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JBJ 3gal Picotope Aquarium

 
Picotope 3 Gallon Aquarium Kit by . Beautiful 3-gallon curved glass desktop aquarium that includes all you need to get started


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Awesome little desk top tank but better for fresh than marine featured

Installation and Operation There's really not much to installation. Just hook on the light, hang on the filter and plug it all in. The filter is easy to deal with and filters more than you would expect.


Performance vs. Expectations As a freshwater tank, especially for housing a Betta or small fish like Ember tetras, this tank excels. It can be planted with low and medium light plants and a Co2 unit easily hooks onto the rim.

Due to the lighting and the open top this tank works better for freshwater than for marine/reef. However, it will keep low to medium light soft corals just fine. As far as fish, a yellow clown goby or some fish about that size would be okay, just make sure it isn't a jumper. You can modify the lighting, but that will increase heat. In such as mall amount of water you must be careful of this.

Because the top is open you will also experience greater evaporation. I suggest an Auto-top-off system be added. If you were to add one, then this tank is a breeze to keep and requires very little work on your part.

One of the things I really like about this tank is the rimless design with the rounded corners. It looks like a much more expensive tank than it is. It also has a small footprint which means you can put it on a strong shelf or desk top.


Value for money As this comes with a glass tank, light, and filter for $35 - $50 (depending on retailer) I would say it is an awesome value, especially considering that most comparable tanks are plastic with cheap lights and bad internal air-driven filters.


Customer Support I've not had to use customer support on this product.


Liked about it 1. Round corners and rimless design make the tank look more costly than it is.
2. Comes with light and filter.
3. Small footprint so it can be put on a shelf.
4. Much better quality for price than competing tanks.


Didn't like 1. Not a powerful light (but I didn't expect it to be).
2. Open top allows for greater evaporation. Because of this I strongly recommend an auto-top-off system be used in conjunction with this tank.


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5.0

By tcamos
Jul 06, 2010
 
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BEAUTIFUL little piece of my reef! featured

Installation and Operation This pico was very easy to put together; just unpack and put the filter and light on! Such a beautiful little aquarium. Very easy to operate and maintain. We started it with water from our larger aquarium and do top offs/water changed with that water as well. This helps to keep everything happy and healthy. We did buy a different light, but have switched the the original light for the summer since the other light puts off a lot of heat.


Performance vs. Expectations This tank is exactly what I expected it to be! It sits on my bookself and is just a small look at what my bigger tank is. I like that I can have the tank in the bedroom, kitchen or I could take it to my office. It is small enough to be out of the way, but big enough to showcase some great coral.


Value for money Pretty good value for the money. I would have preferred it to be a little less, but I also know I wouldn't be able to get as good of quality in a tank if I didn't put a little money into it. I honestly have been more pleased with this tank than with my $10 ten gallon tank; plus it takes up less space!


Customer Support I have only had to deal with the company wen ordering. I have had no problems with the tank or light, so I have not had to contact them for anything.


Liked about it I LOVE the size of this tank. The curved glass makes it feel bigger than it actually is and gives it a much more contemporary look. This tank is easy to put together and easy to maintain. I was able to find a brighter light that fit the tank, but am also able to use the light that came with it. Just big enough to get a piece of the ocean on a desk!


Didn't like I don't like how often i have to top off water, but that is expected with an open top tank. Because I used a different light, my top offs increased even more. The only other thing that has bothered me is that if water drips over the side when I am putting new pieces in, the water run down and under the lip of the tank. This means that water is sitting on my wood bookshelf and possibly leaving damage if I can't get it up in time. This can obviously be prevented, but is still annoying!


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4.0

By andbob25
Apr 02, 2010
 
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Nice little frag tank

Installation and Operation Easy to set up, just plug and play. This would be perfect for a betta tank or a coral frag tank. The instructions explain everything well. The maintenance is easy, just clean inside every week and wipe the outside with fresh water and a towel.


Performance vs. Expectations Yes


Value for money Not really


Customer Support No


Liked about it Good betta tank, good frag tank, easy to set up


Didn't like I wouldnt spend money on this, setting up a smaller tank would be easier to do on your own.


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1.0

By fishoutofwater25
Nov 12, 2010
 
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