Marineland Classic Aquarium Kit 4 Gallons (Mfg# ML90562)
Best Value for size
I have had this tank for 8 months. Sometimes the size is frustrating, but it's also great figuring out what I can make work and learning with the tank. Also, I have had to figure out that you get what you get. The tank is so specific that you really can't change out parts, which in my case would be adding different lights and a clear hood. I like the clear feeder lid though.
Pros: Great size for a work desktop tank. Love the filter system. Filter cartridges are easy to find. Lights are clear and "bright." Love the waterfall sound, otherwise pump is quiet. Parts have worked well. I would definately get another one, replace parts if needed, whatever.
Cons: Acrylic did scratch easily, but it only bothers me when I stare at it up close. Very annoying that I can't put lights on a timer since they are wired into the filter, but I've learned to live with that too. I wish the lights put out a bit more light so I could grow more plants, but I am learning what is acceptable in low light.
March 20, 2014
Fantastic little tank!
I bought this little tank for my Betta and he loves it! Easy to set up, looks great and fits almost anywhere. I read the reviews about the filter being too strong and I really don't see it. I love the bio-wheel and I put in plenty of artificial plants to give my little Betta plenty of cover. The LED lights are great but I don't think they are strong enough for live plants, that's why I went with the artificials.
Bottom line...nice little tank, good lights, good filtration, great looks!
Happy fish keeping!
January 16, 2013
Expectations too high
I don't think this is a bad product, but perhaps my expectations were too high. The aquarium looks good, but the acrylic is very thin and had scratches out of the box. I like Bio Wheel filters, but as mentioned in another review, the splashing noise from the filter is very loud. Filter output is satisfactory. The LED lighting looks great, and even comes with a blue moon light. The biggest disappointment for me is there is only one plug for the lighting, and that plug is integrated with the filter. This means there is no way to hook up a timer for the lights without shutting of the filter as well. The primary light, moon light, and filter should all have separate power to allow for lighting timers to be added. Overall, if it wasn't for the splashing water and poorly designed power layout, this would be a nice aquarium.
February 16, 2013
nice to look at but complicated assembly
Looks great once assembled, but getting all the plastic pieces put together is a pain and promises to be a miserable process when cleaning each month. Also seems a little pricey.
December 27, 2012