CAD Lights 46G

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by Ibn, Jan 20, 2016.

  1. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    This sucker has been sitting around for well over a year should be seeing water in the near future.

    Custom Cadlight tank - 30x20x18 starfire (~46 gallons)
    Custom MDO stand with slideout custom sump (built both; stand with help from both Ian and Boun)
    Vertex Omega 150 skimmer
    Eheim compact+ 2000 return
    2-3x Vortex MP10wES
    2x AI Vega on AI rails
    2x 150W Eheim heaters
    Tunze Osmolator 3155 ATO
    Red & black PVC
    Other crap as needed...

    Last edited: Jan 20, 2016
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  2. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    Beautiful stand! Is this your only tank at the moment?
  3. boun11

    boun11 Supporting Member

    FINALLY! About time :p
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  4. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    That's alright that dust will help you cycle your tank! :D
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  5. iani

    iani Guest

    That tank has been empty so long that you need to update the equipment. Haha

    I understand the irony of my post.
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  6. denzil

    denzil Webmaster

    Lots of potential. Can't wait to see it set up!
  7. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Yep, only SW tank at the moment. The planted FW planted tank is at home.

    No water in the tank still; been busy and haven't gotten around to plumbing it yet. Whole set up is still on the dolly.

    Just a couple of pics in the meantime.

    Fussed over a couple of different skimmers. Ended up with the Vertex over the Aquamaxx.

    DIY sump and rails. Allows me to slide the sump out as needed for servicing. A couple of Eheim 150w heaters with mag clips and an Eheim 2000+ compact rounds it out.
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  8. bee505

    bee505 Supporting Member

    Clever idea with the rails.
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  9. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    Dude those rails are genius! I wish I could my sump out easily. Hopefully it still slides out fine when filled with water.
  10. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    She's up and running as of this morning.

    Pretty much barebones at the moment. Will be adding the additional equipment over the next couple of days prior to fishless cycling with Dr. Tim's.

    The sump slides out fine filled with water. ;)
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2016
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  11. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    Is that all your heater needs to be submerged?
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  12. WrightReef

    WrightReef Guest

    Raise the water for heater in pump section, also less fall distance from chamber to chamber will be quieter.
  13. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Already made the changes and haven't bothered with posting a new picture up. Actually pulled both Eheims there and replaced with a Finnex heater instead into compartment 1 of the sump. The Finnex is much shorter than the Eheim and takes up less space.

    What's up for today?
    1. Apex Aquacontroller - update firmware as needed (Fusion); to be installed later
    2. Tunze Osmolator 3155 ATO - locate, clean, and installed into compartment 3 of sump
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  14. coral4me

    coral4me Supporting Member

    What a great setup, love the slide out sump as well. Can't wait to see this tank in action!
  15. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member


    Updates for today:
    1. Apex Aquacontroller - firmware updated to 4.40 and updated for Fusion. Gonna take a closer look at this later.
    2. Tunze Osmolator 3152 ATO - Haven't bothered with digging the 3155 out from storage, but I have a couple of 3152 sitting around so putting one into commission. I'll switch it out for the 3155 when I get around to rummaging for it.
    3. MP10w ES - 2x currently running at 40% on random for the past couple of days.
    Next up:
    1. Lighting - both Vegas are currently on Fiji programming at 50% on all channels. Pretty pleasing to the eye with barely any hints of blue. I'll reevaluate this as needed.
    2. Aquacontroller installation - Just need to figure out where I want to mount the pieces of it (considering panel still) as well figure out what I want plugged into the EB8.
    3. Electricals - need to tidy up the cords and run them as needed.
    4. Stand lights - need to attach the LED rope light and see if it's actually needed. Tank is at work and I'm usually not around for when I need it (w/out the overhead lights in the office turned on)
    5. Cycling - Dr. Tim's ammonia and bacteria arrives tomorrow!
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  16. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    Super nice set up! Any plans for coral? LPS Dominant? SPS dominant?
  17. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Is it weird that I'm most drawn to the red pvc pipe? Where do you get that pipe?
  18. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    Bulkreefsupply has it in a bunch of different colors.

    Just gotta pay for shipping and wait.

    Oh and its not weird. My next tank upgrade is gonna have some weird colored pvc.
  19. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Mixed reef for sure similar to other tanks I've set up in the past. I'm drawn to too many corals. There are specific sps (red dragon, oregon tort, mr. pacman, icefire echinata, etc.), lps (frogspawn, aussie elegance, acans), and other corals that I'm gonna add to the tank. The SPS won't be added for awhile until the tank stabilizes and matures a bit, so it'll most likely be some lps and some soft corals in the meantime.

    Yep, BRS!
  20. Apon

    Apon Volunteer

    no clam? your tank sucks until then....o_O

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