“ Manufacturer: Aqua One / Type: Aquarium „
This tank was bought as a small starter system for my brother who wanted his own tank and was tired looking after my "boring" fish, in other words he doesnt like seahorses and would rather have a guppy... I bought it from a local shop which had an offer on which included tank, stand, internal filter, heater for just over 100 pound. I thought this was a pretty good deal as to buy all the bits individually would have cost me way more. It is a good quality tank and the only issue is that the lid is a little flimsy and could be broken by smaller kids. I usually dont go for a tank with a hood and built in light like this because i prefer a bit of freedom in terms of lighting however i was quite impressed by this tank, the lid fits nicely and looks great and the lights are easy to turn off with just a flick of a switch. Although this tank contains just 20litres of water it gives the impression of a lot more because of its height. Overall a great tank for relatively little money and although unsuitable for larger fish its a great way to get kids and adults alike into fishkeeping starting small with a few tetras and catfish etc. Use your local aquatics shop to buy from if possible as they need the business these days and will often do such deals like this. Many will also match online prices so dont be afraid to ask! and remember to do your research.
We recently down sized the tank in my son's bedroom to allow more space. Due to a big mix up with Pets at Home, the manager offered me this tank at £30, the price of a tank they were meant to have saved for me. It worked out a brilliant deal as this usually sells for £59.99. cabinets made for this are also available for only £35, but we did not buy this as we wanted the tank on my sons dressing table where he can see it from bed. Our tank is silver like the one in the picture, and this is the only colour Pets at Home had in stock. This is made in black, pink and blue as well, and I would really have loved the blue one.
The tank has a very nice modern appearance and looks nice and tidy in my sons room. The light makes an ideal night light and he really loves this tank. Another nice feature is the round front of the tank which has a magnifying effect on the fish. Unlike the ball shaped biorb tanks though this is not curved at the top of the tank which limits water surface area, and therefore oxygen for the fish. So basically you get the curved effect without the harmful properties to the fish.
This tank says it comes with an under gravel filter, but it does not. Instead it has a small internal filter, which is much better anyway. It also has a brilliant built in light in the hood of the tank. The light is fully enclosed in glass which is handy as it prevents corrosion or rust. The lid itself is also worthy of mention. This has a small door that opens to allow feeding. The food goes straight down the hole into tank, with no ledges for food to be trapped and mold ( a major problem with our Clearseal tanks). This is very important when young children will be feeding the fish, as moldy food will quickly pollute a tank. Another feature of the lid is that it is hinged at the back allowing you to just lift the lid up for cleaning or maintenance, and still have the light on. The hinge will not allow the lid to slam shut as it will just hang in any position. This means you must push it down. This is another good feature for children as a slammed lid can equal a broken bulb which I can tell you from experience is a complete nightmare in most tanks.
The tank does not include gravel, or a heater so these must be purchased seperately, as well as any ornaments or decorations.
The measurements of this tank are as follows in centimeters :H 38 x W 47 x D 24 cm. It holds 20 litres of water making this suitable only for a limited number of fish. We have a beta, 2 kuhli loaches, an ancistrus, a few neons and 3 mini corydoras. That is pretty well full for this tank. We used water and filter medium from an established tank though to avoid having to cycle the tank. If you bought this tank new and started out from scratch with this many fish they would all die in a few weeks. If starting from scratch I would have only put in a baby ancistrus and a beta, or fighting fish and let the tank run with them for 6-8 weeks before gradually adding more fish. Cycling is necessary to allow the good bacteria to build up enough to break down fish waste. Without it the waste will build up and poison the fish.
This tank comes with a one year warranty, but by registering it online or sending in the registration card, this warranty is increased to two years.
Note on children's fish tanks
As many people will buying these for Christmas, I thought I would add this. Most children's tanks are made of cheap plastic, which means you can not use a heater and they will scratch and algae easily. They are also usually not adequate in size for goldfish, which are pretty much the only fish you can put into them. It is worth buying a better set up even for goldfish, and will save headaches later on. that said even this tank is a bit small for goldfish, but would be ok for awhile at least with up to three. There is the possibility of them outgrowing the tank in the future though.
Goldfish are often used as disposable pets and many of the tanks you see for Christmas are basically a disposable tank for a disposable pet. But goldfish are smarter than one would think and can easily be trained to come to the top of the tank and awaiting feeding by ringing a bell.