Top Fin® Glass Aquarium
Great little tank for my Betta
This tank was on sale last week, got it for a great price; I'm in the process of cycling right now. It's beautifully designed, glass, which doesn't scratch like acrylic. The top is plastic, and will need to be cut if you're thinking of using an outside filter; there is less than 1/4 inch of clearance around the edge, just enough for cords to exit the tank.
The included filter is the Top Fin Multi-Stage Internal Filter for tanks of up to 10 gallons. The size is about 5"x2"x1.75", and it really does take up a full corner of the tank; it will need one or more large plants to cover it. It's also pretty powerful for a tank this size, but has an adjustable flow, and if you're creative, can be aimed/tweaked a bit so it won't bother a Betta. It's a bit noisy, may replace later on.
PetSmart sells the filter refills, item 36-20869 (Top Fin Filter Cartridge 10 gallon).
I'm using a 15 watt fully submersible heater, which is keeping the tank @ 74 degrees and the included light assembly is attractive. Fishy will be going from tiny studio to updated townhouse!
So far I'm really pleased with the entire setup, esp. at a discounted price, which makes these mini tanks reasonable vs. overpriced; will see how it holds up with time.
November 7, 2014
Perfect for baby fry...not so good filter
I purchased this tank because both my guppies and platties had babies and the breeder net was just not cutting it. The fry love this little tank and it's perfect for them to grow and explore. I am still questioning the filter though because after 2 weeks it seems to stop working/cleaning. I will likely purchase a very small filter to use instead of the one it came with. Overall I think it's a great little tank!
July 23, 2014
Love the tank, hate the filter.
I purchased two of these tanks to house a couple of bettas I imported from Thailand. The tank is nice to look at and is far less expensive than similar all glass tanks or quality acrylic.
However, the in-tank filter takes up way too much space, spoiling the sleek look of the tank. It is also too powerful, even when set at the lowest setting, for the tank size, especially if housing a current sensitive fish like a betta, I will replace the filter with an outside filter and still be money ahead.
July 10, 2014
Awesome for beginners or betta fanciers!
This aquarium has been excellent for me. I see this as a very good quality and sturdy alternative to some of the more expensive aquariums out there. I have one betta and one golden apple snail housed in this aquarium with some live plants. The filter is powerful (you will need to betta proof it for a betta) and very effective. I had this tank cycled within one week (used gravel and décor from old aquariums to help me). The light is fantastic for growing low light plants, my java fern has been propagating like crazy with it and I don’t have any fertilizer or CO2. The only down side I would say about this tank is that I could not find filter replacement cartridges for it, so I just made my own. I would also suggest that anyone should by a small heater and thermometer for this aquarium to keep it at an appropriate temperature for their livestock.
May 23, 2014