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Posts: 206
Registered: February 2012
Location: Colorado Springs

 

Marineland BioWheel LED Aquarium Kit (20 Gallon)
Reviews Views Date of last review
2 3886 Mon April 30, 2012
Recommended By Average Price Average Rating
100% of reviewers $100.00 4.0

 

Description:
Kit includes:

20 gallon tall glass aquarium
Hood with LED light array, switchable between white and blue
Penguin 150 BioWheel HOB filter w/media
Heater
Sticker thermometer
Net
Misc sample packs (flake food, water conditioner)
Keywords: starter kit 20 gallon biowheel LED aquarium penguin 150

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pjoo1120

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Registered: February 2012
Location: Colorado Springs
Posts: 206
Review Date: Mon April 30, 2012 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: $100.00 | Rating: 4 

 
Positive aspects of the product (pros): Great LED hood, decent filter
Cons: No substrate, crappy thermometer, everything else mediocre

 
Background: got the green light from the wife to start a tank, so I rushed into it and bought a kit (didn't want the offer to expire!).

The good stuff: the LED hood is great if you aren't going to heavily plant your tank. It is a very clean white which can be switched to a cool deep blue for nighttime viewing. The LED array itself is very durable, lightweight and doesn't generate heat (vs incandescent or fluorescent). The Penguin 150 is a reputable filter. Heater works but can't speak to it's quality because it's only been in use for four months.

Pretty much everything else is bad:
- The tank itself is a 20 gallon tall. Looking back I wish I would have gotten a long instead.
- The thermometer is the exterior sticker type which I never bothered to even install. I bought a several submersible thermometer.
- Samples were pretty worthless and were throwaways

While this is a starter kit, it did not include substrate.

If you are looking for a quick start and don't care much about specific components, then this may be right for you. But for me, it was a hasty decision. If afforded the time, I would have researched each component separately and gone with a 20 gallon long as mentioned before. I've had to swap out the filter for a submersible because the 150, as good and quiet as it is, wasn't quiet enough and was keeping my baby up at night. So pretty much I now have a tank that I don't like the dimensions of and a decent filter that I don't use. Most of the other things I don't use. The only thing going for it right now is the LEDs.
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Location: Colorado Springs
Posts: 206
Review Date: Mon April 30, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Positive aspects of the product (pros):
Cons:

 
I forgot to mention, the net's handle isn't even long enough to reach the bottom of the tank by a long shot.
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