Eheim 9G Aquastyle Aquarium Stand Color: Black
Good Service and Aquarium
The first one I ordered came broken. I called customer service and they told me they would send a replacement as soon as possible and they did. Great service. I like the aquarium only one thing to add they should include a part for the light when you do not want to use the internal filter. Many people set this tank up with canister filters.
August 28, 2014
Excellent plant tank
Tank up and running for 14 months, excellent micro plant tank.
February 25, 2014
Great office tank
I put one of these in my office as a planted tank. In a word, it's great. Good filtration, adequate lighting for any plants that I want to grow and it looks good. Lots of comments from colleagues. I think it's the best all-in-one for freshwater.
October 25, 2013
Typical of Eheim, this is a premium product, beautifully designed and well made. The rimless design, curved front corners and integrated light/filter unit give it an air of elegance. Even the cover is classy. And it is one of the few nano aquariums on the market where freshwater use isn't an afterthought.
I much prefer glass to acrylic, and Eheim uses high grade glass that makes the illuminated cube look like crystal.
I was a little concerned that the light and filter might be lacking on the 9 gallon version, as they are the same as used on the smaller Aquastyle tanks. No need.
The filter moves more than enough water to give my fish a current to swim against and keep the tank crystal clean. While the media chamber is smaller than I'd prefer (I use Eheim canisters on all my other tanks, usually two on each), it's much better than the ones on most competitive tanks in this category or on typical hang on filters. You are not stuck with proprietary cartridges. It accepts any medium you choose to use, charcoal, resins, biological, etc., although the supplied Substrat is hard to beat for long term use.
The light is excellent. It has an ideal spectrum for freshwater plant growth, and displays fish colors to full advantage. I have switched to LEDs on six of my other tanks, and use about 1.5 watts per gallon on each, so I was not sure I'd be happy with only half that intensity on my new tank. I was steeled for the prospect of having to add a second light. After setting it up, I quickly learned that would not be necessary. Visually, it looks at least as bright as any of my other tanks. LEDs vary greatly in lumens per watt, and these are clearly at the upper end of that scale.
I had some hornwort which had been chewed to the nubbins by Siamese Algae Eaters. I placed some rescued cuttings in a 5 gal tank, where they languished under a new 10 watt aquarium CFL. When I moved these to the new Aquastyle as a temporary filler, they started to grow again, literally overnight.
Four months later, the hornwort has been displaced by flourishing Anubias, Cryptocorynes and Ammania which have filled the space. The Anubias are blooming underwater and both the Crypts and Ammania are a rich, reddish green not attained under the former CFL. My marimo moss ball looks much healthier than under the previous light, too.
A heater cord fits easily under the glass cover, lifting it ever so slightly in back. Silicone airline tubing fit as well.
My only complaint -- if you can call it that -- is pretty trivial. The clips that hold the lid could be a little thicker, equal to a typical electric cord. Plus, they slide off the cover too easily, increasing the likelihood that they will get lost (and probably will be next to impossible to replace). Indeed, one of mine has already vanished.
Altogether, I'm thoroughly delighted with this little gem. Highly recommended.
March 23, 2013