“ Brand: Aqua Town / Type: Fish Tank „
This starter tank is a 12 litre aquarium, and I can not stress enough the importance of reading about your fish before you purchase them!
This starter tank is NOT suitable for goldfish!! As goldfish are naturally meant to grow larger than this tank, it is really not fair to stick any in something of this size. However, if goldfish are your choice this tank will not be suitable for any more than one, for a short period of time.
Please allow at least 10 liters per goldfish- as suggested by the RSPCA and many other aquarium specialist, do not be ignorant and try to house a bunch of goldfish in this thing! They will not live healthily and they will get stunted growth as well as produce high amounts of ammonia and nitrate in such a small tank.
In my tank of this size I currently have some white cloud minnows and shrimp, I didn't bother to add in a heater, although it is possible to do so as this tank is glass.
Yamato shrimp are temperate and therefore can cope with cold water, along with minnows which stay relatively small (around 1inch at most) provides an easy to look after and great choice for a small tank.
Other cold water or temperate fish you can go for with this tank-
Rosy barbs- although a max of 2, as these can get to 8cm.
Butterfly plec- these get 5cm max.
You can grab this tank for £15 from any pets at home store, which I personally think is a decent price considering you get a filter, gravel and stickers with it!
To buy a filter individually, they can be priced at around £15, so for the tank as a whole it is a pretty good buy. -If you know how to look after it!
The dimensions of this tank are 31.5 x 18.5 x 13cm, and as goldfish can grow to 36cm, this explains why I stated they are not a fair choice for this tank!
This tank is quite small which makes it perfect as a starter tank, it can easily be placed on a suitable worktop which can hold its weight. I bought a clip on overhead light for mine to add some light, along with some live plants and replaced the free gravel with black gravel- which makes a great effect!
The tank is glass- so be careful! But this also means you can add a heater safely.
The tank does come with a filter, which is essential as you should never keep any fish without a filter! The filter is very small, however very powerful and suitable for a 12 litre tank. I have never have any problems with this filter being too noisy or becoming faulty and I have had this tank for over 1 year now. The sponges inside the filter are quite small, so can become clogged quite quickly which is another reason why it is important to house the correct amount of fish and clean the filter enough.
The tank also comes with a thin plastic lid, with gaps to allow for the filter cable. The lid is very flimsy and easily breakable, however it does a good job at keeping in the condensation and limiting the amount of evaporation.
What you DON'T get with this tank is tap water conditioner, so you would need to buy some of this extra! At around £3.50 from pets at home for a decent one, I price this product at around £18.50, as it is essential to buy tap water conditioner to have healthy fish.
***Looking after the tank***
The filter! Wash out the sponge from the filter provided approximately once a month, or more if needed, in water taken from your tank. This is important, as if you use untreated tap water, the chlorine will kill off all your beneficial bacteria and may cause fish loss or illness.
NEVER do 100% water changes! Only do around 20% once a week to remove the nitrate which will develop in the tank, and add back in any oxygen levels lost.
ALWAYS treat the new tap water with tap water conditioner to remove any chlorine and harmful metals from the water before putting it anywhere near your tank! - Normal water filters for drinking water will not work, as these do not remove all traces of harmful metals or chlorine which can harm your fish.
As this tank is quite small, cleaning is easy. Use a normal clean unused sponge which has not been used at all with soap, to get rid of algae from the glass. For the gravel, you can also get a siphon priced at around £4 which sucks out any waste from the gravel, whilst also removing water at the same time.
This can be a great tank for your young kids IF you choose the right fish and know how to look after your tank. Remember, goldfish are meant to live for 25 years, and in reality are pond fish, so if you find your fish are dying every week, you are doing something wrong!
Everything I have written in this review is correct, as I have 9 tanks myself and currently work within aquatics, unfortunately I see it all too often that people try to cram too many fish in one tank, or ignorantly force them to live in disgusting conditions!
This tank is a great nano tank, for smaller fish, shrimp and snails, and it can look lovely when decorated to your own taste!
I have given this tank 3 stars, as it does not come with any dechlorinator which is essential! It could also come with a 'how to set up your aquarium' guide. With it only being a 12 litre, it should be clear on the tank which fish are suitable.
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Aqua Town Starter Tank
Well after looking around for a small tank to use to hold my fish whilst giving my main tank a thorough clean I discovered this in Pets at Home it cost me £15 and is perfect. I have since been able to use it as a nursery tank and it is ideal for this too. However the tank itself is designed with kids in mind and I have been able to purchase another since for my oldest son as he has discovered a keen interest in fish. It is a very small 31.5cm x 18.5cm x 13cm and comes with everything a budding aquarium keeper will need to start. The set comes with gravel, filter, back scene and also a selection of stickers to allow you to decorate the front of the tank, not what I would choose to do but kids enjoy it and this is a great idea to make the whole thing more individual, perfect for my ten year old.
I was not sure my sons interest wouldn't wane after time so at the price who could argue. My son has one goldfish in the tank and to be honest I think considering the size of the tank this would be the maximum amount of fish if keeping them in there for any length of time. The tank has been in my son's room now for six months and we have no problems with it at all. There a good seal around all the edges making it perfectly water tight.
The product itself isn't of fantastic quality if you're an avid fish keeper but for children it's ideal. I would prefer a more secure lid as it is made of relatively thin plastic and it has hole for pump wires and feeding, it's adequate but a little unsubstantial. I personally would prefer a hood, because it's more secure, the filter is small but is perfect for a 12 litre tank.
I am on the lookout for a larger tank for my son as his enthusiasm has increased and he is disappointed he is unable to expand on tank and enhance it with lighting, which always brings out the beautiful colours of the fish, and also more elaborate fish, but as beginner children's tank it did him well and he enjoyed it. This will now become another tank for us to use for transporting and holding the fish.
I am very pleased with this product considering the remarkably low price, and the products included its great and when my youngest becomes a little older (he is only two), I will definitely be opting for one of these or something very similar. However I do reiterate that lid is a let-down but you can't complain at fifteen pound for a tank, filter, gravel and background. You have everything you need to start your little aquarium, all except the fish of course, but it's fun to select them for yourself. Oh and do remember water conditioner for making tap water safe for fish or you may lose your new little buddy. Although you may find other little items useful to add to your fish paraphernalia, like a glass cleaner and a net etc. but for an initial set up this is great. However I would stick to cold water fish as I think the size of the tank would be unable to accommodate a heater which is necessary for tropical fish which is what my son is adamant he wants now to do, also this tank is rather small for more than one fish in my opinion.
After a few weeks of nagging from my 8 year old about getting him a hamster, I decided to get him a goldfish! I wasn't being cruel, I just wasn't convinced that he will look after a hamster properly. As I have no desire to be left with the task, I thought a fish would be the best (easiest) introduction to the responsibilities of pet keeping.
After having a quick look on the internet for a tank we found that Pets at Home seemed to be reasonably priced and they had a starter set which was good value and aimed at children. We visited our local store (Gloucester) the next day, it was nice to see what we were buying up close. The tank supplied in the starter set is just a cuboid shape, measuring 31.5cm x 18.5cm x 13cm. This will hold 12 litres of water. Aswell as the tank you receive a filter, a bag of gravel, a cardboard backdrop and some stickers, for the total of £15. The vertical edges are all sealed with a clear silicon edging on the outside and the top and bottom of the tank are edged with a black plastic rim. The lid sits inside the rim and is made of clear plastic with gaps around the edges so you can get your fingers in to lift it off, they also leave room for the filter cable and to pop food in. It is fairly thin and could be broken if dropped so we only remove it when cleaning. The packaging was a cardboard top and bottom and some polystyrene to protect the glass some of which is useful to place the tank on to ensure an even surface. Also, the bottom cardboard piece has loads of information about keeping fish so we've kept it to refer to.
There was a lot of information on display in the shop and it soon became clear that we wouldn't be buying the fish the same day, instead we had to get the tank ready. After rinsing out the tank, gravel, filter sponge and a couple of ornaments , we then started placing everything into it. I was a bit disappointed with the gravel, it looked nice in white & beige but there just wasn't quite enough of it. It says to keep the layer fairly thin, but the amount supplied barely covers the base and we put it around the ornaments not underneath! It did look nice when we had finished though, although the backdrop isn't really anything special, just some cartoon fish & Aqua town shown across the top, but the tank is for my son and he likes it. The stickers were of the same cartoon fish, I assume they are to stick on the tank but I thought they would quickly get tatty and obstruct the view, so they have been used elsewhere. We added Tapsafe (also bought from Pets at Home) to the water which helps lower the chlorine to safe levels for fish, plugged in the filter, which was surprisingly quiet and then had to leave it all to settle for 3 days before adding some filter boost bacteria treatment. After this time I think we were all quite excited to go and get 'Fred' but we had to take a sample of the water with us to make sure it was safe for him. We've now bought a kit to do this ourselves as the water needs checking fairly regularly especially at the beginning. Luckily it was fine and after the salesperson checked how long we had the tank running and what size it was, how many fish we intended on keeping etc, Oakley was allowed to choose one to take home. All staff seemed to be very knowledgeable about fish welfare, there were about three others all going through the same process and giving out advice to customers. As our tank is only 12 litres, it is only suitable for one goldfish. The packaging I kept tells me we could have 2 Platys or one shrimp or four Zebra Danio.
We've now had our tank (and Fred of course) for five months. We've followed all the instructions on the packaging , for example, only feeding him every other day for the first six weeks, when to replace the filter sponge, when to replace part water and when to do a full empty etc, and it's all been spot on. So much info was new to me, which is probably why all the fish I had when younger all died very quickly! I wasn't expecting much from the filter, it looked very basic and cheap, but it's been great, very easy to clean and really quiet. We keep ours in the kitchen but noise wouldn't be an issue if it was anywhere else. The glass is really easy to clean, between full water changes I just wipe the glass with the clean filter sponge and it's crystal clear again. One thing to mention is that there is no light and as it has a flat lid not a hood, it's not really intended to house one. Our tank is under the wall units and we have lights under them, it does brighten the tank and make it look much nicer than without, but obviously tanks with lights are so much more expensive. As a starter set for kids I think it's great value and the information on the packaging is a great plus. Although if I could make any improvements, the info would be in a booklet which could be kept easier and there would be a bit more gravel included, but these points are so minor I still have to award the full five stars.