Category: 180 Build

180 gallons, Starphire glass, peninsula, mixed reef, 60x30x24H.

Update: 180gal Starphire build – lighting

Spent some time lately with the folks at Custom Aquatic — very helpful. We’re going to try one of their new private label products, a 48″ T5 fixture with 8-bulbs.  In part, because of the...

Update: 180gal Starphire build – sand

Tank and stand are in.  Next step is research and procure sand (actually calcium carbonate) and substrate.  Rick at Caribsea took some time to give us a brush-up on the basics.  Since this will be “quick switch”...

Update: A custom 180gal Starphire build

Cabinet is now stained and in place.  One of the themes will be corals as “Orchids of the Sea”.  Regular orchids will be arranged in the room also.  Regarding staining:  nothing fancy, we don’t want...

Update: A custom 180gal Starphire build

Still working through some display tank specifications.  Since the system will be peninsula style, almost free standing and no canopy, we decided on clear vs. black silicone. On advice of our tank builder, we re-considered...

Update: A custom 180gal Starphire build

Exchanged emails with the tank builder (Lee-Mar Pet) re: specifications.  Retailer was kind enough to put us in touch directly.  Cuts down on communication overhead (to save time) and reduces chances of errors.