When it comes to aquariums, Top Fin is a common enough name. It’s a trusted brand for anything tank-related. So naturally, when it was time for me to upgrade, I checked what Top Fin had to offer by way of a 75 gallon aquarium. What I eventually settled for is the Top Fin 75 gallon hooded aquarium that I’ll be reviewing below.
Top Fin 75 Gallon Hooded Aquarium Details
- Dimension: 48.5L x 18.5W x 21.125H inches.
- Includes: Aquarium, 2 x 24” full fluorescent hood lamps.
- Tank Size: 75 gallons.
- Installation Type: Stand.
- Shape: Rectangle.
- Material: Glass.
- Ideal for: Freshwater and saltwater fish.
Colors Available: Black
Top Fin 75 Gallon Hooded Aquarium Features
- Made of glass.
- With 2 full fluorescent hood lamps, 24”.
- One-piece center-braced frames eliminate glass bowing.
- Can be used for freshwater and marine aquaria.
I wanted to get this aquarium from Amazon if only because I almost always order from there and didn’t want to check other sites for this purchase. Unfortunately, Amazon didn’t have the Top Fin 75 gallon hooded aquarium that I wanted. So I checked online and found one at PetSmart. The price was a bargain for this size tank. It’s only a third of what other brands would have cost. So I was feeling pretty satisfied with the deal.
I was initially happy with what I got. I didn’t fill the tank all the way with water. I just wanted some breathing room for my fish. They loved it.
The 75 gallon aquarium looks bigger in real life compared to the pictures you’ll see online. It’s wide and long and if you live in the second floor, totally not the kind of tank to have. The package came with a couple of thick glass tops with plastic sliders on the back of the glass. This can be cut to fit your filtration system. The tank made for a nice addition to our living room.
After a few months, however, I finally added some more fish and the aquarium was filled with water. That’s when I noticed hairline fractures appearing at the corners. Now I kind of feel like what I bought was made of cheap bottle glass. It doesn’t help that the glass adds a murky green tint to the contents of the tank. I’m not sure why that is. But it was very noticeable after a few months.
There’s also a thick ridge at the top of the tank that will make filtering a bit of a problem.
- Easy to install.
- Not very durable.
- Glass has weird green tint.
- No stand.
- No equipment included other than actual aquarium and some lights.
- Not very durable.
- Comes with one long light instead of 2 smaller ones.
- Ridge at the back of the glass can cause issues with filter system set up.
Top Fin’s 75 gallon hooded aquarium performed admirably well when not filled to capacity with water. Set-up properly, it will look great in any living room. However, the tank I got developed a greenish tint that made the water look muddy and diminished my satisfaction with the product. The strength of the material is also questionable as mine also started having fine cracks at the corners.
Price: $234.99 at PetSmart*
*as of date of publication (September 16th, 2014).