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In the last few years, All-In-One aquariums have begun to flood both the beginners and advanced reefing sector of the market. Characterized as having filtration integrated into the aquarium, All-In-One (AIO) aquariums are epitomized by the popular Innovative Marine Nuvo, JBJ NanoCube, and the Biocube.

 

However, these aquariums, particularly my JBJ RL-45, include a severe filtration issue. The supplied "Media Basket" is grossly inefficient, allowing over half of the water (And unwanted waste) to avoid filtration.

 

InTank LLC offers a solution to this problem, offering high quality media baskets that use 100% of the aquariums potential. In this review, I will be comparing the stock JBJ RL-45 media baskets with the aftermarket ones sold by InTank LLC.

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I ordered two Rimless Nano Cube 45 Media Baskets and one Innovative Marine 30 & 38 Fuge Basket. I was told that this "Fuge Basket" (The Refugium basket, in which macro algae is placed) would fit the RL-45 despite its title. At the same time I also order poly filter, as Intank LLC offers it for the cheapest price around.

 

Shipping:

After a bit of a wait (Due to Memorial Day), I was excited to see that my package finally arrived.

 

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The acrylic baskets were protected quite cleverly, using multiple layers of redundancy. The Poly-Filter was placed on the edges of the box, followed by a significant amount of bubble wrap and foam cloth.

 

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The contents were also arranged quite snugly, cleverly boxed to prevent movement within.

 

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The Acrylic Baskets were also in their own boxes, once again wrapped in foam to prevent damage.

 

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I pity the landfill! Kidding, I recycle!

 

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Initial Impressions of Quality:

 

Wow. Truthfully, this was my initial impression of the InTank media basket. The acrylic is spotless, and the joints are unbelievably clean and precise- like I've never seen before.

 

The twins:

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For example, check out the unbelievable cutout of the water distributers. Remarkable! The center piece can be slid in or out at will, allowing the owner to custom design how he would like to set up the filtration media.

 

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The acrylic slides out to allow access to the media, and to adjust the layout

 

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Comparing to the JBJ Media Basket (Included with aquarium):

 

​The difference is day and night, both in the workmanship and the performance of the media baskets.

 

The InTank Media Basket is over double the size of the included basket, and forces 100% of the water to go through the filtration. Instead of explaining it to you, I will include some comparison pictures of the stock vs. Intank baskets. The difference is obvious!

 

InTank basket (Left) next to JBJ basket (Right)

 

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This view allows one to see how much larger the InTank version is.

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Just an impressive piece of equipment!

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Performance- InTank vs. JBJ

 

I knew from the start that the JBJ Media Basket was mediocre at best. Half the water goes over the basket and back into the aquarium, cutting your filtration (And potential stocking) by more than half. The Intank basket utilizes the entire potential, down to the 1/4 cm. The Intank media basket also will not move, unlike the JBJ.

 

Here you can see how small the JBJ basket is

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And if it is slightly moved (Even by water!), one ends up with zero filtration.

 

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Now see the tight fit of the InTank media basket- unbelievable! I would like to see some water even TRY to avoid the poly-filter goodness!

 

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Now thats some filtration!

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Now thats some filtration! (Pardon the tubing, I was acclimating some livestock at the time)

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The refugium basket, as advertised, fit snugly into the compartment directly next to the main filtration basket. Once again, the quality is remarkable and the fit perfect. I look forward to the Macro!

 

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Overall, buying the InTank Media Basket was a choice I will not regret. Now I can include more media, have double the filtration, and not fret about the stock media basket (Which breaks, moves, etc). I will update this review with long-term results and benefits as I go.

 

Please feel free to ask any questions or make any comments here!

 

Note: I do not work for or receive any benefit from InTank LLC by making this review. The full retail price was paid for the tested equipment.

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Oh and some fabulous art!

 

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Tank params:

P: 0

N:5

KH: 9.1

Ca: 480

Shouldn't you be at school? ;) haha

School is 7:20-2:20!

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Oh and some fabulous art!

 

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Tank params:

P: 0

N:5

KH: 9.1

Ca: 480

 

School is 7:20-2:20!

That's too early! When I was in HS it was 7:45 to 3:01 haha

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HarryPotter

Yeah life sucks! :lol:

 

Wake up at 6:00, leave at 6:30 :(

 

Question: in the blue/white filter, what side goes up? Lol

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Yeah life sucks! :lol:

 

Wake up at 6:00, leave at 6:30 :(

 

Question: in the blue/white filter, what side goes up? Lol

I don't think it matters but I put blue side up sense it was more coarse

Since

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I don't think it matters but I put blue side up sense it was more coarseSince

I heard that white goes up and blue down because the blue is finer, so gets the tiny particles that the white misses. I dunno though, probably doesn't matter?

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thecoralbeauty

Firstly, that was NOT how you spell quarantine.

 

Secondly, congrats on the equipment! Looks shmancy.

 

Thirdly, quit whining about having to get up early. I'm up at 5, at work by 6, and leave at 4.

 

Then again, I do get seasonal paid unemployment starting this time next week through July.... but.... shh.

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White side up.

 

 

 

That's what she said

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Firstly, that was NOT how you spell quarantine.

 

Secondly, congrats on the equipment! Looks shmancy.

 

Thirdly, quit whining about having to get up early. I'm up at 5, at work by 6, and leave at 4.

 

Then again, I do get seasonal paid unemployment starting this time next week through July.... but.... shh.

Sorry Ms. Morgan! :P

 

Haha I'm volunteering all summer, no pay for me! I'll need to make some odd jobs lol

White side up.

 

 

 

That's what she said

Morgan?

 

Jkjkjk thanks lol

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Look! There's snails on my clams!

 

I don't think they'll hurt it, but it's pretty cool looking!

 

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The chemi-pure blue is some cool stuff. It has GFO, Carbon, and phosban in one bag! I have so much media space! I may ditch my carbonI reactor lol

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NOOOOOOOO! So I went to the LFS and they SOLD THE ELEGANCE CORAL! NOOOOO!!!!!!

 

Haha I ended up buying test kits, 10 snails, and a TINY Green Rock Flower Anemone ($9.99, not bad)

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Aww man am I the only one up? No Saturday night reeding?

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I'm just getting home from the park with momma and the demon.

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In the last few years, All-In-One aquariums have begun to flood both the beginners and advanced reefing sector of the market. Characterized as having filtration integrated into the aquarium, All-In-One (AIO) aquariums are epitomized by the popular Innovative Marine Nuvo, JBJ NanoCube, and the Biocube.

 

However, these aquariums, particularly my JBJ RL-45, include a severe filtration issue. The supplied "Media Basket" is grossly inefficient, allowing over half of the water (And unwanted waste) to avoid filtration.

 

InTank LLC offers a solution to this problem, offering high quality media baskets that use 100% of the aquariums potential. In this review, I will be comparing the stock JBJ RL-45 media baskets with the aftermarket ones sold by InTank LLC.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

I ordered two Rimless Nano Cube 45 Media Baskets and one Innovative Marine 30 & 38 Fuge Basket. I was told that this "Fuge Basket" (The Refugium basket, in which macro algae is placed) would fit the RL-45 despite its title. At the same time I also order poly filter, as Intank LLC offers it for the cheapest price around.

 

Shipping:

After a bit of a wait (Due to Memorial Day), I was excited to see that my package finally arrived.

 

IMG_0678_zpsdjpkuev9.jpg

 

The acrylic baskets were protected quite cleverly, using multiple layers of redundancy. The Poly-Filter was placed on the edges of the box, followed by a significant amount of bubble wrap and foam cloth.

 

IMG_0679_zpsobajwui9.jpg

 

The contents were also arranged quite snugly, cleverly boxed to prevent movement within.

 

IMG_0681_zpstu5fivkc.jpg

 

The Acrylic Baskets were also in their own boxes, once again wrapped in foam to prevent damage.

 

IMG_0682_zpsyw0ygz6w.jpg

 

IMG_0684_zpsmqr0nj5i.jpg

 

IMG_0685_zpsibaz9niz.jpg

 

I pity the landfill! Kidding, I recycle!

 

IMG_0731_zpsjg1b5inb.jpg

 

Initial Impressions of Quality:

 

Wow. Truthfully, this was my initial impression of the InTank media basket. The acrylic is spotless, and the joints are unbelievably clean and precise- like I've never seen before.

 

The twins:

IMG_0694_zpst4w519fi.jpg

 

For example, check out the unbelievable cutout of the water distributers. Remarkable! The center piece can be slid in or out at will, allowing the owner to custom design how he would like to set up the filtration media.

 

IMG_0692_zpsngpr6lvc.jpg

 

The acrylic slides out to allow access to the media, and to adjust the layout

 

IMG_0689_zpsctb96xoj.jpg

 

Comparing to the JBJ Media Basket (Included with aquarium):

 

​The difference is day and night, both in the workmanship and the performance of the media baskets.

 

The InTank Media Basket is over double the size of the included basket, and forces 100% of the water to go through the filtration. Instead of explaining it to you, I will include some comparison pictures of the stock vs. Intank baskets. The difference is obvious!

 

InTank basket (Left) next to JBJ basket (Right)

 

IMG_0707_zpsxdo5mkzx.jpg

 

 

This view allows one to see how much larger the InTank version is.

IMG_0706_zpsbooqupei.jpg

 

Just an impressive piece of equipment!

IMG_0712_zpsewb5yxl0.jpg

 

Performance- InTank vs. JBJ

 

I knew from the start that the JBJ Media Basket was mediocre at best. Half the water goes over the basket and back into the aquarium, cutting your filtration (And potential stocking) by more than half. The Intank basket utilizes the entire potential, down to the 1/4 cm. The Intank media basket also will not move, unlike the JBJ.

 

Here you can see how small the JBJ basket is

IMG_0702_zpsmsrte8n9.jpg

 

And if it is slightly moved (Even by water!), one ends up with zero filtration.

 

IMG_0723_zpsx5muzry8.jpg

 

Now see the tight fit of the InTank media basket- unbelievable! I would like to see some water even TRY to avoid the poly-filter goodness!

 

IMG_0722_zpstb9qqexp.jpg

 

Now thats some filtration!

IMG_0720_zpsts36hud0.jpg

 

Now thats some filtration! (Pardon the tubing, I was acclimating some livestock at the time)

IMG_0732_zpszifmw0qp.jpg

 

The refugium basket, as advertised, fit snugly into the compartment directly next to the main filtration basket. Once again, the quality is remarkable and the fit perfect. I look forward to the Macro!

 

IMG_0728_zpsekg7yqof.jpg

 

 

Overall, buying the InTank Media Basket was a choice I will not regret. Now I can include more media, have double the filtration, and not fret about the stock media basket (Which breaks, moves, etc). I will update this review with long-term results and benefits as I go.

 

Please feel free to ask any questions or make any comments here!

 

Note: I do not work for or receive any benefit from InTank LLC by making this review. The full retail price was paid for the tested equipment.

Great write up! Yeah, Stevie and Intank are great!

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HarryPotter

Great write up! Yeah, Stevie and Intank are great!

Thanks! Yeah already the filter floss is BROWN! Less than 12 hours!

 

Crazy stuff... I just upgraded the two pumps to Cobalt 1200's and now the filteration is insane!

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Thanks! Yeah already the filter floss is BROWN! Less than 12 hours!

 

Crazy stuff... I just upgraded the two pumps to Cobalt 1200's and now the filteration is insane!

I'm glad that you got the cobalt ones. I made the mistake to get the marine land one, and it can get noisy!

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I'm glad that you got the cobalt ones. I made the mistake to get the marine land one, and it can get noisy!

yeah I originally bought the marine land one and it sucked! Now I just use it for water changes lol

 

The flow in the tank is getting REALLY high. I recently increased the MP40w QD to 40%!

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Tank is really clean now, I think the mini-cycle (from the new live sand) is done. There are no more diatoms, parameters are great, and overall corals look great.

 

The green slimer is the only one not doing well- it has barely any PE. I think that is due to rapidly raising the Ca and Alk. It's not bleaching, but barely has any PE.

 

In other news, the InTank media baskets are awesome! I love the Poly-Filter as well, and changed them out this morning (yeah after 12 hours lol) because they were filthy!

 

I have so much media space that I was/am considering if the BRS reactor is neccesary!

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Thread name change 682......

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Thread name change 682......

Great advice! I really appreciate all the valuable insight you put into my thread Braap! :P

 

Yeah InTank is here! Read up on the review- I love em!

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Everything is looking great! I LOVE my inTank media basket and I also love the floss! it works well. I originally had the inTank fuge basket as well but ended up swapping out for the tunze 9001.

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Everything is looking great! I LOVE my inTank media basket and I also love the floss! it works well. I originally had the inTank fuge basket as well but ended up swapping out for the tunze 9001.

 

Thanks! Luckily I might have to do the same- I have a JBJ PSK-45 skimmer on the way, that I believe takes up one of the two fuge compartments. I will have to move the heater and reactor outlet return to the center compartment, but believe it me will work!

 

Now, if I will have enough detritus/nutrients for chaeto after my skimming, dual InTank baskets, and BRS reactor (for 100+ gallons), that remains to be seen!

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