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Old 10/13/2008, 06:46 PM   #1
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Best cube aquarium?

I currently have a 24 gallon Aquapod that has been up and running for about a year and a half and am ready for an upgrade. I will be moving and would like to upgrade to a nicer cube aqaurium that's roughly about the same size so I can keep my Sunpod 150 HQI . I would like to hear your suggestions on higher-end cube style tanks. So far, I do like the Truvu Uniquarium but would like to hear your thoughts. Fire away, guys.


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Old 10/14/2008, 07:22 AM   #2
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The Solana system. I came so close to buying one! But I ended up getting a 30 gallon cube, and went that way instead. But if you have the money for it, it's one of the best out there


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Old 10/14/2008, 10:49 AM   #3
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the zero edge is definitely the best aesthetically it's definitely pricey though


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Old 10/14/2008, 11:24 AM   #4
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Cadlight are nice too.


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Old 10/14/2008, 12:29 PM   #5
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I like the refugium concept on the Cadlights. THe Solana's are very popular and would fit that light.


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Old 10/14/2008, 12:49 PM   #6
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+1 on zeroedge


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Old 10/16/2008, 09:34 PM   #7
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I second the Solana. When I upgrade from my Nano, it will be to one of those.


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Old 10/17/2008, 12:40 PM   #8
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i have the 39G Sig and i really like the quality and the design of the tank. the equipment that is offered works great.


but the 39G Pro that they have is also another option if you like the external sump and larger volume.

heres the sump system you get with the Pro



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Old 10/17/2008, 03:41 PM   #9
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I'd prefer that cadlights pro above. Seems to be the best of all worlds, but you pay for it up front. snowriderz, what stand did you get the base or the upgraded one?


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Old 10/17/2008, 04:52 PM   #10
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i got the black cabinet cause it matches my house. i saw the cherry cabinet in person and its very nice. same as any high end solidwood furniture out there.


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Old 10/21/2008, 05:46 AM   #11
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For the price you can't beat the Finnex 30 gallon M tank.


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Old 10/21/2008, 05:47 PM   #12
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I love the overall looks and simplicity of the oceanic cube...but they've been discontinued. if you can find one their great, been runing mine for about a year and its perfect so far. and your sunpod will fit perfectly on top.


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Old 10/22/2008, 06:10 AM   #13
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Best? ... Elos Mini. Hands down, the best quailty nano available.

But for the best, its usually a custom cube built to YOUR requirements.


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Old 10/22/2008, 07:46 AM   #14
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We have to know how much you're looking to spend. There's some great options mentioned above, but they're big bucks for such a small tank. If you could wing $1000, then let us know. If you're on a budget, like so many of us, the Solana is dead sexy. You must see it in person to really appreciate it. I thought it was nice looking online.....ho ho ho.... then saw it at my LFS! That thing is a friggin work of art!


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Old 10/22/2008, 06:30 PM   #15
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Well said. Best is still the Elos. Best "bang for the buck" .. Solana.


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Old 10/22/2008, 07:13 PM   #16
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hey man what are you doing with your current aquapod? are you selling for keeping it.

if your selling it how much?

id be interested.


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Old 10/23/2008, 02:25 AM   #17
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+1 on what Mark said, you can likely build one much nicer and to what you want for far cheaper than an upscale system.


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Old 10/25/2008, 03:33 PM   #18
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I think the Solana is the best bang for the buck overall.. I've seen it advertised for $375 (tank only, no light).. and lets compare that to a cube tank.. the closest thing I've seen in terms of a cube tank will run you about $150-200 for the tank alone. Then, you'll need a skimmer (any skimmer, even the awful SeaClone will run you $100 or so.. and up.. but the skimmer that's the closest to the one in the Solana is a Bak Pak skimmer.. which are about $140-175. Then, you'll need an ATO (cheapest I've seen is about $80 for the controller only, you still need the others).. So right there, you're way higher than the Solana tank.. and you still get the return pump, built in overflow.. so many others. Of course, you could buy a 29 gallon tank for cheaper, but it's not the same.. I think the Solana is the BEST, by far.


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Old 10/25/2008, 06:11 PM   #19
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Please don't try to promote the Solana's ATO with ANY other ATO.

The Solana's ATO is like a powerhead that pushes 5gph. Waste of space.


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Old 10/25/2008, 08:07 PM   #20
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..mm.. although I agree that it's not the best ATO.. It does work.. although you'll have to replace the reservoirs more often than you'd probably like.. my purpose was a general price comparison, with general similarities. Still.. if you subtracted the ATO and listed some of the other things the solana comes with, you will still be better off price wise with the Solana.


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