Starphire - worth the cost

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  1. Ross

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    Howdy Gang

    Today I ordered bits for my new tank (thread to follow)
    The big problem is we still have not decided on the tank itself.

    I have always wanted rimless - starphire but the cost is crazy.

    Just wanted to know if you guys thought it really is worth the extra cost or should I go with my gut feel and use "green" glass and spend the extra on equipment. (Those Vortech pumps are crazy priced.

    Ross
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    StarFire glass is EXTREMELY clear - nothing in the glass (no impurities) to deflect the focus....

    Is it worth it? I dunno - depends on your budget, I presume.....

    I would DEFINITELY say to rather spend the money on better skimmer/s, lighting, internal power-heads/pumps.....
     
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    How big is the glass you need, starfire is fantastic but not really worth it unless you go over 12mm thick, that's when normal glass starts to look green.
     
  5. Ross

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    I am looking at 12mm Glass.
    If I go the route I really want to go, I will need 16mm laminated starphire, but that is way out of my budget.
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    what about just for the front viewiing pane, or is this going to have an all round view?
     
  7. Ross

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    The quotes were with just the viewing panes as starphire.
     
  8. HenkHugo

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    give us some costs here :D
     
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    I would rather spend the cash on equipment than expensive glass.
     
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    that glass is a must if you do have the cash for it:thumbup:
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    same here, or just make one pane starphire
     
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    if you go laminated, if it flexes the layers can part and pop one after the other
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    what size tank to looking at?
     
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    what cost are we looking at :p
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i got a quote for R850 a sqm
     
  16. Ross

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    Ok well I bit the bullet and ordered my tank today.

    I will be a 1200 x 800 x 600 rimless,starfire with chamfer.
    Going to start a new thread about it as I am sure you can imagine how excited I am.

    :yeahdude: :yeahdude: :yeahdude:
     
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    Are you breaking down the Nano?
     
  18. Ross

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    Yeah the plan is to use the live rock and coral from the nano.
    I am just tired of fighting with it and decided to join the big boys with a bigger and hopefully more stable tank.
     
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    youll love that tank, dimensions are very nice.

    is adriaan building your tank?
    he can build some mean ass tanks;)
     
  20. Ross

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    Yip we went through all sizes and designs - over and over and then decided thiswas the best size we could deal with and have the perfect fit for it.

    Yip Adriaan is dong the tank. He really knows what he is doing and after seeing his setup on Tuesday evening I want, I want, I want :thumbup:
     
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    I personally don't see the point in making such a statement after he has ordered the glass. What benefit does it have?
     
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