Don’t jump right in without testing the waters! Aquariums and fish keeping can be very rewarding, but only if you’re doing it right. If you are a know-nothing-at-all kind of beginner or a hobbyist with a tight budget, get something simple and manageable. Something like the Coralife BioCube Aquarium Starter Kit.

It is a small scale aquarium with all the jazzy fixes that will satisfy your fish keeping, minus all the complexities and responsibilities that come with looking after a massive aquarium. But wait a minute.. … . .not so fast!

The convenience is great, we do admit. But will the Coralife Fish Tank LED BioCube Aquarium Starter Kits come through a winner in terms of quality and performance? What makes it different, or better, or worse than the next aquarium starter kit in the store? Well, let’s find out.

Coralife BioCube 32 Review

Design and Construction

Rember seeing those sleek, modern and elegant looking aquariums in movies? Well, the Coralife Fish Tank LED BioCube Aquarium is just that.. . .but smaller and more manageable. It has beautifully sleek and chic black body held by a transparent fish tank with smoothly curved edges that does not manipulate or change the view. It’s a stunner, no doubt.

This tank comes in 32 gallons capacity which measures 20.2 x 21.9 x 21.5 inches in dimensions. Perfect for setting up inside rooms!

Pump and Filtration System

Speaking of which, the Coralife Fish Tank comes with a submersible pump which is surprisingly quiet and discreet unlike most pumps it its class and price range. Connected to the built-in filtration system, this pump has dual intake along with an adjustable return nozzle. It is also customizable and fairly easy to clean.

As for the filtration system, it has 3 chambers in it: 1 for bacteria and algae growth, 1 for holding the submersible pump and the final chamber for holding the heater and phosphorus-based filtering media.

Temperature

Getting the temperature right on your aquarium is SOOOOOOOOOOO important. The right temperature means the difference between a lush coral reef with vividly fluttering clown fishes or a dead reef with sick and gloomy aquatic life. Coralife Fish Tank is clearly aware of this.

This aquarium features a temperature control system that allows the user to have maximum control over it. They even included cooling fans inside the system to cool of the water from the heat of the LED lights.

Lighting and Ambience

Speaking of which, the lighting aspect of the Coralife Fish Tank is probably its most prized feature. This tanks comes with a 24-hour timer fixed onto the hood of the aquarium. This timer to used to set up the various different types of LED lighting ambiences in your aquarium for your precious babies.

It has 3 independent channels which include bright white, sparkling blue and color enhancing LEDs. You furthermore get 30 minute sunrise or sunset and 60 minutes of moonrise or moonset. All these lighting action is to establish a sense of realism with real world lighting during different times of the day. It is a great way to keep your aquarium dwellers happy and feeling at home!

Having said that, a little bird.. . .a whole flock actually told us that the lighting system tends to give up after some time. If not that, the timer will change the lights on its own. Definitely a FISHY system.

coralife biocube 32 review

Pros:

  • Easy to set up
  • Offers 24-hour timer with temperature lighting control
  • Features several lighting modes
  • Low maintenance
  • Customizable filtration system
  • Beautiful design
  • Quiet operation

Cons:

  • Lights have tendency to malfunction
  • Tank tends to crack upon impact

How To Set Up Coralife Biocube Aquarium

Coralife Biocube 32 Upgrades & Mods

Even though the Biocube 32 is an excellent startup kit for saltwater or reef aquarium, you can still upgrade it to unleash the full potential of this beast. Let’s check out some awesome upgrades that you can incorporate.

1. Coralife Designer Biocube Stand

Coralife Designer stand will give an aesthetic look to your setup. This stand is specially built for the Biocube 32 (or 16) by Coralife itself.

2. Extended Versions: Complete Saltwater Fish Only Bundle And Deluxe Reef Bundle

Considering public demand and to ease fish keepers life, Coralife has brought two extended version of this aquarium starter kit –

  1. Complete Saltwater Fish Only Bundle
  2. Deluxe Complete Reef Package

Let’s take a look at those packages to know what extra you will be getting –

3. Biocube Filter Upgrade: inTank Media Basket

As the saying goes: there is no such thing as over filtration! So a little extra help with your existing filtration system can do a lot good for your livestock. This InTank Media Basket will fit right in the rear chamber of your Biocube and no modification would be required. Install it in Chamber Two after baffle wall and you are good to go.

4. Biocube Refugium Upgrade: inTank Fuge Basket For Coralife LED Biocube 32

You can even grow Chaetomorpha or macroalgae by installing this Refugium basket. Fits perfectly with your Biocube’s rear chamber without any modification.

5. Cleaning Magnet For Coralife Biocube

Consider it as an accessories to clean the algae from your Coralife glass. This magnet cleaner is specially designed to work with curved surface which makes it a perfect choice.

6. Protein Skimmer For Biocube

A protein skimmer will help you to save cost in the long run. It pulls out waste and gunk and as a result you will need less water change. This will save the cost of reef salt for your tank.

Coralife Biocube Protein Skimmer works perfectly with this setup. Fits right in the chamber 1 at the rear and do it’s job. To achieve even greater result you can use a more powerful pump.

Go for the Tunze 9001 Protein Skimmer if you want even more skimming power than the Coralife Biocube Protein Skimmer. Tunze will not fit in the first chamber but you can adjust it in the refugium section easily. But you need to remove the hood to make room for it.

7. Coralife Biocube UV Sterilizer

Another awesome upgrade to fight microorganisms, algae spores and bacteria in your Coralife Biocube. Installation is quite easy. Though they are not super powerful with 5 watt UV bulb but works great with the setup.

8. Cobalt Aquatics Flat Neo-Therm Heater with Adjustable Thermostat

Great choice for heating your reef tank with this sleek designed heater. Cobalt Neo-Therm has an adjustable thermostat and fits perfectly in the rear chamber of Coralife Biocube.

9. Lighting Upgrade for Coralife Biocube

If you decide to go for the Tunze 9001 Protein Skimmer then you need to remove the hood and as a result you will need a lighting system for your tank. A great choice would be Kessil 160WE Tuna Blue. You will have more choices of corals to grow with this powerful lighting upgrade.

10. Auto Top Off System: Tunze Osmolator Nano ATO

Evaporating water is a common issue in all tanks. For a saltwater tank the issue is even bigger as you need to maintain the salinity level. If you decide to remove the hood then you should install an auto top off system to fill up the evaporated water with some RODI water. Tunze Nano Osmolator is the perfect choice for this.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

is there a smaller size Of Coralife BioCube?

That’s a great way to incorporate hobby with responsibility, we think. For your son, you could dodge the size 32 of the Coralife Fish Tank LED BioCube Aquarium Starter Kits and go for the immediate smaller size which is the size 16 or 16 gallon-er. It has all the same benefits and features, but for a smaller tank.

Do I have to buy a heater for the Coralife Fish Tank or is it included? If not, what heater should I get?

Heater is not included in the purchase of a Coralife Fish Tank LED BioCube Aquarium Starter Kits so yeah, you will need to buy one separately for yourself. As for the power of the heater, we think 150 watt should do fine for a tank that size.

What is the flow rate of the pump on the Coralife Fish Tank LED BioCube Aquarium?

Good question. The flow rate on the factory assembled pump, as per the company’s information, is 264 GPH.

What is the material of tank made of?

We are pretty sure it is glass, and not acrylic. Clean, clear and absolutely sharp. The curved edges do not distort either. We like it!

What is the dimensions of the size 16 Coralife Fish Tank LED BioCube Aquarium?

The dimensions of the size 16 Coralife tank 15 inches in length, 16.75 inches in width and 17.5 inches in height.

Final words

The Coralife Fish Tank LED BioCube Aquarium Starter Kits is THE way to enjoy and relish the beauty and knowledge of an aquatic system without having to dive to rain money or experience. Although it isn’t anywhere near flawless, we still think its features offer a fabulous combination for beginners. Apart from the beauty and reward aspect of it, it is cheap and fairly capable of meeting your fish keeping standards. Thumbs up!

If you are still looking for further options then check out our massive review of the best nano reef tanks. With this, it’s a wrap! Thank you for staying with us. We are glad we could help and we will be back with more reviews next time. Take care!

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3 Comments

  1. Does the bio cube 32 led have 32 gallons of usable water in the tank or does that include the filter water.

  2. Actually when we calculate it with the tank dimensions considering the effective water height it is roughly ~26 gallons of usable water. And that is including the filter water. It’s a disappointment I must say.

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