Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 62
Rated 1 out of 5 by AndreaJM Not worth the money
I made the mistake of buying another Marineland product when my other tank had a leak. These tanks evaporate water so fast, having to replace every day just to keep it at the minimum level; poor lighting and filter. I will never buy anything Marineland again. And Petsmart always has poor inventory both in store and online, I went somewhere else to get what I wanted.
August 20, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by JedMa This is my first aquarium. Purchased it on high ratings and recommendations from users. Yes, it is pretty. Purchased 09-2015. Here are my beefs:
1) It took two plus months to get the tank cycled so that Jed could move in. If you are new to aquariums, this is a concern. No bad marks on this tank specifically. Search "cycling tanks" online. Assume 6-8 weeks before putting fish in. Just an FYI for the new aquarium enthusiast.
2) Acrylic tank scratches horribly in a very short period of time. Whether it is more durable than glass I cannot say. But buyer beware. Was using a magnetized aquarium cleaner.
3) Acrylic see-thru lid arrived - not pictured here. It reflected the LED lights like a mirror. It was terribly distracting. The aquarium's filter system is an open waterfall design. Its quiet. But you have to place it high in the tank. Eventually, it almost always started running water inside the tank lid, across it inside. Condensation was a constant issue, dripping and ugly.
4) Biggest issue is only after 3-4 months the tank started leaking all along the bottom front seam. At first we ignored it. It's gotten now to where it can drop as much as a gallon a day. So we tore it down. Hubby doesn't believe it is fixable. This is due to combination of full bottom seam around edge of tank and concern about how to fix it without endangering fish.
Reviewing a lot of the "Marineland | Tetra" tanks on Amazon shows that many people have issues with these tanks leaking. Sometimes even the replacement tanks leak.
As the tank is a total now of 9 months old, not sure they will warranty other than a replacement tank. Not sure I want to bother but I guess I can get another until we move to a bigger place. My fish is back in his gallon bowl and my cycled plants, gravel and bio-filter items are sitting in a 5 gallon bucket with bubbler and heat. Hopefully I can keep all that happy until a new tank can be obtained.
Tank is beautiful and perfect for a small space, but please be aware of what you are getting into with a Marineland tank.
The Petsmart Top Fin seems to be getting good reviews..when I upgrade to a bigger tank I may try that brand the next time.
May 19, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Stitch1 It's Awesome for Bettas!!
So I had my betta in a 2.5 with no heater or filter. Big mistake. Since he doesn't like to eat a lot of food, the food sticks to the plants and makes nasty stuff. So I got this system on sale for 40 bucks. I set it up and put the filter on the medium level since the the lowest setting was somewhat weak. He loves it now!! I got him a 25 watt heater and a snail and some danio friends. He is doing great!! The only downside is the price. If it had a heater with it then the price is understandable. But I'm getting another one for my other betta very soon!!
January 9, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Khepur Great tank, fantastic for small set-up
A good, sturdy tank. The filter included does take up a bit of room (hence the four stars), but it's quiet enough that I can't hear it from where I keep the tank on a bedside table. I haven't had any problems with the lights or the filter in the nine months I've had it.
The filter also does not suck up baby fish! I'd moved a pregnant guppy into the tank so she wouldn't be harassed, and she gave birth earlier than expected. I came home from work to find a bunch of little fry lurking in the decor. I checked the filter immediately, but none had been sucked into it, and they still hadn't after a few days. (I did move them eventually to a 10 gallon since there were so many fry.)
So far I am loving this tank. :)
June 7, 2015