This is a really cute little tank and it is an excellent upgrade for my adult betta. It's just the right size for him and he is active in it, and thriving. I have had it for a few months and so far so good.
- The price is right. Many similar cube aquariums break the bank.
- It's nice looking for the size and material. Many small, acrylic tanks look a whole lot cheaper. I can see no scratches or blemishes and you wouldn't know it isn't glass unless you looked at it up close.
- The foot is sturdy.
- It comes with a lid that my cats have not removed.
- It doesn't come with gimmicky extras that inevitably stop working and render your tank useless. An LED light and an air pump should last quite a while, and are cheap to replace. You need not replace them with the same exact pieces, because the cut-outs give you some wiggle room.
- There is enough room for a small heater if you want one.
- The tank is light. I like that I can clean under it without it being a hassle.
- The LED is bright, but not crazy.
Other things that may sway your decision:
- The tank is acrylic, more on that below.
- The filter and light operate separately, and have separate plugs. This could be a con for someone, but this allows me to plug the light into a timer and still leave the filter running.
- There is no below-gravel filter, which I have noticed some smaller tanks come with. I can't stand those because they're a tremendous pain to keep clean. But if you want one, you'd have to get it separately, or more likely make one.
- The filter is a bit cheap. However, for the price and size of the aquarium, it is not unreasonable and it would be easy to replace.
- The flow of the filter is not adjustable and it can be a little much for my fish. I position it up slightly higher so that the water drips down into the tank instead of flowing right in with the top half submersed, which reduces the current.
So, this is an acrylic tank. What does that mean?
- You have to take some care with cleaning it. It's not a lot of maintenance, and if you are gentle on your glass, it may not be any change from your usual routine. Use only soft materials and acrylic-safe cleaning products. For the outside of the tank, I use a little bit of watered down white vinegar on a soft cloth to remove any water spots or finger prints and that works beautifully. If you want to get a scraper of some kind, make sure it says you can use it on acrylic tanks, or at least feel it to make sure it isn't scratchy. If you get a piece of gravel stuck between the wall of the aquarium and whatever you use to clean it, this is the most likely way it will scratch.
- If you do scratch it, there are scratch removal kits for relatively inexpensive. Glass, on the other hand, can't be repaired if you scratch it.
- The tank is light.
- Seams in acrylic are, overall, stronger than those in glass. That means this is less likely to spring a leak, unless it is actually broken. Those strong seams are part of why you don't need to worry too much about moving your tank while there's water in it.
- Acrylic is a better regulator of temperature than glass. If you're not using a heater, this might be of some concern to you.
- Acrylic is clearer than glass. It lacks the green tinge that glass has.
Why four stars and not five? As I mentioned, the filter is a little cheap. The foot is sturdy enough to do the job, but it feels a little cheap as well. But overall, this is a very nice little tank with a small desk footprint. It gets the job done and looks classy doing it.
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