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AndyI
03-26-2014, 05:34 PM
Well after a ton of research, I finally ordered my first sw reef setup.

I decided to go with a Cad Lights 100g Artisan II ( http://www.cadlights.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=47&products_id=250 (http://www.cadlights.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=47&products_id=250) ). I found them as I was researching protein skimmers and came across some good reviews on the Cad Lights TIA 1220. I dealt with Phil in Quebec and he has been fantastic to deal with. I liked the fact that it is 1/2" starfire glass with a center overflow (which is what I was looking for) with durso drain with modified herbie style, a 30g sump, refuge light, protein skimmer (went with the upgraded 1220), plumbing, return pump, black cabinet and light hangers. I have read lots of reviews and these systems are supposed to be quite attractive and very quiet.

I have to say that researching sw setups and all the various ways to set them up was quite overwhelming for me as I am new in the hobby (only have had fw tanks) and just moved to a new area and didn't know anyone who has any sw experience. I knew I wanted a setup with a sump and especially for my first setup I was hoping to find something that already had plumbing etc. I looked at the Red Sea and beside the fact that they are quite expensive, they didn't seem to be very customizable and I am sure that down the road I would want to have that flexibility.

My lights are 2x 120w programmable full spectrum LEDs.

My aquarium arrived and unfortunately the sump was broken and I was missing the protein skimmer, return pump, plumbing and refuge light. After finally getting this sorted out, hold ups at customs, modifications I did to the sump layout to give me a larger refugium and plumbing, I finished my leak test and I am happy to report have begun the cycle process. http://winnipegfishforum.info/forum/Smileys/default/hello2.gif Here is a pic of the tank empty and during my leak test and the sump setup.

Since I have had the tank running for a bit, I have decided to get a Tunze ATO which should be installed soon.....

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Andy

Slyguy00
03-26-2014, 05:45 PM
Nice setup!

hillegom
03-26-2014, 06:34 PM
Looking good already
Let the cycle begin

mseepman
03-26-2014, 08:49 PM
Looking good! I'm sunscribed!

straightrazorguy
03-26-2014, 08:59 PM
Nice Setup. Subscribed!

AndyI
03-27-2014, 12:30 AM
Thank a bunch for the positive comments...... I am so addicted already lol

darkreef
03-27-2014, 03:41 AM
this is sweet its almost the same as my custom tank! so im tagging along to see where you go with it !!

AndyI
01-06-2015, 12:57 AM
Well here is my tank today :biggrin:

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x179/scanner_66/tank_001.jpg

kien
01-06-2015, 05:12 AM
Great start to your setup. Now the fun part! Collecting and watching things grow grow grow! :biggrin: