A few weeks ago, I researched and researched until I finally came to the Cadlights website. I found them to be exactly what I was looking for. However, I also found a lot of bad reviews about the company and the shipping of the tanks themselves.
Despite my better judgement, I decided the Cadlights tank was precisely what I was looking for. I took the chance and placed my order for a 40g Long Artisan. 48 hours went by and I got an e-mail from Eddie asking me if I would like to upgrade (FOR FREE!) to the new 50g Long Artisan that they were finishing up. I responded back ABSOLUTELY!!!
I placed the order on 09/26/11 and it shipped 10/5/11. I just got the tank in today. It was shipped via FedEx Freight on a big pallet and very tightly wrapped in black plastic. I was very anxious to get it home because I knew about all of the tanks that had been damaged in shipping.
It looks to me like Eddie and Cadlights have learned from the shipping mistakes because this thing was wrapped very well and the pallet definitely helped keep it from being damaged...
I did not remove the tank yet as I am still making room for where the stand / tank will go. That should be done tonight.
The stand does not come with instructions. I e-mailed Eddie and he responded back within an hour saying that because it was a new stand for the bigger tanks, instructions had not been typed up yet, but he did write them up himself as best as possible in the e-mail to help me out.
However, I had already figured it out. Once you figure out what piece is what, it all goes together very quickly and easily. It is just figuring out what wood piece is what part of the cabinet itself that is difficult. Once I got it all laid out on the floor, it took about 30 minutes to an hour to assemble and that was with me having to take it back apart because I forgot to do something.
Now, on to the photos:
You get these pieces all nicely wrapped in a separate box and a small box full of screws and wood dowels. The stand goes together with metal screws, cam locks, and 6 wood dowels. It is actually VERY easy to put together.
The tank still in the packaging box that was on the pallet and wrapped in plastic. I opened it up and the glass all appears fine. No visible cracks of anything in the tank. The seams look really good. It's not ELOS quality seems, but it is better than any tank I've seen at a store locally or in New Orleans. The glass is VERY thick (10mm) and has a light green tint to it but no too bad. I'll post a lot more pictures once its out of the box and on the stand.
The sump is ENORMOUS. It looks to be 16g or 18g but it is VERY big. I will post up the dimensions later tonight if I get a chance.
Up to the point where I am now, I am very happy with my purchase from Eddie and Cadlights. I can't speak to the bad experiences that other people I have had, but so far, this has been very straight forward and the tank looks great.
Edited by tokendog, 10 October 2011 - 11:45 AM.