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Cadlights 40g Artisan (retired)

  • Equipment
  • Tank: CADlights 40g, 36"x16"x16"
  • Stand: CADlights euro white
  • Sump: CADlights 16g
  • Skimmer: Eshopps S-120 Cone
  • Return: SpeedWave DC pump
  • Heater: Eheim Jager 150w
  • Lights: ATI Sunpower 36" 6x39w
  • Controller: Neptune Apex w/ 2xEB8
  • Circulation: Vortech MP10 x2 w/backup battery + Tunze 6015
  • Cooling: JBJ 1/10 chiller
  • Top Off: Tunze Osmolator ATO
  • Dosing: Bubble Magus BM-T01

 

  • Fish
  • Picasso Clownfish Pair
  • Fathead Sunburst Anthias
  • Resplendent Anthias Pair
  • Mystery Wrasse

 

  • Inverts
  • Assorted snails
  • Corals

     

    SPS

  • Acropora sp. "ORA Pearlberry"
  • Acropora sp. "ORA Hawkins"
  • Acropore sp. "ORA Red Planet"
  • Acropora secale
  • Acropora yongei "Green Slimer"
  • Acropora tenuis
  • Acropora loripes
  • Acropora sarmentosa
  • Acropora millepora
  • Acropora microclados "Upscales microclados"
  • Acropora microclados "Strawberry Shortcake"
  • Acropora nasuta "Pink Lemonade"

 

Birds Nest

  • ORA Metallic Green
  • ORA Bird of Paradise
  • ORA Green tip Stylophora
  • Green Pocillopora
  • Pink/purple Pocillopora

     

    Montipora

  • Green cap
  • Copps Purple cap
  • Forest fire digi
  • Orange digitata
  • Rainbow monti
  • Superman monti
  • Mystic sunset
  • Undata
  • ORA German blue digitata
  • Green digitata
  • Tyree Sunset
  • Setosa

     

    LPS

  • Rainbow acan
  • Blastomussa

     

    Soft corals

  • Green star polyps
  • Assorted ricordea

     

    Zoanthids

  • Devil's armor
  • Bam Bam
  • Tubbs blue
  • Raptors Rainbow
  • Purple & Green Death palys
  • Sunny delight
  • Rasta
  • Lunar eclipse
  • Magicians
  • Fruit Loops
  • Star Fire

     

     

     

    NPS

  • Dendrophyllia Colony

 

  • Water Parameters
  • Specific gravity: 1.026
  • pH: 7.8 to 8.2
  • Calcium: 380 - 420ppm
  • Alkalinity: 8.0-9.0 dKH
  • Magnesium: 1300-1400ppm
  • Nitrate: 0-0.2ppm
  • Phosphate: 0.00-0.03ppm
  • Potassium: 380-400ppm
  • Temperature: 79.5 - 80.5° F

 

 

Pictures

 

 

FTS

 

 

July 2011 (Beginning)

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August 2011

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October 2011

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February 2012

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November 2012

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September 2013

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February 2017

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October 2013 Featured Reef

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Red Sea Reefer 350

  • Equipment 
  • Tank: Red Sea Reefer 350
  • Skimmer: Nyos 160 
  • Return: Ecotech M1 
  • Flow: Ecotech MP10, MP40QD, 2x Maxspect xf230
  • Light: ATI 36" PowerModule Hybrid 
  • Controller: Neptune Apex

 

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awesome setup, super clean sump area, and nice rockwork. A+

 

Please let us know how the skimmer works out for you later on.

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Wow.. This is... a REALLY clean setup! Even the fuge area looks clean lol. Nice scape to! Looks badass.

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Looks great. I really like these tanks. The scape looks brilliant too. What kind of putty did you use to hold the dry rock together?

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I have been looking at this exact tank. How is the noise level compared to the 28g JBJ? I want one of these in my theater room. Nice set up.

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Tracking. Did you experience flow issues? Or mainly, other than the leak, what were the minor headaches.... Which I keep hearing is a bunch of minor stuff?

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I finally decided it was time to upgrade my JBJ 28g led cube. I wanted something a little bigger, but not too big. I wanted a Elos, but d*** they are too pricey. I looked into ADA, but it seemed to required too much to be done to get it reef ready. I made my decision on the Cadlights 40g Artisan, even after reading about the few negative comments on them. So, I put my order in on 5/26, order wasn't shipped til 6/2 due to the holiday and freight issues, no biggie. I received the tank a few days late on 6/10. I've been busy and didn't get a chance to assemble everything until two days ago. The stand itself took me about 2hrs, maybe 3... :lol: there were no instructions, I even called and asked to have the instruction emailed, but the email never came. Anyways, I went fast, got rock, sand, saltwater, and pluming work done within a day. Ran into a little leaking problem with the return bulkhead that was included, but nothing a little Teflon and silicone couldn't fit. I had 25lbs of dry rock from macro rock, which I purchased weeks ago with 10lbs of rumble. In the end, I maybe used about 15-18lbs dry rock and 1-2lbs of rumble for the fuge....lol IDK, may get rid of the fuge, that area looks way too small to have any kind of impact.

 

 

28g (Sold)



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Ammonia reading



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Looks great. I really like these tanks. The scape looks brilliant too. What kind of putty did you use to hold the dry rock together?

 

Thanks, I used loctite epoxy putty.

 

 

I have been looking at this exact tank. How is the noise level compared to the 28g JBJ? I want one of these in my theater room. Nice set up.

 

When the cabinet is closed, it's pretty quiet. Almost quieter than my JBJ. Some of the noise is coming from the water flowing through the inlet hose hitting the sump. The inlet hose I received is a little short. I had to move the sump off-center to the right, so the inlet hose can be submerged about 3/4". But, most of the noise, I would say is from the media chamber, which is the 2nd chamber. I guess, it's in the way its designed. When the water enters, it sounds like a little water fall.

 

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Tracking. Did you experience flow issues? Or mainly, other than the leak, what were the minor headaches.... Which I keep hearing is a bunch of minor stuff?

 

Flow issues? I think, the return pump is only rated at 400GPH. I will likely be upgrading to a Eheim 1260. I have two maxi-jet 1200 for flow right now, as the tank cycles. Later, I will use the Mp10 from the 28g and purchase a second one. I don't mind the overflow design, though a smaller one would be nice. And, the amount of water the sump can hold is little. Also, there's no space to fit a regular 12" heater in the sump, I had to stick it in the overflow.

 

 

 

Anyways, I finally found use for the JBJ led nano-glo I purchased last year. Also, I will add, I'm currently cycling the tank with Dr. Tim's. Dosed the tank with ammonium chloride yesterday and got ammonia to 4ppm. Then, I emptied 3/4 of the 4oz bottle of the live nitrifying bacteria. Today, ammonia is at 1ppm, nitrite 0, nitrate 5ppm.

 

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Thanks for answering my questions. Pics look cool too.

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Small update, new toys! :)


 

ATI Sunpower 24" 6x24w, still waiting on the hanging kit from Reefgeek..

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Apex Lite, got it used for a sweet deal w/Ph probe.



Still a little confused on setting this thing up so I can acces it over the internet.

But, Russ from reeftronics will be helping me out with that.

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Being able to control everything via my smartphone is, awesome!

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Nice! I'm digging that controller...makes me want to ditch my RKL.

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Sticking around! I like where this is going. Super clean. Awesome shots.

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Sooo sleek! :)

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Thanks, guys!

 

Well, I came home today to a horrific scene. My floor was WET. The first thought to my mind was, the tank had cracked....but, then there's still a lot of water in the tank. Then, I checked the bulkhead, because it did leak quite a bit before I sealed it with silicone. Well, that wasn't the problem. The problem was the return hose, some how the pressure from the pump had pushed the vinyl hose off and instead of pumping water back into the display, it was pumping water straight out of the sump into cabinet, then the floor. Good thing I had siliconed the edges inside the cabinet, this prevented water from leaking behind the cabinet and onto the back wall, which would've been hard to clean. I installed a plastic clamp on the hose, to make sure it stayed put. After refilling up the water, I think I lost about 4gallons.

 

Looks good so far!! Your pictures look great too! What camera are you using?

 

 

Thanks, I'm using my trusty Canon 40D.

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Hi, your tank looks great.

 

Did you have any leak problem with the drain? I really don't like the slip fitting of the drain (pvc pipe to nylon fitting). Mine had minor leak problem with it. and I am going to change it to the thread fitting.

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Hi, your tank looks great.

 

Did you have any leak problem with the drain? I really don't like the slip fitting of the drain (pvc pipe to nylon fitting). Mine had minor leak problem with it. and I am going to change it to the thread fitting.

 

 

I haven't ran into any problem with that yet. Though, I did get a slight leak from the return bulkhead. I just Teflon and silicone everything up real good, and it's been working so far. Made a DIY inlet box for the sump, no more salt creep or water fall noise. I will be adding a union to the drain hose for easy maintenance and a check valve for the return. Also, I just found out, the stock Boyu return pump GPH is actually higher than 400. It's really 2500L/gph, which = 660GPH. Not bad at all, and the noise isn't bad either.

 

BTW, how's the bubble magus working for you?

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I haven't ran into any problem with that yet. Though, I did get a slight leak from the return bulkhead. I just Teflon and silicone everything up real good, and it's been working so far. Made a DIY inlet box for the sump, no more salt creep or water fall noise. I will be adding a union to the drain hose for easy maintenance and a check valve for the return. Also, I just found out, the stock Boyu return pump GPH is actually higher than 400. It's really 2500L/gph, which = 660GPH. Not bad at all, and the noise isn't bad either.

 

BTW, how's the bubble magus working for you?

 

I also added some teflon tape to the return bulkhead. Because of the threaded fitting, no problem at all.

 

I still suggest you pay more attention to the drain pipe. Because of the slip fitting and you can't glue pvc and nylon together, the risk of leaking is high. If it happens, could be a disaster. You can actually pull that pvc pipe out of the fitting. Every time I move the flex drain pipe, I got some minor leak between the pvc pipe and the fitting, even though I applied silicone on it.

 

Another suggestion is redo the baffles of the sump. CAD's new sump design is very bad. I posted some pics at squirrel's thread. I am very pleased with the result.

http://www.nano-reef.com/forums/index.php?...0&start=220

You can also glue the black drain plate( don't know how to call it, I think you know what I mean) to the right side of the fuge, so that it can block the chaeto going into the return chamber.

 

I didn't buy the skimmer from CAD as I bought a NAC3.5 before. So far so good.

 

I am interested in your inlet box. Can you post some pics?

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what light did you use for the sump before the jbj light

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I also added some teflon tape to the return bulkhead. Because of the threaded fitting, no problem at all.

 

I still suggest you pay more attention to the drain pipe. Because of the slip fitting and you can't glue pvc and nylon together, the risk of leaking is high. If it happens, could be a disaster. You can actually pull that pvc pipe out of the fitting. Every time I move the flex drain pipe, I got some minor leak between the pvc pipe and the fitting, even though I applied silicone on it.

 

Another suggestion is redo the baffles of the sump. CAD's new sump design is very bad. I posted some pics at squirrel's thread. I am very pleased with the result.

http://www.nano-reef.com/forums/index.php?...0&start=220

You can also glue the black drain plate( don't know how to call it, I think you know what I mean) to the right side of the fuge, so that it can block the chaeto going into the return chamber.

 

I didn't buy the skimmer from CAD as I bought a NAC3.5 before. So far so good.

 

I am interested in your inlet box. Can you post some pics?

 

I just use the aluminum clamp to hold the nylon hose to the end of pvc. I used pvc cement and wedged the little pvc end into the thread as tight as possible, then I apply silicone around the edges. I move the sump around quite a bit while messing with the skimmer and haven't had a leak yet from the drain connection. Just hope what I did worked, cause I know very little about pluming. :)

 

I actually got the idea for the inlet box from TKG from his build thread here. Getting a custom one built and a ATO container, as my DIY work looks like crap. lol ....

 

I like your redesign of the sump, though I think I will keep mines the way it is. It's proving to be a good spot for the apex probes and maybe a carbon & phos reactors return.

 

what light did you use for the sump before the jbj light

 

 

The stock PC from Cadlights.

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Nice build! I'm curious... the JBJ Nano-Glo has a magnet to hold it onto the side glass. Any reason for your choice to place it on top instead of the front or back?

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Nice build! I'm curious... the JBJ Nano-Glo has a magnet to hold it onto the side glass. Any reason for your choice to place it on top instead of the front or back?

 

 

To me, placing it on top utilizes the light better, more coverage.

 

 

Anyways, I did a touch up on the scape, after a friend suggested that I needed more rock. I wanted to keep it minimalist as possible without me having to re-do the two islands. So, I simply added a bridge in the middle. Let me know what you guys think. I also removed 50% of the sand, which was fiji pink. I find it a little too fine, as it was being blown around and getting on the rocks with just 2x 1200 in there. I can't imagine what it would be like once I have the vortechs in. So, I replaced the top layer with Caribsea special reef grade sand, which seem to be holding down so far.

 

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