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Old 11/20/2017, 12:07 PM   #1
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Top recommendations for Nano tank

I have been out of the hobby for almost 2 years (had 75g reef). With things at home not as crazy (daughter is getting older) i am plotting my return.

With space restraints i will likely look to a nano size tank (~30 gal). Ideally i would like a display of 30g with a 20g sump, but i have seen kind of an all in one tank with space in the back for a small amount of equipment and included lighting (ex biocube).

In one hand i like the idea of the all in one system, but i feel that restricted water volume and equipment space (skimmer heater etc) is a major draw back.

Tell me your pros and cons for these self contained systems -- should i consider or it is just a bad idea for a newbie to the nano world.


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Old 11/20/2017, 01:36 PM   #2
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I currently have a Innovative Marine 30L which is an approximate 30 gallon tank with the filtration chambers built in. I have no problems with the AIO and it does its job in helping maintain my tank. There is plenty room in the back chamber for my IM ghost skimmer, heater, 2 media baskets, return pump, and my apex probe rack.

I however do which I had a larger display volume since the filtration in the back takes up quite a bit of water volume.

Pros: Clean design, filtration/media chambers hiding, more room in my stand for storage space.

Cons: Lose display volume, lower overall water volume (Figure you add a 20g sump you have a 50 g system)


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Old 11/20/2017, 02:55 PM   #3
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Old 11/20/2017, 03:53 PM   #4
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Old 12/03/2017, 10:00 PM   #5
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I currently have a Innovative Marine 30L which is an approximate 30 gallon tank with the filtration chambers built in. I have no problems with the AIO and it does its job in helping maintain my tank. There is plenty room in the back chamber for my IM ghost skimmer, heater, 2 media baskets, return pump, and my apex probe rack.

I however do which I had a larger display volume since the filtration in the back takes up quite a bit of water volume.

Pros: Clean design, filtration/media chambers hiding, more room in my stand for storage space.

Cons: Lose display volume, lower overall water volume (Figure you add a 20g sump you have a 50 g system)
I agree with steve the IM 30L is a great tank.


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Old 12/06/2017, 01:00 PM   #6
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I am looking to purchase the IM30L, how would you add a 20g sump? Drill a drain in the back Chambers or put a siphon box on the back?


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I am looking to purchase the IM30L, how would you add a 20g sump? Drill a drain in the back Chambers or put a siphon box on the back?
Not sure about that specific model but most Innovative Marine tanks have "black" versions that don't have sump. This would probably be the best way to accomplish your goal using IM.


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