David A. Lass has been keeping tropical fish since he was 12 years old. He has been involved in most aspects of the aquarium hobby and currently wholesales tropical fish to retail stores in New England. In addition to the fish tanks for his business, David keeps a number of large planted tanks, including a 300 gallon with altum angels, discus, rummynoses and many catfish. David is the product reviewer for Aquarium Fish International and a moderator on the FishChannel forums.
Tetra Half Moon Aquarium Kit Review
The claims for this one are very simple. Tetra claims that the new Tetra Half Moon Aquarium Kit makes keeping a fish aquarium easier and looking at the fish more fun.
I tested the Tetra Half Moon Aquarium Kit simply by setting one up according to the instructions, putting in some plants and fish, and running the aquarium for four months. For fish, I used adult kribs and some Otocinclus, and for aquatic plants, I chose some water sprite and Nymphaea lily plants. More>>
Maglife USA Clean Sweep Betta Tank Review
Maglife claims that the Clean Sweep Betta Tank and NitraStrate substrate make keeping a betta easier than ever, and that their Sediment Removal System is an easy way to clean the aquarium and do a water change. In combination, they claim to have the best betta aquarium around.
I set up a Clean Sweep Betta Tank using the NitraStrate substrate, aged water from an existing aquarium and one of my male bettas. I used the Sediment Removal System about every week to 10 days to clean the aquarium, and I gave the betta fish food three times a week. More>>
Finnex 4-Gallon Glass Pico Tank
The Finnex 4-Gallon Glass Pico Tank is a well-designed and well-crafted small aquarium, complete with a light and filter.
Finnex claims that its Pico Tank, with its curved glass construction, energy-efficient light and small filter, makes for an excellent tank for a desk or other small space.
I set up the Finnex 4-Gallon Glass Pico Tank on my desk. I used some black sand from an existing planted tank and filled the tank halfway with water from that tank. More>>
Reef One biUbe Aquarium Kit
The biUbe is a new addition to the line of small aquarium kits from Reef One. It is a beautiful 9-gallon tank, and it certainly stands out from other nano tanks on the market.
Reef One claims that its new biUbe has a distinct style, while not compromising water quality or living conditions for the fish and invertebrates in the tank.
I set up the biUbe in the hallowed place on the peninsula in the kitchen that my wife, Saint Janet, allows for small tanks that I am testing for this column. I decided to test the biUbe by setting it up as a marine tank, so I used water and live rock from two of the large marine systems I have in my fish room. For livestock, I added three aquacultured clownfish–two ocellaris and one tomato–and some hermit crabs and snails. I ran the biUbe for three months, feeding the residents only dry foods. During the test period, I did two 25-percent water changes and treated the tank for some red slime algae when it reared its ugly head. More>>
Marineland 20 Gallon LED BIO-Wheel Aquarium Kit
The Marineland LED BIO-Wheel Aquarium Kit combines many of the latest improvements in lighting technology with existing filtration and heating. These technologies are combined in a good-looking and sleek package.
Marineland claims that this kit integrates some of its newer technology (LED lighting) with its well-established BIO-Wheel filtration to provide a complete aquarium system that is easy to install and operate.
I tested the 20-gallon Marineland LED BIO-Wheel Aquarium Kit by setting one up from the box according to the instructions. For beneficial bacteria, I used sand from an existing tank and filter material from another existing tank; in addition. More>>