clinton's 1.5 starfire upgrade

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  1. clinton stanford

    clinton stanford

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    well the time has come to finally order the glass for my new 5ft:jiggy:
    after my sump cracked two weeks ago,i thaught..stuff this,i will never build anything less than 10mm ever again! so i spoke to my fiance,told her what i had planned,it took a while to get the go ahead but i got it;) this system is going to cost a arm and a leg..maybe both legs:lol: but like i explained to my fiance,i will be building something that i have always wanted,a system that will last me for a long long time (touch wood) we all know that things happen in this hobbie,but we must just be prepared for these things, so a lot of planning has been done and it sounds great!

    i have always said that if i had to build another tank there would be a lot that i would change.i have learned a hell of a lot from my first (current) system.wich has all helped in the planning for the 5ft.

    Leslie will be building the tank and sump:) Les has helped a lot with the planning and we have come up with some good ideas.

    ok so this is whats going to be happening.

    Tank - 1.5L X 700w x 600h.
    front and two side payne's will be 12mm starfire:yeahdude:
    the back and the base will be 10mm.braced all round top and bottom with centre brace over the top just to be safe. external back overflow.
    we have not decided on the plumbing yet.either 50mm single outlet or two 32mm outlets.
    all done in black silicone. 630Ltrs

    Sump - 1.2L x 400w x 400h.
    will be 10mm and in clear silicone.wont be as complicated as my previos sump.
    three comp: 192Ltrs

    1st - skimmer

    2nd - DSB

    3rd - return with a ATU comp.
    les came up with a nice idea for a refuge.will show you guys when i start posting pics.

    stand - 38mm x 38mm squire tubing with a 2mm wall thickness.
    will have two centre braces running from top to bottom aswell just for extra support.and galvenised.

    i will be using my trusty TS2 for the meantime.untill i can get some cash together for a new skimmer.

    flow - Les managed to get me a squid (scwd - surging current water director) still looking for another one.will also have my two seio's m820's.

    then its the big day.taking the old system down,removing everything.put the new system in place ect ect.its going to be a huge job! just hope my livestock will all be fine!

    firstly i just wanto say a huge thankyou to Leslie for all the effort he has put into this build already,planning,qoute's ext ext.and for offering to build this tank for me.
    i dont think i would want anyone else doing this build...les has some amazing skills when it comes to a lot of things but speacialy when it comes to marines and building tanks.shot buddy;)

    then to Justin Mace for building my light unit.it should be done by the time the new tank is ready.its going to look great.

    last but not least to all you guys here on MASA who have really made this a awesome site.i have learned a hell of a lot from MASA and still do every day.

    i know you want pics,but i have absolutely nothing to take pics of yet so as we get the ball rolling there will be a shit load of pics! promise:)

    :peroni::1:
     
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  3. Dale6

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    sounds awesome cant wait to see it!
     
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    Sounds lekker! Looking forward to see this :)
     
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    x2 ;)
     
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    thanks guys:) im super exited to get things going!
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Thanks for the kind words boet. You will get 100 percent from me as you have also alwar helped me with waterchanges etc. I cant wait to get the glass into my hands and start this puppy ;)
     
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    awesome stuff bru, u gona love the 70 width,
     
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    clinton stanford Thread Starter

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    no probs buddy;) you always give 100% in everything you do bru.i also cant wait to get this baby going!:slayer:

    shot bru;) yeh 700 is going to make a huge difference!
     
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    Good luck man, sure the new tank is going to be awesome!
     
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    clinton stanford Thread Starter

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    shot buddy;) ill be giving you a call sometime.just need a bit of advice as to how you transfered all your livestock ect ect to your new tank.its going to be a huge mission!
    im more worried about my livestock than anything else.
     
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    Not too much of a mission, just got myself 2 large containers one for the corals and one for the fish, put heaters and an airstone in each to keep things happy then filled them with half new water and half water from the old tank, took the corals out first then the liverock and lastly the fish so they didnt have anywhere to hide :)

    Just a basic run down. :)
     
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    clinton stanford Thread Starter

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    ok cool,ill make a plan to get some large containers.les has a huge 500L tub wich ill use aswell;) ill get one or two spare heaters and airstones for the meantime.
    shot for the advice buddy:)
     
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    Great news, very happy for you. I always dream of upgrading and one day it will be my turn. Leslie is the MAN.
     
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    clinton stanford Thread Starter

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    shot Boegie;) your turn will come, work towards goals you set out for yourself,and plan them properly:)
     
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    nothing yet mate..only orderd the glass today.the 10mm should be here early next week and the starfire will only be here in about three to four weeks:(
    Les will start with the sump so long.basicly by the time the starfire arrives the sump and stand should be done.
    man!...i cant even begin to tell you how much im itching to see this tank ready to be filled.:yeahdude:
    but its worth the wait;)
    will post pics soon as we start getting things going:)
     
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    clinton stanford Thread Starter

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    im looking for a second sqiudy (scwd-surging current water director) if anyone knows were i could get one from pls let me know.
    if i can find a second one,im going to drill four holes in the back bracing and have the four outlets coming into the tank through the bracing.i wanto try and make as neat as possible.
    if i cant find another sqiudy ill just drill two holes and run the one.
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Clinton - I think that either Millepora or Marco might have these...... PM both of them and ask them!
     
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    shot bud;)
     
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    Glass officially ordered this morning so the ball is rolling...
     
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