If you are a living creature, you need light. It doesn’t matter if you’re man or fish, lights are important. Unfortunately, natural lighting may not always do the trick. Especially if you live in an aquarium. And that brings us to the Marineland Contour Glass Aquarium Kit with Rail Light.
- Product Dimension: 11.8 x 11.8 x 16.8 inches.
- Weight: 12 pounds.
- Size: 5-gallon and 3-gallon.
Marineland Contour Glass Aquarium Kit with Rail Light Features
- Stylish aquarium kit with rail light.
- Daylight and moonlight LED settings.
- Easy to use.
- Hidden 3-step filtration with adjustable flow filter pump.
- With 1 RITE SIZE Z filter cartridge.
- Can hold up to 3 gallons.
This kit looks good. That’s the first thing that came to mind when we received the package. You should know that the kit is more tall than wide, though, so if that’s a problem for you, then this may not be the right fit.
What’s nice about it? The glass is contoured, thick and of good quality. There’s a glass lid included that can be used to cover the top of the tank so you won’t need to worry about your little fish friends jumping out. The aquarium has a streamlined and sleek look. In fact, the glass is so smooth that the whole set-up looks extremely high end. The way the tank is designed, the filters and other wiring are stylishly hidden.
The set-up comes inclusive of a 3-stage filtration system. There is a mechanical filter floss to screen out all the dirt. It’s got a molded ribbed back t maximize the water to carbon contact. There’s also the chemical filtration system with activated carbon that’s meant to remove odors as well as discolorations and impurities. Finally, a biological filtration system is placed to cultivate aerobic bacteria and get rid of the toxic ammonia and nitrite.
The flow filter pump is supposed to be adjustable. Having said that, though, some people still find the filter pump to be a little on the strong side. You do have the option to turn it off at feeding time. There’s also the worry that smaller fish will get sucked in because of it. Some people I know actually opted to get a fine mesh so that doesn’t happen. Of course, if you don’t want any of that hassle, the best option is just to replace it with a weaker filtration pump. Honestly, that’s one thing I didn’t like so much about it.
The light rail that comes with this aquarium is nice. There LED lighting system comes with bright white and blue lights. They’re meant to show off the aquarium whatever time of the day it may be. And it that regard, it does the job beautifully. It’s also energy efficient and therefore, can save you money in the long run. But be warned: if you’re planning to put live plants inside, the light may not be enough.
Accessing the tank is easy enough. The glass canopy conveniently slides back over the filter system so you can do your daily feeding with a lot of trouble. There’s a canopy there that also ensures your fish won’t be able to jump out.
- Contoured, high quality glass.
- Sleek and stylish look.
- Powerful filtration system.
- Filter is too powerful for some.
- Low light capacity is not ideal for live plants.