Marineland® 10 Gallon BioWheel LED Aquarium Kit is rated
3.5 out of
Rated 4 out of
Good 10g kitI bought this aquarium to upgade from my old one with a UGF. I got it for a great price considering it has a heater which most starter kits do not. I have just set it up today while it cycles so currently have no fish. I will break down each component so people will get a better idea of this aquarium.
Tank: Although the tank itself is good quality, the assembly was poor. The sealant/glue on each seam was VERY noticeable and the bottom piece of glass was glued in unevenly so although the tank itself sits level, the interior is not. Thankfully once gravel and water is added, the messy seams are way less noticeable.
Heater: Just your standard submersible heater. Only thing I can say is that there is a notch/line where, when adjusted, the temp should be around 78. Instead, it heated my water to 82 so turning it down was needed.
Filter: This was my first time using/owning a HOB filter. I am very impressed so far. It was easy to install for the most part. But what is not said in the instructions is that for use in this 10g tank, you do not need the mid-level intake strainer or the extension tube as this makes the intake too tall for this aquarium. Adding water all the way to where the water exits the filter (the waterfall type part) was needed to kickstart the filter but this made the water level in the tank WAY too high so once the filter was running, I scooped some water out to lower it. Noise wise, it sounds only a little louder than a ceiling fan but the instructions also say to allow for 24-48 hours for "breaking in" so I hope it gets a tad quieter.
Light: I read many reviews directly from the Marineland website where people complained of the lights going out due to moisture. The tank does have a clear lense cover that is pre-installed in the hood but it is not air/water tight. This allows moisture in with the lights which has caused the problem. I knew this when buying the tank so beforehand I cut a plastic sheet protector and taped it to the underside/water side of the lense to create an aitight seal. After running for about a day, I've noticed that the moisture has kind of loosened the tape so I will add another layer of the sheet protector to the top of the lense just in case. I like the brrightness of the day LED lights and I LOVE the blue night lights.
Overall I really like the tank and liked how it came with instructions for every single aspect of installation. The added bonuses of a net, water conditioner, and sample food was great too.