Wonderful little tank
(Posted on 12/9/12)
Typical of Eheim, this is a premium product, beautifully designed and well made. The rimless design, curved front corners and integrated light/filter unit give it an air of elegance. Even the cover is classy. And it is one of the few nano aquariums on the market where freshwater use isn't an afterthought.
I much prefer glass to acrylic, and Eheim uses high grade glass that makes the illuminated cube look like crystal.
I have the 9 gallon version, and was a little concerned that the light and filter might be lacking, as they are the same as used on the smaller Aquastyle tanks. No need.
The filter moves more than enough water to give my fish a current to swim against. The media chamber is smaller than I'd prefer (I use Eheim canisters on all my other tanks, usually two on each), but it's much better than the ones on most competitive tanks in this category. You are not stuck with proprietary cartridges. It accepts any medium you choose to use, charcoal, resins, biological, etc, although the supplied Substrat is hard to beat for long term use.
The light is excellent. It has an ideal spectrum for freshwater plant growth, and displays fish colors to full advantage. I have switched to LEDs on my six largest tanks, and use about 1.5 watts per gallon on each. So I was not sure I'd be happy with only half that intensity on my new tank. I was steeled for the prospect of having to add a second light. After setting it up, I doubt that will be necessary. Visually, it looks at least as bright as any of my other tanks.
I have some hornwort which had been chewed to the nubbins by my Siamese Algae Eaters. I had placed it in a 5 gal holding tank where it languished under a new 10 watt aquarium CFL. I added some to my new Aquastyle as a filler, and literally overnight, it started to grow again.
I had no problem adding a heater, the cord easily fit under the glass cover, lifting it ever so slightly in back. Airline tubing might be more of an issue, but not an
(Posted on 5/28/12)
Comments: Bottom Line; if you are looking for a smaller tank the Eheim Aquastyle is an excellent choice and as of this writing you can not find a better engineered aquarium in this size.I purchased the Eheim Aquastyle 9 with the stand and both were expertly packaged and arrived in excellent shape from Customer Service.Easy to see why Eheim received awarards for this aquarium. It is bright, well engineered and looks fantastic. I received on friday and within 1 hour everything was together, filter filled with media and insterted, dropped in some aquascaping and filled the tank with cycled water from a seperate tank. Went out Sunday and purchased 3 Swordtails who are enjoying the new home.
(Posted on 5/3/12)
Comments: I bought this aqurium because there were good reviews online and plus Eheim is known to make great filters. One of the best purchase I bought in a long time. It will be perfect for my crystal shrimp tank.
(Posted on 4/1/12)
Comments: I have the 4 gallon with soil substrate covered with gravel. I have no CO2 injection, just add Excel periodically. I can get glosso and marseilea to grow like weeds. The 7W LED is beautiful - bright, compact, minimalist style that make the whole tank a showpiece. Best small tank kit out there today and the price here is fantastic at $119. I may buy another kit just to replace my power compact fluorescent light on my other tank. This is my second desktop tank and this is the one to buy.
(Posted on 1/16/12)
Comments: This is a superb quality product. I am intending to use it as a planted aquarium, and even though it can be used in many different ways, I am writing this review for planted aquarium enthusiasts primarily.
1.Overall great craftsmanship.
2.The glass aquarium itself is just great. The front corners are not seemed, but bent, allowing for greater view.
3.Very nice, quiet filter and water pump.
4.LED is just right for the 6 gallons setup, but will not be sufficient for larger volume aquariums I think