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Old 03-24-2011, 12:20 PM   #11 
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We have the 2.5 Aqueon minibow. It is a nice and not noisy..however, it is more 2 gallons than 2.5 after decorations are added... it also scratches pretty easily. ( it could be that I am not used to acrylic tanks though)
I have only had it for a few weeks and I have already accidentally scratched it pretty badly. I do like the tank though.

Walmart has a 5 gallon tank with hoodlight and filter for 25.00 dollars, it might be something to look into.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hawkeye-5-...arium/14660258

It is actually a pretty small tank and doesn't take up much more room then the 2.5 gallon.


I have this one and I love it.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tetra-Aqua...-Pets/12177653
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Old 03-24-2011, 12:28 PM   #12 
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We have the 2.5 Aqueon minibow. It is a nice and not noisy..however, it is more 2 gallons than 2.5 after decorations are added... it also scratches pretty easily. ( it could be that I am not used to acrylic tanks though)
I have only had it for a few weeks and I have already accidentally scratched it pretty badly. I do like the tank though.

Walmart has a 5 gallon tank with hoodlight and filter for 25.00 dollars, it might be something to look into.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hawkeye-5-...arium/14660258

It is actually a pretty small tank and doesn't take up much more room then the 2.5 gallon.


I have this one and I love it.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tetra-Aqua...-Pets/12177653

I bought that last 5 gal you posted, but my mom didn't want another 'big' tank in the house. SO i got the minibow haha.
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Old 03-24-2011, 03:18 PM   #13 
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if you decide on the 3gal eclipse, just get a marineland 5gal hex, same filter etc but a better light and nice format
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Old 03-24-2011, 07:57 PM   #14 
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Just a heads up...
the MiniBow's light might break after light using. The base where you screw the bulb to just comes apart.
Read the reviews... it also happened to me and I didn't even change the bulb so there was to way I could've broken it myself.
I ended up cutting the cord on one and the other I use for preparing tank water. BAD tanks IMO if you're wanting t turn on your light at all.

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You can use a heater for a larger tank in a 3gal if it's adjustable, just get a thermometer to monitor the temp and get it in the correct setting. I think mine was a 10-12 gal thermometer and I set it to 76 to get the water to 80.

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Old 03-24-2011, 08:15 PM   #15 
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I just bought my second ten gallon kit at walmart for $30 and I think it's an awesome deal, filter, tank and lighted hood. I am going to divide it in two just like my other one. The only thing you have to switch out is the light bulbs to cfls (cheap).
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:39 PM   #16 
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I have three of the Hawkeye 5 gal. tanks from Wal-Mart & LOVE them!! Yes, the filter that comes with needs to be baffled, but that's not a big job - just get some aquarium sponge & rubberband it to the outflow.

Here are some pics of one of mine:
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:41 PM   #17 
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And here is a pic of how I baffled the filter (with the top closed you don't even see the sponge):
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:57 PM   #18 
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Red face

oops I meant to post that on another thread-sorry
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:17 PM   #19 
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Thanks Ariel! The images are super helpful.

And thanks everyone else for all the information! :D
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Old 03-25-2011, 12:41 AM   #20 
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So, I went out and bought the Mini Bow 2.5 today. Not only is it quiet, it's SILENT. I'm so excited. :D

Can anyone answer me this: If I add some water from the established tank to the new mini bow, will it be beneficial to the cycling process or should I just start with new water entirely?
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