See why we chose a 40 gallon breeder and 45 gallon Red Sea E-170 AIO saltwater aquarium setup
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– Today on the five minute
salt water aquarium guide we show you the two tanks that
we selected for this series. This is where it starts to get fun. (upbeat music) Hey I’m Ryan, your host at BRStv and the five minute salt
water aquarium guide. This is a clear,
simplified, and direct path to setting up that first
successful reef tank. Today we start the actual journey of setting up a pair
of saltwater reef tanks and, today, show you the four things that will help you actually
get ready for a new tank. Just for today, I temporarily threw in
a pair of coral inserts into these tanks just so I can give you an
idea where this is going. But we’re gonna set up
two tanks simultaneously, a 40 gallon breeder, which is probably the number one most common successful new reef tank size because it’s inexpensive, big enough for juvenile versions, the common utilitarian fish, and it’s easy to maintain
using some simple hang-on gear. A tank this size without
the complexity and cost associated with running a sum is one of the simplest and
most stable approaches. Simple and affordable is a priority for almost every new reefer. The second tank is a Red Sea E-170 which is an all-in-one and it’s going to achieve
the exact same results but just in a more polished form factor. These E-Series just look sharp particularly because
all the gear is hidden at back some compartment. For those of you that wanna go bigger than these two tanks or
wanna plumb a sub down below, nearly everything we talk about applies and just scales with
the size of the project. We’re gonna cover everything
that you need to know, not to just get these two
tank styles up and running but that recipe and
technique that ensures, a year from now, you’re successful and happy with the results of your efforts. So starting with the first consideration, where does a tank go? Reasonably sized tanks like these can go almost anywhere in most homes but give you these tips: keep it out of direct sunlight
so avoid algae issues, don’t put it anywhere
doors can swing into it and we need an outlet near the tank, preferably an electrical outlet that doesn’t have a lot of other
high-power equipment on it. And most important, put it
somewhere where you can enjoy it like near where you eat, relax, or work. Kitchens, living rooms,
well-used offices or rec rooms are awesome locations. That’s probably the most important thing that you’ll hear today. The tank is going to be the coolest thing in your entire house, something that almost no
one that comes to your house has ever seen before. Don’t hide it. I’ll also say out of
sight means out of mind, meaning tanks that you don’t engage with as part of your natural daily rhythm just have much lower success rates. Second step is you wanna
paint the outside back of the tank black. Black is a sense of depth and hides gear. We have a quick video
on how to do that called “What do you recommend to
paint the back of an aquarium,” if you want some tips. But we use Rust-oleum black enamel paint and roll it on with a lint
free, smooth surface roller, cheap and easy. With the E-Series 170,
the back is already black so you won’t have to
worry about that step. Next, you’re gonna wanna put the tank on your selected stand and level it. Most tanks offer some type
of stand designed for them. You’re gonna wanna use one
that has an actual cabinet so you can hide some of your gear. The E-170 comes with its own cabinet but in either case just put the tank in place and then check level, I’d actually recommend
filling it with tap water and checking the level because the added weight
will compact things and give the best results. Most homes or office are pretty level but if it isn’t level I just recommend some shims
from a hardware store. Slide them or pound
them in and check again. When you get it right, bend them up and snap off the extra. It’s probably wise to fill in the gaps with additional shims to
distribute the weight. Takes five to 10 minutes to get it right. Lastly, get a decent power bar. My advice is to go get something new. You’re gonna plug in a decent
amount of equipment into this so preferably not the
cheapest one they have in the bargain bin. Just something decent with
a good amount of outlets. Even better if the outlets
are spaced in a manner which allows you to use wall warts and not cover other outlets. We also wanna mount the power
bar high within the stand in a location where it
won’t get water on it. With the E-170 here, it
comes with a power center with outlets and individual on
and off switches for the gear so you can skip some of that process. So we selected our two tanks, they’re in place, level,
and they have power, the next obvious question
is rock and sand. The entire five minute guide playlist is always available here, but if you wanna know how
to handle rock and sand in a brand new reef tank, that’s up next. Click this link to see
the next progression of these two tanks.

10 thoughts on “See why we chose a 40 gallon breeder and 45 gallon Red Sea E-170 AIO saltwater aquarium setup

  1. You mention putting it in the kitchen and that makes me wonder why don't we have air purifiers blowing over our tanks. We try to get the purest water why not the purest air to interact with the water?

  2. Out of sight out of mind is SO TRUE. Cannot emphasize that enough! My first tank was doing fantastic, right up until I moved and put it in a room I rarely use, because it was the most convenient place to put it. Even though it's very near the kitchen, that's just not good enough. It's way too easy for me to ignore or forget about maintenance tasks this way, because I almost never look at it, and my reef has suffered immensely for it!

    Now I'm upgrading to a 40 breeder and moving it to my room, right by my desk, where I spend most of my time at home. I anticipate a vast improvement in the quality of my reef as a result.

  3. The one thing I see you left out is the 40 gal breeder is good bacuase you can use it for a sump when you upgrade. I did…

  4. Absolutely love this series. It is concise and to the point. Most importantly it is on point for a new reefer.
    It couldn't have come at a better time for me. I've been having a ton of fun with my pico 5 gallon fluval evo for the past 5 months, and I just decided to sink some savings into a 40 breader reef with DIY sump and stand.

  5. I don't know rather or not this is true, but someone told me that when you put corals inside the tank, you don't have to place it, you'll just simply put them in and they'll find their own spot that they like, is that true?

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