JBJ 28 Gallon Nano Cube HQI Aquarium with FREE Stand (MTS-60)

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The ultimate reef series biotope!
JBJ launches its MEGA powered 28g Nano-Cube HQI-Reef Series. The new 2007 model incorporates many high-tech features not commonly found in "All-In-One" systems.

The new concept behind the 28g Nano-Cube HQI was inspired by hundreds of reef hobbyists who requested higher powered lighting, protein skimming, increased water circulation, a more simplified filter, storage area in the stand for chillers, and designated water level columns in the rear chambers for heaters, refugiums and protein skimmers.

Our challenge was to offer these key features while still keeping the aesthetic appeal and contemporary look of an integrated canopy and allowing for future mod ability. The 28g Nano-Cube HQI-Reef Series is truly the evolution of years of experience since the original Nano-Cube Aquarium, which launched the small "All-In-One" tank market just 4 years ago.

Take a look at the many features added to make your Nano Cube experience a success!

  • (1) 150W HQI/14K
  • (4) Nite-Vu LEDs with Separate Power cord
  • (2) UL-Listed Accela Powerheads (266gph each/16W each)
  • (2) Directional flow nozzles on each side of the aquarium
  • (1) Ocean Pulse Duo—Alternating WaveMaker
  • (1)Protein Skimmer (counter current) with Air Pump
  • (1) Integrated center overflow
  • (1) Newly redesigned filtration system with designated heater column and protein skimmer column with constant water levels
  • (4) Integrated cooling fans (3000rpm`s)
  • (1) Flame retardant ABS canopy housing
  • (1) Integrated thermal protector for canopy (auto shut off protection)
  • (1) Removal filter media basket with handle and sliding door for easy access
  • (1) Filter media—sponge, activated carbon, ceramic rings
Mega Illumination
We are proud to offer the most intense illumination system out of the box, boasting a whopping 5.35W of power per gallon. combined with our new German Parabolic Reflector, it casts sparkling shimmering rays from every corner of the aquarium. Definitely the choice for hobbyists who intend to keep hard corals, sps and clams. The 28g Nano Cube HQI comes equipped with (1) 150W Double Ended HQI/14K for daytime photo periods and (4) Nite-Vu LEDs for nocturnal photo periods. Nite-Vu LEDs are offered with its` own individual power cord for timer usage.

Nite-Vu LEDs are strategically placed on all four corners to evenly distribute moon lighting throughout the aquarium. All LEDs are pre-wired individually with its` own male plug for easy replacement. Consumes less than 1W of power, but strong enough to illuminate nocturnal behaviors.

Stay Cool
The secret to our running canopy is our artistic canopy which also serves as a key factor in heat dissipation. All canopies are made from Flame Retardant ABS Plastic. The 4 cooling fans are paired on 2 separate circuits in case one set of fans were to ever lose performance or fail. We`ve even gone one step further as a safety feature and added a thermal protector into the canopy. In the event all fans fail... the thermal protector will automatically shut off the HQI lighting until temperatures reach safe conditions from the excess heat.

Easy Feeding
New feeding lid is lighter than the previous full front lid. Grants quick and easy access for feeding and retrieving water samples without lifting the entire hood.

Note: New HQI Canopy and Ballast will be offered as an upgrade lighting kit for existing 24g Nano Cube Deluxe Owners.

Smart Filtration
Our newly redesigned filter starts as water enters the center overflow. The water is directed into out new 3-Stage filter media basket, which comes installed with a mechanical sponge, chemical activated carbon and biological ceramic rings.

Our unique 3-Stage filter media basket can host a variety of chemical medias to suit your needs. Cleaning is especially easy since all you have to do is lift up on the basket handle and watch the water drain out the bottom for a simple and dry filter change. All baskets have a sliding door for added convenience.

Once the water leaves the filter basket water is split to the designated heater column to the left and the protein skimmer to the right. Please note that the are that contains the heater, protein skimmer and 3-Stage Filter media basket always has a constant water level. You can easily customize other auxiliary equipment to your aquarium without worrying about water levels in the rear compartment fluctuating. no more broken heaters or heaters that automatically shut off due to evaporation and low water levels.

Once the water is heated and skimmed, the water overflows into the pump water columns. Both pump columns are shared increasing the water volume for long weekends. Water is directed back into the main body of the aquarium via (2) Accela Pumps rated at 266gph at a low energy draw of 16W. Your Nano Cube HQI includes our new Ocean Pulse Duo Wavemaker which creates turbulent currents for a more natural reef environment. Your wavemaker can be set from 10 seconds to 6 minute alternating cycles. Water is returned via (2) directional return nozzles on each side of the center overflow for even natural currents.

Protein Skimmer
The first Nano-Cube to incorporate an integrated protein skimmer in the rear chamber with an adjustable hanging bracket. This counter-current design effectively removes dissolved organics while oxygenating the water. This protein skimmer produces absolutely NO micro-bubbles back into the main body of the aquarium! Discarding the skimmate in the collection cup is easily accomplished by removing the removable cup or by setting up a skimmate container such as an empty 2-liter soda bottle. A drain hole and hose is provided for the latter option. Air pump and hose is included with a replaceable wooden air stone. The collection cup holds approximately 0.30 liters of skimmate. Water level is held constant in the protein skimmer column even when the rear compartment filter area runs dry.

Each skimmer is equipped with an adjustable hanging bracket. This bracket attaches to the filter wall and can be adjusted higher or lower to desired skimmate consistency.

We recommend changing the wooden air stone every other month for the most consistent foam and micro-bubble production. The entire protein skimmer is removable for periodic cleaning and maintenance.

Airline holder and drain hose holder have been designed into the rear aquarium frame. This integrated design keeps hoses organized and prevents kinking. Simply, inseert hoses into the provided holes for a secure hold and clutter-free set-up.

It is recommended to give the protein skimmer a break-in period up to 7 days before it starts to effectively remove dissolved organic compounds from the water.

Same Integrated Canopy Appeal
The new 28g Nano Cube HQI offers 3.5" more depth than the previous 24g Nano Cube Deluxe. This larger aquarium grants more space for live rock, corals and fish. We made sure to keep the stylish appearance of an "All-In-One" unit while providing open access into the newly expanded rear filtration compartments. This revolutionary design grants easy access for modifications without the constant hassle of drilling, cutting and working within space constraints due to the canopy.

Rear Filtration Access
The rear filtration area is open and grants full access without opening the canopy. This unique baffle design naturally keeps water temperatures more stable through natural evaporation. Chiller inlet and outlet tubes can be fitted easily without the need to cut holes into the rear of the canopy.

Stand Tall
The perfect compliment to exhibit your reef aquarium. Our new design stand at 32" high for better viewing. The cabinet stand is offered with (2) removable shelves and is designed to fit a small chiller inside without reducing the air flow required by chillers.

Easy Assembly
All stands are very sturdy and simple to assemble. No more cam locks and bolts to mess with.

  • Tank Volume: 25gal
  • Glass Thickness: 6mm
  • Accela Pumps (2): 266gph/16W
  • Cooling Fans (4): 3000rpm/Ball Bearing Type
  • Ballast: Remote magnetic/UL recognized component with quick disconnect
  • Lighting: (1) 150W Double-Ended HQI/Kelvin: 14000K
  • LEDs (4): Nite-Vu LED with separate power cord
  • Aquarium Stand for JBJ`s 28 Gallon Nano Cube HQI - Reef Series Dimentions: 18"x22"x32" 28g with vented chiller storage compartment

Product Manuals & Documentation

JBJ 28 Gallon Nano Cube HQI Aquarium with FREE Stand (MTS-60)

Owner's Manual available for download in Adobe PDF file format

JBJ 28 Gallon Nano Cube HQI Aquarium with FREE Stand (MTS-60)

Additional Info 1 available for download in Adobe PDF file format

Manufacturer Info

JBJ is a top-of-mind brand name in freshwater and saltwater aquarium supplies. The company is committed to innovation and manufacturing only the absolute highest quality equipment. JBJ’s philosophy is "to create products that provide extra value" to hobbyists. JBJ produces hundreds of aquarium products including lights, filters, heaters, UV sterilizers, wavemakers and top-off systems. The company is best known for their affordable line of Arctica chillers and the best-selling Nano Cube aquarium series. We carry the gamut of JBJ products and accessories and are happy to provide you free technical support while you’re setting up your new equipment.

32 Reviews



Experience Level: Expert

Oh Yeah !

The potental is virtually limitless with all the options availible - refugium lighting,chiller,skimming,wave maker,sump and more than ample watts per gallon for any coral. What a package! Lets go to the short list (what could'nt you do with this setup)?

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Experience Level: Intermediate

Great tank

Great tank just don't trust the instructions or the labeling on the stand panels. Mine were all labeled wrong but it's easy to figure out based on the hole locations. Air pump is loud for the skimmer. Will upgrade to a better skimmer in time. Love the HQI lighting makes a nice rainbow effect on the floor. No regrets.

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Experience Level: Intermediate

JBJ 28 Gallon HQI

Great all in one system at a good price. I like this nano cube better than my 135 gallon tank, its less of a hassle to maintain. Only issue is that the instructions for the stand assembly are not correct.

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Experience Level: Expert

Nano Cube HQI

The Cube is great. Ample light for any setup and plenty of features that you would have to pay hundreds for separately; however, for every well designed product there are some drawbacks such as the canopy. There are canopy sticks for the Canopy but the sheer weight of the hood is too much for the sticks to handle, be careful of this. Second the labeling of the stand was off. Be careful when you assemble the stand as you may put the wrong base board on the bottom of the stand thereby making the stand unstable for the amount of weight it has to handle. With the exception of those things this Nano Cube HQI is a great investment for those of us who want a great setup without the lost of a lot of space to achieve such a setup. I recommend it as a buy. It is an awesome product.

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Experience Level: Intermediate

Tank Upgrade

We were very pleased to receive our 28 gal. JBJ tank as quickly as we did. The price for the tank through this site was the best we had found in our searching and it had the bonus perk of coming with a tank stand. -The only problem with the stand is the parts of the stand were labeled incorrectly causing us to put together the stand backwards and upside down. Once we figured what was wrong it was very easy to set up and a very nice asset to the tank.

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Experience Level: Intermediate


I am very happy with this system thus far. I see a lot of complaints about certain things in other reviews. For an all-in-one system, I think this is fantastic, particularly for the price. Not sure whether I will go without the chiller long term or not, but for now I am running the light for 6 hours and the temp is fine, in fact my 240 that doesn't have MH lighting goes up more than this system due to all the pumps and PH's. The stand is very well made and easy to put together.

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Experience Level: Beginner

looks ok

Receive all my equipment on time as stated. Tank ,stand chiller and hoses. Everything works welland looks good so far. The only thing I question is the protein skimmer. It looks rather cheap and the air pump is a little loud. Since I am only a beginner I don't have anything else to compare this to, but so far so good.

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Experience Level: Intermediate

Bells and Whistles a dud

The aquarium itself is great. Works as advertised, came through shipping with no problem. I like the HQI Metal halide light, and the stand was relatively easy to assemble. However, some of the features, especially the built in protein skimmer...it's a joke. It's basically a wooden airstone bubbling in a plastic case. No venturi, and no forced water. It's really rather cheap. Also, either my chiller (That I bought simultaneously) is not working, or it is way under-rated. The website indicates the 1/15 horse power cools up to 40 gallons up to ten degrees...Hardly! My set temp is 78, and when I turn on my lights in the morning, the water temp is 75. By the time I turn them off, it has climbed to 82! Seven degrees in 12 hours is not going to make anyone in my tank happy!

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Experience Level: Expert

JBJ Nano Cube 28 HQI

I love this product, but was not happy with the way that I recevied it. I am going to follow up with an email of pictures that I am going to send on several things that were cracked or missing. i would like them to be replaced, or some sort of compensation for this. After spending close to 600 on a fish tank, I expect it to be in good condition.

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I am very pleased with the jbj 28g nano cube. It was a great price and looks great. Everything is working properly and the stand was easy to build. I recieved it exactly when they said I would recieve it. I am definately pleased with my choice to go with the jbj 28g nano cube. I would recommend it to anyone that wants to do a reef aquarium. It would of been nice if it would of came with the transparent filter box that the 28g compact flourecent nano cube comes with to make a refugium with the jbj nano-glo led refugium light.

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