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NWA-Planted 02-15-2013 12:23 AM

Nwa's 85 gallon starphire diy almost cube updated 09/01/13
 
Mostly this is a place holder, but everything is on order and just got the first item of the build!!

The tank dimensions are
36" x 30" x 18"

It will be all glass made out of 3/8" and the three viewable sides will be LIG, sadly the glass will be last to arrive due to shipping but just gives me time to work on the stand etc!!

Lighting will be led, i was going to custom build a fixture but total cost was going to run near $600 and personally i couldn't justify this cost... So i ran across this fixture and will be giving it a try, it will be suspended, how high, well we will see.

http://www.aquatraders.com/EVO-36-LE...d-p/56233p.htm

Filtration will be internally housed much like my custom nano tank but refined and better will be using a740 gph with practically no head height.

Now the first picture to kick it off

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/02/15/yhuty8e5.jpg

This weekend.. The stand hopefully :D

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sjb1987 02-15-2013 12:58 AM

Awesome... Those dimensions are BA

HD Blazingwolf 02-15-2013 01:01 AM

No!! I was to be first post! But i digress, of course ima subscribe to my main planted tank guy's thread"
I expect nothing less than an exceptional tank and stand build with particular detailing on the internal sump!
Got a digital camera btw. I should have shots up in the next few days of tank inhabitants for ya man!

NWA-Planted 02-15-2013 01:17 AM

Re: Nwa's 85 gallon diy almost cube
 
Thanks guys and please bear with me this is going to be a slow build due to waiting for glass and my shoulder surgery. My plan this weekend is to get the stand built This weekend at least.

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sjb1987 02-15-2013 01:41 AM

Slower is better... Less mistakes, more time to think about it... Btw are you goin pressurized with this setup

NWA-Planted 02-15-2013 02:20 AM

Re: Nwa's 85 gallon diy almost cube
 
Yes i will have co2 setup up on it, will probably inject just because, have a 20# tank regulator, counter etc left from the old setup

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NWA-Planted 02-19-2013 12:45 AM

Re: Nwa's 85 gallon diy almost cube
 
Few more items!!! The light and pump came in today. :)

However did not get anywhere near building my stand... So much fail, glass won't arrive until beginning of March.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/02/19/upyde5y9.jpg
Handy little head height flow chart
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/02/19/sa4apa5y.jpg

Adjustable in line flow thingy
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/02/19/y7e2y4uz.jpg
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/02/19/zunarynu.jpg
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/02/19/enajybyg.jpg

The pump
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/02/19/gaqyge9e.jpg
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/02/19/yba7e4e7.jpg
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/02/19/amy6u7es.jpg


The light fixture
* note this thing puts out some light* i will probably make a little more in depth thread in the lighting section, fairly impressed though!!

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/02/19/4aradyma.jpg
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/02/19/4esera3a.jpg
Moonlight feature**
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/02/19/u4u6e9at.jpg

Now just waiting on glass... And getting to Lowes!!

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NWA-Planted 03-24-2013 11:18 PM

Re: Nwa's 85 gallon diy almost cube
 
Glass delivery is finally scheduled, should be getting it next week on the 28th, since it got delayed so much they are polishing all the edges for me!! I also found out... Won't need euro bracing but ordered the glass, go figure!

Finally got the stand built, after final construction, it's probably over kill but it's level and should easily support the tank :-) just need to put the plywood sheet on top and debating on the sides, should probably paint or stain. Yet to be decided.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/03/25/y8yqupe5.jpg
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/03/25/e8avejuj.jpg
The wee little one thinks it's her new play house
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/03/25/azu2umaq.jpg
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/03/25/beza2uha.jpg
Also able to easily fit my 20# co2 with reg underneath
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/03/25/ymy9ysas.jpg

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HD Blazingwolf 03-25-2013 02:47 AM

ur right
overkill
but, isn't that kinda the point for a diy stand? we like to feel safe with hundreds of dollars worth of life and equipment suspended by our workmanship.
GLASS NEEDS TO GET HERE!!! Ima have surviving rainbow fry before this is over!!

NWA-Planted 03-25-2013 03:03 AM

Re: Nwa's 85 gallon diy almost cube updated 3/24/13
 
Total cost to build stand, like 25 bucks though ;-)

Yea once I get the glass have to assemble and let set a week... Aarrgghh

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NWA-Planted 03-29-2013 12:26 AM

Re: Nwa's 85 gallon diy almost cube updated 3/28/13 *** glass arrived****
 
The glass has finally arrived!!! The front, and side panes are high clarity. The difference is to say the least.. Noticeable, hopefully I have time this weekend to get it assembled and let cure for a good week!!

Rough mock up to give you an idea :-)
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/03/29/u5udega2.jpg
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/03/29/yru5avu2.jpg

Side beside of front pane(high clarity) and back pane regular glass, you decide

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/03/29/u8ypasy7.jpg

I am beyond excited to finish the stand and get the glass together... It's slowly starting to come together!!

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HD Blazingwolf 03-29-2013 01:24 AM

very cool! i look forward to the silicone job. that will say a lot!!

good luck and have a steady hand!

NWA-Planted 03-29-2013 03:07 AM

Re: Nwa's 85 gallon diy almost cube updated 3/28/13 *** glass arrived****
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by HD Blazingwolf (Post 2969698)
very cool! i look forward to the silicone job. that will say a lot!!

good luck and have a steady hand!

Geez no pressure right???

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HD Blazingwolf 03-29-2013 12:39 PM

no of course not... i'd even come hold the glass for ya if i was anywhere close by

it may even be worth picking up one of those silicone edgers to have a nice finished look, but i don't know if those allow for a big enough bead?

NWA-Planted 03-29-2013 01:11 PM

Re: Nwa's 85 gallon diy almost cube updated 3/28/13 *** glass arrived****
 
Lol I appreciate that, really do!

Silicone edger? Don't think I have ever seen one of those..

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