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JBJ 28 Gallon Nano Cube HQI Aquarium w/ FREE MTS-60 Stand
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JBJ 28 Gallon Nano Cube w/ FREE MTS-60 Stand

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The ultimate reef series biotope! JBJ launches its MEGA powered 28g Nano-Cube HQI-Reef Series. The new 2007 model incorporates many high-tech features not commonly found in "All-In-One" systems. The new concept behind the 28g Nan...
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JBJ 28 Gallon Nano Cube w/ FREE MTS-60 Stand Information

The ultimate reef series biotope!
JBJ launches its MEGA powered 28g Nano-Cube HQI-Reef Series. The new 2007 model incorporates many high-tech features not commonly found in "All-In-One" systems.

The new concept behind the 28g Nano-Cube HQI was inspired by hundreds of reef hobbyists who requested higher powered lighting, protein skimming, increased water circulation, a more simplified filter, storage area in the stand for chillers, and designated water level columns in the rear chambers for heaters, refugiums and protein skimmers.

Our challenge was to offer these key features while still keeping the aesthetic appeal and contemporary look of an integrated canopy and allowing for future mod ability. The 28g Nano-Cube HQI-Reef Series is truly the evolution of years of experience since the original Nano-Cube Aquarium, which launched the small "All-In-One" tank market just 4 years ago.

  • (1) 150W HQI/14K
  • (4) Nite-Vu LEDs with Separate Power cord
  • (2) UL-Listed Accela Powerheads (266gph each/16W each)
  • (2) Directional flow nozzles on each side of the aquarium
  • (1) Ocean Pulse Duo—Alternating WaveMaker
  • (1) Integrated center overflow
  • (1) Newly redesigned filtration system with designated heater column and protein skimmer column with constant water levels
  • (4) Integrated cooling fans (3000rpm`s)
  • (1) Flame retardant ABS canopy housing
  • (1) Integrated thermal protector for canopy (auto shut off protection)
  • (1) Removal filter media basket with handle and sliding door for easy access
  • (1) Filter media—sponge, activated carbon, ceramic rings
Mega Illumination
We are proud to offer the most intense illumination system out of the box, boasting a whopping 5.35W of power per gallon. combined with our new German Parabolic Reflector, it casts sparkling shimmering rays from every corner of the aquarium. Definitely the choice for hobbyists who intend to keep hard corals, sps and clams. The 28g Nano Cube HQI comes equipped with (1) 150W Double Ended HQI/14K for daytime photo periods and (4) Nite-Vu LEDs for nocturnal photo periods. Nite-Vu LEDs are offered with its` own individual power cord for timer usage.

Nite-Vu LEDs are strategically placed on all four corners to evenly distribute moon lighting throughout the aquarium. All LEDs are pre-wired individually with its` own male plug for easy replacement. Consumes less than 1W of power, but strong enough to illuminate nocturnal behaviors.

Stay Cool
The secret to our running canopy is our artistic canopy which also serves as a key factor in heat dissipation. All canopies are made from Flame Retardant ABS Plastic. The 4 cooling fans are paired on 2 separate circuits in case one set of fans were to ever lose performance or fail. We`ve even gone one step further as a safety feature and added a thermal protector into the canopy. In the event all fans fail... the thermal protector will automatically shut off the HQI lighting until temperatures reach safe conditions from the excess heat.

Easy Feeding
New feeding lid is lighter than the previous full front lid. Grants quick and easy access for feeding and retrieving water samples without lifting the entire hood.

Note: New HQI Canopy and Ballast will be offered as an upgrade lighting kit for existing 24g Nano Cube Deluxe Owners.

Smart Filtration
Our newly redesigned filter starts as water enters the center overflow. The water is directed into out new 3-Stage filter media basket, which comes installed with a mechanical sponge, chemical activated carbon and biological ceramic rings.

Our unique 3-Stage filter media basket can host a variety of chemical medias to suit your needs. Cleaning is especially easy since all you have to do is lift up on the basket handle and watch the water drain out the bottom for a simple and dry filter change. All baskets have a sliding door for added convenience.

Once the water leaves the filter basket water is split to the designated heater column to the left and the protein skimmer to the right. Please note that the are that contains the heater, and 3-Stage Filter media basket always has a constant water level. You can easily customize other auxiliary equipment to your aquarium without worrying about water levels in the rear compartment fluctuating. no more broken heaters or heaters that automatically shut off due to evaporation and low water levels.

Once the water is heated and skimmed, the water overflows into the pump water columns. Both pump columns are shared increasing the water volume for long weekends. Water is directed back into the main body of the aquarium via (2) Accela Pumps rated at 266gph at a low energy draw of 16W. Your Nano Cube HQI includes our new Ocean Pulse Duo Wavemaker which creates turbulent currents for a more natural reef environment. Your wavemaker can be set from 10 seconds to 6 minute alternating cycles. Water is returned via (2) directional return nozzles on each side of the center overflow for even natural currents.

Same Integrated Canopy Appeal
The new 28g Nano Cube HQI offers 3.5" more depth than the previous 24g Nano Cube Deluxe. This larger aquarium grants more space for live rock, corals and fish. We made sure to keep the stylish appearance of an "All-In-One" unit while providing open access into the newly expanded rear filtration compartments. This revolutionary design grants easy access for modifications without the constant hassle of drilling, cutting and working within space constraints due to the canopy.

Rear Filtration Access
The rear filtration area is open and grants full access without opening the canopy. This unique baffle design naturally keeps water temperatures more stable through natural evaporation. Chiller inlet and outlet tubes can be fitted easily without the need to cut holes into the rear of the canopy.

Stand Tall
The perfect compliment to exhibit your reef aquarium. Our new design stand at 32" high for better viewing. The cabinet stand is offered with (2) removable shelves and is designed to fit a small chiller inside without reducing the air flow required by chillers.

Easy Assembly
All stands are very sturdy and simple to assemble. No more cam locks and bolts to mess with.

  • Tank Volume: 25gal
  • Tank Dimentions: 18" x 22" x 22"
  • Lift: 1.5 M
  • Glass Thickness: 6mm
  • Accela Pumps (2): 266gph/16W
  • Cooling Fans (4): 3000rpm/Ball Bearing Type
  • Ballast: Remote magnetic/UL recognized component with quick disconnect
  • Lighting: (1) 150W Double-Ended HQI/Kelvin: 14000K
  • LEDs (4): Nite-Vu LED with separate power cord
  • Optional Stand: 18" x 22" x 32" with vented chiller storage compartment
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JBJ 28 Gallon Nano Cube w/ FREE MTS-60 Stand Reviews

Average Ratings:

I will be recommending this ta Product Review by JOEL LOMBERA (Posted on 3/22/14)

Comments: I received my tank on time and was easy to set up the only reason I'm not giving it a 5 star is because the hangera on the basket were broking but I'm sure it happened while it was in transit but other than that love it

OUTSTANDING! Product Review by FREDERIC OEHMKE (Posted on 3/3/14)

Comments: Let me begin by saying, this is not my first JBJ nano tank. I have had the 6, 12 and 24 gallon compact flourecent tanks and the the 28 HQI in the past and this one beats all!

1) The LED lights are very intense (day, dusk and moon lights) and provide that shimmer in the water that you really only see with metal halide lighting.
2) The tank runs fairly cool (water temps 68-72F with 10hr daylight cycle) and I have both return pumps running 24/7. Of course, I do expect it to warm up during the summer months.
3) The open top filtration chamber has lots of extra room for bioballs, cheto, etc. Ideal for an over sump light. Also, there is enough room that I was able to add an aftermarket skimmer to the rear chamber.
4) Low power consumption overall. 89W for all lights combine, 11W each for the stock return pumps. Total 111watts if you are running everything all the time.

1) The feeding door is a bit small. I wish they would have stayed with the design from the JBJ24 where the whole front flips up.
2) The filtration chamber in the rear, though spacious, is not wide enough in my opinion. It would be nice to fit a skimmer in and have some room around it to maneuver your hand. As it is, my skimmer is extremely snug fit. An extra inch longer in the filtration chamber would have been ideal.
3) The legs that hold the hood up are very flimsy. They are little stilts that you lift into slots. I am worried that they may snap one day or slip from the slots and slam the lid shut. With a lighting hood as large and heavy as this one, maybe some skinny hydraulic lifting arms could be implemented (like on the hood of a car). It would up the price a bit, but it would put my mind at ease.
4) The stock pumps were a bit loud. Maybe I had some faulty ones. I had planned to replace them anyway to get more flow.
5) Finally, and probably most important, when I received the tank and stand, I found that many of the parts were bent, scratched or just plain destroyed. The laminate on the stand had begun to peel, one of the plastic feet had been completely crushed to pieces, the lighting ballast/driver connectors had been crushed and the door panel was scratched to hell. I reported this issue to MarineDepot, who in turn contacted the manufacturer to send out replacement parts at no cost to me. I am thankful for the great support at MarineDepot, but very disappointed in the condition of the manufacturer's product when I received it. Everything was made right eventually, but it took a little longer to get the replacement parts. Hence, the 4.5 star rating.

I would definitely recommend this product to anyone looking for a larger nano tank. I cannot think of a better "out of the box" nano tank currently on the market.

Aftermarket Upgrades:
1) MaxiJet 1200 pumps (adds 35gph flow each over the stock pumps)
2) Hydor rotating water deflectors
3) Koralia in tank circulation pump 600gph
4) Aqua Euro USA Nano Protein Skimmer 2

It is a well designed tank Product Review by YUK LI (Posted on 2/26/14)

Comments: I bought a few days ago, I have 20lbs of live sans 25 pound o live rocks. I will cycle environment for a few more days before I put ant live stocks in it. The LED lights are so bright with very little beat generated. The Fans are quite too. I never had metal halid before, I can compare it with the LED. It saves a lot of energy. The glass is crystal clear. The filter basket is well thought out. There is no salt water spray so no whit salt residue to cleanup. Since the back sump is open, you need to add treated fresh water once every other day. no big deal.

The only problem was the labeling of panels of the stand. They mislabeled B2 to b3 and B3 to B2. after the whole stand was assembled, it was upside down front to back wrong. The door knob was on the bottom. I had to take it all apart and do it again right. If they did not occur, it would have a perfect score.

So far....so good Product Review by reef-chief007 (Posted on 2/26/14)

Comments: Received my JBJ28 Nano a few days and put live rock in it yesterday. I am new to the saltwater hobby and chose the JBJ Nano for it's "all-in-one" set-up. The LED lighting is great especially with the 24 hour lighting to simulate the real world.
Overall I am very satisfied with this product and would not hesitate to refer this to anyone who may be interested in getting into the hobby and wants to start with something small.

JBJ Nano CFC 28G Product Review by MASON (Posted on 2/26/14)

Comments: Overall very satisfied with the product. You should def. consider a chiller if you r gonna keep corals, as it tends to run hot with the closed hood design. A well built product through and through.

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