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BriGuy31+ Cadlights 50G Artisan Series Cube


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    BriGuy31+ - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Default BriGuy31+ Cadlights 50G Artisan Series Cube

    I just figured I would start a thread on this site of my new tank that has been up for about 6 weeks. Mostly same info that is on other sites so nothing different yet.

    Well, this is my first upgrade. This thread will start slowly and baby-step through my change over from my 24g JBJ Nano cube. I love the cube look and I'll limited on space in my living room, so I decided on another cube. After looking at several manufacturers, I went with the Cadlights 50G Artisan Series.

    Tank:
    24X24X20 rimless starphire glass on three sides
    Black silicone
    Polished edges
    1000g center overflow
    1" drilled drain hole
    1/2" drilled return hole

    Stand:
    24X24X30
    Cadlights Dark Walnut cabinet
    I am thinking of putting 4" legs to raise the height

    Sump:
    Cadlights 16 gallon glass sump
    9w fuge light. I might upgrade this.

    Skimmer:
    Bubble-Magus NAC-6
    I'm really impressed with the build on this skimmer. A very reasonable price. Although, it is still dry and I will hold judgment for now.

    Pumps:

    Mag 9.5 return pump
    Vortech MP20

    Substrate:
    CaribSea Aragonite Seaflor Special Grade Reef Sand

    Lights:
    Icecap 250w doulbe end MH
    14K Phoenix bulb
    Will have to due for now. I want more flexibility down the road.

    Top-off
    Tunze Osmolator Universal 3155
    Best upgrade that I've made so far with my old tank

    Fish:
    2-Picasso clownfish grade B from Donni's Reef
    1-Orange spotted shrimp goby

    Inverts:
    Tiger pistol shrimp
    Blood shrimp
    Fighting conch
    5-6 scarlet hermit crabs
    20-30 various snails
    I know I will need more soon.

    I will need to make a list of my corals sooner or later. Although, my list will be half as long as it used to be because I sold a lot to fund this upgrade.

    A few pictures of the unwrapping.

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    BriGuy31+ - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    I had to move a baffle in order to fit my new skimmer. I also formed a piece of acrylic to hold a filter sock instead of the bio-balls and filter pads. I cut out the circle for the neck after this picture. I am learning how to plumb an overflow by reading several articles online. This will be my first plumb job and I would very much like to get it right the first time. Any suggestions on your past mistakes to avoid and/or your good outcomes? I plan on using a DIY Durso standpipe.

    Exploded Parts List - Page 4-Durso Standpipe part list

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    BriGuy31+ - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Here is the tank as of 5/8/10

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    Thanks for sharing the eye candy.

    I am really liking the Cubes.
    Picked up a 37 cube, can not wait to get it up and running.

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    ReeferRob - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Very nice tank. Welcome to CR. Did you see in the Reef Tools section on the menu bar you can start a "Showcase Reef!"

    Looking forward to watching your reef grow here on CR!
    "We shouldn't think of an environment where livestock can survive, we should ensure an environment where livestock can thrive."-Rabidgoose
    "If it's gonna be that kinda party, Ima stick my ........ in the mashed potatoes!"-Beastie Boys

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    Sweet cube!

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    BriGuy31+ - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReeferRob View Post
    Very nice tank. Welcome to CR. Did you see in the Reef Tools section on the menu bar you can start a "Showcase Reef!"

    Looking forward to watching your reef grow here on CR!
    I see the Reef Tools button, but not the "showcase reef" under that tab. What does the showcase reef entail?

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    BriGuy31+ - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Here is a mostly complete list of my Corals:.

    SPS

    Tyree Pink lemonade
    Sunset tabling Mille
    ORA Marshall Island Blue Bottlebrush
    ORA Red Planet
    Lemonade glowstick (Deepwater Lokani)
    ATL Red Table
    Green Slimmer
    ATL Strawberry Fields Acro(died after the swap) Need to find a replacement
    Rainbow Encrusting Monti
    Some others that I forgot the names of. I'll try to post pictures to help with an ID. This list is as much for everyone else as it is for me to recall what I have.

    Zoas:

    Red Hornet
    Blue Hornet
    Rastas
    Nightmares
    Speckled Reds
    Sunflowers
    and some other nice no-namer from Paradise Corals

    LPS:

    Duncan
    multi-colored acan

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    ReeferRob - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by BriGuy31+ View Post
    I see the Reef Tools button, but not the "showcase reef" under that tab. What does the showcase reef entail?
    It is a searchable database for every to post info on there tanks. You can also update it as you update or make improvement to your tank.
    "We shouldn't think of an environment where livestock can survive, we should ensure an environment where livestock can thrive."-Rabidgoose
    "If it's gonna be that kinda party, Ima stick my ........ in the mashed potatoes!"-Beastie Boys

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    jimsflies - Reefkeeper
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    Sweet tank!

    To use start a reef showcase, select "Add/Edit Reef" on the Reef Tools menu item.

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