Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 75
Rated 3 out of 5
by chefbeezle The Tank is Gorgeous.....
Overall the package as a whole gets 3 stars in my opinion. I’ve been keeping fish for many years and I would consider this a good value for everything included. I’m going to break down and rate everything included and then sum it all up in the end.
Tank: 5 Stars
The tank is gorgeous. Aqueon (All Glass Aquarium) has a great reputation for building quality aquariums and after some initial issues with the first 2 tanks having cracks third time was the charm and she looks awesome. (I also own a 30 long and 10G, both Aqueon, and never had any issues) A small amount of silicone residue, but this is normal with all new tanks.
Cover: 5 Stars
Stronger than I expected. I don’t have to shoo the cat off the top of the tank nearly as often as I thought I was going to have to. This was definitely a plus.
Light: No Rating for Stock, give it 4 Stars for ease of modification
I cannot give the stock fluorescent a fair review as I never used it. However, I did modify the hood by replacing the ballast and lamp end sockets to accept 2 - 24” T5HO lamps overdriven by a ballast for dual 54 watt T5HO’s that is grounded by the stock switch. The replacement ballast and end caps were procured from a local big box home supply store and the reflector required some small cuts to allow the placement of the end caps but everything fit very nicely. This gives me more than the 2W per gallon desired for optimal plant growth. I also bought and glued in a 44” Current USA Satellite Plus LED RGBW strip light around the perimeter of the T5’s for the moonlight/dynamic effects plus LED’s are more energy efficient and I think they are cool. I drilled a few small holes in the reflector and in the back of the fixture for clean wire routing and now have the best of both worlds, LED and T5HO for half the price DIY.
Filter: 1 Star
The Aqueon Quietflow 30 has been a disappointment. I never intended to use this filter on this particular tank and instead chose to utilize it as a replacement for an older HOB on my heavily planted 10 gallon office tank which is occupied by South American Dwarf Cichlids, Cory Cats, and Nerite Snails. A filter of this size should have been a nice upgrade. This is copy and pasted as written by me:
Review of Aqueon Quietflow 30 posted on Petsmart.com
I have been keeping fish for many years and have used several different methods of filtration as well as different brands over the years. HOB in combination with canisters is my preferred combination for optimal water parameters and for healthy happy fish. I have 4 tanks currently running and 3 have HOB filters on them.
I received my Aqueon Quietflow 30 as part of a 36 Bowfront combo tank package. Since I did not intend to use the filter for that particular tank, I put it aside and left it alone for 6 months, when I decided to set up a 10 gallon tank in my office at home.
This tank is heavily planted and is open-topped, occupied by dwarf cichlids, cory cats, and nerite snails.
There are a lot of things to like about this filter. I really want to give it a four star review.
It has great flow volume. I'm not sure I would trust it to fully filter a 30 gallon tank but I always over filter my tanks.
It's very quiet. I'm not sure why people complain about these being noisy. When the tank is filled to the proper level for the filter there is no suction sound from the motor and the sound level is on par or less than the other HOB’s I use.
The plastic drip attachment at the front to help aerate water and aid in beneficial bacterial growth actually works surprisingly well for how basic it is.
The intake tube is adjustable for deeper tanks.
The only real con I have with the filter is the lack of adjustable flow rate. The intake strainer slits could be smaller but this can be accomplished by using a mesh screen on the outside of the intake tube to restrict flow slightly or inserting a small piece of sponge into the bottom of the intake tube to restrict flow. Using a sponge will have an added benefit of colonizing additional beneficial bacteria. I don't do this.
So why 2 stars?
They break. Quickly. The first one had its impellor seize up just under 3 months after it started getting used. I save all my receipts and the manager where I originally purchased everything was nice enough and I got a brand new, off the shelf, in a box, not part of a kit filter. The second one ran even better than the first one, which led me to believe that I had just gotten a bad one out of the batch.
It is 3 months later as I write this review and the second unit has just died the same death, a seized impellor. Just got home from Petsmart with a new filter (not an Aqueon).
It is quite possible that this filter can't handle the load of planted tanks and this gums up the impellor. It’s also quite possible I just had bad luck happen twice.
IDK, 2 dead filters in 6 months is bad news to me. I really liked it when it worked, but I couldn't call this a good product.
My experience may differ from others, but I would be wary. New impellers are $12 before shipping (almost half the price of the filter) and have to be ordered (inconvenient when you need one now). It can still run with the seized impeller but the sound from the pump straining underwater is going to stress your fish out and cause propeller knock which will also drive them nuts.
Heater: 2.5 Stars
The 200W heater is not large enough for the tank it is being supplied with. A good rule of thumb for heating tanks is 10W per gallon of water, so 200W is only really enough for heating 20-25 gallons to 78* in optimal operating conditions. It will get the 36 Bow to around 74* but will not hold it there reliably. The heat output from my T5’s combined with ambient room temperature keeps my tank plenty warm so I don’t typically use a heater, but if I were going to I would recommend a 400W model for a tank of this size.
Water Conditioner: 4 Stars
I used it, it worked. READ THE DIRECTIONS PEOPLE!!!!!!! There is more than enough to fill up and cycle your tank contrary to some reviews I have read and seen before.
Tropical Fish Food: No Rating
Didn’t use the stuff so I have no opinion on this one other than it is an interesting color. Maybe in a rainy day situation.
In summary, I would say that the value has been a good one overall. I wish the filter hadn’t ended up being busted but my little fish are kind of dirty and even though I performed very regular maintenance it is clear the impellers of these filters don’t like the substrate of a planted environment. As far as the heater, Aqueon should know better and at least include an appropriately sized (300W min) heater with the package. But we didn’t buy the kit for either of those items but rather for the tank, and it is the tank with which I am very pleased, both for looks and (hopefully) longevity.
June 3, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
by FishERy Great
At first, this tank was a bit of a disappointment, there was some confusion at the store, by me. Once my brother brought this to me, and I got it all set up, I found this tank the best one that I had. I have had five tanks now, and this one is the best by far. It is a freshwater, with some smaller community fish, and three Bala Sharks. The filter is matching the tank. In fact, I like it so much, I am now in the market to purchase another one for this tank. I like the water VERY clean for my fish. It does make some noise, but they all do. The only issue that I have is trying to find the replacement filters. I spent four days trying to find the right ones that was not to expensive, and done it. Now I am finding them all over the places. If I had to do it all over again, the only thing that would be different is I would not have given the sales people such a hard time. This tank is everything I wanted and more.
March 10, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by asenecal001 Great tank
I purchased the 36 gallon bow front to upgrade from a small 10 gallon tank. The tank looks really good. The supplies that come with it are nothing to make or break this deal unless you have a planted tank. The lighting that comes with the 36 gallon is a 24" 17W bulb that has a normal output. That is less that .5W per gallon, much less than the 2W per gallon suggestion for many aquatic plants. The fixture itself is not very well designed as it does not have a reflector to increase the light reaching the water so I upgraded my lighting system to a Coralife 30" 2x31W T5 HO and then added lunar lights to the tank. The plants seems to be doing much better with this light. The aeration system in the filter does creating splashing regardless of how high you fill the tank, so if this is something that would bother you, plan to get a new filter. Though it does move the water around and so far it keeps my tank clean. The heater only keeps my tank at 74°F on max. Within the safe limit for tropical fish but would like it to be higher. I believe this is a great tank for the money. The odd shape of the tank just adds a "wow" factor to it. It is much better looking than a boring rectangular tank in my opinion. I have this tank set up in my dorm room at college currently and I have had several people walk past my room when my door was open, see my fish tank, get a few more steps down the hallway and turn around because they love the tank. Even the higher ranking school officials have fallen in love with the tank. Anyhow, the glass was in good shape as was the caulking. As to be expected, there was a few spots where caulking had to be scrapped off with a new razor blade but that was a non-issue to me. All-in-all, this is a great tank for any level. If you plan to have a planted tank, I would recommend buying everything separate as a new light could put you back $100+ if you were to upgrade. The filter does a decent job, but it is not really under any severe load right now (I only have the fish that I had in my 10 gallon tank in there right now) so I may upgrade that once I get a few more fish. The heater is a heater. Nothing to impressive about it. Once I get everything situated and have the tank finished, I will upload a picture or two of my tank.
March 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Chey95 36 Gallon Kit, No Stand
I got this tank about three weeks ago, maybe four at the time of this review. No leaks so far, and I did check the silicone before filling.
The filter is powerful. The heater works great. I added an air pump and two different types of air stones for added water movement. I used mostly fake plants for decor. I have three small goldfish in the tank until I upgrade again when they grow some more.
It is holding up well. The bow front adds interest for both viewing and for the fish. It is a tall tank. The light works well for the depth of the tank. I would recommend this cool setup for anyone starting out. It is fun to setup and fun to maintain. Plus, it is large enough to have real diversity and interest in livestock if that is the goal. Would definitely buy again.
However, I wish there were more than one option for a stand for this size tank. I will have to build one after I move later this year, and with its curved front, it will be a challenge.
February 7, 2015