I would add that the Top Fin Silentstream filter is also much less noisier than the aqueon quietflow.Islandvic said:Our first tank bought 14 months ago was a Top Fin 20 gallon starter kit.
The tank, lid, LED's, heater and filter all still works fine.
I moved the filter to a 10 gallon tank though and use other media in lieu of the cartridges.
Prime is many times universally advised because you can find it for good prices online and since it is so concentrated (1mL treats 10 gallons), it's actually more cost effective than "cheaper" brands.
Also, if you look at Petsmart's website, most of their fish hobby supplies are cheaper there vs. the in-store prices.
The cashier in-store will price match the online price.
I would advise to skip their Top Fin fish food and stick with quality foods such as Omega One and Cobalt Aquatics.
It may cost a few $ more, but a can of fish food lasts a long time and you are paying for better ingredients and less fillers.
Fish will grow faster and color up better with quality foods also.
If you can catch fish food, water treatments and other supplies on sale from online places, many times it's cheaper than the in-store prices for the Top Fin products.
Their Top Fin Silentstream filters aren't bad when you catch them on sale at 50% off and you ditch the cartridges and add your own media. I like the adjustable flow knob on the intake tube and their reservoirs are actual larger than the Aqueon "Quiet flow" filters.
You can throw a foam sponge block, a wad of Polyfil and a bag of bio-media into a Silentstream easily, where it would be hard to do effectively in the Aqueon's small reservoir.