Top Fin® Euro Heartland Aquarium Ensemble
Really Attractive Tank
I purchased this tank around '09 or '10. At the time the stand was a separate purchase, so I only have the tank itself. The total was around $130+/- and included the glass cover and the light fixture. All decorations and such were separate (as with nearly all tanks).
After having it for 4-5 years and having moved at least once in that time, I can say that this tank is very sturdy! It still looks amazing and I'm always getting complements on it. My only gripe is that I get a lot of hard water buildup on the glass top and back of the light fixture due to the misting of my filter. This has to be scraped off at least a few times a year, and is most noticeable on the back of the tank, where the mirror is. (I know that mine has a mirrored back, not sure if this listing does)
Currently I keep it as a tetra tank with no live plants (yet). I use aquarium sand, lots of various size plants for the fish to hide in, a 30-40gal filter (Fluval), and some small hiding decorations for my fish who like their privacy.
The first few months I had it, there was a random outbreak of a black/brown fungus that seemed like it would never leave... but that is long behind me and since then I've had no issues in the tank. In fact, I've kept the same light in the fixture from the day I bought it, and it JUST died this week. Not too bad IMHO.
If I had to buy it again, I'd do it in a heartbeat!
January 3, 2014
have had this tank for 5-6 years
well i have owned the thank for about 5-6 years and had alot of luck love the look mine has a different stand then the one offered with this one but i perfer mine any way if your looking for a great tank look on farther this is a great deal and will stand up for years of enjoyment
June 29, 2013
Attractive and seems built to last
When I finally decided it was time to upgrade my '70's vintage 20 gallon tank -- the second smallest of my eight display aquariums -- I chose this attractive 28 gallon bowfront. PetSmart's sale price was good enough that I concluded I could afford to discard the unwanted light that came with it.
While this setup is sold under PetSmart's Top Fin name, inspection reveals that all the components are from Marineland/Perfecto, a respected mainstream brand.
The tank is well made, if not as neatly finished as some more expensive brands. (The silicone is often sloppily applied, for example, although many buyers won't be concerned as it isn't conspicuous, and it varies from tank to tank.) The matching glass canopy is much nicer than the plastic hood that comes with a similar euro-style aquarium from another maker. Be careful with it, though, as replacements are not easy to find.
The cabinet is handsome, but MDF, not real wood. However, I have no qualms about its potential durability as it seems better built than the still functional four decade old one mine replaces, which is made of similar material. I do wish it had been designed to accommodate a canister filter. My Eheim must sit next to the cabinet, not in it, but I knew this when I bought it.
The light fixture has only a single, 18" fluorescent bulb, not the 24" one that could be accommodated, much less the dual 24s that most plant growers would consider minimal. I don't use it at all, as I am using the far superior T5 fixtures I transferred from my old 20. (I offered to give it back to the store, but they turned me down.)
Overall, I'd recommend this setup, despite the barely adequate light fixture that is included. But the fixture can always be replaced in the future, while the tank, canopy, and stand are very nice and are a decent value on their own.
February 12, 2013
I like it
We've been without a fish tank for quite some time, and decided it was time to get another. The sales person was really great and very helpful in getting us a complete and new set up. This tank looks great and doesn't take up a huge amount of space.
August 20, 2012