Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Oil City PA. USA
Been reading this thread and I have to say with the new designer tanks on the market, there is a very distinct lack of engineering. Yes they look so cool but they are not always usable for the needs of the fish. Yep you and your friends think the tanks are really neat but when it comes down to really being usable, Not so much. They have built in filters (great) what happens when they go bad? They can't be replaced and no other filter fits. Their tops have holes for feeding but no door just open space.
Yeah I went through this phase too, but I thought long and hard about the tank and how it would be used. Then I bought a regular 5.5, 10, 20 gallon or better. I then bought separate filters and heaters to place in them and a glass canopy, with a clear plastic back piece that I could cut to the exact size for the opening of the filter, heater and airline tubing. It has a lid to open and close for feeding and water changes. They keep the fish in and other animals out. No need for mesh or plastic wrap and the tank does the job it was meant for.
It does not cost any more than the designer tank and has all the needs taken care of . Oh Yes it looks like a regular tank. But when things fail, and they will, I can replace them easily and know the whole tank doesn't need to be replaced. I saw today in the Petsmart add they have a starter Top Fin 5.5 tank for $20.00 has the tank top Led light ( low light) and an adjustable filter (Top Fin 10) (They are a great filter by the way I have them in all my 5.5 and a Top fin 40 in my 10 gallon.) All you need to buy extra is the heater, substrate, plants, and fish.
In conclusion I find the new designer tanks not worth the price you pay to impress you and your friends. But then again I'm an Old Keeper and set in my ways and I find that the old tank style just does fine for keeping fish safe and happy.