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Tank Opinion - For me I liked the volume (and cheaper price) of the 600, but the 900 is really nice. If it wouldn't have been going on my second floor, I would have got the 900, but I was worried about the weight--like crazy person worried. I will say that 24" is DEEP. It can be a bit of the PITA to maintenance because I don't have very long arms (5'11"). The 900 frag might have been a better choice for me personally, but no going back now! In the future if I ever get a bigger tank I'll stick to 18" or less height. I've gotten used to having my arm burried up to my arm pit in the tank, but coming from only having experience with nano tanks, this was a new endeavor for me. I haven't seen a lot of tanks in person, but I do believe Cade is about as close to custom quality as you can get without going custom.Bummer about the Tang, but nice setup! Sooo.... I have been looking at a very similar setup! I have an old 80g tank that I am rehabbing, but I just cant resist pulling the trigger on a nice tank that can fit in my room, and this time around I don't really want to DIY. Also contemplating the Aquaforest Oceanguard tanks, but the electrical panel on the CADE is a real plus for me as that is just another DIY for other tanks. I am tempted to try the 900, but that would end up blocking part of my closet and I think the 600 is the right call.
I had to laugh, you have the same exact skimmer (Ultra Reef Akula UKS-160) I have my eye on, since it is reportedly super silent and bulletproof, as well as the Sicce SDC 6.0 return pump. I was thinking of the Kessil ap9x for the light.
I didn't see what you are using for flow? I think I see some Neros in there? I am likely going with an APEX controller and since the Sicce and Kessil work with the 0-10v controls, I was looking at options that will too (so maybe Tunze or a Gyre). The one thing is I would like to put them on the back wall, but that means magnets have to go in the weir and ATO chamber?
Any advice on what to go for when it comes to flow on this tank? This will likely be SPS dominant, but I will never run a tank that doesn't have some LPS and softies at the bottom.
Also, would you say the overflow is silent (and that skimmer)? Being in my room that is critical.
Any other recommendations based on your startup?
My best answer is potentially….Hi there, thanks so much for posting so much detail about your build. There’s not much out there about cade aquariums on YouTube. I’m planning on getting this tank and had a question about the sump. In place of where you have your Chaeto Reactor, do you think a Red Sea reef mat would work there?
Based on just the dimensions, it looks like it's not going to fit. That section of the sump is 14.88" x 12.36". The dimensions of the reef mat is 8.3" x 10.6" and the skimmer i'm running is 8.24" x 6.74". I thought i might be able to sneak it in as it seems smaller on the base and gets wider as you go up, but probably not worth the risk.My best answer is potentially….
it looks like the Red Sea 500 has a foot print of about 9 X 11”. But I’m going to say it would be really tight. I’m not sure if it’s practical for this sump. I considered a roller mat too, but I think I would get a replacement sump made because it’s just going to be too crowded (atleast for my liking). I think you’d have trouble fitting a skimmer in there.
if you wanted to just run the roller mat, that would probably work.
I’m not sure how tall the Red Sea roller mat sticks up over the the edge of the sump. You would just need to make sure that it wouldn’t hit the cable nook as this intrudes into the vertical space of the sump. Hopefully that makes sense.
Yeah I upgraded kind of quick! The 15 gallons wasn’t enough for me! I actually just added 3 turbos, along with a second urchin and some other neat critters in the last few weeks. I think they’ll keep it at bay once I manually remove all the long stuff. Right now I have lot of 1-2” strands growing from the reborn substrate. I’m scooping it out with a slotted spoon (removing any baby Trochus snails and critters) then pouring straight 3% hydrogen peroxide on it. After a few mins of swishing around with a spoon, I add it back in and the algae is gone. You should see how nasty the water is when I’m done!Glad I found your thread. I followed your other one but haven’t seen any action.
if the hair algae isn’t super long try getting a Mexican turbo snail. They work wonders. I know your tank is still young but I would consider beefing up your clean up crew. I have a 32 gal and have well over 20+ various snails and about15 hermits
Well when I had taken that picture, it had just gone into the tank after initial calibration, but it was brand new out of the box and I was adjusting the positioning of the probes. It's since come up to around 220. But to be honest, I don't know anything about ORP other than some use it to turn ozone on and off. The last few days it's been running around 200-223 with an average of 211. I see that is on the low side.I'm curious to know if your ORP sensor is calibrated or not. Reason why I say that is because 195 is rather low. I almost wonder if you have something consuming oxygen out of the water faster than its being replenished. Might be a shot in the dark but would explain why the YWG was behaving the way it was if it needed more oxygen. I'd look into testing to see what your current dissolved oxygen level is.