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Levito 08-01-2011 12:33 PM

What's your experience with the Solana 34g
Hey all,

So I've been thinking of downgrading my 65g reef to a 34g Solana. Anyone here have one, and what are your thoughts? Is the stock equipment good enough or should I expect to have to upgrade somewhere?

Also, which lighting system did you use to go with it? I don't know all that much about lighting (I have 6 39w T5s on my 65), but is the LED setup for the Solana powerful enough for most coral, or would I need the T5 setup? I'd like to avoid a chiller and am looking for some lights that won't generate too much heat.

Chiefmcfuz 08-01-2011 03:30 PM

Or you could use the search function and just type "Solana"

rookie07 08-01-2011 04:44 PM

I love it.

You will need to change/upgrade the following.

Rodi top off
I have AI Sol Blue LED (love it)
Stock skimmer is crap (only other in tank option is tunze 9002) media basket gor middle chamber.
Egg crate in overflow to prevent sponge from falling.

I added a mp10 to tank, and carbon in media basket.

Levito 08-01-2011 05:13 PM

Thanks rookie. That's a serious LED system, I don't think I can spring for that quite yet.
What is wrong with the ATO? Does it just need a stronger pump, bigger reservoir, or something else?
Besides upgrading the skimmer, it doesn't look like there's much additional expenses on top of the stock system, depending on what I choose for lighting.

STHILL 08-04-2011 08:43 AM

The solana is nice...but I love the red sea max, I have the 130d and its great I was thinking of upgrading to the red sea max 250.

dagreatbadfinger 08-16-2011 03:52 PM

i just bought the Solana myself - had a red sea max. i wanted to try something different with better glass

House of Laughter 08-18-2011 08:45 PM


Originally Posted by Levito (Post 992867)
What is wrong with the ATO? Does it just need a stronger pump, bigger reservoir, or something else?

The ATO is two inverted containers that empty as the level drops - not very consistent and with a rimless tank, it evaporates more that the containers can hold in a couple days. Total PIA to keep filling IMHO.

Hope that helps.


E.intheC 09-11-2011 10:08 AM

Did you end up buying the Solana yet? I had one for a while. Very nice tanks, but I wish they came with a "reef ready" option. IMO, the internal sump compartment feels cheap and takes up too much real estate in the tank. It's a great option for those who want a sleek looking system but don't want to deal with a traditional sump, however.

Another word of caution, unless you like the look of coralline-encrusted back walls (I DON'T), definitely keep on top of the back wall algae. Use a rough pad to scrape off the algae before it turns into coralline. The back wall has a textured pattern to it, and you won't be able to use the typical glass scrapers there.

Aqua Pro Builder 09-11-2011 05:21 PM

I love it for the simplicity and the beauty.

There are drawbacks in terms of the sump part and ATO, but they are basically inherent to all small AIO systems.

As for LED lighting, too many models will do good with Solana from cheapo to breaking your wallet.

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