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There are starting to be more and more CAD Lights aquariums popping up so I wanted to take the time to put together a list of the owners build threads. I know a lot of these really helped me when researching my tank.


There is no way this list is complete, I'm sure there are plenty more. Please make link suggestions to add on to this list!


All In One's

4G Mini-II

SouthFlorida_Tron - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/343959-cad-lights-pico-4g-mini-ii/

Adam_Bobomb - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/341305-bobombs-pico-4g-build-thread/

Mota - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/346218-motas-4-gallon-cad/

tdcsurfer - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/350361-my-cad-lights-4-gallon-office-tank/

drewgrano - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/351384-cad-lights-4g-build/#entry4832345

teenyreef - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/352749-teenyreefs-4g-cad-lights-picoparadise-with-nanobox/



Kombucha - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/111768-my-new-cadlights-5g-nano-w-24w-t5-lighting/

Uhuru - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/114481-uhurus-5g-cadlights-pico-reef/?hl=cadlights


5G Zen

e-rock - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/335432-new-cadlights-5gal-zen-reef-build/?hl=cadlights


7G Zen

Reefkid88 - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/341831-7-gallons-of-zenful-goodness-now-haz-coralsz/?hl=cadlights

MGDMIRAGE - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/323145-7-gallons-cadlight-zeninvert-reality-coming-soon-12272013/?hl=cadlights


8G Mini-II

Hkilic03 - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/345760-cadlights-mini-ii-8gal-nano-reef-tank/

Wahayden1 - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/342336-my-dive-back-into-this-hobby-cad-lights-8-gallon-setup/

Stussi613 - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/329030-stussis-8g-cadlights-tank/

Mattdbz29 - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/322416-8-gallon-cadlights-build-zoas-acropora-bunch-of-lps-new-pics/

jdokos - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/336851-cadlights-mini-8g-build/

fgarbrec - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/318786-cadlights-8g-pico-build/

CollegeNanoKid - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/331120-colleges-cadlight-8g-mini/?hl=cadlights#entry4436119

ShrimpWhisperer - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/319365-cadlights-mini-8-gallon-with-kessil-lighting/?hl=cadlights

pippa - http://www.nano-reef...adlight8-build/

AJ69 - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/348521-ajs-cad-8-re-birth/

Dryland - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/350416-drylands-cadlights-8g-mini-ii/

rfman81 - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/351000-office-desk-cadlights-8g-snazzy-title-name/

cindyp - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/349803-cindys-cadlights-8g-build-thread/

podBoy - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/346982-cadlights-8g-mini-arrived/

jamesb2012 - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/336751-square-1-revisited/



Nano sapiens - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/172031-nano-sapiens-12g-au-natural-hummin-along/

mx5apex - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/255788-mx5apex-12g-cadlight-tank/?hl=cadlights

Cullent17 - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/319066-cullens-12-gallon-beginner-led-cadlights/?hl=cadlights

stuie25 - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/277844-12g-cad-lites-newbie-tank/?gopid=3480507

spencers - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/215934-spencers-12g-cadlights/?hl=cadlights

Smee! - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/195602-smees-12g-cadlights/?hl=cadlights

pmemmer - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/206121-phils-cadlights-12g/?hl=cadlights


18G Mini-II

Daveluce - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/346665-cadlights-18g-mini-ii/

Neebles - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/345643-my-first-build-cad-lights/

Snowgrrl83 - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/336377-snowys-16-gallon-king-feather-duster-lost-his-crown/?hl=cadlights



AquaVaj - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/344914-my-cad-lights-22g/

melmel - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/347076-mels-22g-cadlights-build/

Reesea17 - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/250907-reesea17s-22g-cadlights-build/

streakr22 - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/252982-brians-cadlights-22g/



TR3XX - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/116530-my-cadlight-25g-project/

Kombucha - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/119204-kombuchas-25g-cadlight/


28G Signature

jamesck_00 - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/347207-jamesck-00s-cadlights-signature-28g/

alexx2208 - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/339597-cadlights-28g-build-thread/



Lilrascal - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/131292-34g-cadlights-lilrascals-tank/


34G Mini-II

SouthFlorida_Tron - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/338052-tr0ns-zeovit-cad-34g-mini-ii/

Drama1 - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/341398-dramas-34g-cadlights-fish-choices/

Rek84 - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/346209-my-new-cadlights-34-mini-ii/

GTi - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/342305-gtis-cad-lights-34g-mini-ii-build-thread-rockscaping/

theishkid - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/347999-theishkids-cad-lights-34g-mini-ii/

cchsoracle - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/349372-the-upgrade-cchsoracles-ulns-cad-34g-mini/

Ecospire - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/339578-ecospires-cad-34-mini-ii-cycle-brewing/

HVani - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/353334-hvanis-34g-cadlights-mini-ii/#entry4872746



bigceez01 - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/293299-bigceezs-cadlights-39g/?hl=cadlights#entry4222220

Gvtv44 - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/193292-gvtv44s-cad-39-gallon-setup/

timdanger - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/206556-timdangers-cadlights-39g-pro/

rizakaniza - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/198401-rizakanizas-cadlights-39g-pro-build-thread/

mkreg - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/203368-mkregs-cadlights-39-pro-seahorse-ranch/?hl=mkregs

Urchinhead - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/151575-urchinheads-cadlights-39g-pro/?hl=cadlights


Sumped Systems

40G Artisan

Asureef - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/274374-asureefs-40g-artisan/?hl=cadlights

chswkt - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/337224-chswkts-wildfire-cad-lights-sr/

squirrelleygrrrl - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/265828-squirrels-40g-cad-the-acro-garden/?hl=cadlights

pumarjr - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/256349-somkeys-40g-artisan-build/?hl=cadlights#entry3131623


50G Artisan I

Bio_Borg - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/229016-bio-borgs-50g-cad-artisan-build-log/

Aquabac - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/221080-aquabacs-50-gallon-azooxanthellae-tank-build/

ReeVo - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/318816-reevos-reef-50g-rimless-cube/?hl=cadlights


50G Artisan II

LVCaniac - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/345752-pics-kole-tang-lvcaniacs-50gal-artisan-ii-build/

picoreef78 - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/330692-picos-cadlights-50-g-cube/?hl=cadlights

Ecospire - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/339578-ecospires-50-cube-pre-setup-thread/?hl=cadlights

hopkins - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/305309-50-gallon-cad-lights-build/?hl=cadlights

awpong - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/339393-awpongs-50g-cube/

shawnb199 - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/347423-shawns-first-real-reef-build-50g-cube/?hl=%2Bcad+%2Blights

nismo_sky32 - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/353344-cadlights-50-gallon-artisan-ii-future-mushroom-wonderland/


50g Long Artisan II

fishphi784 - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/347752-fishphis-50-gallon-long-build/?hl=cadlights#entry4764395

metrokat - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/353478-kats-fabulous-upgrade-party/

70G Artisan II

Alex B - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/342489-my-nanobox-powered-zeovit-cadlightcouple-new-pics/

Jay Wee - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/333313-jays-cad-lights-artisan-ii-70g/?hl=cadlights#entry4474918

FishTacos - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/329919-fishtacos-cadlights-build/?hl=cadlights


100G Artisan

LouDog3 - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/293057-cad-100g-artisan-build/?hl=cadlights


Custom CAD's

Nanofreak79 - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/345702-nanofreaks-shallow-45-cadlight/

rrocky - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/332945-rrockys-cadlights-shallow-build/?hl=cadlights

Ihernandex86 - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/324337-custom-cad-lights-shallow-reef-36x18x10/?hl=cadlights#entry4272231

urbaneks - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/291129-viewpoints-a-photographic-journal-of-my-reef-tank/?hl=cadlights

urbaneks - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/345674-urbaneks-250/?hl=cadlights

Nic - http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/349370-nics-cadlight-45-gallon-shallow-reef/

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I found half a dozen more tonight, but again no where near all. If anyone knows more please let me know.

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Awesome resource guide. Thanks for putting this together. An aio spot for cad owners

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I know this is the AIO forum that this topic is under, but I'm going to go ahead and add the sumped CADs too.

I'll search them all out tomorrow.


i've got the 50 gal artisan II

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I know this is the AIO forum that this topic is under, but I'm going to go ahead and add the sumped CADs too.

I'll search them all out tomorrow.

ahhh gotchya!! Right on! good idea btw!

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ahhh gotchya!! Right on! good idea btw!

I just copied off the other threads for different tank brands out there. I know it would have been amazing to have a list like those other brands have for finding build threads quickly when I was searching out my tank. My tank will also be in tomorrow so I'll add mine to the list too!

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I just copied off the other threads for different tank brands out there. I know it would have been amazing to have a list like those other brands have for finding build threads quickly when I was searching out my tank. My tank will also be in tomorrow so I'll add mine to the list too!

Oh Nice!!! CAD make really nice tanks. I'm a fan of mine. yeah there were a few setbacks along the way but over i love it. hopefully yours wont have any issues

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You missed a few of the old 12g Cadlights...or am I the only one still running one of these :)

If you know of more just post the links!

Does the 12g have a name like Signature or Artisan? I couldn't find any info on their site.

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No, this one was unfortunately discontinued a few years ago. It was just called the '12g Nano'.


There were a bunch 5-6 years ago, but I can't say if any are still up and running.

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Ok I stupidly stayed up tonight and searched as much as I could on the site for CAD tanks. Please let me know if there are more and I'll continue to add them. I really can't do much more searching without wasting time seeing duplicate tanks.

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I found a bunch more today, including some that are probably dead threads and haven't had any responses in a long while I also added my own to the 34G mini ii line!

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I think that putting all the Cadlights tanks in one thread is a good idea, so thanks for doing this. Great for anyone wanting to see layouts/issues/problems/resolutions/etc. pertaining to their specific tank.

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Good idea! I wish this was around a few months ago when I was doing research.

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Cool idea indeed! Now I can find my own tank quicker while browsing on my phone.

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So I'm an idiot and didn't realize that nano-reef was only showing me the last 90 days. I just realized how to search back. I found about a dozen tonight before I got tired. I'll try looking around some more tomorrow.

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Awesome thread, Im thinking about getting the 8 gallon so Im going to check out the 8g tanks you posted.

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