MARINELAND® 56 Gallon Column Aquarium Ensemble
Good tank overall with many potential applications
The add-a-light fixture it comes with does not have an on/off switch for some reason, so it must either be placed on a timer or manually plugged/unplugged from the wall. Not a big problem, but certainly an annoyance that leaves me wondering why they withheld such a cheap and simple feature like a switch. There is a single fluorescent bulb that will need to be replaced with something stronger for plants/corals, but it sufficiently floods the tank with viewing light. The glass top fits perfectly, but the edges seem unfinished and somewhat jagged. I cut myself simply laying it down. Again, just a minor annoyance.
Other than that, I think this is a great ensemble for the price. The dimensions of this tank are relatively unique and I think well suited to a variety of applications. I would caution buyers to consider the height of this tank. I am 5'10 and I can just barely reach the bottom of the tank for maintenance. I sometimes use a step stool, but it's awkward. For shorter individuals, I think doing maintenance on this tank will be frustrating. Of course, this is not a design flaw, just something to be aware of. I do really like the dimensions of this tank. The footprint is very compact. I have this next to a 55 gallon long tank and I think the 56 is visually much more impressive. Of course, the smaller footprint provides less area for gas exchange to occur, so be mindful of how you stock/prepare this tank. A lot of circulation will be needed to oxygenate the water if you heavily stock this tank.
The stand is roomy enough for saltwater equipment. Speaking of the stand, mine feels rock solid, I am very comfortable with it. It is made out of particle board, but I really don't see how it could ever get wet. Overall, I think it's a solid 4 star product. I'm withholding the 5th star based on the minor issues: no light switch, and jagged edges on the top.
December 22, 2014
No Replacement parts, can't use it
The glass hood broke the first time I was cleaning it. You can't get replacement parts, I tried using the 30" glass hood Petsmart sells, but it didn't work very well and broke as well.
June 9, 2014
Best tank I ever had!!!!!!
This tank is one of the best fish tanks I ever had
I don't know why everyone thinks it's no good
It's very neat.
May 24, 2014
Great Volume and Depth, Stylish 56-Gallon
This is a wonderful alternative to 48-inch wide tanks. A little deep, without a step stool, to reach down to the substrate level to plant. Have nearly accessorized this 56-gallon tank to Lexus standards with API/Rena XP 3, UV in line filter and an LED light fixture. Has made quite a show piece in our family room. It has gone through its cycle and is doing remarkably well. The little sound that does emanate from the API/Rena filter is further quieted by the stand enclosing it. Room for supplies and remedies on the upper shelf. 'Great package' buy at PETSMART.
March 6, 2014