National Geographic™ Aqua Oasis Starter Kit
This is one of the most beautiful small tanks out there. The sides and front are a seamless curved piece of glass and it's stunning when set up. I have gotten so many compliments. It's a 5 star tank except for the lighting, as other reviewers have mentioned. The tank top is open to the inside of the tank, exposing the electrical to evaporation and the lights malfunction as a result. If you can seal it with aquarium safe silicone and don't mind, go for it. The lighting is cool, fun and beautiful when working. I think it's worth the purchase just for the tank itself.
November 23, 2014
FIXED the light issue.
I bought this tank and love the seamless front. Three weeks after setup the light went out. I had to buy another tank (the same) in order to get a new light, since the light is built into the lid and is NOT a universal shape. The second light went out.
I bought the "Marineland Hidden LED Lighting System" :
I UNattached the original light and used the suction cups (included) to attach new system to under-side of lid. dropped the water a smidge, and PERFECTION!
It's been four months and I am overjoyed with my new tank.
November 7, 2014
How to fix LED...
Great aquarium, lousy LED light. Flickering and random on/off within 2 months of purchase. I removed the screws and light casing and found it full of water. Dried it over 3 or 4 days (including using a hot hair dryer frequently) and then put a bead of silicon seal (used in showers, bathrooms, etc) on the bottom and reattached the light box. Then, I put several beads around and around the box completely sealing all water entry points. Light works again just fine. Hopefully will not be a recurring problem. Original seal was minimal.
October 31, 2014
I am so disappointed.
This tank charmed me thoroughly. The touch controls for the lighting and the way the daylight gradually brightens were really exciting. The curved glass front is beautiful.
The filter is powerful but inadequate for my Green Spot Puffer as she is kind of messy. I have been planning to put a hang on back filter on to resolve this.
However as so many other reviews have noted the LED lighting is malfunctioning. First the blue lights would not turn on at all. Now the daylight doesn't turn off, it only becomes dimmer and strobes.
As this tank has no top frame there is no way to even try to make a new top to replace this and there is nowhere to mount new lighting. I am so disappointed that if I could I would go through the effort of tearing it down and moving my fish to return it if it weren't 3 days past the return policy.
October 24, 2014