This is a good tank to get started in an Aquarium hobby. First thing you should know is that with the 5 gallon hex (which I got), you can only keep 1 fish in it (best would be a Betta. This tank is too small for several fish, so if you want more fish, you better get a bigger tank. I have mine all set up and there are good and bad things about it.
Inexpensive starter tank
Easy to set up.
Looks nice and takes up only a small space (good for a desktop or a small night table)
You might not need a heater (see the light description in the bad section below)
Did not come with starter chemicals & food as stated in the setup instructions (apparently this happened to a lot of people)
Light gets hot and heats up tank alot (With it on the tank heats up to 83 degrees in 8 hours). If you live in a warm area or room, this can be a big problem. You might have to keep a small fan nearby to cool the fixture.
Filter is sometimes quirky & you may have to fill your tank almost all the way to the top to get it to run.
My light at first would not work so I had to take it apart and switch the socket around (There are actually 2 light sockert and 1 socket would not work.
Being tall in height and short in width, it is a little awkward to do maintenance on the water and cleaning of the tank. I had to take out my 2 decorations to be able to clean the gravel as there is not a lot of arm room inside the tank. Also you have to remove the light fixture and filter to be able to really get inside.
Since this is my first tank I'm pretty happy with it, but I definately see myself upgrading to a bigger tank later on, just for the convenience of easier tank maintenance and cleaning.
Product Details: "Eclipse Hex 5" by tortuga - posted: Thu February 4, 2010 - Rating: 9.00
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