Product Review (saltwater)
Updated December 15, 2009
The JBJ Nano Cube 28 Gallon HQI Reef Series aquarium is one of the best all-in-one tanks for the saltwater enthusiast. Traditional all-in-one setups have been extremely limited in areas such as lighting, resulting in them being poor choices for people wanting to keep reef tanks. However, the new HQI Reef Series includes many of the features required for a successful reef tank and can make taking care of your tank extremely easy.
The tank's volume is 28 gallons and it measures 18" x 22" x 22". These dimensions are nice for creating a wall of live rock and it is deep enough that you can place a variety of corals at different depths depending on their lighting preferences. The glass thickness is 6 mm so you do not have to worry about it breaking or cracking under normal circumstances. The glass is also slightly curved in the front which adds to the elegant look. The all-in-one design is compact and sleek as everything is enclosed. The protein skimmer does stick up a little bit in the back, but everything else is out of view.
The best feature of the HQI Series is the lighting. The aquarium comes equipped with a 150 W GQI/14K metal halide light with a parabolic reflector. This means you have plenty of light for the vast majority of corals. Integrating metal halide lighting into an all-in-one setup is fantastic from the perspective of a reef keeper and has been on peoples' wish lists for many years.
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