Alex's Cade Reef 1500 S2

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Awesome thanks for the pics. Fits like a glove in there. You are correct looks like the small support panel for the sock holder needs to go to fit SK5000, but at least you don’t need to remove the big panel that separates water inflow area from the refugium/skimmer section.
 
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Thanks @BobbyJ

On the exciting side, got a call today that the tank is in Massachusetts. Tomorrow is the delivery date!! Now to arrange some beer for strong friends.

Also, this is the season of great deals on gear. Every day some site has great promotions on specific gear... don't forget to scan through the top 10ish. :)

Ended up ordering everything already... except for some piping supplies to connect the UV. That exercise is still in works.
 
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So the CADE got delivered today and I had 3 friends come over to help. We managed to get the stand down the elevator and through the apartment in the study where it belongs. By the way, I love how easy the glass doors come off. Great feature.

With the tank, we took it on the cart around the complex to the back door (near my study). However, there we ran into some trouble. After unpacking, we could not grip it well enough to even lift it all the way up safely. It's camping outside tonight. Guess I am calling for professional help in the morning. :(

But I have to say... it looks AMAZING!

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So.. after getting quotes of over $700, found a moving company for "only" 300... they wanted $450, but I negotiated down. 2 guys showed up and just moved it. I really need to get to the gym more often :)

So now here it is. Let the madness begin.

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Btw @Jmp988, nothing needs to be finagled out to fit the fleece roller. Two of the dark plastic covers with sock just pop out. Pretty awesome!

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Awesome! Based on some other vague posts I hoped that might be the case, but I did not want to say so and send someone down the wrong path.

I appreciate the followup.
 

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This actually made me think about my build a little more. I was leaning toward the Redsea reefmat 1200 for the smart side of it, but I like the idea of not having to have it sitting in the main chamber with the skimmer etc and just potentially removing the sock baffles and chucking a Clarisea in there...

Always great seeing everyone's builds and the different ways they approach things
 

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The tray is removable, but there is a glass divider that needs to be removed to fit the sk5000. I used thin strong fishing line and popped it out. Here is a pic of my plumbing on the 1200
What is the height of the stand for the sk5000?
 

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The tray is removable, but there is a glass divider that needs to be removed to fit the sk5000. I used thin strong fishing line and popped it out. Here is a pic of my plumbing on the 1200
@BobbyJ I can’t get my new SK5000 3rd Gen to fit on my 1500. The width of that chamber is ~4 15/16” and the width on the wider side of the Sk5000 is 5 5/8”. Is yours a Gen3?
 

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@BobbyJ I can’t get my new SK5000 3rd Gen to fit on my 1500. The width of that chamber is ~4 15/16” and the width on the wider side of the Sk5000 is 5 5/8”. Is yours a Gen3?
Btw @Jmp988, nothing needs to be finagled out to fit the fleece roller. Two of the dark plastic covers with sock just pop out. Pretty awesome!

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How did you get it to fit when the wide side of the sk5000 is wider than the compartment? See my post above replying to BobbyJ.
 

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How did you get it to fit when the wide side of the sk5000 is wider than the compartment? See my post above replying to BobbyJ.
Best picture I have. Had to getting a fitting to match up down pipe and input to roller mat. I will send better photos when I am home
Monday
 

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Yes, Gen3. @wsanley Here are the close-ups of mine. Looks exactly like @Kevinmj70. I used the following silicone tube to connect the pipe to sk500 input.

 

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I am really happy to see these build threads with the Cade 1500's. I'm going with the Cade and currently in the planning phase now and will certainly be leaning on y'all's experiences and expertise to guide me and hopefully use less brain cells in the process! The more I research this stuff the more my brain almost catches fire!
 

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Hi guys,

I finally decided to pull the trigger on setting up a saltwater tank (only had freshwater ones before) and decided to go big (5 foot tank). I plan on setting up a mixed reef with fish. This has always been a dream and I am really looking forward to developing a beautiful eco-system.

For the tank/stand, I wanted to go with an already plumbed system and looked at RedSea, Waterbox and CADE systems. However, CADE's black glass door non-wood cabinet won it for me. It just looks amazing and is very well built. Cade Reef 1500 S2

Plus Algaebarn (CADE's US distributor) includes free starter kit with the tank:
  • 50lbs of base rock, 30lbs of shelf rock and 30lb of single cut rock
  • 3 bags of 20lbs of CaribSea Arag-Alive Fiji pink sand
  • Salt - Fritz Red Box
  • 9 jars of Hexagon media, 9 jars of Rings media and 9 jars of Red Brick media
  • Cycle kit (1 Nitrocycle, 2 4oz Turbostart)
Samantha from Algaebarn was a God-sent by answering a myriad of questions and I just placed the order for CADE Reef 1500 S2. 169g total (143g inhabitable, 26g sump) - 12g ATO, 59"Lx27.5"Wx23.6"H (stand 35.4"H)

The tank will be in my study, and as I work from home, the quietness of the tank (and all equipment) is paramount for me. Most of the equipment selected above had to satisfy two main criteria: how quiet is it and how reliable. I'd also prefer not to modify the sump. Also, what can get automated. I am in IT, so not afraid of that aspect.

After weeks of scouring internet for information and getting some face to face advice, I think I settled on most of the gear for the tank:
  • Tank Lights: 2 x Kessil AP9X LED Aquarium Light & Mounting Arm Bundle and Kessil Extension Slide Bar
  • Heaters: 2 x Bulk Reef Supply 600W Titanium Aquarium Heater w/ Inkbird ITC-306a WiFi
  • Return pump: SICCE Syncra SDC 7.0 Water Pump 800-1900 gph WIFI DC Return with Controller
  • Powerheads: 2 x Tunze Turbelle Stream 3 (or possibly Sicce Xstream SDC)
  • Fleece roller: Red Sea ReefMat 1200 (or possibly Klir Fleece Filter Di-4 V2 or ClariSea SK-3000 Gen 3 Automatic Filter System)
  • Skimmer: Tunze 9410.001 DC Master DOC Skimmer (or possibly GREAT WHITE SKIMMER DC PLUS GW 12)
  • Monitoring: Coralvue Hydros monitoring system
    • Control X10
    • Control XP8 Energy Bar
    • iV w/ Ready-To-Use Alkalinity Testing Reagent
    • As well as Salinity Kit, ATO Kit, Rope Leak Sensor Kit, Skimmer Sensor and 2 Command Bus Terminators
  • RO/DI: Bulk Reef Supply 7 Stage PRO Plus 150 GPD Water Saver RO/DI System
  • Water change pump: Sicce Ultra Zero Utility Pump
  • Water change heater: Bulk Reef Supply 100W Titanium Aquarium Heater (is this enough?)
Would love to get any feedback from you guys on the choices above. Especially re: Powerheads, fleece roller and protein skimmer.

For example, If I go with 2 Sicce Xstream SDC, are they powerful enough for this size tank?

For fleece roller, which one might depend on placement. Also, if you know if specific ones above will fit with or without modifications to the sump (I am not counting taking out the socks). But I'd prefer to do no other modifications.

Also, did I miss anything to get started? Don't forget that I am new to the saltwater game, so please treat me a complete newbie… I won't get offended :)

For example:

Do I need a Protein Skimmer to start out?

Do I bother with a Refugium at all or to start? Because then I would need a Refugium light (Kessil A360X Refugium LED Light?)

Anything else?

Thank you all in advance!
Alex
Alex...now that you've had your system up and running for a bit I wanted to pick your brain and ask if there are things that you think you nailed or if there are some things you wish you would've done differently? I am ordering a Cade 1500 and definitely don't want to re-invent the wheel when I have this awesome community to tap into...
Thanks in advance for the help.

Ken
 

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Bobbyj,
Thanks for that plumbing input for the SK5000! This is why folks (like me) come to these forums....for the fantastic help from those who've been where we are going.
 

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The tray is removable, but there is a glass divider that needs to be removed to fit the sk5000. I used thin strong fishing line and popped it out. Here is a pic of my plumbing on the 1200
Thanks again for these tips! Do you run a skimmer? If so, have you had any of the problems I've seen people talk about regarding the skimmer going nuts after a new roll was replaced on the SK5000?
Thanks in advance
 

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@wsanley

Did you get it to fit? If not how old is your Cade? A while back they made a change to the sumps making the filter sock chamber about an inch wider. There is a post about it on one of the Australian forums.
 

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I put the SK5000 in my Cade 1200 S2 using a similar install. The only thing I did differently was to use two 45 degree PVC elbows as a dogleg between the overflow pipe and the SK5000 which allowed me to get the return pipe a little further from the back of the sump/stand. I did remove the small glass plate between the filter sock area and where the return pipes are supposed to go. I probably could have made it work without doing this, but it would have been tight (the 1200 has only 2 filter socks so much smaller space), and I would have had some dead space anyway in the corner.
 

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I bought the ClariSea SK5000 for my Cade 1500 (that is currently in the shipping queue) and also ordered the Typhoon UKD-200 skimmer (which hurt the wallet) and pulled the trigger on (3) ReeFi Uno pro’s from Daniel at ReeFi Labs (great dude and by all accounts great lights).

My current dilemma is what pumps to buy….

Help a brother out! There are so many iffy reviews out there on all these pump brands that the more I research the more confused I get…lol.
 

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