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Old 08/03/2015, 03:22 PM   #1
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ijnoj09's Cadlights 70G Artisan II Build

Hi All, I wanted to start a thread on my new Cadlights 70G Artisan II Build. I've been a long time lurker on Reef Central and have been out of the hobby for almost 10 years. I previously kept 10G, 20G and 40G reef tanks in the past and when I tore down my last tank, I thought I would never get back into the hobby. The past year or so I've been itching to start up another tank and finally took the plunge and dove back in. I'm really amazed and how much the hobby has advanced since I was in it back then.

This will be my first tank running a sump so I'm pretty excited to finally set up a tank the way I've always wanted. I was a little apprehensive about ordering a cadlights tank from all the horror stories I've read about misc parts missing in orders and they're customer service. I ended up ordering the tank from a LFS that I've had a great relationship over the years, he gave me a great deal and I figure if I ever had a problem with the tank, he could help me get it squared away with cadlights.

Picked up the tank last friday and I was really impressed with how everything was packaged. The tank and stand were built well and everything seemed to be included that should've came with the package. My only gripes are that the sump design didn't look like the pictures I've seen online and the plumbing. I'm converting the plumbing to standard and hardplumbing everything, part's should be arriving tomorrow. I've never worked with PVC before so this should be interesting.

Very excited about getting this new project underway and sharing my journey with you all, stay tuned.








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Old 08/03/2015, 04:12 PM   #2
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Congrats! Glad it came together for you!


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Old 08/03/2015, 04:38 PM   #3
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Congrats! Glad it came together for you!
Thanks! you get that tank pad issue squared away?


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Old 08/03/2015, 05:13 PM   #4
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Thanks! you get that tank pad issue squared away?
Yes. It will be here Wednesday. I had to threaten to dispute the cc charges to get them to answer me. Then I asked them to fedex it, and they just shipped it ups ground. What a mess. Hopefully it will be in place and ready to fill by Friday.
If they shipped the right one, I'll be thrilled. If they shipped the wrong one, I'll be calling the cc company again. Just horrible customer service. I am keeping my fingers crossed that nothing else happens as I don't want to have to call them for help again!

I tossed out 60 gallons on not so FSW already due to the length of time it mixed.
I have people that would like to buy my old tank and stuff waiting, and waiting.

As I said, good luck. It's a beautiful system! I'll keep an eye on your build!


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Old 08/03/2015, 07:30 PM   #5
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damn, that's sexy


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Old 08/03/2015, 11:19 PM   #6
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Cadlights uses metric fittings/piping on their tanks and I wanted to detail the parts I used to convert the plumbing to standard sizing after doing a lot of research to see how other people did it.

These are the parts I am using to do it.



For the main drain, I ordered the following part from Flexpvc.com:

8697-040 1.25 inch x 40mm DIN UNION http://flexpvc.com/cart/agora.cgi?pr...&p_id=8697-040

For the emergency drain and return line, I bought the following from Lowes so I could run 3/4" piping:

23923 3/4" x 1/2" Bushing 437

EuroGTI gave me the idea to use this bushing. He said he had to sand down the pvc pipe to get the bushing to fit, but I didn't need to do this. The bushing seemed to just slide on the pipe with a snug fit with no need for sanding. You would then just need a 3/4" coupling to connect it to a 3/4" sch40 piping.





I'll have details of the rest of the plumbing once I get the rest of the parts tomorrow and everything hooked up.


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Old 08/03/2015, 11:38 PM   #7
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I had to have my CC company call cad to get my custom tank delivered. At least they are good tanks when you finally get them.


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Old 08/03/2015, 11:39 PM   #8
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Nice looking tank!


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Old 08/04/2015, 12:17 AM   #9
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Nice looking tank!

Thanks! What size tank did you have cadlights build for you?


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Old 08/04/2015, 02:49 PM   #10
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Thanks! What size tank did you have cadlights build for you?

60x30x22


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Old 08/04/2015, 05:54 PM   #11
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60x30x22
Nice tank!


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Old 08/04/2015, 06:02 PM   #12
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60x30x22[
wow. Nice. That there is my retirement tank! They had a 150 at RAP NY close to those dimensions, it, like yours, was spectacular. Best of luck with it!


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Old 08/04/2015, 08:42 PM   #13
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Plumbing parts are here... This is gonna be interesting. Never worked with pvc before.


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Old 08/06/2015, 10:52 PM   #14
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ijnoj09's Cadlights 70G Artisan II Build

Well I haven't gotten a chance to work on the tank. I had a unfortunate accident the other night and sprained my foot pretty bad. Sucks not being able to work on this. I have new toys waiting for me to pickup from my LFS too.



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Old 08/07/2015, 05:22 AM   #15
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Sorry to hear that. Feel better!
Today's the day for my move!


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Old 08/07/2015, 08:53 AM   #16
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Sorry to hear that. Feel better!
Today's the day for my move!

Ya it's a bummer... Good luck on the move!


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Old 08/09/2015, 11:26 AM   #17
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Worked a little bit on some aquascaping ideas. Used 50lbs of Walt Smith Reef 2.1 rock supplemented with about 10lbs of dry fiji rock for the base. Really impressed with the Walt Smith rock, I got some a nice selection of pieces I got in a 55lb box from Premium Aquatics.








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Old 08/09/2015, 05:41 PM   #18
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Just picked up new toys for the tank. I opted not to run the crappy pump and skimmer that comes in the package from Cadlights and upgraded to a Vertex Omega 130 skimmer and Sicce Syncra 4.0 pump.




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Old 08/15/2015, 09:36 PM   #19
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Got a chance to work on the plumbing today. This was my first time working with PVC and it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. Just need to take your time and measure everything and test fit. I had a slight miscalculation on the T section to the ball valves. I didn't leave enough room to install straight barb reducer fittings as it ends up being too close to the the main drain piping. I'm debating whether to redo that section but I might just end up using 90 elbow barb fittings. Other then that minor error, I'm pretty satisfied with how everything turned out, just letting it cure and tomorrow I can hook everything up and fill the tank!




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Old 08/16/2015, 05:00 PM   #20
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Plumbing looks really good man!


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Plumbing looks really good man!
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Old 08/16/2015, 08:59 PM   #22
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Plumbing all installed.




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Old 08/19/2015, 02:40 PM   #23
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Looks great, I am setting up my CAD lights 70 as well!


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Old 08/20/2015, 07:21 AM   #24
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Looks great, I am setting up my CAD lights 70 as well!

Thanks! Good luck on your tank.


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Old 08/20/2015, 12:23 PM   #25
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Great tank !! purple rock looks awesome, Id love to be rich enough to afford a CAD lights tank and stand.

Looking forward to see this setup go wet


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