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The Small Reef Experiment 

 

 

This is meant to be a list of nano(less than 30 gallons) all in one tanks to help me pick one out.  All In One (AIO) means a sump is built into the tank. 

This will be a link to the specs i can find 

 

Disclaimer:  I have not used any of these.  a tank is only as good as its keeper.  I'm trying to size out the right aquarium  

This is what I have found while praying to the google gods.

 

Common tanks:

 

fluval 5 and 13.5

5 manual: https://www.fluvalaquatics.com/manuals/fluval-10528-evo-aquarium-5g-instruction-manual-int.pdf

13.5 manual:  https://www.fluvalaquatics.com/manuals/fluval-10531-evo-aquarium13.5g-manual-eng-na.pdf

 

nuvo fusion pro 10, 14p, 20p,  20

manual:https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/22dc9f_01de1fcfb50446f8917efc329bd96c15.pdf

 

nuvo concept pro 20 and 20p

a unique style but i believe it leads to wasted space

manual: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/22dc9f_01de1fcfb50446f8917efc329bd96c15.pdf

 

redsea nano 20 gallon 

to costly for my budget but looks amazing.  

redsea manual: https://5w56d28u4co20frgwagf5y18-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/MAX-NANO-Manuals.pdf

 

vca starfire 24 

very sharp looking 

website: http://www.scaquariums.com/SCA-24-Gallon-Starfire-Tank-p/sca-24g.htm


coralife biocube 16 and 32

classics 

manual 16: https://coralifeproducts.com/Files/Product/manual-cor-ledbiocube16-15661.pdf

manual 32https://coralifeproducts.com/Files/Product/manual-cor-ledbiocube32-15662.pdf

 

jbj nanocube 28

manual: http://jbjaquarium.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/MT-604_Manual.pdf 

 

jbj rimless 25

jbj rimless manual: http://jbjaquarium.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/RF-254565_Manual.pdf

 

lifegard full view 5 and 7 

website with manualhttps://www.lifegardaquatics.com/products/lifegard-full-view-aquariums-with-back-filter/

 

lifegard crystal 24, 10, 4, and 14p, 7.5p, 4p

website: https://www.lifegardaquatics.com/products/lifegard-crystal-aquariums/

 

waterbox cube 10 and 20

website: https://www.waterboxaquariums.com/freshwater/cube/

 

waterbox aio 28, 30

website: https://www.waterboxaquariums.com/freshwater/all-in-one/

 

cobalt aquaitcs cvue 18, 26 

website: https://www.cobaltaquatics.com/collections/aquariums/products/c-vue-aquarium-kit

 

fiji cube nano 11, 18.5, 22.5, 30

website with measurement of tanks: https://www.fijicube.com/collections/glass-all-in-one-aquarium/products/22-4-gallon-rimless-aio-glass-nano-tank-fiji-cube

 

All of these tanks are suitable for what I'm  looking for.  

Planning to run  a soft coral tank to stat and see if it grows.

I'm planing to keep it low tech.  

 

Filter:  Floss to sponge to bio medium.  push as much marine pure into low flow area in sump, change floss ever other day.  manual twice a day topoffs.  

I plan on stating out with just water changes and move on to dosing if my testing says so

 

plan

1.this tank is mostly start some growing mushrooms and zoanthis,

2.plant to add green star polyp or Kenya tree (something hardy) to increase my load on tank 

3. as bioload grows i will  improve  my testing and  dosing abilities  and  become better at keeping stability in larger bio loads

 

along the way i want to find the best nano all in one tank 

 

If  there are any design flaws to avoid in any tanks listed please let me know 

Any other advise on picking between these would also be useful

 

Please leave a list of any other equipment that is a must for a nano tank

 

 

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Clown79

Is this your first tank?

 

I'd ditch the sponge in the filter, it's really a nutrient trap and can't be cleaned properly/completely.

 

I don't use bio media myself, rely completely on liverock. Some like to use it, others don't. 

 

I have 2 IM tanks. Love them both. Love the thick glass, the design, ease of use. Would definitely buy another. 

 

I have a fluval spec- hate the sump area, very poorly designed, never works properly and the stock pump sucked. 

The evo's are nice looking. Lighting is often upgraded by many. 

 

Waterbox is becoming popular.

 

Biocubes are classic. Some don't like the curved glass, it gives a distorted appearance and may be difficult to clean. Otherwise it's a popular choice.

 

Red sea are gorgeous and have a very good reputation.

 

Things for a nano tank

 

Powethead/wavemaker

Good light

Good heater

Heater controller

Liverock/dryrock

Media basket

Additional heater&pump for mixing water

 

 

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whitemoose

I have a 2 55l fresh water aquascape tanks and a shrimp tank and am thinking about making a larger saltwater tank in the future.    Not an expert but i do my research first.   

Thank you for your in put. I will look in to the bio medium vs rock.  also thank you for the note on the sponge.  

Have you heard any thing about the lifegard tanks?  

Also what IM tanks do you have? I'm looking at mainly the nuvo 20  vs the nuvo 20peninsula,  It looks as though a lot of the sum p in the the 20 will have dead flow spot where as the Nuvo 20pensinsula looks to have more flow in general. Am i missing a benefit that is added with having the two entrances to the back  or will there just have to be more filters to replace?  Really quite a shame as the regular nuvo  20 whould fit my fish room much nicer.  

 

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colinadam

I have only had nano/bio cubes and just got an IM 30L to setup next. 

 

The problems with cubes is that they are tougher to aquascape and seem to fill up more. 

I am really looking forward to the 30L, after seeing the build quality I dont think you can go wrong with an IM brand tank. 

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35 minutes ago, colinadam said:

I have only had nano/bio cubes and just got an IM 30L to setup next. 

 

The problems with cubes is that they are tougher to aquascape and seem to fill up more. 

I am really looking forward to the 30L, after seeing the build quality I dont think you can go wrong with an IM brand tank. 

I have a 25 lagoon and 10g nano, I have to agree, the aquascaping in the 10g cube was more limited to the lagoon. 

I love the lagoon.

 

 

47 minutes ago, whitemoose said:

I have a 2 55l fresh water aquascape tanks and a shrimp tank and am thinking about making a larger saltwater tank in the future.    Not an expert but i do my research first.   

Thank you for your in put. I will look in to the bio medium vs rock.  also thank you for the note on the sponge.  

Have you heard any thing about the lifegard tanks?  

Also what IM tanks do you have? I'm looking at mainly the nuvo 20  vs the nuvo 20peninsula,  It looks as though a lot of the sum p in the the 20 will have dead flow spot where as the Nuvo 20pensinsula looks to have more flow in general. Am i missing a benefit that is added with having the two entrances to the back  or will there just have to be more filters to replace?  Really quite a shame as the regular nuvo  20 whould fit my fish room much nicer.  

 

I have not seen the Lifeguard tanks, they aren't sold here. 

 

I have the 25 lagoon and the 10g nuvo.

I have not had issues with dead zones in either. I upgraded my pumps to the mighty jets. 

 

The 20g has 2 overflows because of the dimensions of the tank, same with the lagoon. Because of the shape, there is better filteration with 2 returns.

 

The peninsula is a long tank and often with the peninsula's, there is only 1 return. 

 

The IM's are really nice tanks.

 

 

 

 

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whitemoose

With the IM peninsula vs the lagoon styles do you think the 2nd skimmer is useful on the 20.  I could see it taking extra maintenance and it would remove area from the display side. 

 I'm wondering if you think the 2nd skimmer is worth it at this size.  

  

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mcarroll

Any tank + a Tunze Reefpack could go on the list.

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Clown79
On 7/13/2019 at 1:17 AM, whitemoose said:

With the IM peninsula vs the lagoon styles do you think the 2nd skimmer is useful on the 20.  I could see it taking extra maintenance and it would remove area from the display side. 

 I'm wondering if you think the 2nd skimmer is worth it at this size.  

  

I don't use any skimmer on my tanks.

 

They are beneficial on some systems but not all and definitely 2 skimmers on a nano is over kill

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