View Full Version : Eriks 60 gallon custom Starphire SPS dominant mixed reef build

07/14/2017, 10:35 PM
After a long break from the hobby, Ive decided to jump back in. Over the past many years, Ive been satisfying my saltwater obsession with diving, but after my last trip to the Philippines Ive finally broke down and decided I needed a tank. My last tank was done on a college kids budget and this time around Im going to do it right. I travel pretty regularly for work, so automation will be important. The tank is a hair smaller then Id like, but I have limited spaces where it can go, and Im on the second floor, so already somewhat concerned with weight. Im not totally done with the planning, but Im getting the ball rolling with this thread.

So far here is the tentative gear selection:

32L x 24H x 20D
5/8 sides
3/4 bottom
I live in an earthquake prone area and just couldnt get on board with acrylic, so Ive upped the thickness from 0.5 recommended by the manufacture which should bump the safety factor from 3-5 to about 8.

Steel stand - primarily fabricated from 1x0.125 angle
Ill go into the stand construction in more detail in later posts, but here is a rough summary. A 1X0.049 square tube frame will sit under the tank to provide a rigid flat surface and 1/2 particle board on top of that. Drawer and equipment cabinet to be mounted inside stand.

I still need to do some simulation, but my initial calculations show this should be more than strong enough to support the tank.

-2x Tunze Turbelle Nanostream 6055 (in tank)
-Sicce Syncra 3.0 return pump - estimating ~5x turnover with loss etc.

Additional equipment:
-Apex Controller
-iPad display (have an old one lying around)
-Tunze osmolator ATO system

There is space for ~30 gal sump. Id like to dedicate ~5gal to an ATO resevoir. In the remaining space, Im still debating whether to go fully custom or try to use something off the shelf. In an ideal world Id like space for a decent size fuge which seems like a tight squeeze for anything off the shelf in my foot print. Still working through some options. I plan to use a skimmer, but specific model still TBD.

Live Rock:
Leaning towards TBS. Ive been debating starting with dry rock, but half of the joy for me is the array of tiny little inverts you find in your tank and I dont think Ill be happy with a beautiful, pest free tank that is missing all that life.

07/14/2017, 10:41 PM
I'm CADing up the assembly to plan out the equipment layout, stand/cabinet design and plumbing. Here's a rendering of the tank in my entry way and an overview of the design.

07/15/2017, 10:20 AM
Looks good Erik. Can't wait to see how ur tank comes out.:thumbsup: