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100 Gallons of Epicness


I have a BC29(5 years) and a Pico Barracuda.(2 years) I'm running out of room on my BC29. Plus I just want to start another tank ( nothing wrong with that, right?) :D I really wanted to do a beautiful build and do it right, with little maintenance. I want to go heavy on the SPS, and I am prepared for the long run,patience, and dedication. Trying to get as much as I can on cruise control ( not that I am going to hit the easy button and walk away) but more for perfect stability.

CAD100G Artisan Ordered on 1/18/12 Arrived
Shipping ETA - It's being packed up as we speak, and should ship in the next day or two- 1/24/11
Shipping ETA - It's being boxed up in the next couple days - 1/30/11

So my shipping delay is taking a little long than a week. So I am suspecting they are build to order. And when their website says 17 in stock, that maybe stretching the truth a little.

This build is going to take months. I am in the process of finishing my basement and building a salt room behind where the tank will sit. I will be putting 3x35 gallon containters and make a salt mixing station.
It's already plumbed for water and drainage. I am going to put a panel of swtiches so they can control the following:
Heater
External Pump(Pan World 40PX) (arrived)
Pump in the salt container (keep it fresh after it's mixed)


Tank
CAD 100G Artisan (arrived)
Dimensions 48x24x20
3 Side Strafire Glass

Stand
CAD 100G Artisan Walnut(arrived)

Equipment
CAD TIA-1220 (2ND GEN) Skimmer(arrived)
CAD XLG 36G Sump(arrived)
CAD 1000GPH Pump (may switch out, depending on the sound)Arrived
Genesis Reef System ( Renew Pro+Storm Pro+Pumps) - Not ordered yet
Reef Keeper Lite (already have)
Heater (not sure yet) Any suggestions
2xMP40wes(ordered)
Eco-tech back up battery (ordered)
Bubble Mangus Dosing Pump BM-T01 (haven't ordered yet)


Lighting (haven't decided) - this has been tough

3x Eco tech Radion's and mounting kit (ordered)

Natural Filtration
BRS Pukani Dry Eco Aquarium Live Rock( not ordered)


Live Stock - TBA

Corals - TBA

And we are off.......

Here is the salt room. Still being built, but the water spout is in, and the drain is plumbed.

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Picked up some 32G Brute's and some PVC and plumbing parts.

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And on to the tease....

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Unpacking now....


This is going to be a work in progress, but will be well worth the wait.

Edited by LouDog3, 08 March 2012 - 05:44 AM.


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I'm thinking of ordering their 50 long system... keeping an eye on your thread.

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BTW...she is one of my favorite. She's smoking in IronMan2

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Awesome. I look forward to this!

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Fa sho.
I forgot to send you those pics last night.
They're still on my digi cam, I'll pull them off tonight.

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Delivery Scheduled for this Friday

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I'm anxious to see where you take this tank. It will be good to see another larger CAD on here. On the heater the Jager's are nice which is what I always ran on my Nano. When I bought this tank, they were out of Jagers and I ordered a Finnex 300w. It works great and I will order another one when the time comes.

As for lighting, it looks like you are set on LED. If that's the case I would go with the Radion.

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Damn that's a lot of money

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I'm anxious to see where you take this tank. It will be good to see another larger CAD on here. On the heater the Jager's are nice which is what I always ran on my Nano. When I bought this tank, they were out of Jagers and I ordered a Finnex 300w. It works great and I will order another one when the time comes.

As for lighting, it looks like you are set on LED. If that's the case I would go with the Radion.


I like the Sun Rise/ Sun set effects, these lights can produce. Also, being able to reduce the heat with LED's, I maybe able to avoid a chiller. I guess time will tell.

Thanks for the advice on the heater. Eheim Jaguar seems to be a popular choice.

Damn that's a lot of money


It will be! (quit reminding me) But it will be well worth it in my eyes. Fortunately, I have been blessed with a great job, and stability.

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Tagging along, if money was no object I'd go radion too.

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I have 4 Jagers, but you know...whateva.


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I like the Sun Rise/ Sun set effects, these lights can produce. Also, being able to reduce the heat with LED's, I maybe able to avoid a chiller. I guess time will tell.


The moon lighting is definitely a good factor. One of these days I will add them to my Infiniti fixture. BTW, I run MH's without a chiller unless you consider a ceiling fan a chiller. I have the ceiling fan on a timer that kicks it on/off at the same times as the MHs. Believe it or not but my heater usually kicks on during the MH cycle due to the ceiling fan. Without the open top, this would not be possible.

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I'll be taggin along! I love my 22g CAD AIO ---But I wish it was 88gallons more on a daily basis ;-)

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If I had the room and money for the 100 I would be along side ya. Can I be your little brother with a 50?
Siwelk can be our silly cousin.

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Happy to find your new build thread and congratulations on what I am sure will be an amazing build. Urbanek is certainly doing a CAD right. I too am about to purchase one of the 100g Artisan. Still haven't decided whether I get the package or just tank and maybe sump. I'm sure you will, but please post pics of tank, stand and sump as soon as you unpack them. Following along anxiously and living vicariously for now B)

I am going through the same confusion regarding lights... I love my AI Nano on my BC29, but honestly I may go ATI T5 or MH/T5 combo with Ecoxotic's Dimable Stunners for the LED pop/shimmer/moonlights. heat is also a concern, but Urbanek's ceiling fan on a timer idea would work perfectly for me as I could mount the fan where it would blow directly onto the tank. I'm sure the evaporation and open top would keep the temps in check. Hard to dispute the growth and coloration of SPS under both MH and T5. They are certainly proven whereas LEDs are still a little experimental IMO.

If I end up going LED, I will either go Radion or VEGA. T5 probably ATI Sunpower for bang for the buck and MH/T5 combo???

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Man my back hurts...

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Man my back hurts...

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but its so sexy....
the main system!

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#### yeah

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damn that #### looks clean!

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Congrats. I know where you are at right now, very excited! Lots of work ahead of you. Enjoy it along the way and make the build as much fun as keeping a tank.

As I think you read in my journal, my first tank from Cad was delivered broken. Based on how yours is packaged and labeled, it looks like Cad has really improved on their packaging.

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Great pic for a great moment, best of luck!

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oh baby.. looking great!! I love my cad tank. It's so clean looking.

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Looks great!