National Geographic™ Aqua Oasis Starter Kit
Terrible filter; poor design
I have a pond with 40 fish that survived 2 winters; 2 large indoor aquariums (Marineland) with no problems and setting up this aquarium to raise Japanese Trapdoor snails has been a nightmare. The filter warms the water and had to be cleaned every single day while the planted aquarium cycled. Used current aquarium water so I knew it was healthy. Added oxygen pump as included filter is inadequate with air inlet tube attached. This design was a disaster. Don't waste your money.
August 2, 2014
Regrets in less than 24 hours
I set the tank up last night around 9 p.m., and by 11 p.m. I knew I had issues with the filter. At first it was really noisy and didn't seem to move any water at all. I decided to move it to a different part of the tank because it's in my bedroom and it was just too noisy. A 'whoosh' of air bubbles came out and it started moving water like crazy. It's like a little tropical storm in there; it's too much for my Betta and I am going to have to do something about it before I can put him in there. If I had it to do over, which I don't want to do because I am cycling it now and don't want to start over, I would get a basic 10-gallon and build my own set-up #and I've never even set up a tank, so that's radical for me#. I also thought the heater was also a thermometer, so that's something else I have to buy. So far, the lights are okay but I'm not really using them yet. I think the blue light will be too bright to sleep with. At this point, I'm not sure what I paid for, but it was too much for the issues I am having with the filter #and the eventual issues I may have with lights#.
August 1, 2014
Not Quite Ready for Prime Time
The tank is very nice and gives an excellent view of the fish in the aquarium. The problems begin with the lid: The feeding door is flimsy and comes off track often. When this occurs, the feeding door is difficult to snap back in place--the top of the aquarium has to be removed and carried off to a safe place in order to make the door repair. Next the filter pumps lots of water, but has a very small filtering area. So if you are interested in pushing your fish around in the aquarium this is a great filter--my fish tend to hide behind the heater to escape the torrent. As for actually removing contaminants from the water; this filter does a sub par job. Now to the lighting; the lights themselves are terrific and do a great job of lighting the aquarium. The problem is in the control of the lights. The so called sensors used to control the lights seem to have a mind of their own and work poorly. I wish they would have used more conventional controls. What makes this problem even worse is that there is no documentation with the aquarium explaining how the controls should work and I have been unable to find any instructions for their use on the internet. To summarize, this is a very nice aquarium that still has a few small issues to resolve before it is ready for Prime Time.
July 30, 2014
Tank & heater is great!
I love this tank, it fits perfectly on the counter top were I wanted to place it. The silicone lines on the tank are clean and it is well built. The heater works well too.
The filter that came with it in my opinion is junk, it moves way to much water and puts tons of bubbles in the water, hardly has any filtration media in it at all, I used the cutout in the hood and purchased an aquaclear 30, and it works great!
The hood has me worried with the reviews about the LED lights going out, I have only had mine for less than a week, and the LED's work great, but there is lots of water buildup on the hood, so if that changes I will repost a review...
July 29, 2014