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PetSmart has Top Fin Essentials Aquarium Starter Kit (Various Sizes) on sale starting from $21. Select free store pickup where stock permits.

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5-Gallon $21
10-Gallon $34
20-Gallon $50
29-Gallon $65
37-Gallon $75
55-Gallon $100

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Cue the influx of self-appointed aquarium experts.
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Just set up the $50 20 gallon kit with my daughter. Upgraded from a 10 gallon as a reward for keeping her three fish alive for a year. The accessories seem decent enough. The only weird thing is the LED hood lamp is blindingly bright. It looks like we have a grow operation going on in my daughter's bedroom right now. We have a backup filter and the warmer isn't really necessary for our fish and household temps, so if the stuff that came with it is junk, no big deal.
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These are good low initial investment starter kits to 'get your feet wet' with the hobby to see if the hobby is something you'll end up being interested in for a long time. Based on my own experience with this kit, expect to replace the filter and heaters sooner than if you buy separate components. I went through two of these filters when I started and they both got unnecessarily noisy even with proper maintenance/cleaning after a few months. Replaced with an aquaclear and never had any noise issues for the two years I've been using it. These heaters have rubber on them. Some claim the heating cycles slowly melt this rubber which leaches toxic chemicals into the water. Mine eventually showed signs of melting/warping on the rubber so I replaced it just to be cautious--i think that it probably would have been fine to continue using and still have it as a backup. My dad has two of these kits that he hasn't had either issue with, so perhaps I just had bad luck...YMMV. The LED lights mounted to the plastic hood that came with mine (29gal) was plenty sufficient for plants in a low tech setup and I was able to grow a lush s. Repens carpet across the entire front of the tank along with several other plants considered "low to medium" light. I eventually replaced the light as I didn't like the color of the LEDs. Replacement lights will not fit under the plastic hood that comes with these, so I shopped for a glass lid. The replacement 29gal glass lids sold anywhere were larger dimensions than the rim of my tank so they didn't fit, not everyone seems to have this issue with these kits so this seems like it may have been just another YMMV experience.
One other thing to consider is the black silicone sealant these use along the edges for a "framed" look. Other tanks use clear sealant, each person has their own preference for the style they like and the look that they are trying to create.
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With aquariums bigger is usually better. I recommend buying the largest aquarium you have space for as the larger it is the easier it is to maintain. In a smaller aquarium any fluctuations in parameters can affect the aquarium very quickly. The more water you have the more room for slight errors.
You're telling me... I had a 75 gallon that I couldn't take with me when I moved. Bought my daughter a 10 gallon a few months back and these weekly water changes are a pain. I do more maintenance now in a week than I had to do in 2 months on my 75 gallon.
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I just picked up the ten gallon starter recently as a second tank for my betta and some tetras. It's great so far. Comes with all the essentials, super easy setup and everything seems to be working just fine. Not bad at all for a first time aquarium.
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If you're a newbie, don't get anything smaller than 20 gallon or it will be more difficult to keep most fish alive.
Why would a larger tank be harder to keep the fish alive? I'm a newbie and debating between 20g or 29g.
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Why would a larger tank be harder to keep the fish alive? I'm a newbie and debating between 20g or 29g.
Larger is easier. I think he means under 20 gallons is harder to keep. If you have the space I would get the 29 gallon. It will give you more options in terms of size of fish and amount of fish you can fit in the tank.
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With aquariums bigger is usually better. I recommend buying the largest aquarium you have space for as the larger it is the easier it is to maintain. In a smaller aquarium any fluctuations in parameters can affect the aquarium very quickly. The more water you have the more room for slight errors.
Agreed! Smaller tanks are not great for beginners. I've had fish for most of my life. With kids and busy schedules, I need something low maintenance now. I have a 60 gallon with nine cichlids in it. I clean it about once a month. Takes 20 minutes. Easy peasy. ☺
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The 5 gallon kit does not have a heater and you will need it for tropical fish once it temperature goes down or if you keep house down below 75 farenheit.

You will need to buy water dechlorinator, Seachem Prime is the best one.

It takes a good month to cycle a fish tank. It's a process you have to do new fish tanks, just like warming up an engine before running with it.

If a tank is not cycled, the chances of new fish dying are high.
You can shorten the cycling time if you know someone else who has a tank - ask them to give you a piece of the sponge / filter material from theirs and put it in yours (put it in without cleaning it), give it a day or 2 to run without fish in it, then you should be all set. What you're aiming for is to have an established 'good' bacteria presence in your filtration system to neutralize ammonia etc. Just transplanting that into your tank from an established tank gets that done instantly (nearly). Get a water test kit and check your ammonia etc. before adding fish.
I was looking at getting an aquarium again after 10 or so years of not having one after I had moved and couldn't take my 55 gal setup, but I didn't want to even start down that road unless I could avoid most if not all the things I disliked about having an aquarium. Mainly, the over the back filters are imho trash. All of them. The cat becomes obsessed with drinking out of it, messing with it, it does a lousy job of keeping the tank clear, they smell some and are hideous to look at. Glass tanks in time become cloudy looking from the glass etching and mineral deposits that can't be removed easily if at all. I went with a 40 gallon acryilic tank - cost $300 just for the tank, which is astronomical compared to glass - but, it is stunning to look at, an entirely different level compared to glass. I got a fluval canister filter, which is nearly silent, keeps the water crystal clear, and is super easy to maintain with almost nothing to ever buy after the initial purchase. If cost isn't your main concern, and you want an aquarium that wows you and anyone you show it off to, an acrylic (seaclear, clear for life are 2 good brands) tank with a canister filter (nothing hanging off the back, quiet, crystal clear water with nearly zero effort, 1 tube in and one tube out of the tank to minimize clutter and keep a clean look). Sure, I spent nearly $900 all in including fish, decorations, gravel, heater, air pump, tank, light, filter, stand, test kit and siphon, but it is an absolutely stunningly beautiful crystal clear tank that wows everyone I've shown it to - everyone so far has been super impressed, and a few have said "Oh my God, that's incredible - I want one, could you tell me how I could put that setup together?' Then I tell them sure, you ready to spend $600-$900 and they decide maybe not the hobby for them. Anyway, my point was, owning an aquarium can become an obsessively expensive hobby, and my view was if I'm in for a penny, might as well be in for a pound and get something I'd never look at and feel any regret or disappointment.
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They would work on low light plants like java moss and Anubias but it would be hard to grow anything else
Even Java moss is tough in the smaller tank. Those 2 small LEDs just are not enough unless you put the java moss on something near the surface. I have the 29 gallon and the 10 gallon version of this. Lights in the 29gal handle java moss ok.
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I used to have a decent size (25 gallon) fresh water tank. I'm moving to a 55 gallon and plan on buying it on the Petco sale OR on Craigslist. I like breeding guppies, but the only problem I have is that in the past I would buy those little breeder tanks that went into the main tank, and they never worked well...

My thought is to buy one of these 10 gallon starter sets, put the pregnant fish in the 10 gallon to have the babies, and then move the adults back o the main 55 gallon to give the babies a place to grow and not get eaten.

Thoughts?
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Any suggestions for stands for 55 gal tank? Also, adding additional filters to the filter it comes with?
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The Tank and LED Lid on these aren't too bad, but the filter and heater are garbage (I highly recommend replacing it with a Aquaclear Filter rated for 150-200% of size, and a intelligent heater such as a Fluval, or Eihem). That said I love the Black Silicone on the tank, makes it great as it doesn't show the "funk" that clear does after a year or so from algae, itch chemicals, etc.
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FYI: petco should be having their dollar per gallon sale starting soon (I hear July 12). This is still a good deal on starter kits. Love aquarium deals. If anyone has any questions about starting an aquarium send me a message. 🐟🐌🦐
Only drawback for "starters" is they don't come with a light or lid, which makes them more expensive than this kit.

IE: 29 Gallon at $29, plus $20-25 for a glass Lid, plus $30-50 for a cheap LED light gets you well over this unit. I'm not going to put the filter and heater as they're garbage in this set.
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With aquariums bigger is usually better. I recommend buying the largest aquarium you have space for as the larger it is the easier it is to maintain. In a smaller aquarium any fluctuations in parameters can affect the aquarium very quickly. The more water you have the more room for slight errors.
This 100%. The biggest you can fit. Easier to maintain in terms of water quality as a little fluctuation in levels is easier to manage than in a smaller tank. Also, live plants. Get a quality substrate or even organic potting soil capped with gravel or sand. Live plants will not only help filter the water, but provide cover for little fish. I have 3 planted tanks, a 10g, a 12g, and a 55g. All doing great.
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