• GBD videos on vimeo
  • subscribe : rss feed
  • Entry

    Grow Chaeto in Your Nano with the JBJ Nano Glo LED Kit

    Nutrient export in small tanks can be a significant hurdle to overcome. There are very few effective nano skimmer on the market, leaving water changes, chemical media, and if you can fit it in–macro algae–to maintain water quality in your pint sized reef. JBJ’s nifty Nano Glo makes incorporating a refugium into nano reefs relatively […]

    Nutrient export in small tanks can be a significant hurdle to overcome. There are very few effective nano skimmer on the market, leaving water changes, chemical media, and if you can fit it in–macro algae–to maintain water quality in your pint sized reef. JBJ’s nifty Nano Glo makes incorporating a refugium into nano reefs relatively easily; particularly if you use a Nano Cube style aquarium.

    The compact design consists of 4 x 1w white LEDs that are encased in a plastic housing. Sharing the housing is a strong magnet on the top side that allows uses to literally ‘clamp’ the light onto the back glass. The design makes it easy to grow chaeto in the back compartment of Nano Cubes, although it can be used on any aquarium.

    JBJ states the LEDs emit 70 lumens per watt–pretty good given the price point, but at just 4w this light is certainly not meant for corals. Using a killawatt we found the all in one constant current driver to pull roughly 6w from the wall.

    The optics provide a tight beam–something that is required if growing algae in such close proximity. Despite the square layout of the diodes, the beam pattern is surprisingly even and focused towards the center. We expect moderate chaeto growth given the perceived update–but updates will come as we put it to the test on the JBJ 28g LED NanoCube.

    At $50, the plug in play kit is difficult to beat in terms of ease of use and efficiency. Certainly DIY savy reefer could make their own improved version, but the best thing about the Nano Glo is how quickly it can be set up. Literally pull it out of the box, use the quick disconnect fittings to connect the driver and attach to the aquarium with the supplied magnet.

    3 Comments

    1. January 30, 2010 at 2:37 AM | Permalink

      any idea if it is to fit inside the hood at the back compartment or outside? Or what size nanocube it fits in 6G/12G/24G/28G ? thx

    2. Kevan
      July 25, 2010 at 3:07 PM | Permalink

      is this waterproof…..would be even better if it was waterproof so it could go inside the back chambers of other nano’s.

    3. Kevan
      July 25, 2010 at 10:07 AM | Permalink

      is this waterproof…..would be even better if it was waterproof so it could go inside the back chambers of other nano's.

    Post a Comment

    Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

    *
    *