National Geographic™ Half-Moon Aqua Oasis Starter Kit
I purchased the 1.2 gallon tank as an upgrade from a bowl for my betta and decided I wanted to try filtration. The tank is a nice size and is visually appealing. You get a nice view of the inside of the tank. The water was kept clear by the filter. However, the filter was too strong for my betta fish. I tried to keep him in there with the filter running for the first 2-3 days, but he was still stressed, so I turned the filter off intermittently. Also, the filter is too large for the 1.2 gallon tank. It really takes up a lot of room, so a lot of swimming room is occupied. It may be better in the larger tank. I ended up taking the filter out and decided to do partial water changes, and my fish is a lot happier. It's a great quality tank, but I guess it depends on each betta on how he/she reacts to the filter.
August 5, 2014
1.2 Gallon Tank is good, but get 2.5 instead
I had the 1.2 Gallon tank for a week, the little filter actually worked great, water was crystal clear with a betta fish in it, lighting worked great, no noise.
My problem with this tank, is that I was upgrading from a 1/2 gallon bowl to something that would be better for the fish and easier to maintain, but the filter housing is all internal and takes up space in the upper part of the tank that you do not see in the pictures because they leave it out, so by the time you put the filter housing in it, gravel and a plant in it, you basically take away all the extra room you thought you just purchased!
So do yourself a favor, the 2.5 Gallon is still plenty small, but your fish will thank you.
July 27, 2014
Great little tank
I was a little hesitant to try this tank due to reviews about the strong filter action, but the price and appearance decided me on taking the chance. I love it! I got the smaller tank for my one betta and have no problem with the waterflow coming from the filter. My betta was moved to this tank from a still-water tank and he has no issue with the current in this new tank. Sometimes he seems to enjoy riding the current just for fun. Yes, it does throw the food around, but that just makes feeding more natural, as he must chase the "prey" down to eat. The only issue I see is that when the light or filter give out, the only option seems to be to purchase an entire new tank. If there are replacement filter/light units, please give the source. I am considering getting the 2.5 gallon for a small community tank.
July 15, 2014
I wanted a good tank to keep a beta fish in. However, I had a couple of features that were a must. First and foremost, it had to have a good lid that didn't come off. We have cats (kittens), and I want my fish to be safe. Second, I wanted at least two gallons, so there would be room to swim. And third, it had to be easy to care for.
This fits the bill. I set it up a week before getting my fish, to test lights and filter, and to let the water adjust. Flame loves it. He has enough room that he has divided the tank into sections. He uses the front corner under the feeding hole to build me bubble nests, the other front corner to beg for bloodworms (this is the one closest to me most of the time), the back corner away from the filter to rest, and the rest of the tank to swim around.
The filter is quiet, the light is bright, and it was super easy to clean. Flame stays in my bedroom where he is safe from the kittens. However, when I first got it, I tested the lid by smacking it lightly several times, from different angles, to see if the kittens could remove it. The lid didn't budge.
This tank is absolutely perfect for even cat loving fish owners.
July 11, 2014