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Old 10/18/2018, 09:37 AM   #26
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Go with the biggest option you can physically squeeze in, i'm kicking me self in the butt for not going for the 450 and settling for the 250.

Visually unless the wall is really short and the tank will takes the majority of it, it will look small. I'm really not liking the the 250s dimensions.

350 seems much nicer aesthetically to me. May sound silly, but take two large towels and fold em to more or less their animations and see what fits the wall better or lol (iv done it) cut out dimension in a piece of paper and use your cell flashlight to project the size of the tank onto the wall.
I hear ya. I do like the looks of 3’ long tanks. Plus lighting will cost significantly more on a 4’ long vs a 3’ long tank.
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I was planning on putting either a Nanobox Quad or two hydra 26 HD over the 250. The quad or the hydra 26’s is not enough for the 350. I could do a 36” ATI hybrid fixture over the 350 but that will cost significantly more. Plus I like the looks of hanging the lights off the back of the tank not from the ceiling or wall.
I have a little while and I really need to think about this


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Old 10/18/2018, 11:44 AM   #27
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I would like to consider the IM but I think the Red Sea and Waterbox are a notch above for quality
I'm in a similar spot. I really like the dimensions of the IM 100. It's like a deep blue 80, but just the perfect height. If I wasn't concerned with it exploding I'd likely get it.


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Old 10/18/2018, 12:22 PM   #28
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I'm in a similar spot. I really like the dimensions of the IM 100. It's like a deep blue 80, but just the perfect height. If I wasn't concerned with it exploding I'd likely get it.
Absolutely agree with you on this. This is why I’m not even considering the IM anymore


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Old 10/18/2018, 06:01 PM   #29
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For what it's worth I've run an IM Nano and a Pico for many years and have had no issues (despite the odd horror story). I would definitely buy IM again.


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Old 10/18/2018, 07:18 PM   #30
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For what it's worth I've run an IM Nano and a Pico for many years and have had no issues (despite the odd horror story). I would definitely buy IM again.
Thanks for the feedback. A lot of people have their tanks and they look nice. But I am putting his tank upstairs and I can’t afford to have a tank leak or blow out


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Old 10/18/2018, 08:29 PM   #31
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I have the APS stand, it is well built, make sure you get a real good idea of amount of room you have to put a sump in it. You can remove the side panel and install see through smoked acrylic panels in there instead. I would also get the extra shelf if they make it for your tank.


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Old 10/18/2018, 08:31 PM   #32
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currently have a reefer 425 xl .. its a love hate thing.
the tank is dead silent when setup right.
sump is a little small meaning external equipment in some cases is easier .. but its still very workable .. i think the quality isnt to bad.
the cabinet is easily marked and looks taddy after a day or two.
filter sock compartments are odd sized so you have to buy red sea stuff .. 3.5 inch over 4 inch .. i wanted a klir filter but im stuck with media cups & socks for now till i modify it.
glass isnt as clear as some tanks ive seen in all honesty.
overall its quite good though,
BUT !!!! IF i had to do it again the best quality tank ive seen in person are the cade pro reefs closely followed by waterbox .. the cade pro reefs are immaculate.

1, cade
2, waterbox
3, red sea

ive seen them all in person many times both new at shop and setup/running .. and the cade has so much workability compared to waterbox/red sea.
they really are in a league of there own when you actually see one in person.




my next will be the Cade PR1800 6 footer when my blue tang outgrows the 425 xl.

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Old 10/18/2018, 08:34 PM   #33
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Tunze care magnet mate .. i feel your pain .. flipped my flipper off and tossed it.
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I also scratched the S out of the glass with a flipper. So, maybe I am still bothered by that. haha.
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Old 10/18/2018, 09:11 PM   #34
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currently have a reefer 425 xl .. its a love hate thing.
the tank is dead silent when setup right.
sump is a little small meaning external equipment in some cases is easier .. but its still very workable .. i think the quality isnt to bad.
the cabinet is easily marked and looks taddy after a day or two.
filter sock compartments are odd sized so you have to buy red sea stuff .. 3.5 inch over 4 inch .. i wanted a klir filter but im stuck with media cups & socks for now till i modify it.
glass isnt as clear as some tanks ive seen in all honesty.
overall its quite good though,
BUT !!!! IF i had to do it again the best quality tank ive seen in person are the cade pro reefs closely followed by waterbox .. the cade pro reefs are immaculate.

1, cade
2, waterbox
3, red sea

ive seen them all in person many times both new at shop and setup/running .. and the cade has so much workability compared to waterbox/red sea.
they really are in a league of there own when you actually see one in person.




my next will be the Cade PR1800 6 footer when my blue tang outgrows the 425 xl.

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Wow thanks for the feedback!!
Those Cade aquariums look amazing! Do they sell in the states?


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Old 10/18/2018, 09:12 PM   #35
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I have the APS stand, it is well built, make sure you get a real good idea of amount of room you have to put a sump in it. You can remove the side panel and install see through smoked acrylic panels in there instead. I would also get the extra shelf if they make it for your tank.
Yeah the APS stands look awesome! I will have to see more positive reviews on the 75 INT before I consider IM


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Old 10/18/2018, 09:36 PM   #36
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Wow thanks for the feedback!!
Those Cade aquariums look amazing! Do they sell in the states?
they were overseas in the past few weeks as there website was partially closed for business trip .. dont quote me on it but it was around the time of macna .. im not too sure though as i havent looked into it too much being australian myself but in saying that you could see them over there in 6 months to a year if there not already there as far as i know .. but hands down from top to bottom they are amazing and i cant wait to get my hands on one once my regal outgrows the reefer .. they really are a shelf above qualitywise .. the only thing i can knock about them is the glass doors if they get salt creep on the black painted back it will knock the paint off over time but nothing some clear vinyl/contact trimmed & laid over the top cant fix vefore setting it up.

waterbox the quality is also there and the glass is much more clearer then the reefers .. but the reason they are no.2 for me is there sump while there are positives like the line to input your calcium reactor/media reactors, a good sized refugium .. standard sized plumbing for any mods where as red sea is odd sized plumbing not much real space for a fuge - i run a chaeto reactor/gfo .. while not too bad at all i feel there is room for improvement the ATO chamber is very small in comparison to tank size "just like the reefers" either tank for ease of use id suggest an external drum/tub .. and in the waterbox if you were planning on automating waterchanges like i do that last chamber where the you have the ATO is the only part where a consistent water level is & the only proper place to automate it where the fish have no idea whats going on its quite small so daily water changes will only be of a very small volume & not worth it with my reefer its the other way around and i can automate a 25% weekly change up to 50% or more through daily changes via an auto aqua ato touch where all i have to do is fill & mix my fresh saltwater once a week straight into the tub .. no more carrying heavy buckets etc just kick back and relax let it fill with rodi .. add salt mix it and walk away.

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Old 10/19/2018, 04:44 AM   #37
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Thanks!!
I pretty sure they use the same glass on both Red Sea and Waterbox. The factories are literally right across the street in China....
I guess the biggest benefit to the 350 vs the 100.3 is the 48” length, as apposed to the 36” length. If I have the room for an extra foot, this will give me more options on fish.
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they were overseas in the past few weeks as there website was partially closed for business trip .. dont quote me on it but it was around the time of macna .. im not too sure though as i havent looked into it too much being australian myself but in saying that you could see them over there in 6 months to a year if there not already there as far as i know .. but hands down from top to bottom they are amazing and i cant wait to get my hands on one once my regal outgrows the reefer .. they really are a shelf above qualitywise .. the only thing i can knock about them is the glass doors if they get salt creep on the black painted back it will knock the paint off over time but nothing some clear vinyl/contact trimmed & laid over the top cant fix vefore setting it up.

waterbox the quality is also there and the glass is much more clearer then the reefers .. but the reason they are no.2 for me is there sump while there are positives like the line to input your calcium reactor/media reactors, a good sized refugium .. standard sized plumbing for any mods where as red sea is odd sized plumbing not much real space for a fuge - i run a chaeto reactor/gfo .. while not too bad at all i feel there is room for improvement the ATO chamber is very small in comparison to tank size "just like the reefers" either tank for ease of use id suggest an external drum/tub .. and in the waterbox if you were planning on automating waterchanges like i do that last chamber where the you have the ATO is the only part where a consistent water level is & the only proper place to automate it where the fish have no idea whats going on its quite small so daily water changes will only be of a very small volume & not worth it with my reefer its the other way around and i can automate a 25% weekly change up to 50% or more through daily changes via an auto aqua ato touch where all i have to do is fill & mix my fresh saltwater once a week straight into the tub .. no more carrying heavy buckets etc just kick back and relax let it fill with rodi .. add salt mix it and walk away.

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The IM failure that you are speaking of are they the ones with the curve front glass?


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Old 10/19/2018, 08:55 PM   #39
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The IM failure that you are speaking of are they the ones with the curve front glass?
I have seen it on curved and standard all in one aquariums


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Old 10/19/2018, 09:03 PM   #40
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why not go for a 425xl its a 90 gal display and imo a better choice then the 350 volume wise for fish with the same length.
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Thanks!!
I pretty sure they use the same glass on both Red Sea and Waterbox. The factories are literally right across the street in China....
I guess the biggest benefit to the 350 vs the 100.3 is the 48” length, as apposed to the 36” length. If I have the room for an extra foot, this will give me more options on fish.
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Old 10/19/2018, 10:44 PM   #41
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why not go for a 425xl its a 90 gal display and imo a better choice then the 350 volume wise for fish with the same length.

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Good point. More money.. $2100 setup


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