RR's CADE 300 Nano Reef : #Live Aquatics

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The guys from @Live Aquatics was kind enough to send me this amazing gift after my fun entry on their competition thread here on MASA. https://www.marineaquariumsa.com/threads/win-a-complete-nano.79346/

I made a fun entry for the competition and 2 days later on Friday 7 Sept 2018 Live Aquatics surprised me with a gift nano tank. I received a PM from them informing me that Bruce will contact me on Monday for more details. Bruce phoned me on Monday, got my details and told me the tank will be delivered during the week. This was going to be the longest week in history. Or so i thought. Thanks Bruce!!

The Arrival : Tuesday 11 Sept 2018

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So after a busy weekend i finally have some time to give an update / review on my CADE 300 nano tank. The first part will be more of a review until it's filled and the cycle started. I'm doing this mainly because info and reviews on the CADE 300 is about non existent on a google search. I also hope to give some info for the guys who would like to buy this setup. So here goes.

PART1:

Pleased with how this tank was packaged and shipped. Sturdy 6mm plywood box. The sides hold together with a zinc metal frame. I think it's a cool little box. The tank sits on a solid piece of high density foam and the 4 corners are also protected by the same type of foam. The light and skimmer was covered by a white foam sheet and placed in the middle of the tank.

The tank is constructed from 6mm optic white / starphire glass. When you compare this to normal float glass there is definitely a difference. YES even on 6mm. Trust me :) It looks gr8. It is more clear than how the camera captured it. The bottom part of the tank sits inside a black plastic frame. Its fixed to the glass with black silicone. The plastic have nice beveled edges and the tank sits slightly elevated. No need for polystyrene or foam mat underneath the tank. The bottom glass is covered in a white film on the outside.

The tank is wrapped in cling wrap to help protect the glass from scratches. The top part was not covered and that kinda defeats some of it's purpose. The overall finish of the tank is good. The glass was not perfectly clean with a few silicone finger marks and smudges here and there. The glass edges are polished and all line up perfect. The tank is finished in clear silicone with no bubbles and perfect straight seams. The CADE logo is etched into the glass. The back and sides of the AIO compartments are wrapped in matt black textured vinyl. I really like the look of the textured vinyl compared to the smooth glossy one. It's give it somewhat of a different feel and look.

So far my overall impression is positive and i'm excited! I like the optic white glass, polished edges, perfect seams and etched logo. The textured vinyl gives it a nice finish.

To be continued...

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Dimensions? Looks really nice, now i wonder for my Nano....Waterbox or Cade?
@Shahiem

Tank dimensions : 300x300x300mm.
AIO - Total 280mm(l)x65mm(w)x290mm(h)

Skimmer chamber : 100x65x270mm
Media chamber : 100x65x270mm
Return chamber : 80x65x265mm
 
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Thats a really cute size, i wonder if they will be bringing in different sizes of these, i cant wait to see the range its as you say info on this range is limited.
 
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Part 2:

Skimmer, skimmer chamber and overflow.

Skimmer chamber : 100x65x270mm

The skimmer is an interesting design. It fits snug into a slot that is machine cut out of the AIO front glass panel. The AIO front glass panel is made out of 2x4mm laminated glass panels. The laminate is a black film to make it a black background. On both sides of the skimmer there's overflow slots for surface skimming. There's also a mid level "skimming" intake just beneath the skimmer slot. The skimmer is a compact 2 part square design with a decent size clear cup that fits snug onto the body. The cup has a removable lid. Skimmer comes with a venturi driven pump with needle wheel impeller and ceramic shaft. The skimmer pump intake sits between the mid level & surface extraction slots on the front part of the skimmer body. When i look at the position of the skimmer intake i can only think that it would work great at "sucking" up waste and any particles that may float in the water column. There's an adjustable knob on the top right of the skimmer to control the water / skim level of the skimmer.

At this time i can only speculate about it's possible performance. I will do an update when a decent bio load is available.

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Thats a really cute size, i wonder if they will be bringing in different sizes of these, i cant wait to see the range its as you say info on this range is limited.
We will have the full range in store for the opening for you to look and play with. The first lot arrived yesterday we have uncrated the range and let me assure you that there aren't many tanks available in SA that can stand up to the Quality. They are awesome and will be very competitive with price.

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The 300 and the 400 are AIO units, all you need to do is add a heater, they come complete with skimmer light and Pump.
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Part 2:

Skimmer, skimmer chamber and overflow.

Skimmer chamber : 100x65x270mm

The skimmer is an interesting design. It fits snug into a slot that is machine cut out of the AIO front glass panel. The AIO front glass panel is made out of 2x4mm laminated glass panels. The laminate is a black film to make it a black background. On both sides of the skimmer there's overflow slots for surface skimming. There's also a mid level "skimming" intake just beneath the skimmer slot. The skimmer is a compact 2 part square design with a decent size clear cup that fits snug onto the body. The cup has a removable lid. Skimmer comes with a venturi driven pump with needle wheel impeller and ceramic shaft. The skimmer pump intake sits between the mid level & surface extraction slots on the front part of the skimmer body. When i look at the position of the skimmer intake i can only think that it would work great at "sucking" up waste and any particles that may float in the water column. There's an adjustable knob on the top right of the skimmer to control the water / skim level of the skimmer.

At this time i can only speculate about it's possible performance. I will do an update when a decent bio load is available.

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Pretty cool yes, But im not very fond of the idea of the skimmer intake being in my display? Odds of it catching some LPS tentacles? Guess just dnt fix corals close to it?

Still a cool looking tank!
 
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Pretty cool yes, But im not very fond of the idea of the skimmer intake being in my display? Odds of it catching some LPS tentacles? Guess just dnt fix corals close to it?

Still a cool looking tank!
Very small possibility. I'll plant a torch coral in front of it just for you :m13:
 

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