New Micro Reef Tank Systems from PNW Custom
12 Nov, 2021
Now introducing a whole new approach to reefing – Micro Reefing!
At PNW Custom, we’re dedicated to pushing the boundaries and creating a new path. We’re creating a line of products and accessories for you to bring the love of the reef anywhere. These tanks are a perfect fit for a desktop, countertop, cabinet, and more!
Our pre-orders start shipping on November 16th!
See more at https://www.pnw-custom.com/mini-reef-ready-tank
Since our Micro tanks are so small, it’s so much easier to appreciate your livestock and see the tiny details up close. Here are just a few awesome livestock ideas: Sexy Shrimp, Pom Pom crabs, Masked Goby, Panda Goby, temporary home for the fry of captive-bred fish, and much more!
New Micro Reef Tank Models At A Glance
Display Tank: 3.7 L x 3.7in W x 3.5in H
Sump Tank: 3.4in L x 3.4in W x 2.8in H
Tank/Stand: 3.7in L x 3.7in W x 8in H
Water Volume: Display: 20oz, Sump: 12oz. Total: 32oz
Display Tank: 5.5in L x 3.5in W x 3.5in H
Sump Tank: 5in L x 3in W x 3in H
Tank/Stand: 5.7in L x 3.7in W x 8in
Water Volume: Display: 28oz, Sump: 12oz. Total: 40oz
The Mini Reef Ready Tank includes a built-in overflow and plumbing setup just like a full-size reef tank. Flow issues in the small display tank have been solved by using laser cut 1/4in tubing that rotates 40° for optimal flow direction. Sump optimizes equipment and filtration allowing the use of filter pads, media, and more.
The Base Model ($135) includes tank, stand (white or black, your choice), sump, 50 gph return pump, plumbing kit, and filter pad. Full models ($160) add 10W Blue LED light and mount, 5W water heater.
The Mini Reef Ready Tank Base Model and Full Model does NOT include an ATO Sensor or Temperature Controller, but they are strongly recommended additions to your tank. These two items help with stability and keeping a correct water level. PNW Custom recommends the following products that can be purchased externally:
Editor’s Note: Truly micro-scale reef aquariums like this can be challenging for aquarists to maintain, particularly for the inexperienced aquarist. Aquariums of this size are inherently unstable due to the very small water volume they contain; temperature and water quality parameters can destabilize quickly.
That said, micro reef aquariums can be quite successfully maintained, particularly when given the proper daily attention and routine maintenance. Unique product offerings such as these provide an easy entry point into the novel world of micro reefing, removing some of the R&D that would go into creating something from scratch.
With the right systems in place and judicious livestock choices, micro reef tanks can make for impressive displays on a rather modest budget.
To learn more about small-scale reefkeeping, you might wish to refer to our CORAL Magazine’s January/February 2018 edition; MICRO REEFS! It’s available to subscribers in the digital edition archives, and as a printed back issue. Order your copy today!