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1ft Starphire Cube

Yay!
It's setup now with a few plants borrowed from a buddy.
I'm going to have to find some stem plants.
Here are a few shots. Enjoy the terrible photography!



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If it was my tank, I would light it with a 3x13watt AHSupply kit...not sure if that is an option for you though.

if you want to get really slick, a 70watt PFO mini HQI pendent would be awesome suspended up a bit!!!


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I've placed my order for some Starphire glass to make a 1ft cube.
Good luck! When do you expect to see the glass, and when do you expect to have the pics? I've got glass on order too, and would love to see the photos!

All the best!

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where did you guys order the glass from?

As for filtering, you could drill the glass for some bulkheads and attach a fluval 203. Or a HOB filter.

BTW Scolley- how is your DIY project comming along?


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BTW Scolley- how is your DIY project comming along?
Glass is on order. Since I'm willing to take a mix-n-match of any of several brands of similar ultra-clear glass (to keep the cost down by using "remnants") I don't expect to have it all for many weeks or even months.

But nater3 here is going to have some great pics for us long before I get my glass! Looking to learn from you nater!

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Scolley- can i ask where you ordered the glass from?

nater3 - make sure to update us with your progress! cant wait to see pics.


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If it was my tank, I would light it with a 3x13watt AHSupply kit...not sure if that is an option for you though.

if you want to get really slick, a 70watt PFO mini HQI pendent would be awesome suspended up a bit!!!
Speaking of MH's, hows your salt water tank coming along?



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The salt water tank didn't happen, but something else did in its place ....I raised that money damn it..and I intend to use it properly LOL. custom tank, custom stand, Tek LightsT5HO, ADA substrates and ferts. Good stuff


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I ordered from some local shop in my city. Regina, SK, Canada.

It was pretty damn expensive. About $12 per sheet sq ft. but that includes all edgework/cutting etc etc. The bottom of the tank will just be regular salvage glass so thats free. Glass cost for this project probably about $50 canadian.
Pricey
But I think it will be an excellent showpeice.


scolley I'm eyeing up your thread for inspiriation.
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About $12 per sheet sq ft. but that includes all edgework/cutting etc etc
Is that 1/4" or 3/8". I'm assuming 1/4". Wow. That is a lot.

By taking remnants of any low iron glass they have left over (Ultra-clear, Optiwhite, Starphire... and a few others that all basically look identical) I've been lucky enough to negotiate my 1/2" down to around $15/ft sq. But on the down side, who know how long until I have enough remnants?

You'll be probably be replaing your initatial algae-bustin' stems with slower grower before I even get my glass!

And my thread my be fun for inspiration, but Tom Barr appears to have some flat out experience at this. If you can pin him down for any questions, he's the guy that will know.

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I have a few ideas for this tank.
I was thinking today that I could make a stand for it. maybe 6 inches high.

Concealed within the 13" x" 13" stand would be a rectangular flat container for
DIY Co2 mixture, approx 2 litre capacity. The remaining space would be taken up by a larger cont. with a pump in it for filtration. along with filter media of course.

Perhaps I could have 2 holes drilled in the bottom plate. 1/2" in diam. One for return and one for intake.

Plausible?
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i think drilling holes for intake and return would make it look very clean.


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I have a few ideas for this tank.
I was thinking today that I could make a stand for it. maybe 6 inches high.

Concealed within the 13" x" 13" stand would be a rectangular flat container for
DIY Co2 mixture, approx 2 litre capacity. The remaining space would be taken up by a larger cont. with a pump in it for filtration. along with filter media of course.

Perhaps I could have 2 holes drilled in the bottom plate. 1/2" in diam. One for return and one for intake.

Plausible?
Pics. I want...no, I DEMAND pics!

*LOL* Just yankin'. That sounds like a seriously sweet setup, though, and one I'd be willing to undertake. Showpiece, if there were ever one. And, I know this dawg's been beat to death...but THAT sounds like a great candidate for a tiny pressurized CO2 system.

Okay. It's YOUR fault if I do this, you know. And I still have my 55 to contend with...not to mention a recently purchased 90G hex that I'm trying to plan space for in my already miniscule dining area. Guess I'll be picnicking on the living room floor.
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I could have 2 holes drilled in the bottom plate. 1/2" in diam. One for return and one for intake.
I've spent way too much time thing about that. I think you can do it. And it look awesome! But there are issues. I'll kind of spew them at random...
  1. 1/2" is small for bulkhead hardware, but you should be able to find it
  2. I can dig you up some good bulkhead links if you need them
  3. It will be a lot easier and cheaper to let the glass shop do the drilling, unles you already own a diamond glass bit
  4. Once you drill the holes, you've established two spots in your 'scape that aren't moving. So think about what you want it to look like, plan on the hole position, and be ready to live with your decision.
  5. If you evey get tired of the positon of the inlet/outlet, you can just cap them off and hang hoses over the side like everyone else.
  6. Be aware that once you install the bulkhead fittings, you will never set the tank down on its bottom unless you want to risk cracking it
  7. You'll not be able to test your newly built tank for being water tight until you have the bulkhead fittings on, attached to something, and the tank sitting upright on a surface that has holes drilled in the right places - like your stand.

But if you do it, you could have something that looked like those Amano water cubes, which look great!

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Can I ask the reasoning behind using Starfire for just a 1 ft. cube? Coming from the reefkeeping end of the hobby, Starfire is usually just preferred for larger tanks because it doesn't produce a greenish tint to viewing...but on a tank like that, I don't see how Starfire would make any sort of visible difference in regards to viewing.

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