I currently have a rapidled onyx over my 29gal biocube I could use but I feel like I can't find the right contrast between white/blues/reds. So that's why I have been thinking about going to t5.

    tank will have mushrooms, Zoas, hammer and frogspawn, Kenya tree, GSP, BTA and would like to eventually try some other stuff but this is what I have in my biocube.



    Also for a return pump I am looking at the current USA Dc 1050gph pump with a gate valve to dial in the right flow. Plan on running 2 3/4 returns(if that's not overkill) but really not sure what pump to put on my to buy list.
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    I'd link my 40 breeder build thread but all of my pics are down due to photobucket. Worthless.

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    Cody has a interesting build even without pics it's worth reading.
    As for light I would look into the mars led lights on ebay.
    Not my favorite but some members on here have some great results.
    The corals youvsumped up don't really need that special attention on a supermodel of a light.
    For a return pump I would look into mag is eheim, these pumps are proven 5 stars pumps and won't break the bank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diesel View Post
    Cody has a interesting build even without pics it's worth reading.
    As for light I would look into the mars led lights on ebay.
    Not my favorite but some members on here have some great results.
    The corals youvsumped up don't really need that special attention on a supermodel of a light.
    For a return pump I would look into mag is eheim, these pumps are proven 5 stars pumps and won't break the bank.
    I couldn't agree more. I have two large Mars Aquas over my 210. Add actinic supplementation for best results but they do well on there own.
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    For the pump the Jaebo DCT 6000 would do nicely and it's cheap. It is an adjustable DC pump with a max output of 1500 GPH at 45w and ramp up start ability. As for the light the Mars lights solid lights and will grow corals. If want something with better quality LED's like Cree's look at Reef Breeders Photon V2's 36" (same thing as the EverGrow IT5040). These allow for adjust-ability of color lighting schedules and intensity.
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    Thank Yal for the info. Going to look at those lights and pumps.

    I have looked at codys build thread awhile back he really has a nice setup. I went back to it a few days ago and did some reading but pictures are always nice haha


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