View Full Version : 20 Gallon Tank Suggestions

07/18/2017, 12:06 PM
I'm currently in the market to get a 20 gallon tank for a new setup. I'm moving to a new apartment and my corals and fish are currently being housed at work. I can't keep them there long term, but I'm terrified of a tank breaking on me and flooding my 3rd floor apartment and leaving me on the hook for the repairs.

So, I'm looking for brand suggestions, but also warnings of tanks/brands that are notorious for breakage. Thanks.

07/18/2017, 12:09 PM
I believe the petco dollar per gallon sale is on right now. Many people buy these tanks with no problems. Just make sure to check the silicone before you buy

Indiana Reefin
07/18/2017, 04:43 PM
I really like my cadlights 18 gallon mini if you want an all in one. If you want a setup with a sump I would look at Red Sea or waterbox

07/18/2017, 10:26 PM
I just bought an Innovative Marine 25 gallon. I haven't done anything but leak test it, but it looks fantastic so far.

07/19/2017, 05:20 AM
I've had a dollar per gallon 20 long as my first tank. I really liked the demensions of that tank, can't be beat for 20$.
I have a innovative marine lagoon 25 now, and it is well worth the money if you're into simplicity/ all in one thing.

07/20/2017, 08:20 AM
Any thoughts on tanks/manufacturers to avoid with a history of breakage?

07/20/2017, 12:15 PM
I have an Innovative Marine Nuvo 20 and love it. Excellent build quality!

reef cuber
07/21/2017, 06:21 AM
Any tank with a seam, just test in your bathtub. You'll want to clean it out before using anyway.
Get flood insurance? ;)

07/21/2017, 12:10 PM
Any thoughts on tanks/manufacturers to avoid with a history of breakage?

Tanks can break, but mostly they don't. There's no data, one way or the other; just anecdotal reports from hobbyists that are of no predictive value. Just make sure the stand is robust, flat and level.

07/22/2017, 10:26 AM
What's your budget? I have a Red Sea Reefer Nano 21gal main 7gal sump. Comes as a full setup low iron glass etc. I'm very happy with it, worth every penny IMO.

07/23/2017, 07:28 AM
I went with the IM Nuvo 20 in the end. I had been eyeing it earlier.

07/23/2017, 08:47 AM
Good choice dont think you can go wrong with IM 20:thumbsup:

07/23/2017, 12:11 PM
i have the petco 20 and have had zero issues. awesome deal. it actually helped get me into the hobby... enticing me with a wicked good deal...then i quickly realized the glass is the cheapest part and there would be much more spending around the corner