Both my kids asked for a Betta for Christmas. Being 35 year into fishkeeping, we are not 'put a Betta into a bowl, without heater & filter' people. But we weren't sure we wanted to buy them both a 10 gallon tank set up for each of their rooms. So, we ordered these & were pleasantly surprised at the quality of this small aquarium! I love the undergravel filter instead of a back filter. It has everything a little Betta needs!
I have three minor complaints though, one of the two tanks has a defective 'fish guard' at the top of the tube, the fish can get down under the filter #Not good!# & I have yet to get a response from the company but I just called this morning. The second complaint is the light is not very bright & the light comes from under the tank, rather than the top. The photo on the purchase page makes it look like the lighting is from above but it is not. It also doesn't have just a white light setting, it only has colors. The last complaint is that the tops we receved are not black, as pictured. Well, my first impression when I opened the box was I was quite disappointed & really wanted black BUT because the lighting is very low, I appreciate the white top as it allows some outside light into the tank.
So far our Bettas are happy campers but I would not put more than a couple of small fish in this tank. I would suggest a small algae eater to keep the inside clean & one Betta or a couple neons but no more fish than that. It will need frequent water changes as it is a small ecosystem.
Overall, I am very pleased with the product, it doesn't leak & it looks very nice. It is an excellent intro into fishkeeping, although it is too small for more than just 2 or 3 small fish. The pump is very quiet. My kids both have the tanks right next to their beds & they love the soothing sounds. If they were still babies, you bet I'd have one in their rooms, the white noise is gentle & comforting!!
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