Oceanic has updated their Biocube nano aquarium series to incorporate a double ended or “HQI” Metal Halide. This Biocube series has been popular with the nano aquarium crowd and Oceanic has taken it upon themselves to offer a few other upgrades. Towards the back of the aquarium you have the option to run a refugium with a built in area to attach some sort of light (ideally theirs) to grow cheato. The top of the Biocube is a sliver of glass which to us gives us the feeling that a lot of heat will be trapped in the new nano BioCube aquarium. The aquarium does include a skimmer although its powered by an air-stone (gasp!) which is the standard issue BioCube skimmer. Interestingly Oceanic has several different upgrade options including a small Oceanic BioCube Circulation Pump, Mini Ultraviolet Sterilizer, Submersible Mini Hydrometer and a BioCube 29 Stand. We’ve got additional pictures below the break and expect a around $550 MSRP for this new nano aquarium.
Biocube HQI offers an aesthetically appealing design and high quality components that make reef-keeping easier and rewarding. The key component is the HQI metal halide light which provides the high intensity lumen output preferred by reef-keeping enthusiasts. Now you can create a thriving coral reef with a broad variety of organisms including small polyp stony (SPS) corals and Tridacna clams.
Healthy reef-keeping also requires proper filtration and Biocube HQI has everything you need including a protein skimmer for removing harmful organic waste, a refugium chamber for establishing biological filtration and a replaceable filter cartridge to eliminate particulate matter.
Since a thriving coral reef is a beautiful reef, Biocube HQI includes a clear glass canopy for showcasing you aquatic masterpiece. The canopy is easily removed for stocking, water changes, and routine maintenance.