TheReefbox is a new concept reef setup that has a slightly different, modern take on how an all in one aquarium should work. This is far from the first all in one reef aquarium setup that we’ve seen have a go at soliciting a startup support via a KickStarter crowdfunding campaign, but it has some interesting merits that hint at an aquarium future, available today.
Not to be confused with Reefbox (a box subscription service for scuba divers) or Mystery Reef Box (the same box service for reefers), theReefbox (yes we spelled that right) is an AIO aquarium that tries to tie together all the major components of a small reef aquarium into one unified, self contained ecosystem, both biologically and technologically.
This is a good time for reef aquarium projects with the InD Creations Auto Feeder just meeting its crowdfunding goals, and other AIOs like the Biota Aquarium getting some momentum from crowdfunding a few years back. Not to mention we’re in the middle of our very own educational campaign of videos to teach new reefers how to set up a quick and simple mini reef tank.
TheReefBox contains all the hardware you’d expect to get a mini reef started and going, notably a light, pump, built in filtration chambers but one cool feature that we haven’t seen in an AIO before is a dynamic backlit-background. There’s a lot of emphasis in theReefbox’s campaign touting the benefits of the main and background illumination working together and being both controller and programmed through the smartphone app.
We would have loved to see much tighter integration between the app and a controllable return pump, basic temperature monitoring and control, but we understand vertically integrated projects like theReefbox need to start somewhere. The $450 to $500 starting price is pretty reasonable too so if you or someone you know has been interested in getting a reef tank started, check out their campaign on KickStarter.