Sidney Wright Reply to on 12 August 2017
|Finally gave in to the mithering and bought this for my lads sixth birthday. I purchased the black, 29L version.
It's cheap and cheerful but quite well built for the price. There's no leakage on the tank I purchased, the lighting is ok and the footprint is small enough that it fits on our hall stand. Very convenient.
There was quite a strong chemical smell from the sealant that took a while to go away and the tank was a bit grubby from production, so required a good clean straight out of the box.
The instructions on the pump, filter and venturi setup are abysmal, and when I say abysmal I really do mean abysmal. I basically had to figure it out blind. What is this, the Krypton Factor?? The manufacturer should be ashamed. Honestly, I could knock up better instructions in half an hour on my laptop. This is basic stuff guys and gals and there's no excuse.
Ive included a few photos of the correct setup in case peeps who are new to all this (Like I was), are having difficulty during assembly.
The tank comes setup for cold water fish but my lad was less than impressed with the colour of the fish on offer (which consisted of varying shades of grey or gold), so we decided to convert it to tropical for an extra tenner.
I threw a few plants, ornaments, 50w heater, thermometer and some gravel in and wallah! Colourful, pretty birthday aquarium.
The water took a week or so to settle and for the filter to build up enough friendly bacteria to the point where we could introduce fish (With a bit of help from a bottle of filter start).
We started with a couple of Harlequins to break the tank in and last week introduced a beautiful, rambunctious, velvety-blue Betta (My sons named him 'Shadow'.... A bit dramatic but hey, he's six and it's his fish. No doubt if we'd bought a dog he'd have named him 'Killer' or 'Fang', ..... but I digress). In another week when the water is a bit pooier (technical term), we intend to add a little shoal of tetra and that'll be all our cm per litre used up.
I know I've had a bit of a moan (God the instructions really are truly awful), but all in all we're quite pleased with this little tank. My son thinks it's the most amazing thing ever and that's what matters the most. For our first aquarium we're very happy and I can highly recommend.
I'd rate this five stars but I'm going to deduct one for the poor instructions.
[Update] Since I first posted this the manufacturers have obviously had a gander because some rather helpful setup diagrams have appeared on the product page. So that's a thank-you to All Pond Solutions for sorting it out.