Top Fin® Glass Aquarium
Great hospital tank/quarantine tank
I purchased this tank as a low cost hospital tank for one of the sick betta fish I was treating. It came with the tank, lid, light, and filter (which has carbon inside of the foam). The light can be tilted back to get it out of the way (unlike my 5 gallon tanks) when needed and there is an on/off switch approximately a foot away from the light which works well. This light is quite bright (brighter than my 5 gallon tanks). The lid is plastic, but fits well and is easy to remove. There is approximately a 1/4 inch gap around the edges through which you can put your cords or bubbler tubing through. The tank has a water level range near one corner at the top of the tank to give you a visual of your water level range. The caulking is the clear type, so the tank has a clean line to it. The filter works okay, but I did not like the noise and vibration (which I am very sensitive about with fish tanks). However, it is definitely way quieter than any air pump you may buy for a bubbler. This tank was easy to clean. The tank does NOT come with a heater, so be prepared to buy one. I purchased a 25 watt adjustable heater for this tank. You will also need to purchase a tank thermometer.
The reason for the four stars is the filter. I would have rated 4.5 stars if that was an option. I like the idea - nice spray bar (can adjust the angle coming off the filer), adjustable flow (the adjuster is a bit chintzy), and foam/carbon filter. However, the filter had trouble staying stuck on the side of the tank and it had too much vibration/sound for my liking.
For the price, this is a very nice quarantine or hospital tank.
December 19, 2014
Great little tank for my Betta
This tank was on sale last week, got it for a great price; I'm in the process of cycling right now. It's beautifully designed, glass, which doesn't scratch like acrylic. The top is plastic, and will need to be cut if you're thinking of using an outside filter; there is less than 1/4 inch of clearance around the edge, just enough for cords to exit the tank.
The included filter is the Top Fin Multi-Stage Internal Filter for tanks of up to 10 gallons. The size is about 5"x2"x1.75", and it really does take up a full corner of the tank; it will need one or more large plants to cover it. It's also pretty powerful for a tank this size, but has an adjustable flow, and if you're creative, can be aimed/tweaked a bit so it won't bother a Betta. It's a bit noisy, may replace later on.
PetSmart sells the filter refills, item 36-20869 (Top Fin Filter Cartridge 10 gallon).
I'm using a 15 watt fully submersible heater, which is keeping the tank @ 74 degrees and the included light assembly is attractive. Fishy will be going from tiny studio to updated townhouse!
So far I'm really pleased with the entire setup, esp. at a discounted price, which makes these mini tanks reasonable vs. overpriced; will see how it holds up with time.
November 7, 2014
Perfect for baby fry...not so good filter
I purchased this tank because both my guppies and platties had babies and the breeder net was just not cutting it. The fry love this little tank and it's perfect for them to grow and explore. I am still questioning the filter though because after 2 weeks it seems to stop working/cleaning. I will likely purchase a very small filter to use instead of the one it came with. Overall I think it's a great little tank!
July 23, 2014
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