Reef Now: Financing Your New CADE Aquarium System

No one said that reef aquarium keeping is a cheap addiction (hey, at least it’s a healthy one!). The hobby is rife with stories of reefkeepers playing shell games to keep their spouses unaware of their aquarium expenditures… of reefkeepers eating raman so their fish can eat fresh seafood… of reefkeepers taking up a second job as coral farmers in order to “pay for their habit…”

We all get it. Most of us have been there. And, it’s something we all readily acknowledge as a community–hell, compulsive buying has become such a deeply ingrained part of this pastime that it’s become ready fodder for umpteen wise-cracking memes. But that is emphatically not what this article is about.

Bells, whistles and side cabinet entry

By now, most serious marine aquarists have heard of the advanced reef aquarium systems introduced by Australian glass aquarium manufacturer Cade. Cade USA has recently partnered with AlgaeBarn LLC to bring Cade’s well-made and cost-effective tanks, as well as its top-notch customer support, to American hobbyists. What’s more, AlgaeBarn has made the Cade aquarium experience more financially accessible to the average consumer through affordable affirm financing.

Yes, Cades are not “cheap.” They are expertly engineered and fabricated with the highest quality materials. They are truly complete (as in, built-in power management setups with external switches) and include far more than the typical aquarium “combo.” And compared to other so-called all-in-one systems, Cades run on the larger side (70 to 221.4 gallons total capacity). Take a closer look and you’ll see that the manifest value of a Cade tank is much greater than its sticker price. With financing, obtaining one is entirely feasible. 

That being said, like any larger, smartly styled, high-quality aquarium system (specially purchased as complete), these tanks can put a dent in your statement balance. For most aquarists, under normal circumstances, the only option to buy a system such as this would be by old-fashioned saving. But it doesn’t have to be that way. And that’s why AlgaeBarn has introduced an attractive financing plan for your new Cade.

Yup, payment options on Cade products at AlgaeBarn are provided through Affirm by these lending partners: (options depend on your purchase amount, and a down payment may be required). And check this out… Affirm APR is only 10-30% or even 0% APR based on credit rating (subject to a fast eligibility check).   

It is of course gratifying to get the things we want when we want them. Certainly no exception here, we’re sure. But that’s not the only point. With this option, you can now get a complete system up-and-running at its full capacity right off, giving you (and your animals) the benefit of the healthiest start possible. No more expensive additions, modifications or “upgrading” down the road! 

You can get all of the core components of a cutting-edge system in a single purchase–down to the AlgaeBarn bundle items available through November. This incredibly generous bundle includes quality base rock and substrate as well as an array of chemicals and additives (only while supplies last!); see individual tank listings for Cade Black November Sale bundle details! 

Oh… and just to make the deal even sweeter, you’ll get a CADE Owners VIP Membership which rewards you with special discounts forever on AlgaeBarn products, plus an Exclusive Support Line and Social Group. Seriously. 


Veteran hobbyists might remember the excitement surrounding releases of exceptionally well-crafted aquarium systems over the last few decades. Take for example the original Oceanic Reef-Ready series. These systems were study enough to survive a quarter century to the present. And they were so damn nice that aquarists still want them. In fact, perhaps due to the nostalgia they elicit, you could say that they’ve become a sort of collector’s item.

Let us say here that we believe these Cades have already started an even bigger and more indelible legacy than any premium aquarium system made before them. That’s not market-sized hyperbole; AlgaeBarn is downright stoked about these systems and is proud to partner with Cade USA. 

Aquarium systems are not just something to look at. Nor are they mere toys we use to “play” with new technologies or methodologies. They are the framework for a life support system used to maintain a diversity of delicate aquatic lifeforms. As these animals’ keepers, it is our responsibility to provide the best living conditions available. We believe that Cade manufactures the best aquaria that any money can buy. We are confident that American hobbyists will agree. That’s exactly why we are offering the greatest ever promotion on every Cade tank we offer–with financing that ensures nearly everyone can afford it. 

Right, sure… “greatest sale ever.” They all say that. Maybe so. But this really is a promotion like no other. In addition to our really fab financing ops, the valuable goodies included in the Black November bundle genuinely make this promo an offer you can’t refuse. As such, it’s not an offer that AlgaeBarn, or anyone, can offer every other weekend. And that’s okay, because this is a celebration (did we mention that we’re excited about these tanks?). 

We really mean it when we say that we’ll always consider our 2020 Black November CADE Owners VIP Members as ambassadors for these innovative aquaria. And we sincerely can’t wait to see what all you innovative aquarists out there can do with them!

311 thoughts on “Reef Now: Financing Your New CADE Aquarium System”

    1. Not everyone have large amount of funding for a new aquarium this will give them a good opportunity to have the tank of their dream

  1. If you have to finance a tank how are you going to be able to stock it?
    Maybe get a smaller tank you can actually afford?

  2. Jennifer Reichardt

    This is great that you offer financing. This hobby is expensive, leaving many ppl out. But y’all allow everyone get involved! Thank you

  3. Rebecca Whitley

    I love the financing idea! I hope it stays around for awhile. And re: the person asking how you can afford to stock? Sometimes stocking isnt a problem, i have over 100# of dry rock but my Aquariums have all cracked and have issues. Slowly adding livestock is usually recommended anyway, so 2 w 1 stone imo.

  4. If you want quality, you’re going to have to spend the money. That being said, companies that allow you to finance truly help you achieve the tank of your dreams.

  5. It’s great to offer financing to allow not only people with less money to spread the cost out but with all the costs that go along with owning a reef tank its an excellent option for everyone!

  6. This is a slightly expensive hobby but its totally worth it when looking at the amazing ocean life you have in your house. Seems like a trustworthy company.

  7. Tank build and quality are definitely factors to look at when setting up a system. You will be much happier with a better built system than trying to get by on a budget.

  8. This is amazing! Unless you’re me sitting here with a broken tank and not able to finance a new one because I screwed my credit when I was 20 and dumb. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤣

  9. I would never recommend financing. It is just a way to get into more debt. Save up first and then buy when you have the money.

  10. Martin D Robinson

    It’s great that you can finance so not you can get into the hobby without putting a bunch of money up and not have a tank.

  11. This is a pretty nice alternative to just buying used equipment over and over because you cannot afford it all right now, especially being able to get everything at one time in order to enjoy the hobby.

  12. I do this type of thing periodically for items that plan to pay off. Boosts the credit and payments are much better at a low rate than large cash purchases.

  13. I say great price! Especially because from personal experience I’ve spent more money combined in the beginning not doing it the right way and fish loss etc. I spent alot of money and I would definitely pay the price for one of these beauts!

  14. Nice to know there is flexibility in terms of paying. These aquariums are not cheap so to be able to pay only a certain amount a month instead of all at once is nice.

  15. I’m thankful this has become a more accessible option. A higher end brand and the quality that comes with it is worth the higher end investment!

  16. If you’re going to buy your dream tank anyways… at least now you can break the payments up so it’s not as big of a hit at one time.

  17. Would really love to upgrade to the 1800. Not sure I’d go thru here for the financing, but it’s nice to have the option available.

  18. With the finance option it allows people who are in a budget to have the tank of their dreams with out putting them in debt right away.

  19. I think it’s awesome to offer financing on such a large and important portion of the tank building process. Especially for such and amazing tank design.

  20. That’s awesome to do this, however, I’ve always been the type of person that if I can’t afford it with cash I don’t buy it. Keeps me out of debt 🤷🏻‍♀️

  21. david.portholepub

    I mean, worst come to worst. I can always finance a new CADE… but for real, I would prefer to win one 😂😂

  22. I think its great that you guys offer financing but running a tank that you need to finance isn’t cheap and should be taken into consideration

  23. This easy financing is definitely going to get me in trouble. But it’s also going to get me into my dream tank sooner!

  24. Awesome Guys finally some real financing. Alot of us folk can’t outright buy one of these beautiful aquariums so being able to do payments on them is just too good to pass up.

  25. unfortunately im still trying to repair my credit, so while it sounds good im going to just keep my coin jar going and hope for a win, or eventually save enough. but great option for those who can do the payment plans…

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