“ Brand: Pets at Home / Type: Fish Tank „
First things first This is what the 17 litre tank comes with
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My daughter had been after a fish for a while since we had sorted out a fish pond outside and she loved the fish out there! We decided to get her a fish for her room, to help teach her some responsibility! We went to pets at home and she picked out a fish. We went round to choose a tank and as soon as she spotted this she was ecstatically screaming! We walked out with a small fish, this tank, a plant, a solution to keep the water clean and some fish food!
We got home and set up the tank on her drawers in her room! She was very excited. It was quite easy to set up! We opened it all up and put the gravel in (which is included). We put the pump in and added with cold tap water and added the solution to get the water ready for the fish! We were told whist at the shop that the tank would need 3 days before the fish was added so poor little (Woody) had to sit in a bowl for a while but seemed happy enough!
The fish is still alive! Amazingly! The fish tank is still in very good condition although it does need cleaning quite frequently! This is most like due to the small size of the tank. I feel in the future I would go for quality over Toy Story! But I am happy with the purchase all in all it made my little girl very happy!
Firstly I would say that if you are thinking of getting fish, get a bigger tank than this. Small tanks are much harder to take care of than bigger ones unless you are getting really titchy fish like neon tetras or minnows.
On no account should a goldfish be put in this tank. It is way too small for it and the waste will overload the tank in no time.
Overall I wasn't very happy with this tank. It started leaking after a couple of months at odd times, depending on the temperature, the alien ornament gets covered in paint bubbles that make him look like he's covered in some dreadful plague, and the filter doesnt work too well.
As the tank has a Toy Story backing and no light you'll have to buy one or the tank will be too dark to see them.
Essentially you are paying for the Toy Story license, which your kid will probably be bored of in a few days. Once the backing and the deformed alien are gone, you may as well just have bought a better tank.
I got pretty fed up with looking at this in the living room and was glad to upgrade our platies to a proper tank with a light so we could at least see them. The leaks also ruined the cabinet we had it on.
Back in June my husband and son went to a carnival and came home with a goldfish! We placed the goldfish in a safe place away from the cats and headed straight to Pets at Home.
Pets at Home have quite a good range of tanks ranging from very small tanks to big and very expensive ones, I only wanted a small tank because we have only got a small living room. My husband and son spotted this Toy Story Tank for £35 which was very good value as it came with various accessories and it was the perfect size.
**What's in the Box**
17 litre Aquarium
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The tank came in a big cardboard box which I have kept as the back of the box is full of very useful information about setting the tank up, maintaining the tank and looking after the fish.
This is a 17 litre glass tank which can hold a maximum of 2 goldfish, the base and lid are made out of plastic and are bright orange in colour which really makes the tank stand out. On top of the lid is a hinged flap which you can open so you can feed the fish without having to take the lid off. Inside the lid there is a space for a LED light which we bought for £12.99, it easily clipped into place and the tank looks amazing all lit up at night.
The water pump acts as a filter and can also provide air to the fish by sucking air through a snorkel that sticks out over the surface of the water. The pump is quite long and is blue in colour, there are suction caps on the back of the pump and my husband found it very easy to install inside the fish tank.
There are three problems with this pump, firstly it is very noisy and sounds like a toilet cistern filling up with water, also the black float kept getting blocked up so the tank was receiving no air and finally the filter easily gets clogged up.
The noise from the pump was very annoying so my husband bought a different air pump which is super quiet, we still use the pump that came with the tank as it works very well at filtering the water. My husband cleans the filter once a week when he changes the water, he cleans the filter in the water that has been removed from the tank.
~Gravel and 3D Figurine ~
The gravel came in a plastic bag which contained a mixture of green and blue stones. Once placed in the tank the gravel gives a thin layer that covers the bottom of the tank, although there is only a thin layer I think it is more than enough for the tank. The goldfish like playing with the stones and will often move them around.
I love the Alien figure, he is approximately 4 ½ inches tall and is quite heavy, the alien looks exactly the same as the ones in the Toy Story films . One thing I have noticed about this figure is there is quite a lot of bubbling on the paintwork, we tend to swap ornaments in the tank every 3 - 4 weeks.
~Stickers and Background~
The stickers have got a Toy Story theme, there is a sticker of Jessie that says "Glad to meetcha fish!, and the aliens "ooooooo fish". The stickers stick really well to the glass and I have to say that with the background the fish tank looks really good. We did not put all the stickers on the tank because we felt that there were too many .
The background is made out of thin card, there were 2 stickers along the top and bottom edges and you sit it behind the glass on the outside. In the picture is Woody, Jessie, Hamm, Rex and of course Buzz Lightyear.
**Setting up The Tank**
The first thing I did was to give the tank a wash, I just used warm water without any cleaning products as that would have harmed the goldfish. I then washed the gravel in cool water, I have to say the gravel was very dusty.
I added the gravel to the tank and then my husband placed the water pump inside. I have read a lot of reviews where people have had problems with the suction caps on the pump but we have had no problems and we have removed the pump a few times to give it a clean and the suction caps have always worked.
I then filled the tank up with cold water and added a water conditioner which gets rid of the bad stuff that is in the tap water.
Reading the instructions on the back of the box I was really upset to find out that the water needed to be in the tank for 3 days before adding the goldfish. I knew we could not leave poor Goldie-blue in a bowl for long, so we turned on the pump and left it for about 2 hours. Goldie-blue seemed to be very stressed in the bowl so we decided that the best option was to place him in the tank.
I am still pretty annoyed with my husband and son for winning a fish, I do not think it is a good idea to get a goldfish from a carnival but luckily Goldie- blue has settled well into his new home and we now have got a second goldfish called Woody which we purchased from Pets at Home.
We have had our tank for coming up to three months now and it looks very good. When we bought Woody from the Pets at Home within a few days of being in the tank, the water became very cloudy and we had a lot of algae stuck to the glass. Like I said in a previous review we bought an algae magnet which got rid of the algae on the glass, and over the last couple of weeks our water has gone from cloudy to really clear.
My husband changes at least 20% of the water once a week, he prepares a bucket of water a couple of days before the water needs to be changed and then he uses a gravel pump cleaner which not only cleans the gravel but it also pumps water into a bucket.
We have also bought two ornaments for the tank, one is a plastic plant that the fish really love to play and hide in. The second ornament has got like a cave which Goldie-blue loves, there is only room for 2 ornaments so we swap and change the alien figure.
If you are thinking of buying goldfish I will say that they do need a lot of care especially as you do need to change the water regularly to keep them nice and healthy. With the added extras like the light, air pump, food and air bricks I think we have spent nearly £100 just to keep the goldfish happy!
The good thing is the goldfish love their tank though my cat is not happy as he cannot get into the tank!