I was at my LFS, looking for tanks that would be suitable for a college dorm. I wanted something around 3 gallons, but not 5, around $40 as I plan to buy two (One for Patriot and one for Tiny Tina), and comes with a filter. I also thought LED lighting would be nice too, but I wasn't looking for that. It's just a plus.
Well, with the help of one of the employees, I decided to buy the Marina 360
. She said she would be buying one later too. xD I was debating over getting this particular tank, or getting a Marineland/Tetra Crescent 3 gallon. But I hate the Whisper filter. It was too strong and I just don't like it. :( I was going to get a HOB filter, but they were all too big for the cut out space on the Crescent. So I bought the Marina.
Overall, I like it. It looks really nice, and the filter is a plus. The intake is on the bottom of the filter/light console, and the outflow is a small little square in the top center of the console, just below the LED lighting. It also comes with a blue light for night time, an off setting, and the white, brighter lights for during the day. In the filter, there's a cut out for a Marina 10 watt heater. I had hopes mine would fit, but it didn't. :( If the Marina 10 watt heats well, I might buy one just to free up space.
This tank has its pros and cons. I like it, but there are some things I'm not so happy about.
Filter intake is on the bottom.
Has a cut out for a heater inside the filter, which hopefully means more even temperature throughout the tank
Very cool appearance
Lights are nice, and I like the settings
Space for decorations is lacking. It's a cylinder shaped tank, and the filter console, while attractive, does take up some space. Instead of adding all of the decorations from Tiny Tina's old tank, I had to leave out one of the plants that I really liked, because there wasn't enough room for it.
The lid is sometimes a little hard to get on, but that may just be because I have the filter cord there.
All in all, I really like this tank. I wish it was a bit bigger, but for $40, I think it's good enough. It came with the filter which I'm very happy with. The outflow isn't bad at all. It isn't pushing around the plants as much as my 5 gallon hex's filter does.
I'm letting it run a while before I put Tina in. I might add some more water to it, to bring the surface of the water to the lip of the outflow to make it a little more gentle, just because she's so tiny.
Here are some pictures of the tank. :3