Is the reel similar to this? http://www.flickr.com/photos/7898297...8843/lightbox/
I am using a old jobo reel with my 1500 series tank and just fine. The difference of the old reel to the 1500 ones is the plastic being "transparent" and hard on the old one, similar to the one on the picture.
Yup those look like the same tank and reels that I have.
I have some 1500 equipment coming in the mail (from Catlabs!) so will see how they work out.