Top Fin® Glass Aquarium
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
So far...So good!
I ordered this set-up with trepidation because nobody want's to be the "first-up" reviewing a Brand New product.
...But I gotta say, I like how easy it was to set-up. The directions are sparse at best. Fortunately... the illustration is helpful. I am concerned about availability of the filter replacements. This is an important factor to help maintain a healthy aquarium. I will be searching all retailers to find new cartridges. If I cannot find a reliable source, I may have to use the filtration of my older tanks.
The tank has cycled, and my Betta Absolem is settling in.
The water-flow output bar is great. This system has a variable speed pump to control the flow of the water. Bettas cannot live safely with fast moving water since they are not strong swimmers. I have mine set as low as possible with the jets directed at the back wall of the tank. Also important of note: keeping the water level covering the at least 50% of the bar to lessen noise and further reduce water flow.
The LED light is wonderfully bright, and the single center Blue light really adds vibrancy to any fish you put in this tank. Bonus is that it tilts out of the way to aid in regular tank maintenance. It easily can removed with a pressure screw that clamps onto the tank wall. It does have an independent switch to turn on/off the light, not affecting the pump.
This set-up is very quiet, with very little vibration. I sincerely hope it lasts a good long while.
April 23, 2014