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Old 04-21-2014, 04:00 PM   #1 
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National Geographic Half-Moon Aqua Oasis tank? Yay or nay?

I went to Petsmart today to get my male betta a new tank to replace his old one, which I hated. I went to get the Aqueon 2.5 gal bowfront, and instead left with a new shelf item: the National Geographic Half-Moon Aqua Oasis Starter Kit. It's just like the Aqueon, with the 2.5 gal, filter, LED lights and bowfront shape but a tad cheaper. I like to review my tank options online before purchasing but it's so new that I couldn't find any. Has anyone else bought this National Geographic tank and could give me quick opinion or review? I'd like to move my boy as soon as possible. Thanks!
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Old 04-21-2014, 04:49 PM   #2 
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I work at petsmart and know the tank you are talking about. I haven't gotten to see any reviews on it either but I'd love to hear yours when you do use it!
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Old 04-21-2014, 05:35 PM   #3 
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I work there too. I haven't heard anything about them (good or bad), because they are really new. But, it doesn't look 2.5g to me. I thought they were around 1g tanks.
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:58 PM   #4 
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Well I set it all up, got everything going and after a while moved my betta for a test run. The tank itself is nice, looks pretty, everything fits well, and there's room for another cord to run through the cap for, say, a heater. I really like it, which is why it's frustrating that I'll probably have to return it. The touch light is a cool feature, but the filter is too strong. The water flow back into the tank is strong enough to buffer my plants around, and my betta looked like a nervous wreck trying to swim in it. It's a shame cause everything else is practically flawless. Any recommendations for another tank? Preferably the Aqueon 2.5gal bowfront, how strong is that filter?
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Old 04-21-2014, 11:46 PM   #5 
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You can try and baffle the filter. Someone on here can explain how!
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Old 04-22-2014, 12:03 AM   #6 
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I had the 2.5 Minibow. The filter wasn't a problem for my VT boy, and he was able to make bubble nests on the opposite side of the tank. However, the filter is not a great design. The water just pours out over the filter pad from one side; it isn't forced through the whole filter. You can see where the water enters the filter in the top left of my photo. You can also see where the filter pad stayed clean at the bottom end, because the water never really flowed through the whole pad.

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I replaced the Minibow's filter with a little sponge filter and air pump, because I was trying to improve my odds of cycling the tank. (Other people have no trouble, so YMMV.) The only drawback to the sponge filter is that I don't get to see any more bubble nests, because the air pump does a better job of circulating compared to the Minibow's filter. I did like that the sponge filter increased the amount of surface for my fish to swim in, since the Minibow's filter covers up so much at the top. If you wanted to replace your filter, you could keep the tank you have, since you like it.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

This is the filter that was recommended by users here. It is tiny and easily fits into a 1 - 3 gallon tank. It's also very inexpensive. You need the sponge filter, a small air pump, some air line tubing, and a check valve. Most Bettas are happy with sponge filters, and they are great for cycling the tank. I am still using this little filter in my new 10 gallon tank (with extra sponge) and it does a great job of keeping the water clean.
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Thank you everyone! The feedback was super helpful! :) I think for now I'll look into a filter like that one for the plain rectangular tank he's in now, and perhaps down the road if I'm in a fish buying mood, set up the filter in the new tank to suit a betta.
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Old 06-04-2014, 10:17 PM   #8 
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Well I set it all up, got everything going and after a while moved my betta for a test run. The tank itself is nice, looks pretty, everything fits well, and there's room for another cord to run through the cap for, say, a heater. I really like it, which is why it's frustrating that I'll probably have to return it. The touch light is a cool feature, but the filter is too strong. The water flow back into the tank is strong enough to buffer my plants around, and my betta looked like a nervous wreck trying to swim in it. It's a shame cause everything else is practically flawless. Any recommendations for another tank? Preferably the Aqueon 2.5gal bowfront, how strong is that filter?
I just picked up one of these 2.5 gallon tanks from PetSmart as well (link: http://www.petsmart.ca/fish/aquarium...alue%3Dfaceted) and I agree, the filter was way too strong.

If my beta swims into the current from the filter he gets pushed all the way down to the bottom of the tank (not rammed into the bottom, but pushed all the way down even as he tried to flutter away).

It's shame because the overall setup of the tank is really nice and seems pretty nicely built too, and it looks good. The 4 LED lights (not 2 as the site says) light him up really nicely too, and the cover fits into the top "lip" of the tank really well too.

One option might be to get a lower voltage AC adapter - it has a 12v 300ma unit and maybe a 8v or 9v unit would slow down the filter enough, but the LED lights might be affected too.
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Old 06-04-2014, 10:46 PM   #9 
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I got the 1.2 gallon and i literally hate it. its too small, and the image on the box is completely different, and the filter is WAY to large for a tiny tank. it's less than a cubical foot in size. not a foot tall not a foot long and not a foot deep nor wide. It's TINY, but it'll so until i can buy another. It would be a GREAT tank if it was larger, I almost bought the one you're talking about but decided not to, could you please post a picture of your tank? Heres mine and the advertisement image.
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I've attached a pic of the tank with Hubert in it.
He's close to the current in that pic.

When we got home tonight he was wedged between one of the rocks on the far left wall and the tank side... that might just have been him being silly or adventurous, but the current does push his food pellet that sink in that direction, and like I said the current does get quite strong, so it could have pushed him off in that direction and then as he panicked he wedged himself.

He's doing ok so far but we've turned off the filter, and will only cycle it for 5-10 minutes when we can supervise him.

We're looking at getting the Top Fin 5.5 gallon kit from Petsmart in exchange for this one...
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