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Old 07-10-2014, 05:38 PM   #1
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New Nano Tanks @ Petco


Anybody seen/have one of these yet?
Petco brand tank called ARC

Was in the store yesterday and saw them.
Nice heavy glass construction - similar to the Fluval Specs but the overlfow/filter box is much larger - plenty of room for a heater.
Plus it uses filter cartridges, unlike the foam block in the spec that I hate.
Tanks are not on their website yet, these are the only ones i could find online.

This is the larger bow-front, also comes in a smaller cube



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Old 07-10-2014, 06:29 PM   #2
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That is a pretty nice looking tank, I don't see it on their website though.

did you happen to note the price?
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Old 07-10-2014, 06:37 PM   #3
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Cant quite remember price, the one above is a 6 gallon and it was under $100
they also had a smaller one that was more cubed and the overflow was the entire width of the back.
It uses 2 whisper like filter cartridges in the sump instead of a sponge.
Sump has 3 compartments
Over flow is first through 2 of the filter cartridges
then it looks like the water goes through a second compartment with a small sponge to reduce bubbles then
the third houses the return pump with room for a heater - or the heat can go in the second compartment.
It's difficult to tell what water levels will be so this is just a guess.

I can barely find mention of it anywhere on line except in another forum
http://www.houstonfishbox.com/vforum...-Anyone-see-it

Only picture I took was the corner of the box with the info so I could research it on line.
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Old 07-10-2014, 07:28 PM   #4
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I guess I will have to take a trip to petco this weekend and see if my local one has it in stock.

I really like the Spec III that I have and the bow-front rimless look of this tank with the similar included filter is very interesting.

thanks for the heads up on it.
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Old 07-11-2014, 01:35 AM   #5
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Do you recall the size and price of the smaller cube?
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Old 07-11-2014, 02:29 AM   #6
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Thanks for the heads up!
I'm really liking the 6 gallon.

Do they come with a lid?
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Old 07-11-2014, 03:08 AM   #7
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Thanks for the HU, sounds interesting.
I am not familiar with the Fluval. What is the problem with the foam?
I got in the habit of not liking cartridges due to the cost.
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Old 07-11-2014, 04:44 AM   #8
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Why do you dislike the spec's sponge? I have a spec and have been happy with it (1st tank). Wondering if I'm missing something.
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Old 07-11-2014, 07:29 AM   #9
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These would be perfect for a nano reef.
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Old 07-11-2014, 10:02 AM   #10
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IMO - the sponge is a crappy mechanical filter. It's difficult to clean and I don't like the way the media sits in the sponge. I find tanks run the best when you can clean the mechanical filtration weekly.

This is the info Petco sent me

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The Arc Tank was formerly known as the "Bookshelf Tank" since its size can fit into an average bookshelf. You can see a video of it in action here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KS8Nv1N6nbc. The Arc Tank is the newer version and can hold 6.25 gallons of water. It's also equipped with its very own built-in filter, and comes with lighting systems. It's priced at $69.99. For your reference you can call the store for additional details: 410-247-0491. Best wishes.
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Old 07-12-2014, 01:27 AM   #11
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The ARC tank doesn't look anything like the old Petco bookshelf tank. I'm surprised to see them say that it's a newer version of that tank.
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Old 07-12-2014, 02:04 AM   #12
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I took pictures of these too hoping to post them. They have 2 models available.

6.25 Gallon for $69.99



and the 3.7 Gallon for $49.99



These tanks have been in my local Petco for over a month but they have yet to add them to their website. I'm hoping to hear someone else's experience with them before I fork over the cash.
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Old 07-12-2014, 04:03 AM   #13
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Weird, haven't seen these guys at my local petco.
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Old 07-12-2014, 05:08 AM   #14
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I miss the bookshelf one. I really wanted to get my hands on it to modify it for my tarantula. It's the perfect size for how small he is right now and can be used later for other projects. : (
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Dang I like the cube!!
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