Looking for a large tank

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by scuba71, Sep 27, 2017.

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  2. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit Vice President

    Cool. Who's building it and what size?
  3. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Crystal Dynamics is my guess

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  4. scuba71

    scuba71 Supporting Member

    Ordered it from Robert at Neptune Aquatics. Size: 72LX26HX30D Starphire front and two sides. Was tempted to go with 84X26HX30D, but wanted to minimize some of the cost.

    @scuzy you're right. Crystal Dynamics is.
  5. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Nice size and plan!
    I like looking at my long tank, but it is a pain for flow, and you have to make the glass/acrylic a fair bit thicker.
  6. scuba71

    scuba71 Supporting Member

    Thanks. If I am not mistaken, it's 1/2" thick all the way around. And Eurobraced from the top and bottom.
  7. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    There shouldn't be any retrograde on bottom. It's a big piece of glass b on there :)

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  8. scuba71

    scuba71 Supporting Member

    It was recommended since it's 30" deep, and since it's 1/2" thick glass on the bottom.
  9. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Blah I mean eurobrace the bottom should be just a piece of glass

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  10. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    I have seen a couple of big tanks with extra bracing at the bottom.
    Mostly it gives a larger glue area bottom and front panel between , so front panel does not pop out.
  11. L/B Block

    L/B Block Supporting Member

    Wow. How many gallons does that come out to??
    Have to ask the significance of the starphire?

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  12. Reefinglens

    Reefinglens Supporting Member

    Do you mind sharing how much it came out to with those dimensions? I’m thinking of having a similar size built, but want to know what financial trouble I’d be getting into (with the wife lol)
  13. Reefinglens

    Reefinglens Supporting Member

    Starfire is has low iron in the glass and is extremely clear. I’ve had people tell me run good carbon and you can’t tell the difference.. I had a 150 peninsula starfire glass on right side, front and back built. It was like the the fish were floating in mid air. Unfortunately it’s currently sitting in my garage empty because we moved into a smaller place so now I have a 90 gallon build with standard glass. Definitely a noticeable difference. When we move I want to go bigger than the 150 and like the feel of deeper tanks (30”+)
  14. L/B Block

    L/B Block Supporting Member

    Thanks. Good to know if we ever upgrade from our 90 gallon.

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  15. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Colorado member

    The thicker the glass the more apparent it becomes since you are thinking through more of it. To me 3/8” is about the 50/50 point where it’s more of a judgement call. Less than that and I don’t see the difference but more than that and it becomes more noticeable. I’ve also noticed that when looking at the glass with water in it I don’t see as much of a difference.

    I’ve seen this in drawings but never in an actual tank.
  16. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Starphire is one of those things like acrylic, yeah it's clearer but if you are lazy with keeping algae/diatoms/etc off your glass/acrylic then it's a waste of money.

    That said, I've had 1/2" regular glass that looked crystal clear after a good razor blading, does it look the same as starphire? Can't tell you, but what I can say is that as long as you don't know the difference you're better off, it's like that scratch that you never noticed but then the minute you do notice it you can't stop looking at it. Ignorance is bliss.

    I'm still on my strike against CD though after the price they gave me for my tank, saying it needed all this extra bracing or 3/4" glass, and then not understanding what I was trying to get at with wanting to stick with 1/2" and willing to go smaller.
  17. scuba71

    scuba71 Supporting Member

    Contact @robert4025 at Neptune Aquatics. He can give you the breakdown. :)

  18. scuba71

    scuba71 Supporting Member

    Roughly about 240 gallons. I really wanted a 300 Gallons tank, but the additional cost for lighting, sump, cabinet, etc... I'd rather spend that on corals. ;-)

    Last edited: Oct 25, 2017
  19. L/B Block

    L/B Block Supporting Member

    I can appreciate that!

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