The Reef Tank Journey Begins

Can you guess what’s in the box?

Reef in a Box

That’s right — the aquarium has been delivered and the reef tank journey begins…

Landen 60P 25g aquarium tank

It’s a Landen 60P 25.4 gallon aquarium that measures about 24″ x 16″ x 16″ (23.6″ x 15.7″ x 15.7″ to be exact.).

As you can see, it is a simple, non-reef ready glass tank. In case you haven’t seen the term somewhere else already, ‘reef ready’ means holes have been drilled in the glass for external plumbing — such as an overflow, closed-loop circulation, and return lines. In other words, the plumbing that allows water to exit the tank to an external reservoir or sump, and then be pumped back into the tank in order to create flow. This one does not have any holes pre-drilled in it, so it considered non-reef ready.

Why did I go with a non-reef ready tank?

Since I’m setting up nano aquarium – e.g. an aquarium between 6 and 35 gallons (anything under 6g is typically considered a pico aquarium) – I decided I wanted a tank that’s both sleek and clean looking while providing maximum room for live rock and coral.

So I chose a rimless tank with a that would have as little equipment taking up valuable water space inside it as possible. This means no overflow box inside the tank.

Instead, I’m going to use a small, sexy, unobtrusive Japanese overflow set-up made of hand-blown glass that is called a Mame overflow. I’ll cover it in another post once I have one in hand and actually set up.

The important question is:  why did I choose this specific tank?

Three reasons:

  1. As I mentioned, I wanted a rimless tank that did not have any holes pre-drilled in it
  2. It is made of crystal clear low-iron glass. The lower levels of iron in the glass greatly reduce the amount of green tint found in normal glass — allowing colors to pass through to remain sharper and more true to their original color
  3. It is constructed of glass that is 8mm thick. Most of the non-custom rimless tanks on the market in this size are made of glass that is 5mm or 6mm thick. They are pretty popular, and I’m sure a lot of people have had great success with them. But, they push the safety limits of design. I’ll sleep much better at night knowing the 25 gallons of saltwater on the third floor of our home is held by an aquarium designed with glass panels that give the tank a much higher safety factor… greatly reduce any chance of the panels bowing under pressure and putting excess stress on the silicon seams… and is far less likely to ever result in me waking up to the sound of a 25 gallon flood of fish, coral, and saltwater crashing to the floor and showering down through the two floors of wall and ceiling beneath it.

If you want more details about the tank, or are thinking about picking one up, you can find it here:  Landen 60P 25.4 gallon rimless aquarium tank. Oh, and be sure to check all the different vendors who carry it via the little ‘New from’ link just beneath the top description — you could save yourself some serious money.

Let the reef tank journey begin!