Marineland® 5 Gallon Nook Aquarium System is rated
4.4 out of
Rated 5 out of
My Betta Loves It!I had seen that reviews for this tank system were a little mixed online, but when my Eclipse 3 hood and light setup finally gave up the ghost (that particular tank is now discontinued), I had to go a different direction for my Betta. Marineland is a company I trust (the Eclipse gave me many good years), and the price was right, and on sale, so I went with the 5 gallon Crescent.
I am so glad I did! The tank is pristine, a good size to just barely fit a desktop, but still big enough to give a fish plenty of roaming room. The LEDs are bright and make the aquarium occupant's colors really stand out. The design takes a little to get used to, because the light hangs over the top, rather than there being a legitimate 'hood' set up, and the Tetra hanging filter cuts into the 5 gallon space but not badly-- and the filter media for it is pretty inexpensive, compared to some brands! The cutout in the top cover works perfectly for feeding, and it didn't take my Betta long to learn where it was and wait under it, impatiently, at feeding time!
Some heads ups for prospective buyers:
- The top does not fit the tank while it is empty. The tank 'bows' slightly in the front when filled with water, allowing the tank top to fit in perfectly. Don't be fooled by reviews that say it doesn't fit... it doesn't fit, but only when the tank is empty!
- No heater is included with this tank. It needs to be picked up separately, if you do not already have one. I was fortunate enough to have a small tank heater already.