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Oceanic 29 Gallon BioCube Featured

 
The Oceanic BioCube features high-quality components and can be used for saltwater or freshwater setups. All sizes include integrated wet/dry filtration with dual overflow intakes, two Coralife compact fluorescent lamps, lunar blue LED lights, remote quick-disconnect ballasts, a UL listed submersible pump with adjustable discharge nozzle and dual fans to dissipate...


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A very solid tank that is excellent for beginners and can be modified by pros featured

Installation and Operation The instructions for setting up your BioCube are very clear and the steps are few. I had mine out of the box and ready for water in under 15 minutes. If you purchase the BioCube stand there are even mounts on the back of it for the external lighting ballasts.


Performance vs. Expectations There are things to love about the 29 gallon BioCube, and things to hate.

The things to love are the square design, the rounded corners, the hidden chambers in the back for storage, the ability to modify the tank, and the easy access to bulbs, pumps, and parts.

The things to hate are the lid (more in a moment), the lighting is good enough for soft corals, but not for hard corals and certainly not for anemone. The thing runs hot and will probably heat up the room you have it in. I replaced my hood with a Nova Extreme Pro light and the temperature in the tank and in the room went down noticeably. The tank comes with bio-balls, which are, in my opinion, just a waste of space. The filter that comes with the BioCube is (in my experience) horrible and not worth the money to replace. I tossed it and just ended up using filter floss and a bag of carbon. The pump is good for fish, but really if you plan on keeping corals you will need to upgrade it or add a Koralia (which I did). It doesn't come with a skimmer, the one Oceanic sells isn't very good.

The worst thing about the 29 gallon BioCube is the lid! In the smaller BioCubes (8 and 14 gallon) the lid has hinges and so is not a problem. Due to the size the 29 gallon's lid does NOT have hinges! This means whenever you lift it, it is likely to slip. I've never had it fall, but this little slip is a pain, especially when you have your hands full. You can try and prop it up but it often won't stay. This is the number one reason I got rid of the lid and replaced the light. The added light was nice, but it was really the lid that I hated. Without it expect greater evaporation though.

There are companies that specialize in after-market upgrades for the BioCube, fans, skimmers, media baskets, and better lighting (like LED) that allow you to keep your hood. So the flexibility of the aquarium is a plus.

With the list of things to hate so long you may think I don't like my BioCube. On the contrary, I love it. It's a great design that looks fantastic and the square design allows me to aquascape in a very unique and bold way. The design has also allowed me to explore TRT's BioCube forums related to modifying the tank. There are plenty of easy to do mods that a novice can perform. I now have a refugium, a skimmer, increased flow, and it didn't take much effort at all! So, I love my BioCube.

There are better all-in-one tanks than the BioCube but for the money I feel this is a good first step into marine tanks.

For those into freshwater, this tank makes a great (great) tank for planted aquaria.

The BioCube isn't for everyone, so decide what kind of tank you want to have and what your needs are. If you determine you want an all-in-one tank, then consider the BioCube. The newer model has upgraded HQI lighting powerful enough to keep small polyp stony corals!


Value for money The retail price of the BioCube is a bit high for my taste, especially if you buy the stand (I recommend it), but considering the use I've gotten out of the tank I have to say it is worth it. I didn't pay retail, got mine on sale, but even so, I don't think you will be disappointed.


Customer Support I've not contacted customer support for my BioCube, but have used the Oceanic web site to try and find information. I did not find the web site helpful. Instead I turned to the TRT forums and found the information I needed.


Liked about it 1. Attractive design.
2. Hidden chambers keep the display area clean looking (free of heaters etc.) and allow for media to be placed in the back.
3. Easy to modify.
4. Small footprint.


Didn't like 1. Needs modified.
2. Hateful and cruel lid with no hinges!


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By tcamos
Jul 06, 2010
 
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Love it! Would be good for a new Reefer or Expert! Nice Compact Design.

Installation and Operation EASY to install. Good solid instructions.


Performance vs. Expectations Love the setup. 3 chambers make it a great product to keep as is or to Mod for Reef Capabilities.


Value for money When you add in lighting and a sump to the cost of another tank you definitely save money going this route. Nice moonlight LED along with 10000k and True Blue Actinic.


Customer Support No problems with the tank so no need!!


Liked about it Compact in design yet spacious in-tank room. Looks sleek. Easy to keep clean of salt creep.


Didn't like Doesnt come reef ready. You would need to do a little modification to the back in terms of filtration. InTank Media Baskets http://www.mediabaskets.com/ offers AWESOME filtration mods for cheap. I got a ready made three level filtration system, a refugium with a 10W LED , and a fish guard shipped to my door for 100 bucks.


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By Donovans
Jul 05, 2011
 
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