almost perfect nano
Posted: 11/11/2014 from West Hartford, CT UNITED STATE
I purchased this tank to use as a combination display and quarantine tank for coral frags and small inverts. Quick ship by Marine Depot as always and well packed. Arrived intact despite less than gentle UPS handling.
-build quality is generally very good
-striking modern design
-nice size for a shrimp tank, coral frags, small inverts
-extremely quiet. may require a stronger pump in the future
-lighting appears adequate, time will tell
-no heater, one more ting to buy. I went with the slimline cobalt due to the restricted space in the rear compartment.
-required some tweaking to get it operational and looking right. upon installation the light was noticeably sagging from level, and the return flow nozzle coupling arrived broken. Strategic reverse bending of the light frame and a small section of vinyl hose to repair the coupling did the trick
-the filter compartments are so small, it is impossible to put your hand in to make any adjustments to the pump position, heater suction mounts, etc.
-the efficacy of the filter basket is questionable. It's a great idea, but there is so much water bypass that I will have to come up with something else. lowering the water level may help. also, the replacement media for it is ridiculously expensive.
-needless decals on the display glass that ruin the minimalist aesthetics. Put them on the rear where they belong.
-the cover is robust but not well executed. The miter joints on the aluminum frame are sloppy, with open joints. Netting is coarse and far from invisible. It ruins the otherwise first rate presentation. I will go open top or come up with something else myself.
Overall, a nice small tank at a reasonable price. I've been looking for over a year and was moved to buy when this one became available.
It would be great if it was also offered in 15 and 20 gallon cube sizes.
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