Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Oil City PA. USA
Top Fin 5.5 starter Kit
A 5.5 starter kit is always a good idea for your betta. The tank size is great in limited spaces. Now with that said the Top Fin starter is a great way to start, but know this, the kit does not give you a heater. and the filter is one that you can adjust the flow. It sounds good but adjusting the flow to the lowest setting does not filter the amount of gallons per hour that is needed to keep the tank healthy. Yes i'm going to chach all kinds of flack for saying that. However reading the instructions it states the same as what I just said. They say to adjust the flow for feeding or when making a water change. I have found if your filter is set for optimum filtration you can divert the flow in a way the filter does it's intended job. Use a warer bottle (small) and cut off the ends, than cut the bottle to size to cover the discharge shoot. cut the bottle you will use length wise, and using tape, tape one end to the top of the tank and the other end to the top of the filter. The flow will be diverted and the water will have less current. Also by placing a piece of filter sponge about 1/4 to 1/2 the height of the discharge shoot, and held in place with a rubber band, will also cut the flow and not restrict the filter process. But it will cut down the current. As far as a heater Get a 50 watt adjustable heater anywhere from $11.00 on up being able to set your heat between 76-80 degrees is better than using a preset heater. all heaters work with ambiant outside temp. A preset will only raise the water temp about 10- 15 degrees above outside temp. Using a heater that you can adjust will give you a little more control and stay within 1 degree up or down and keep the tank at a steady setting. Also an adjustable heater will set 17 degrees above room temp.
When you get it started you will find the lighting is low light, and does well to light the tank, and is good for low light live plants. You can have a real nice tank for the money you spent and be very happy knowing your betta will be very happy also.
Oh one more thing about the filter. (for me the filter would work but getting the replacement pads was not going to work. I live 2 hours away from any pet shop) and ordering them on line was not really reasonable. I would need to pay 2 to 3 times more because of shipping. However if you live close to Petco or petsmart you dont have this same problem.
Good luck and post a few pictures when you get it set up.