Nano Tank Brands and Models

Discussion in 'Nano Reefs' started by Zack Pedersen, Jan 9, 2018.

  1. Zack Pedersen

    Zack Pedersen New Member

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    Hello Everyone!
    I have been out of the hobby for quite some time now. I started with a 30 gallon 6 years ago, upgraded to a 90 gallon 5 years ago, and sold it all 3 years ago. I have seen quite a few new nano tanks on the market, and have seen one nano tank in particular that caught my eye.

    Well, I am ready to get back in the wonderful hobby.

    The tank that caught my eye was the new Waterbox line. The LFS had the 10 gallon version for $149.

    Anyone have experience with this brand? What other new brands or models are we seeing in the nano sizes?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    Tahoe61 Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor Partner Member Partner Member 2018 Moderator Emeritus

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    Welcome to R2R Zack. :)

    I have had a good deal of Nanos, just about every JBJ. I liked the 30 RL the best out of all of the other sizes. I currently have a JBJ 28, it's a good softy tank.

    Innovative Marine makes a really nice tank. I have the 20 gallon and it's probably the easiest Nano to work in I have ever had.

    https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/show-off-your-waterbox.331459/
     
  3. Zack Pedersen

    Zack Pedersen New Member

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    Thank you for the warm welcome! I appreciate your experience you shared with me. I am really digging the look of the Waterbox with the simplicity and sharp edges. I also liked a few of the newer Fluvals. I will have to look into the JBJ and Innovative Marine.

    Sadly that thread does not have any of their Nanos.
     
  4. nautical_nathaniel

    nautical_nathaniel Indecision may or may not be my problem. R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor

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    Welcome to R2R! :D

    I'm pretty biased towards the Innovative Marine Nuvo 20, not hard to find one at or around $200 (you'll still need lights and a heater though). Can't beat it as far as value goes.

    There's a ton of new nano tanks coming out though, such as the new JBJ Series of nano all in one tanks and the Cobalt Aquatics C-Vue tanks. Let me know if you have any questions about nanos in general, I've been running them exclusively for a while now and I'm happy to help :)
     
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  5. Zack Pedersen

    Zack Pedersen New Member

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    Thank you! I will take a look at the Nuvo 20. I will probably take you up on your offering!
     
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    plase tell us about the new JBJ series how they compare with the Nuovo and also the cobalt aquatics
     
  7. nautical_nathaniel

    nautical_nathaniel Indecision may or may not be my problem. R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor

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    The JBJ tanks were introduced in MAy of last year and they come in a 25, 45, and 65 gallon: https://reefbuilders.com/2017/05/25/jbj-releases-the-new-rimless-midsize-flat-panel-aquariums/#

    The C-Vue aquariums from Cobalt are also pretty new: https://reefbuilders.com/2016/11/04/c-view-all-in-one-aquariums-unveiled-by-cobalt-aquatics/

    • Initial impressions for both: Both the JBJ and Cobalt aquariums look alot like the Innovative Marine tanks that have been around for a while. The low-iron glass on both is promising.
    • The JBJ tanks are pricey and don't come with as many accessory choices right off the bat as the Innovative Marine tanks.
    • The mitered corners on the cobalt aquariums looks sweet though and these tanks appear to be very affordable.
    • Both tanks don't have the upside down "T" chamber that the IM Nuvo 20 has (pictures for reference). I've had to nearly tear my whole tank apart to get a watchman goby out of there.

    Cobalt C-Vue Back Chambers:
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    IM Nuvo 20 Back Chamber:
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  8. Luis leon

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    thank you for the info.
     
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    lbacha Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    If you are looking for a non AIO solution for a nano ADA "Aqua design Amano", ALA "Aqua Lab Aquaria" (I own a 8.2g shallow tank from them), Mr Aqua (I own a 25g 18" cube) are all great rimless aquariums.
     
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    Welcome Zack!
     
  11. Zack Pedersen

    Zack Pedersen New Member

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    That is fantastic info. It seems as if the filter space is utilized more in the JBJ and Cobalt. I will most likely be looking in the 10-15 gallon range.
    I would prefer the AIO, but thank you for the recommendation!
    Thank you! I was redirected to this forum from 3reef . I hadn't been active on there since 2013, so on my most recent post I asked this same question. One guys response said to come here because that page was dead sadly! So far the community here is great!
     
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