TJ's Santa CADE REEF 1200 S2 Tank Build

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Hey y'all the CADE 1200 came in today! I would like to give thanks to Algae Barn for this amazing opportunity and would like to personally thank each and every member involved in the special post. Also, I would like to personally thank Rudy, a fellow Niners fan, for helping me place the tank/ stand in my backyard. That made life a whole lot easier! Anyways, I can't wait to get this tank set up and will hopefully be able to show you my progress along the way. Let's get this started! - TJ
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Following along. The only thing that is preventing me from taking a serious look is the weird ATO reservoir being built into display. So hurry up and open it!!! Please!
I would like to see good pictures of the ATO
 
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This picture looks so great that it almost seems like a stock photo! :)
 
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Update: Hey yall its been a minute! As of right now, I have bought 60 lbs of real reef rock and 120 lbs of aragonite sand to get the scape process started! For the return pump, I was thinking about installing either a VarioS or COR20. For the wavemakers, I am stuck between the MP40s, WAVs, gyres, and neros. Any recommendations?
 

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I was thinking about that but realized the CADE has a back compartment for the ATO. I would have to put them on the sides!
Still have concerns over the gravity fed ATO failing on. How do you like it, any issues?
 
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Still have concerns over the gravity fed ATO failing on. How do you like it, any issues?
Its perfect! It is very sleek, and I do not need a separate container with a loud pump when it gets low! Also, it comes pre-plumbed! I really think every reef tank should come with one of these. Super easy and super clean.
 
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Its perfect! It is very sleek, and I do not need a separate container with a loud pump when it gets low! Also, it comes pre-plumbed! I really think every reef tank should come with one of these. Super easy and super clean.
Oh yeah, one more thing about the ATO. It has a perfect little hole at the top of the lid that allows you to run an RODI line into the compartment directly. I am thinking on leaving it in there so I can just turn on the RODI whenever I feel the need to do so.
 
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Update (6/16):
I have finally added the skimmer, heater, return pump, lights, scape, and sand and I'm ready to fill 'er up! I have decided to go with the mp40s because I did not want to mess with any in-tank wires and the pre-existing lid. Additionally, I have been considering getting a UV filter and two media reactors and would love to know if anyone had any recommendations for either. The sides of the glass are covered with a bit of sand, so I'll send some more pics once it is all filled!
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The platforms you created are awesome! And not going to lie- I'm going to look for your sleeping dog in every photo haha
 
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After filling the tank for approx. 3 days in a row, I have noticed a bit of an issue with the return plumbing. As of right now, whenever I turn on the return pump, there is a noticeable leak between the return plumbing and the flat bottom side of the tank (shown in the image). I have been trying to tighten the pipe with a wrench to ensure that it is sealed enough, but I am fearful of cracking the pvc and/or ruining the bottom covering of the tank. I am really surprised that there are no clear instructions for this, as I really wanted to know if there was an o-ring meant for this fitting. I tried to contact CADE support but the call dropped after being left on hold for a while. Does anyone have any recommendations?
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