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Old 08-11-2011, 04:33 PM   #1 
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I was about to order this online but after reading the reviews I had a few questions to ask. I know there are a couple of you owners on here, so hopefully one of you will take some time to answer these questions.

It seems the major concerns about this tank are: the filter, the Acrylic material, and the pump.

Is the filter really that loud of a machine?

Is it easy to take care of the acrylic tank? Will my gravel scratch it?

With just one Betta being in the tank, should the pump fail after 3 weeks or is it going to actually last?

I guess my final question would be: Is it a good tank for a betta? Or should I continue looking into 5-10 gallon glass aquariums?
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Old 08-11-2011, 04:39 PM   #2 
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I had that tank and I hated it. It's a strange shape. It's hard to fit decor in and it led to a lot of swimming around and around. If I had to use it again I would find some way to make two levels in it? Like a platform halfway up so Whiskey would have had more interesting places to explore.

On the other hand, the filter was pretty quiet and it worked fine even after sitting in my basement unused for a year.

The only problem I had with cleaning it was that stuff tended to accumulate in the corners and were hard to scrub out. It did get scratched but you really didn't notice it.
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Old 08-11-2011, 04:55 PM   #3 
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I had that tank and I hated it. It's a strange shape. It's hard to fit decor in and it led to a lot of swimming around and around. If I had to use it again I would find some way to make two levels in it? Like a platform halfway up so Whiskey would have had more interesting places to explore.

On the other hand, the filter was pretty quiet and it worked fine even after sitting in my basement unused for a year.

The only problem I had with cleaning it was that stuff tended to accumulate in the corners and were hard to scrub out. It did get scratched but you really didn't notice it.
That is even more I didn't want to hear. Looks like I'll be passing on this tank. Space for more decor is what I am looking for. I am also wanting to build some elevated platforms in the tank.
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Old 08-11-2011, 08:32 PM   #4 
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I personally liked this tank... The filter is probably the best I ever used. The tank is strong, too- doesnt scratch too easily.

But agreed, if youre looking to decorate, its not the tank for you. Its got a smaller footprint by comparison to most tanks. Its fantastic if you have tall decor in mind or tall plants. I love having my tall plants in there, with driftwood in the center.
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Old 08-12-2011, 01:46 AM   #5 
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+1 for this tank, too. I really like the filter and bio-wheel. The integrated hood is a nice feature and the tank itself is made out of good quality acrylic. I tried a cheaper $20 Hawkeye tank and it felt like it'd break if you looked at it wrong.

Decor-wise, it works well vertically as Pew says. This tank prolly won't work for what you want it to, but feel free to check out my album to see how I decorated mine.

Marineland also makes the Eclipse series in standard rectangular/bow front shapes. There is a 5 gallon corner and, if you can find it, a 6 gallon bow front. The latter they don't make anymore, but you may find old stock of it somewhere.
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[quote=fishcurl] I tried a cheaper $20 Hawkeye tank and it felt like it'd break if you looked at it wrong.
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Oh.my.god.LOL
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Old 08-12-2011, 02:13 AM   #7 
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I have one. I don't use the filter though. current is a bit strong but I dont recall it being too loud when I do turn it on.

Perosnally i dislike the hexagon shape of it, however the small female that lives in it seems to love it!

It's not very wide, so taller decorations would work better.

It seems fairly durable. I havent scratched it but I dont have gravel in it, I have those multicolored rocks. Taller plants would work nicely. I want to get some but they are $10 each at petco :(


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Old 08-12-2011, 02:17 AM   #8 
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If its too strong, its easy to baffle :< Its probably one of the best filter's Ive ever used, super easy to cycle and eventually, after use long enough, it slows to the point where it doesnt need a baffle (but works fine).
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Oh.my.god.LOL
I still have it, turned it into a quarantine tank for plants. Not the future home of another betta. Nuh uh. Nope. Well, maybe. Wait, whut?

Regarding the strength of the filter, I baffled mine quite easily considering I'd never done anything like it before.

Aquaclear sponge + scissors + strong rubber bands. If you read the how to baffle thread, there's a picture of it towards the last page :)
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Old 08-12-2011, 04:32 AM   #10 
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Another question: is a water filter even needed? I bought a 5 gallon tank, and it came with a filter... but if it is just 5 gallons, can't I do partial water changes without using a filter?
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