Top Fin 55 Gallon Aquarium Starter Kit
Top Fin 55 gal. Aquarium Kit
This is a good deal at a great price. Buying an aquarium, filter, heater and lighting separately would cost a lot more. After reading all the reviews and some people complaining about the noisy filter and the light wires falling into the water, I was a bit skeptical but, I've had none of these problems. The filter is a little bit louder than a Penguin filter but nothing I can't live with. As far as the wires, I drilled a 1/2 inch hole in the back of both hoods and ran the wire through, keeping any slack wire from falling in. The reason that I've rated this kit at a 4 and not 5 is that the hoods do not have a hinged door to gain access into the tank. Only a small hole to feed the fish. But, the hoods are only temporary as I plan to grow live plants and will be adding a T-5 lighting system later.
April 2, 2014
Well here it is. Finally posting a pic of my tank. It is home to 2 Red Platys, 4 Giant Danios, 1 Opaline, 1 Blue, 1 Powder Blue, 1 Red fire Dwarf, 1 Gold, 1 Red Honey, 2 Pink Kissing, 1 Male Dwarf Gouramis, 3 Tiger barbs, 1 Dinosaur Bichir and 1 Plecostamus. I plan on adding a Spotted Leaf fish, a few Clown Loaches, a Striped Rafael Catfish, a Borneo Sucker, maybe a few cats and some sharks and possibly some Blackfin Tetras and a variety of small Tetras. Tank is excellent, corners are put together very good. Rule of thumb if you are going to add your gravel or other substrate to the tank with water in it, take in consideration what you put in is going to cause your water level to rise. I completely forgot about it and overflowed my tank a little. Make sure you have a sturdy stand for it. Tank weighs around 60lbs, then u figure the tank with water is around 458lbs so thats 518lbs then when you add your gravel and substrate that can add another 50-100lbs depending how much and what you put in it.
March 15, 2014
I now have a 55 gallon tank! Finally! It's Asian themed and looks amazing, you have to buy this product! I bought an Asian background and Asian decorations. I put my Betta, a school of three different types of Tetras, a couple of Octunluses, and a shark!
P.S. There's also a bunch of minnows for the shark.
March 8, 2014
Not 55 gallons
The kit contains several samples of things that aren't at all necessary, so it seems like fluff thrown in to increase the perceived value. It's also loud, like others have mentioned...
But my real gripe is that this is being sold as 55 gallons. It's not. Filled to the absolute brim, it can barely hold 50 gallons.
It's advertised as 48.25" x 12.75" x 20.8125". It's not.
I've measured it meticulously and it's definitely 48" x 12.5" x 19.5". I measured width and length from edge to edge, counting the thickness of the glass -- even though water obviously can't occupy that space, and the height I measured from the interior to the very top, if the water was just about to overflow.
Correct measurements calculate to a volume of 50.65 US gallons, although you can't obviously fill it that far. Save the top inch like you're supposed to and the most you can really fit in is 48.05 US gallons. You lost 13% tank size because you thought you were buying a 55 gallon tank, but weren't.
This also has the nasty side effect of making any calculations based on water volume incorrect. If you're adding conditioners, gravel, checking maximum fish populations, etc., you have to consider the 48 gallons (or less actually, since you need to add a gravel or sand floor).
Other than the size, the build quality seems decent enough. The lights in the hoods constantly fall out when the hoods are opened (they're not supposed to, due to a ridged plastic retainer that's supposed to keep them in place), so I may need to grab some adhesive velcro for that.
January 26, 2014