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Digsy's 105g Starphire - Photo update 5/17

I'm tearing my 58 gallon tank down tomorrow and hopefully getting my 105 gallon going. I plan on taking pictures as I go along and will post them in the next few days. The layout is going to be the same as my 58 gallon, only I'm going to add quite a few more pieces of Manzanita.

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Tank: 105 gallon Oceanic Starphire (48.5 x 18.5 x 29)
Lighting: Tek 48" 4x54w, 2 Giesseman Midday bulbs, 2 Aquaflora
Filtration: Marineland C-360, C-220
Heaters 2 Hydor ETH inline, (1) 200w, (1) 300w
Water movement: Hydor Koralia 1
CO2: Aquariumplants.com regulator, Fabco NV-55 needle valve, Cal Aqua inline diffuser
Substrate: CaribSea 'Peace River'

Current Fish:
  • 20 rummynose tetras
  • 6 black neon tetras
  • 4 zebra loaches
  • 6 kuhli loaches
  • 6 otocinclus
  • 3 yellow, blue-eyed BN plecos
  • 5 Corydoras sterbai
  • 6 Amano shrimp


Plants:
  • Needle-leaf java fern
  • Java fern 'trident'
  • Nymphaea micrantha
  • Flame moss
  • Peacock moss
  • Hygrophila sp. 'bihar'
  • Anubias Barteri Var. Nana
  • Anubias Barteri Var. Coffeefolia
  • Cryptocoryne retrospiralis
  • Cryptocoryne spiralis
  • Cryptocoryne undulata
  • Cryptocoryne wendtii green
  • Cryptocoryne wendtii 'green gecko'
  • Cryptocoryne wendtii 'green x hybrid'
  • Cryptocoryne wendtii 'florida sunset'
  • Cryptocoryne wendtii 'mi oya'
  • Cryptocoryne wendtii Bronze
  • Cryptocoryne cilitia
  • Cryptocoryne walkeri
  • Cryptocoryne cordata 'Rosanervig'
  • Cryptocoryne parva
  • Echinodorus Kleiner Bar
  • Echinodorus Indian Red


The empty tank:



I can't believe how small it makes the 58 gallon look!




More updates to come soon...


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Nice! What a fun surprise. That will be a good shape and size for lots of stems. Watch out for collectoritis--there's a lot space in there.

That tank is trimmed pretty nice and the stand doesn't look too shabby either.

This will be a fun project to watch.
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Thats a nice looking tank there! 559 is a pretty good deal for a staphire tank of that size and shape.

Is only the front staphire or 3 sides?

Cant wait to see some progress.

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awesome tank i thought it looked small until i saw it next to the 58g. hope you got a step ladder! haha can't wait to see this come along. good luck!


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Nice! What a fun surprise. That will be a good shape and size for lots of stems. Watch out for collectoritis--there's a lot space in there.

That tank is trimmed pretty nice and the stand doesn't look too shabby either.

This will be a fun project to watch.
Wow, you already called my collectoritis. I've been fighting it with my 58 gallon and now, there's so much space to play with! I should stop trying to keep it under control and just admit that I have a problem.


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Thats a nice looking tank there! 559 is a pretty good deal for a staphire tank of that size and shape.

Is only the front staphire or 3 sides?

Cant wait to see some progress.
Thanks, I love the dimensions of this tank. Only the front panel is Starphire.


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awesome tank i thought it looked small until i saw it next to the 58g. hope you got a step ladder! haha can't wait to see this come along. good luck!
Yeah, I was a little concerned about the height myself. I'm hoping that with the step ladder, I can avoid going for a swim every time I need to trim.



Well, I have a lot of work ahead of me and I'm procrastinating a little already. At least I have the excuse that I'm waiting for friends to arrive in a few hours to assist with moving everything!


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Well, I got it almost completely setup last night and this morning. Three people took 6 hours last night and it took me another 2 this morning. The fish spent the night in a Rubbermaid tub because there was a 6 degree temperature difference once I got the tank filled and I didn't feel like drip acclimating after all the work yesterday. This morning there was a 1 degree difference between the tub and the tank so, I just netted everyone out and dumped them in.

I just have to add that I LOVE my new Rena XP3! I can't believe how easy it was to setup. This one takes the cake on quick, easy setup and priming!

There's still a ton of bubbles on the glass so, there are no pictures with it completely filled and I still have about half of the plants still floating so, those pics will have to wait a few days. Sorry about the poor quality of the photos, I was always in the middle of things so just took quick snapshots.







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I've drooled over this exact tank at a LFS before,I'm excited to see your progress. I'm curious about how well the T5s will do with that deep of a tank.
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I did a lot of research on the lighting and it seems like a lot of people are doing well with T-5s over similar depths. I had no intention of buying a tank when I went to my LFS but it was too good of a deal to refuse!


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I cant wait to see the finished product!
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Thanks, neither can I. Hopefully I can get everything done soon. I'm a little worn out today and taking a break.


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Looks awesome, hope to see it progress well.
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Here's the next two pictures of my progress. Everything is still looking pretty cloudy and I didn't bother getting everything planted today so, I still have a lot of work to do. I also have a some driftwood floating that refused to sink so, I need to rearrange that a little too.




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