Great tank, but...
(Posted on 12/29/13)
Comments: I have grown to enjoy the Nuvo 8 that I set up for my son's room. It has many nice features but of course, is not a perfect product.
1. Classy, elegant design.
2. Conveniant filtration set-up.
3. Easy to modify.
1. Display volume is only about 5 gallons- much more limiting then I had expected.
2. Pump is extremely underpowered and no practical room exists for additional powerheads. I did the mod of the maxi-jet 225gph. At first it produced a ton of microbubbles but now seems to be working well.
3. Filtration container is cheap and could be greatly improved.
4. Moonlights are too bright. I wanted to use these as a nightlight but they really work better as actinics. They keep the baby awake!
Love the tank
(Posted on 8/7/13)
Comments: I've had this tank for almost a week now and I love it! I purchased this tank for my office. The foot print is perfect and this tank was exactly what I had been looking for.
The LED's seem to be good enough to keep any soft corals. The return pump is quiet and the overall quality of the tank is really good.
I'm not very impressed with the stock media basket; however, I usually don't run media baskets in my tank so not a big deal to me.
I must say be careful with the lid. it is made of glass and I was putting it back on the tank and accidentally bumped the top corner of the tank and put a little chip in the tank. It's a small chip and will not take from the overall look of the tank but don't make the same mistake I did.
I would recommend this tank to anyone looking for this size of nano. Innovative Marine has won me over and I'd definitely buy more of their tanks in the future.
Almost in love with it
(Posted on 3/4/13)
Comments: We've had the Innovative Marine 8 Gallon Aquarium up and running since Christmas 2012. Without a doubt it's an attractive accessory to our office space (5 stars for that). We've created a small reef system complete with live rock,live sand,a hammer coral, a scarlet skunk shrimp, snails and hermit crabs and two small percula clownfish. The hammer coral is thriving under the 14000 K Skkye light, nearly doubling in size in 2 months! i think the pump flow is great, but the filter cartridge is marginal at best because the overflow water mostly seems to bypass it and it should be redesigned for a better fit and efficiency. The heater well is very good, we've also added in the optional protein skimmer that barely fits into the pump well, but haven't run due to the millions of micro bubbles it creates during its break-in period. i will probably try it again once the tank is more seasoned. The protein skimmer also leaks onto the glass lid thru the sponge filter on the protein skimmer outlet tube so i had to use a little ingenuity with plastic from a soda bottle to rectify that problem. Water also quickly evaporates from the tank during the winter when the house humidity was low as we were adding a gallon of distilled water to the tank per week (in bi-daily doses), they need to perhaps develop an auto top off system specific for this nano tank to address this instability problem as not every species will tolerate these rapid water chemistry fluctuations. i think if they come out with an improved version II of the Nano 8 that addresses these problems that i mentioned above, i would rate it the 5 stars rather than the 4 i gave it, but we do like it a lot and are very pleased with our purchase.
(Posted on 2/15/13)
Comments: Actually got this from the girlfriend as a xmas gift this year. I was surprised by how much was a part of the entire unit. I made it a clownfish tank with purple live rock. Had to buy a small heater, but passed that everything was in the box. The LEDs are a bit strong at night but the fish seem to be used to the lights at this point. Great tank and would recommend to others. One thing that is a pain is that there is no custom stand from IM to fit the tank. but other than that no complaints, the water flow is acceptable for corals and for reduction of gases. good buy
IM NANO 8GAL
(Posted on 9/13/12)
Comments: NICE CONCEPT, NEEDS REMODING, MAYBE BETTER LID SETUP, NOT SO FLEXABLE PLASTIC MADE SUMP, DECENT WATER FLOW FOR SUCH A SMALL TANK, NEED TO RETHINK FILTER ARRANGEMENT AND MORE MEDIA ADDED ie BIOBALLS AND OR CERAMICS, MAYBE A OVER FLOW GRAVITY DRIP IN MAIN RETURN AREA. FOR 200.DOLLARS PLUS SHIPPING AND TAX, "COULD BE BETTER QAULITY" AND DESIGN.I DID LIKE THE FACT THE BACK FILTRATION WAS OPEN TOP, GOOD FOR GAS EXCHANGE, AND IF YOU FIND THE RIGHT HANG ON FILTER UNDER 8 INCHES WIDE LIKE FLUVAL C SERIES OR AQUATOP SLIM WITH SKIMMER, YOU'LL DOUBLE YOUR WATER FILTERATION AND QAULITY. OVERALL NOT BAD SEEN WORSE. BUT GIVING XTRA ROOM I GIVE IT 4*.
LIGHTING I GIVE 3*, SIMPLY BECUASE OPEN WIRES AND THE WAY IT MOUNTS TO THE BACK OF THE TANK.FILTRATION ILL GIVE A 1* BECUASE NOT MUCH MEDIA AND COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER DESIGN SEEING ITS DESIGNED FOR NANO REEF APPLICATIONS AND ALL YOU GET IS A PLASTIC INSERT WITH 3 PREPPED FILTER SPONGES THAT ONLY SEAT HALFWAY IN THE COMPARTMENT ALLOWING WATER TO FLUSH OVER AND NOT THRU IT.OVERALL PRICE TO PRODUCT RATE, 2* REASON OTHER NANO TANKS SEEM TO OFFER MORE IN WHERE IT MATTERS, THIS ONE JUST LOOKS NICE AND OFFERS LITTLE, BUT LIKE MANY OTHER TANKS ITS OF PERSONNAL PREFERANCE AND ALLOWS MUCH MODDING AND UPGRADES TO ONES LIKING.
IVE CREATED A RAIN DRIP OVERFLOW, ADDED A HEATER, AND FLUVAL 5 STAGE HANG ON C SERIES FILTER/SKIMMER AND MODDED THE SUMP, AND I LOVE IT. OVERALL I GIVE IT A 4 1/2** SIMPLY BECUASE IT ALLOWS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT WHERE OTHER NANO TANKS OFFER LITTLE ROOM AT ALL WHERE IT MATTERS, AND THATS THE FILTERATION AREA.