Top Fin 20 Gallon Aquarium Starter Kit
Good product with few faults
After two weeks, I'm satisfied with this tank. I've had three problems thus far. Even at low settings, the heater would make the tank way too warm, so I replaced the heather with a different one. The thermostat was also very difficult to read. It seemed like the entire thing was lit up, so I was never 100% sure what the temp was, so I replaced the thermostat as well. The final issue I had is with the carbon bag that came included. It took up too much room in the filter causes it to overflow resulting in all of the water not getting filtered. I simply took out the carbon bag and the filter now works just fine. The tank, lid and LED lights are perfectly fine. I would recommend this tank.
July 14, 2014
Saltwater Quarantine Tank
This kit appears to have been replaced by one with a LED hood. Nothing fancy, just enough to light up the tank. Certainly not enough for plants or corals. It has a pleasant cool white color. Unfortunately, the switch for the LED lights only has enough cord to mount on the back of the hood. I'm afraid salt creep will end up shorting it out before long. The hood itself is extremely flimsy plastic, does not have a hinged door, and fits poorly. It does have a small feeding hole, but if you need to access the water you have to remove the hood completely. You will have to be very careful removing it as it doesn't fit well and can drop in the water easily. It also collects condensation so when you remove it water will drip everywhere.
The heater is a little flaky. The included suction cup clips disintegrated within a few days. The temperature on the dial doesn't really correspond to the temperature the heater maintains. Set by trial-and-error with a decent thermometer. The included thermometer is a highly inaccurate stick-on kind.
The filter is a Top Fin 20. Seems to be adequate. I really like the filter cartridges. They have a clip on the top so you can replace the carbon or add another kind of media. The filter also has a separate sponge area for beneficial nitrogen fixing bacteria to live.
The tank itself is adequate. Sturdy with no leaks. I like the smaller footprint of this 20 High tank versus the 20 Long tank as it's easier to find a spot for in the home.
Minor annoyances really kill this kit. A better constructed hood with a hinged lid that didn't fall in the tank every time you bumped it would have earned two more stars. A better thermometer (even just a glass floater) and more reliable heater would have bumped it up to 5 stars.
May 19, 2014
EVERYTHING WORKS...... best tank, I really recommend it and my guppies are soo happy.
April 28, 2014
Best tank ever
Bought this tank a couple weeks ago everything is amazing. I have 5 African cichlids, 1 rainbow shark, and a cuckoo catfish. They are great and I love this tank so much. I would recommend this tank to anybody. Took a while to find out what my catfish was because I got it from a friend who was moving. Watch my video it is a great tank and has even more stuff in it now.
September 7, 2013