View Full Version : Stoney's 300gal Starfire Build Thread!


stoney1118
01-06-2011, 11:22 PM
Ok so today I came to the conclusion I was gonna go with a glass tank and not acrylic! I had my mind set on the marineland 300dd and wanted to see if chris @ fishscales could eurobrace it for me. He said he would, then asked if I was interested in letting him build my whole tank! After talking to him thats exactly what im gonna do! So I can have the tank built to the exact specs I want! So let the build thread begin! :yay:

cr500_af
01-06-2011, 11:23 PM
:thumbs:

stoney1118
01-06-2011, 11:24 PM
So here's the ol leaky 180 that started this whole thing!! Btw he dosent know it yet but chris will be re-building this big boy too!!

aquaculture
01-06-2011, 11:27 PM
Here we go!!!! Along for the ride on this one.:yay:

beccamc10
01-06-2011, 11:28 PM
So here's the ol leaky 180 that started this whole thing!! Btw he dosent know it yet but chris will be re-building this big boy too!!

Then you get to help me tear mine down and set that up in its place:yay:

stoney1118
01-06-2011, 11:30 PM
It's not the best pic but, from the living room looking through the foryer, this used to be what the tank room looked like.

stoney1118
01-06-2011, 11:32 PM
Here's a better pic of the old 180, when I get home I'll show you what the same room looks like now!

stoney1118
01-06-2011, 11:34 PM
Then you get to help me tear mine down and set that up in its place:yay:
i cant wait! lets go ahead and setup a payment plan on that big boy so when we get it all fixed itll be all yours! i am thinking about going back with a starfire front!!

Mockery
01-06-2011, 11:34 PM
Who's gonna do your stand? What are your lighting plans?

beccamc10
01-06-2011, 11:34 PM
Here's a better pic of the old 180, when I get home I'll show you what the same room looks like now!


Man let me know when we need to rip up that floor.

beccamc10
01-06-2011, 11:35 PM
i cant wait! lets go ahead and setup a payment plan on that big boy so when we get it all fixed itll be all yours! i am thinking about going back with a starfire front!!

We will talk soon.

SuperClown
01-06-2011, 11:36 PM
Nice tagging along for progress

stoney1118
01-06-2011, 11:38 PM
Man let me know when we need to rip up that floor.
floors comeing up tomorrow!!

stoney1118
01-06-2011, 11:45 PM
Who's gonna do your stand? What are your lighting plans?
Colin, chris and I have discussed building the structual parts of the stand, its gonna be pretty simple, 4x4 post etc, grouper therapy has blessed me with his word to come down and help me with the cosmetic side of the stand and canopy. Basically itll be sheet rocked and trimmed to blend into the walls of the room, similer to the way Oz has his setup. However, if it all works out right, the back of the tank backs up to the wall that divides the tank room from the kitchen and i am installing a port hole so you can view the tank from the kitchen! the stairs go up the wall so you could sit on the stairs and look in the port hole!! lighting, i already have 3x lumenmax elite reflectors, 400w radiums that are less than 1 month old, and as of now, good old pfo 400w ballast. I may use the 4 ecoexotic LED modules i have as well.

Mockery
01-06-2011, 11:58 PM
Colin, chris and I have discussed building the structual parts of the stand, its gonna be pretty simple, 4x4 post etc, grouper therapy has blessed me with his word to come down and help me with the cosmetic side of the stand and canopy. Basically itll be sheet rocked and trimmed to blend into the walls of the room, similer to the way Oz has his setup. However, if it all works out right, the back of the tank backs up to the wall that divides the tank room from the kitchen and i am installing a port hole so you can view the tank from the kitchen! the stairs go up the wall so you could sit on the stairs and look in the port hole!! lighting, i already have 3x lumenmax elite reflectors, 400w radiums that are less than 1 month old, and as of now, good old pfo 400w ballast. I may use the 4 ecoexotic LED modules i have as well.

This should look really nice! Can't wait to see the progress. How long do you have to wait for the tank?

stoney1118
01-07-2011, 12:01 AM
This should look really nice! Can't wait to see the progress. How long do you have to wait for the tank?
yeah im excited! Ive got to talk more in depth to chris tomorrow, but I think were gonna actually have the glass sent to my house and build the tank on the stand In place. He says around three weeks or so.

Mockery
01-07-2011, 12:06 AM
yeah im excited! Ive got to talk more in depth to chris tomorrow, but I think were gonna actually have the glass sent to my house and build the tank on the stand In place. He says around three weeks or so.

Awesome kinda nice to have a local sponsor that will build the tank in your house!

beccamc10
01-07-2011, 12:09 AM
floors comeing up tomorrow!!
You had to pick a day I will be up north most of the day

stoney1118
01-07-2011, 12:14 AM
You had to pick a day I will be up north most of the day
lol well just give me a shout when u get back home, i dont think its gonna take very long, the room isnt all that big!!

beccamc10
01-07-2011, 12:15 AM
Might be able to do it before I go. Call me when you get up

stoney1118
01-07-2011, 12:15 AM
Might be able to do it before I go. Call me when you get up
Will do.

beccamc10
01-07-2011, 12:16 AM
lol well just give me a shout when u get back home, i dont think its gonna take very long, the room isnt all that big!!
HALF THE CARPET IS LOOSE FROM THE WAY WE MOVED THE TANK ANYWAYS:lol2:

stoney1118
01-07-2011, 12:18 AM
So, the tank is gonna be 6'x36"x27" three side starfire. external overflow, black silicone, eurobraced, as fer as the bulkheads go, im thinking 3x 1.5" drains and possibly 4x 1" returns.

stoney1118
01-07-2011, 2:28 AM
HALF THE CARPET IS LOOSE FROM THE WAY WE MOVED THE TANK ANYWAYS:lol2:
lol i know right! then next comes the tile! your gonna have to help me lay it!:D

JeF4y
01-07-2011, 10:16 AM
Call me jealous... Can't wait to see the pics & build on this badboy.

aquaculture
01-07-2011, 11:16 AM
Can't wait to see this done with all those beautiful corals and fish. Are you going to post lots of pics during the construction and build???:photo:

stoney1118
01-07-2011, 1:42 PM
Can't wait to see this done with all those beautiful corals and fish. Are you going to post lots of pics during the construction and build???:photo:

Lol thanks! I can't wait either. I'll try to post pics of all the steps, construction and the system build!

merkywater
01-07-2011, 1:50 PM
Is Mike buying your old tank John?

stoney1118
01-07-2011, 1:52 PM
Is Mike buying your old tank John?

Nate, I'm not sure. He mentioned it but I'm not sure if he was serious.

merkywater
01-07-2011, 1:54 PM
What are the dimensions on it, it looks like a wide tank? Man wish I was closer I would help you out on this new build. I guess that is the only good thing happening out of all this is the new tank, love those wide tanks!

stoney1118
01-07-2011, 1:58 PM
What are the dimensions on it, it looks like a wide tank? Man wish I was closer I would help you out on this new build. I guess that is the only good thing happening out of all this is the new tank, love those wide tanks!

Lol, yeah I wasn't really prepared but oh well. Had no choice. It's 60"x24"x30" has a really tall stand and matching canopy. It's a nice setup. Or atleast it will be after I have it rebuilt. If I have a buyer when I get ready to rebuild it, I will offer to have a starfire front put in.

stoney1118
01-07-2011, 10:16 PM
The only remnants of the 180 are the hole in the wall for the drains/returns and the impression in the ruined carpet!

stoney1118
01-07-2011, 10:17 PM
Thus is the wall the new tank is going up against! The wall from the doorway on the left to the right side is 8'6"

stoney1118
01-07-2011, 10:19 PM
From the kitchen here is the wall that the stairs go up and the tank will be up against. Here we will build the porthole or perhaps portholes! For viewing from the kitchen.

stoney1118
01-07-2011, 10:20 PM
The disaster in my garage, the old tank and stand, along with the sand and all the eq I will re-use.

stoney1118
01-07-2011, 10:22 PM
The frag tank in the garage!! it's a mess right now. And I've got to work all weekend so I have no time to straighten up.

glxtrix
01-07-2011, 10:47 PM
From the kitchen here is the wall that the stairs go up and the tank will be up against. Here we will build the porthole or perhaps portholes! For viewing from the kitchen.

That is going to be SWEET!!! :Banane09:

stoney1118
01-14-2011, 3:17 PM
So, as much as I hate to put the build on hold, I got a job offer I can't refuse, I will be re located however. So the next few weeks I'll decide what I'm going to do and then we will make a decision

LilRobb
01-14-2011, 3:20 PM
You just bought the house...
DARN, history repeats itself - or I have a deja vu...

stoney1118
01-14-2011, 8:18 PM
You just bought the house...
DARN, history repeats itself - or I have a deja vu...
lol i know right! itll be for rent and or sale!

gnashty
01-14-2011, 8:30 PM
WHAAAAAT?? You cant get us all watered up like that...spill it

rjrgroup
02-18-2011, 9:54 PM
Hello...anyone there? Status? Old tank sold???