Top Fin Starter Kits

Discussion in 'Freshwater Aquarium Builds' started by shanshansmash, Sep 16, 2018.

  1. shanshansmash

    shanshansmashValued MemberMember

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    I'm looking at getting a 20G top fin starter kit as my QT tank. I plan to have this continuously running. Are these reliable tanks? Last thing I want is a leak
     
  2. Viralology

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    Very reliable at least with my experience, Only thing I would recommend upgrading would be the filter. My filter stopped working within 3 months. Other than that I have had the tank for over 2 years now as a quartine system and it has yet to let me down.
     
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    The tank is okay but it’s better and cheaper to get everything separately because the filters (most) in starter kits are crapy
     
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    Besides being a “starter” tank. It is a very reliable QT tank knowing you understand QT processes
     
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    shanshansmashValued MemberMember

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    I was looking into this. I dont want to buy used because you never know. So i was looking at buying everything separately and it's more expensive.
     
  6. Viralology

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    How much is the kit?
     
  7. georgelee1000

    georgelee1000Well Known MemberMember

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    When Petco has 1 dollar a gallon sale. It’s way better to assemble everything vs a kit.
     
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    $70
     
  9. Viralology

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    As stated above you might be better of waiting for a 1 dollar a gallon sale. But if you need the tank now that could be an option I just strongly recommend a better filter.
     
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    shanshansmashValued MemberMember

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    I was going to order some sponge filters my 60 gallon is done cycling. I have my original fish in it and my old tank has been rehomed because it's a 20g hex tall. So I need to get a qt if I want to start adding fish. Lol I'm itching to add some
     
  11. Viralology

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    Then go for it. If you already have the media you can get it started up quick.
     
  12. VeiltailKing

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    Definitely wait for the $1 a gallon deal! That’s the only reason I got my 29 Gallon. It turned out to be cheaper than the kit. I was also able to pick a nice filter, lid, light, and heater.
     
  13. DarkOne

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    I bought a 20g tall kit from Petsmart last year. The tank and hood (with integrated light) is good but the filter and heater isn't very good. I'm currently using it again as a fry grow out tank but I have 2 sponge filters and an Aqueon 100w heater. The TopFin heater kept getting moisture inside the glass. I returned it twice and the 2nd time I asked for the Aqueon and the mgr agreed. The filter was replaced with a AquaClear 50 (now on my shrimp tank) and it sits in a parts bucket.

    If you have a Pets Supplies Plus near you, they have a DPG sale going on now.
     
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