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Good Saltwater 10-15 Gallon Tanks?
I've been looking at a lot of popular 10-15 gallon saltwater fish tanks and I have been seeing a lot of bad reviews like the tank cracking, terrible lighting, cheap material and more.
I can't seem to find any good tank that doesn't have one terrible side to it.
Do you know any good ones?
Sorry, wish I could help. Perhaps Nart Culprit or xiholdtruex can chime in as they tend to do a lot more product research than I do.
The Fluval 13.5 seems to have generally positive reviews. Personally though I would use this guide, pick up a 20 gallon long tank at a dollar per gallon sale at petco and be done with it:
That will give you a tank that provides far more flexibility and stocking options than any 10-15 gallon tank will.
The question I would ask is what is your goal? Do you want a fish only tank? Do you intend to keep corals? What kind of corals ? Then you can make a decision on the tank.
For all in one I like the cube aio tanks and the fluval tanks are ok. You can get good deals on craigslist and offerup. For softies and some lps they will work fine.
If you want something with a little more flexibility. I would grab a 10 gallon or 20l and build off of that.
There is always going to be some weaknesses and some strengths to certain tank kits.
xiholdtruex I think my goal is probably to keep fish and corals in the future, probably corals a little bit after the tank gets established.
Not sure on what kinds yet, any good soft corals?
I do definitely want an all in one tank.
I've done some research myself and the Coralife 16 Gallon Led Biocube caught my attention, is that a good one?
I like the 16g bio cube led. For soft corals it should be ok and some lps.Some people complaint about how loud it is. For example my jbj 12g cube lid fan are loud but it's 12yrs old. Worse comes to worse you could always take the canopy off and buy a better light down the road.
Also do not forget to get a heater as they do not come with one.
Yeah I did hear it was kind of loud, some people suggested replacing the fan (or what ever made it loud don't quite remember)
If I get it and its loud I should probably just be able to replace the issue.
The one thing I heard about a lot of aquariums in the reviews is that it cracked on them and leaked all the water everywhere.
But I also saw a majority of good reviews, so I don't really know what to say. Maybe they didn't put it on a level surface or whatever.
I probably am going to get the coralife one because that was the best one I could find that was sort of in my budget and how many gallons I want.
Thank you for the help.
It seems a little strange to me that you've seen so many cracked tank complaints. Not saying that you haven't, just strange that I spend too much time looking at fishy stuff and I have not seen these complaints.
For reference, a broad term for the kind of tanks I think you're referring to is AIO's, or all-in-one's. I've seen many beautiful AIO's on fellow reefer's build threads and just never thought that they were more prone to breaking.
For what it's worth, the return pumps included in the budget AIO kits are often not enough flow for a marine tank... meaning that an additional pump, usually a powerhead, needs to be purchased. Add to that that you'll still need the heater and may or may not also need lighting... as you very well may want/need better lighting than the kit provides when it comes time for coral. What I'm trying to say here is that I agree with the statement above. A 20 gallon long is a perfect first salty tank, and it can be picked up for cheap during a sale, leaving some budget room for the equipment that needs to be added. So, when considering my own build, my thinking was, why invest in a kit when much of the equipment would need to be upgraded for a mixed reef? (Which was precisely my eventual goal.) I went with the 20 gallon long and couldn't be happier with it.