Let's Talk plug and play Nano Tanks which are good and the not so good

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by reef addict, 20 Jan 2013.

  1. reef addict

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    What nano on the Market are worth every cent? And which ones not to buy?
     
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    STC-1000 In Reefers Rehab

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    Affordable .....TL550

    Expensive ......RSM 150D

    Both these tanks are awesum all in ones..althought both needs mods to run successfully longterm
     
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    There aren't really bad ones,all is made with cheap chinese glass and its ur luck of the draw that determines longevity or.... The sometime inevitable .... All the 'plug and plays' IMO must be modifies for successfull long term reefing ,so no real benefit in buying a 'plug and play'

    Eg...my 'plug and play boyu TL550 is modified so greatly that I'm sitting with a 25k + nano setup :D,although its expensive,its my choice of size
     
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    I agree!! The problem I am having is spolit for choice?? Thinking of getting one?? Which make yet I don't know, been reading a lot of threads... Still not 100% sure
     
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    That was my next question longevity?? With every thing made in china!! Things don't last !!
     
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    Well I've heard of and seen TL550s crack, but not as common as the RSM ... Dunno why,but they seem to crack real easy and considering the price I'd think its made of best glass in the world :lol: .....
     
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    I have a modified JBJ Nano 24G. It's manufacturing date was Feb 2008. Thus going on 5 years. Although the last mod in December left it stripped of all original insides. All that is left now of the original tank, is the box and lid...
     
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    Reading up on nanos on Masa it the AMW37L nano seems ok
     
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    I have had both the rsm and nano cube 28g both ran great, clams, sps and even nps
    I did 2 mods, I added extra lights and fans and added external hang on skimmer
    Ran both for over a year until I went larger
     
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    I guess its how we look after them! Regular checks that sort of thing!!
     
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    Havent had any other nano's. But the TL 550 is a good tank IMO. You dont need to do any hectic mods if your starting out as the lights, skimmer etc is ok. Depends on the corals you wish to keep and you cant really overstock these tanks. So with a decent amount of liverock, standard skimmer and standard lights, this can make a nice looking softy tank with some nice small fish.
     
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    Ive got a RSM 130D , super happy with the tank!
    Only thing ive replaced on it is the skimmer (To a Tunze 9002) as i feel the stock skimmer is to loud
    Running this tank plug and play for about a year now lots of livestock and coral no issues
     
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    From what u read here it seems like they all need mods... One would think someone has thought of a true plug and play... But with each reefers personality, would that even be possible.
    Saw tge new boyu with leds, and even though they not 3w cree blah blah, it did seem pretty decent...
    That being said, i would still rather have something built to spec..
     
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    Intresting!! I am on the fence with this one.. I like the look of the plug and plays!! If I had 3M of wall space I would sure to be making the most of it.. But I don't so I am going to give My AMW37L nano a go.
     
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    I'm all for custom build! Had my fair share on plug and play units, would go custom tank any day! Reasons being that you can design it how you want it! The plug and play systems end up costing the same as custom tanks and then you are limited to the upgrades you can do! Eg: you are limited to skimmer size on plug and play as it needs to fit into the compartments. Custom tanks have my vote!
     
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    Also when mods have been made, you sometimes lose the clean sleek look of the plug and play tanks!
     
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    My AMW37l aquaria nano arrived this week! Must say 4 the price I paid its a very good Nano! This nano could became a classic
     
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    I guess with plug and plays its all about looking after your system.. I bought my AWM37L tank to be used to get my self back in the hobby!! I have all the equipment and hardware for a 300L tank!! Just not the space!! So my small nano suits my small space!!
     
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