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Well finally I got my tank. This is where the fun begins
I got a CAD 50G Artisan from here in SoCal, where CADLights is located.
I so far have the tank up and running with all the plumbing and everything. I'm just running the system with freshwater for now to check for any leaks in plumbing.
Still got a long way to go but just thought I would share my build along this exciting journey.
I know you guys like pictures. So here you go:




Didnt know where to put the ballast, so I put it on the side for now.

The fixture that came with the tank. 24" 14,000K 150 HQI, 2x actinic T5s, LED moonlights.


Leak testing. Sorry I didnt take pictures of the sump before, but I took the baffles out because the I didnt like how it was set up. So rebuilt it.




CAD tanks for some reason, cut out the vinyl right where the overflow is. I had some carbon fiber vinyl I used on my car to cover the back. The other side is plain black not CF lol

Running freshwater to check for any leaks. Dont mind the wires in the back. I still got to organize them.



I also put some nice stainless steel door handles from LOWES on the cabnet doors. Much easier to open now : )



Mag-Drive 9.5


A drain silencer I came up with and it works GREAT!!!!!

An overflow cover I made with acrylic. I'm thinking about making out of black acrylic now since I know I can make one lol







50W Halogen light for refugium.


This is what I see when I walk down my stairs
 

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Nice job and very creative. It's going to look amazing.
 
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Update!

Alrights guys, here is another update!
I just got my 30 pounds of Dry rock from BRS today.
25lbs of pukani and 5lbs of shelf rock.
The rock is amazing. All the shapes and sizes are perfect.
I played a little bit with the aquascaping today and i might play around with it a bit more tomorrow.
But so far I'm loving how it came out.










 

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Update!

^hahaha im glad

My tank is still a little cloudy but thats due to some dead sponge or something that was on one of my BRS rock. I took it out for now till I get my protien skimmer.
I added a few more rocks (live rock) to my aquascape. I hope you guys like it.
I'm going to buy about 10lbs of live rock to put in my main display. I got a few ideas I want to do. That will be in my next update.
I also made a new overflow cover out black acrylic. I like it soooo much better.
I'm getting better at this acrylic stuff :D
Here's a few pictures.











 

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Nice! what kind of reef are you planning on keeping in the tank? With that light anything is possible. you might want to leave the lights on for the full 8 hours then check the temperature of the water because the water can get real hot when using MH especially using that refuge light you have on the bottom. you might want to get a fan and blow across the surface and that will cool the tank alot but evaporation will occur fast. I hope you plan to use RO/DI water too since you have such a nice start. Great setup. wating to see the final approach to the end product!
 

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wow.. thats amazing. thats better looking than a biocube. I like the silencer you came up with too
 

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Nice! what kind of reef are you planning on keeping in the tank? With that light anything is possible. you might want to leave the lights on for the full 8 hours then check the temperature of the water because the water can get real hot when using MH especially using that refuge light you have on the bottom. you might want to get a fan and blow across the surface and that will cool the tank alot but evaporation will occur fast. I hope you plan to use RO/DI water too since you have such a nice start. Great setup. wating to see the final approach to the end product!
Ya my temp went up about 2.5 degrees.
I'm planning on having fans until I get my chiller. Hopefully soon lol

I'm planning on making this a sps tank.
And yes I am using a 5 stage spectra pure RO/DI unit. 0 TDS :D

I will keep you guys updated.


This tank is beautiful! Great job.
Thank you

wow.. thats amazing. thats better looking than a biocube. I like the silencer you came up with too
Thanks
It really did work out great. I can barely hear anything.

Nice! Can't wait to see more!

What kind of fish are going to live there? :p
Thanks you

Im planning on having 2 true perculia or black clows, 2-3 carberryi anthias, maybe a red madarin....those are the fish on my list now. I might add another fish or 2, just dont know yet lol
 

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yes you are off to a great start. I am thinking about getting the same tank and I believe that I can pick it up locally as the cad showroom is close to where I live.
I am excited as I should be able to see a lot of their products and the plumbing they use.

How do you like the stand?
Are you going to use the BM NAC6A as your protein skimmer?

I will more than likely need to use a chiller here in socal. Any recommendations on good chiller for this tank?

I am looking forward to seeing more pictures and your progress.

PEACE

Philip
 

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yes you are off to a great start. I am thinking about getting the same tank and I believe that I can pick it up locally as the cad showroom is close to where I live.
I am excited as I should be able to see a lot of their products and the plumbing they use.

How do you like the stand?
Are you going to use the BM NAC6A as your protein skimmer?

I will more than likely need to use a chiller here in socal. Any recommendations on good chiller for this tank?

I am looking forward to seeing more pictures and your progress.

PEACE

Philip
Thanks buddy

I also bought my tank from their showroom. The place is huge and Eddie (the head guy) is a really cool guy. Their display tank is just beautiful but fake corals :(

The stand felt a little weak but once the water was in. This thing is a rock.
The stand is really roomy, plenty of place to mount things. I really like it.

I am actually going to use a AquaC EV180 protien skimmer. I wanted to 1 up the skimmer because I am planning on making this a SPS reef tank. Thats why I had to redo the sump.

JBJ arctica is the best chiller you can buy. I know a guy who has had it for 10 years now and still works the way he first got it. It really depends on how the owner treated it.
I'm going with a 1/10hp JBJ Arctica chiller.

Let me know if you have anymore questions.
 

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Bro, thanks for your reply...
Of course, I have more questions lol
Anyhow:
It does not look like you are using their durso drain and loc line plumbing kit?
do you think the chiller would fit inside the cabinet with sump?
What do you think about swc cone skimmer?
Do you feel the system is loud?

Of course I will have more questions
Looking forward to more of your updates...
Thanks
Philip
 

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I made my own plumbing. Their plumbing didnt look all that great.
A chiller would be impossible to fit in the stand. It's not a good idea to put a chiller in a stand anyways.
SWC skimmers are really good skimmers. Can't go wrong.
The system is pretty quiet. I don't have any complaints.

Yes, I just bought the tank, stand, sump, and light.
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Your plumbing looks really good.
I read the sticky about sumps and it was helpful.
I am having trouble seeing where the skimmer will be placed. Also, why the valve going into the second chamber versus the first to third?
I hope my questions are making sense?
I want to do this and get it right the first time.
How would the chiller fit into the overall plumbing?

Thanks

Philip
 

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Your plumbing looks really good.
I read the sticky about sumps and it was helpful.
I am having trouble seeing where the skimmer will be placed. Also, why the valve going into the second chamber versus the first to third?
I hope my questions are making sense?
I want to do this and get it right the first time.
How would the chiller fit into the overall plumbing?

Thanks

Philip

The skimmer will placed in the first chamber with the outlet going into the second chamber.
I will post pictures once setup to show you.
Well I put the valve in the second chamber because it was easier plumb, it won't cause as much back pressure to plumb it back to the return chamber with all the extra plumbing, and it's close enough to where I can hook my phosphate reactor.

I have seperate plumbing for my chiller. Alsmost the same design but with a barbed fitting on my pump and a barbed fitting near the second vavle.
 

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thanks for the input, as always
are you going to have 2 returns to the tank, one for the return from the sump and the other to return the chiller?
Also, what are the actual dimensions of their sump?
I am looking forward to more updates!!!
Thanks bro
 

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My return setup is going to be hooked up to my chiller. It will be working more efficiently.

I believe it's 20x17x13
The chambers are: 1st-7" 2nd-5.5" 3rd-6"
The glass is also pretty thick.
 
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