Leemar Starphire 290

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by Kmooresf, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. LeviT

    LeviT Guest

    What's the surface skimming slot in the green divider bring to the table?
  2. Kmooresf

    Kmooresf Supporting Member

    Hey Levi,

    Most Sump / Fuges flow over the baffles. Robert wanted to flow under to ensure the flow goes through the fuge as he has seen many with somewhat stagnent water...........requiring additional power heads. i think he just wanted to make sure this didnt allow any surface skim to build up and added that just in case. I like it because it seems large enough to be effective if needed, however small enough to keep the majority of the flow going through the bottom / middle of the fuge. I have never seen a flow design like this, but I dont know if he saw it somewhere else? What do ya think?
  3. LeviT

    LeviT Guest

    I like it. I'm trying to build one myself and the fuge is what keeps hanging me up. I have not had the time to search through the forums so i might be lazy and just start a new thread :) I just dont know how far i want to take it you know. Do i go with just chaeto or do i go with mud/sand and mangroves... cant decide. In the past i've been a big feeder so I'd like the extra nutrient export.....
  4. Kmooresf

    Kmooresf Supporting Member

    Yeah, I hear ya. My current fuge was on my FOWLER and the design did not allow a sandbed. I am excited this will allow up to a 6" bed, but I haven't decided if i am using mud or sand yet........that is the next decision I guess. Dont know much about mud. I understand the concept of leaching nutrients.....just dont know how well it works, does it need to be sifted, can it go bad, etc?
  5. Elite

    Elite Guest

    Does anyone think there would be an issue with the skimmer return that low?
  6. LeviT

    LeviT Guest

    Good point.... wouldn't that cause back preasure?
  7. Kmooresf

    Kmooresf Supporting Member

    I agree that is a possibility. One of my suggestions I have already sent to Robert was to place the skimmer return in the Fuge chamber........not because of back pressure, but because of bubbles........however it seems that would fix both problems as it would likely be at least 10" up to be above the sand bed and into the main flow. Do you think it would need to drain above the water line? That is how all of my skimmers have been set up.
  8. LeviT

    LeviT Guest

    I think it depends on the skimmer. I dont have any experience with external ones so I'll let everyone else answer.
  9. iani

    iani Guest

    One question, is the area that you are going to be placing your tank on slab or is it above a crawl space?
  10. Kmooresf

    Kmooresf Supporting Member

    Hi Ian,

    It is the concrete floor of the basement / garage. The section the room is on is level and raised onto 2x4's resting directly on the concrete. I pulled the wall out around the base just to make sure, so the weight should be spread onto the concrete. I had planned to shim up as needed, but was surprised to find that area level and already on the concrete.
  11. Kmooresf

    Kmooresf Supporting Member

    Got a message from Robert at Neptune............the stand is done! It turned out beautiful! I haven't seen it in person yet, but it is exactly what I was hoping for.


    Had a door added to the side to put in the sump and give a little extra access.

    Lot's of room!!!

    Pretty much the same dementions of the tank as I have a VERY narrow door to put them through. 84" long x 31" wide x 38" tall. Had to cut a few inches from the tank height, so added some to the stand height. ;)
  12. LeviT

    LeviT Guest

  13. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    Side door access...brilliant!
  14. Kmooresf

    Kmooresf Supporting Member


    I am stoked! Turned out really nice. Can't wait to get it in the room and really start to see the true size of this beast! Also a little nervouse to see the true size of this BEAST! LOL!
  15. bee505

    bee505 Supporting Member

    That stand is clean. The side door is a brilliant idea. Are you planning to put hardware on the front?
  16. Kmooresf

    Kmooresf Supporting Member

    Thanks Bennett,

    I don't think I will be putting hardware. I like the clean, modern look. However if the doors are difficult to open...........that's a different story. We'll see.
  17. gimmito

    gimmito Guest

    Sweet stand Kris !
  18. Kmooresf

    Kmooresf Supporting Member


    HOLY %$&#!!!!!!! This is a MONSTER! :O LOL! Looks MUCH bigger in the house.

    Ended up being a bit taller than I had expected, (40" instead of 38") but I'm lovin it! It will be almost at eye level with the tank on it, so no bending over to see it. Although I will have to be on a step stool to clean it. Ha!


    I have a LOT of head room while working under the tank. I am actually pretty stoked about that. My pup is happy she can come with me. [​IMG]

    Tons of real estate for aquascaping! 31" wide!!!!!

    Now I just need that thingy that holds the water and the fishies!! Yay!
    Alex Uribe likes this.
  19. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Awesome. Totally excited to see it put together!
  20. JAR

    JAR Supporting Member

    freekin' nice!
    Now you can toss the flat screen TV.
    (I'll take it) :bigsmile:

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