National Geographic™ Half-Moon Aqua Oasis Starter Kit
LOVE this little tank
I purchased the 1 gallon version of this tank to temporarily house one of my betta fish while in the process of moving. I absolutely love it.
First, only one cord. I love that the filter and the LED lights run on the same power cord. If you prefer to have your light on a timer, you may want to look at the Aqeon (which also comes in a 1, 2.5, and 5 gallon version). When considering betta fish require a heater, it's nice to not have 800 [okay, 3] wires coming out of the back of a small tank.
Second, the filter is SO quiet. Some people seem to complain about the strength of the filter for betta fish, but it doesn't seem to bother mine. If you have some problems with too much flow, look into baffling your filter with a water bottle (check youtube). I do have to say that the sponge end is a little too long, which is annoying when setting up the tank, but honestly, it's not the end of the world.
I cannot wait to upgrade to the larger 2.5 gallon version of this tank. I think my fish will be very happy.
September 24, 2014
My husband and I are brand new betta owners and we decided to try the 1.2gal tank because it seemed like it would be perfect for our needs. It seemed spacious enough for a single beta to start with. The LED light is nice and bright, and has touch sensor which we though was really cool. However, the filter causes too much of a problem. It's too strong and pushed our poor betta around the tank. Plus it takes up a decent chunk of the tank and the stem is too long, you can't fit any gravel under it. No where on the box does it show this. Also, The light and the filter run on the same power cord so you can't run one without the other. The only good thing about the filter was you couldn't hear it at all. We though it was broken at first. This tank would be great without the filter, but then what's the point?
We ended up returning it and buying the MARINELAND® 3 Gallon Crescent Aquarium System instead. Much better! The filter has 3 settings and even though its a little powerful near the filter on the lowest setting its easily avoidable and not nearly s strong as the other one. We even caught him playing in the current; riding it down to the bottom then swimming back up and doing it again. There's more room and the filter doesn't hog up space.
August 22, 2014
I had to replace a different tank because it was leaking and this was the only thing in stock at my store that day.
I have a few problems with this tank:
a) can't have the light on a timer, and if your hands are cold the sensor won't realize you're touching it.
b) the filter is too strong, it tears up my betta's fins!
c) the intake on the filter is too long; if you want gravel at all the end of the intake pipe is buried in it.
d) the filter covers most of the top of the tank and has to be removed to remove/add water. It ends up making a mess when you try to remove it to clean the tank.
e) the filter is extremely noisy! I can hear it 2 rooms away.
The tank is quite nice otherwise, very clear and the light is bright. It is also decently spacious and perfectly sized for a nano system (1.2 gallon).
August 14, 2014
Its good, I just got the 2.5 gallon for my betta, Sen, and it does what i need it to. As far as the filter goes, its pretty strong for my little Betta. problem is that once you unplug the filter, no LED light. so what you do is look at the rotor, get a small pointed object and pull the rotor out. Its held in by a magnet so it should be easy to remove, when this is done the filter is turned off (no noise) so you get the led light with no filter. you should hold on to the rotor because you can just slide it back into place and the filter will work. I hope this helped those of you who don't want the filter on. p.s. I just did this about 20 minutes ago and Sen is acting fine, if later it seems to be causing him problems Ill update this review.
August 13, 2014