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d2mini 01-29-2013 07:26 PM

Cad Lights 4g Freshwater
I've searched high and low and have not found a single review on this aquarium, for freshwater planted or otherwise. All I can find is info on their saltwater tanks. I know it's fairly new but it came out last year. Does anybody know anything about this tank? :icon_eek:

I've actually ordered one based on the specs, but after doing further research I'm wondering whether that may have been a bad idea. For my first planted tank I wanted something of good quality but all-in-one. Also thinking it may be too much flow for a Betta fish, but I'm hoping there are ways to disperse/choke the flow a little bit. It should be here Thursday, and I do plan to go through with the build with any minor modifications necessary, unless ya'll think it's just a really poor choice. At the time it looked better than a Fluval Spec or similar. I have a Fluval Edge 6g that I'm not all that enamored with.

Here's the link to the website...

I would really like to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly.


exv152 01-29-2013 07:36 PM

There's a store in my city that's selling the tanks alone. I know they're starfire glass, and that alone is well worth the investment over regular glass or acrylic. The only downside is they tend to be a bit pricey.

kuro 01-29-2013 07:49 PM

I use the 8g nano version for my crs, which is the same as 4g nano just larger and the led light will grow low-med plant. However i did remove the back though. I hate the sump area in the back, it doesn't work like intended.

d2mini 01-29-2013 08:11 PM


Originally Posted by kuro (Post 2388946)
I use the 8g nano version for my crs, which is the same as 4g nano just larger and the led light will grow low-med plant. However i did remove the back though. I hate the sump area in the back, it doesn't work like intended.

This was one of my concerns. Can you elaborate at all on the issues with it?

So you ended up with just a glass tank and light and using some other filtration method instead?


kuro 01-29-2013 08:48 PM

Yea, i just use aquaclear 50 on it. The back refugium is removable therefore you know it not tightly fitted. When the water goes into the first chamber down the sponge into the second chamber with the biological filter and then back to the last chamber with pump back into the display tank. The problem here is the seal is not tightly fitted with refugium and the back wall so the water running from chamber 1 don't run through all the mechanical filter it just goes through the leak into chamber 2 same with the water in chamber 2, it leak into chamber 3, so most of the water barely even pass through the filter media, so it not filter probably and then the slot for the heater in the bottom of the chamber suppose to have water from chamber 2 running through it but instead there gap which allow water from display tank to leak through and then pump back into display tank which completely bypass first two chamber with the filter media. This might sound confusing but most of the water barely touch the filter media. I remove the back chamber and the acrylic that hold it in place this gave me alot of extra space to add my driftwood.

d2mini 01-29-2013 08:54 PM

Ah, interesting... but makes sense. Sounds like a pretty big design flaw. I wonder if Cad Lights is aware or what they would have to say about it.
I suppose another alternative would be to permanently silicone the filter in place?

kuro 01-29-2013 08:55 PM

If you do want to use the back refugium for filter you can use a airline tubing and cut a slit through it, then add that to the refugium back to try to seal most of it up. This guy did the same thing it help with his flow alot.

kuro 01-29-2013 08:56 PM

well if you going to seal it permanently you can't use the heater slot in the bottom which it was design to be removable just for that heater slot which kinda silly.

d2mini 01-29-2013 09:06 PM

Ah, thank you very much, Kuro. The pics help clear up some confusion since I don't actually have the tank yet. I have some of that black airline tubing so I may just give that a shot. Much appreciated.

kuro 01-29-2013 09:16 PM

Your welcome, enjoy your new tank.

d2mini 02-01-2013 02:28 AM

Well, apparently the design has changed and they have not updated their website! Pics to come...

d2mini 02-01-2013 03:18 AM

Pics in my new journal...

Good news: It's all siliconed

Bad news: No longer a separate heater section. Will try to fit one in the return section.
And after unscrewing the nozzle of the pump, the pump output is still about 1/16th of an inch too long to back all the way out of the hole. So the pump can't be removed! Not without force or a little surgery anyway. Idiots. Also not sure what to do with it. The nozzle is barbed on the end, but it didn't come with any thing else. I guess I could hook a hose to it if I wanted to, to direct flow. Seems kinda weird. No instructions or paperwork of any kind came with the tank. Also pretty weird imho.

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