Despite calling itself the Nano Cube 28, it is not really a small tank. Although 28 galleons might seem small relative to large 100 galleon fish tanks, it is still pretty big for a nano tank that is suppose to be under 10 or even 5 galleons. If you only want to see nano tanks, check out my review article on the best nano tank for beginner. Today’s article is focus on reviewing the Nano Cube 28. This is not a cheap tank so let’s take a look under the hood to see if it is worth the money that you will be spending.
Nano cube 28 pros and cons
The best thing about the Nano cube 28 galleons is how easy it is to set it up. It has a big filtration system at the back that allows you to add a lot of other items such as protein skimmer, UV sterilzer etc. The filtration itself is a 3 stage system that allows you to customize as needed. Out of the box, it comes with mechanical sponge, chemically activated carbon, and biological ceramic rings. Any of these items can be switched out if you feel the need to improve the filtration.
The system is designed such that it is almost idiot proof. For example, the heating system with its two cooling fans automatically draws the heat out so that the temperature of the water is being kept at an ideal stage. In the event the fans failed, the lighting will even be automatically shut off to reduce heating up the water. How cool is that!
The unit comes with a stand that can be easily adjusted with 10 angles to choose from. This makes it extremely easy to work with as you can adjust the tank to meet your prefer working position.
Besides the stand, the Nano cube 28 has led lighting. They are powerful enough to light up the tank beautiful although I find the white light to be too much.
Nano cube 28 pump upgrade
If you want to do a Nano cube 28 pump upgrade, it is relatively easy to do so. Most folks might be tempted to go with the MP10 because of its price but it is not a powerful enough pump for the return. If you are just using for circulation then it is fine but for return? Not enough power.
My recommendation is to go for at least the Taam Rio 6HF. It is a powerful pump that can do both circulation and the return. Although it is more pricey but it is good value for money.
Nano cube 28 vs Bio cube 29 (Coralife)
A common comparison is made between the Nano cube 28 and the Bio cube 29 so I thought it is good for me to address this as well.
Pricing wise, the Bio cube 29 is about $100-$150 cheaper than the Nano cube 28. So, what is the catch? Below are their differences:
#1: Led lights
The big difference is in the use of the led lights. The Biocube 29 doesn’t come with it so you need to upgrade it yourself, which will cost you another $120-$150 or so. However, this gives you the option to choose the best led lights for your nano tank, rather than depending on the factory defaults so it is not a bad thing.
The led lights for the Nano cube is ok but not the best in the market. I find it to be a bit too white so it can make the fish tank look less vibrant than it actually is. However, coming with the tank just saves you the effort of modding it if you are into that kind of thing.
#2: Fish tank design
The Bio cube’s filtration area is enclosed at the top, along with the display, via the lid. In contrast, Nano cube’s design puts the filtration at the back while only sealing the display at the top. What this does is to allow oxygen to flow more freely into the tank. More importantly, it prevents the fish from jumping into the filtration area, which can be very difficult to get out. The additional advantage of such a design is that you can add more stuff such as a protein skimmer without modification.
In terms of materials, both uses glasses from China so they are about the same.
Through this Nano Cube 28 review, you can see what are its pros and cons and how it compares to the likes of the Biocube 29. While no system is perfect, the Nano Cube 28 is a great starter tank for beginners.