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post #1 of 19 Old 12-19-2012, 05:59 AM Thread Starter
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Biocube 29!

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So i am new and I was looking up tanks and I keep coming across the biocube 29, I was wondering what is the difference between the Biocube 29 PC/LED tank and the Biocube 29 HQI. Because there is a huge difference in price as the PEC/LED is only $300 and the HQI is around $500.


Please let me know what the difference is between these two and if they are even worth buying and if so, what will I have to add to make it a fish and a small reef tank,

Thank you very much guys!
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post #2 of 19 Old 12-19-2012, 07:39 AM
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I do know the standard only has Compact fluorescent bulbs with Blue LED moon lights and the HQI uses a metal hailde light.

I dont know the specifics since im new to Salt myself but basically the HQI will allow you to keep corals which require more light like SPS and clams.

So what do you want to have? FOWLR or reef? For FOWLR you only need the Standard tank, but if you want to go reef it may be better to go with the HQI now so you are not worrying about mods and upgrades later depending on which corals you want to keep down the line.

All that being said, im not a SW expert or biocube owner so hopefully someone else can chime in.

Welcome to TFK. Do your research and ask questions before you start!
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post #3 of 19 Old 12-19-2012, 08:30 AM Thread Starter
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I do know the standard only has Compact fluorescent bulbs with Blue LED moon lights and the HQI uses a metal hailde light.

I dont know the specifics since im new to Salt myself but basically the HQI will allow you to keep corals which require more light like SPS and clams.

So what do you want to have? FOWLR or reef? For FOWLR you only need the Standard tank, but if you want to go reef it may be better to go with the HQI now so you are not worrying about mods and upgrades later depending on which corals you want to keep down the line.

All that being said, im not a SW expert or biocube owner so hopefully someone else can chime in.

Welcome to TFK. Do your research and ask questions before you start!

thank you very much for your help, I appreciate every single advice I can get. But yeah I am definitely looking over this site for awhile before I end up getting a tank and everything. But I would like to set up a reef tank with just a couple fish such as some clown fish. I would definitely invest in the HQI if it is worth it because in the long run $500 isnt that much money at all but I just want to make sure it is worth it or if I should just buy the parts seperate for myself. but thank you again for the help! I need every little help I can get :)
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post #4 of 19 Old 12-19-2012, 08:42 AM
HQI or LED are what you are aiming for. This will allow you to keep any Coral you want. HQI will put out some heat in there while the LED will barely touch the temp. I'd opt for the LED hood if I were getting one.
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post #5 of 19 Old 12-19-2012, 09:06 AM Thread Starter
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thanks reefing, so if the LED hood. Would I need to buy a heater for the tank to control the temp at the temperature I need for the fish and coral? Also, do I need a skimmer with the setup the biocube already gives you? So just to make this clear, you are saying you would choose the Biocube 29 PC/LED (cheaper one) over the Biocube 29 HQI? Thank you for your input :)

Also, is the only difference between these two tanks the hood? Or is the equipment in the HQI better? Thanks :)
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post #6 of 19 Old 12-19-2012, 09:16 AM
I see your point, you'd have to get the LED light kit. HQI it is, as getting it as a whole setup. Skimmer would be need if you plan on keeping alot of Corals and fish. HQI is not better than an LED set up. LED won't cook the water. HQI will raise the tamp some. And they haven't perfected the Reef LED kit yet. Go with the HQI unit.
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post #7 of 19 Old 12-19-2012, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
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haha okay thank you for clarifying that. So with this biocube 29 HQI, how often would I run the light on it for my reef and fish? Also, what suggestion do you have for what kind of skimmer I should get?
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post #8 of 19 Old 12-19-2012, 10:46 AM
We would be looking for a Nano Skimmer. Ill get you the links when I get home tonight.
Lights would be run 10-12 hours a day.
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post #9 of 19 Old 12-19-2012, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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so I was looking up the biocube 29 HQI, it says it comes with a skimmer. Would I need to replace this skimmer with another one or does it actually not have one?
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post #10 of 19 Old 12-19-2012, 12:42 PM
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I believe most people agree that the stock equipment included in the all in one tanks is not the best. I researched the different "cube" tanks before I decided to go with the Red Sea max and when there is mixed reviews on the stock skimmers for both the biocube and RSM.

Basically you don't need to upgrade what it comes with but you may want to consider an upgrade down the line once you get close to full stock as there is better options out there. That's my plan.
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