AquaEl Classic 40 Bow Aquarium Kit

AquaEl Classic 40 Bow Aquarium Kit

My youngest daughter has been asking if we could get some fish for long while but I always put it off for one reason or another but then I was offered the chance to review an AquaEl Classic 40 Bow Aquarium Kit  from SwellUK and I said yes, my daughter would have her fish.

The AquaEl Classic 40 Bow Aquarium Kit arrived really quickly and was well packaged inside the box was the AquaEl Classic 40 Bow Aquarium with lighting, heater and filter and sachet of tap water treatment and a sachet of fish food. The aquarium is 41 x 25 x 25cm and it features  a bowed front glass a volume of  22 litres / 4.8 gallons, hood lighting with 11 watt light, hinged feeding hatch, hood with stay-rod, electronic light ballast, Aquael internal filter and a glass 25 watt heater.

We had already purchased some gravel and ornaments for the aquarium so we gave the aquarium a wash and the gravel and ornaments, places the gravel on the bottom and put the ornaments where we wanted them to go and filled the aquarium up with water. We added the tap water treatment.

AquaEl Classic 40 Bow Aquarium Kit

We were really eager to get the fish but had to wait 5 whole days before we could get any this is so the water to cycle through the filter and also for the water be heated enough and be maintaining a regular temperature.  You should have heard my daughter, every morning, afternoon and night she kept asking “can we get our fish yet?” I could understand why though she was excited and days seem like years to a child.


Finally the five days were up and we could go fish shopping.  This was the fun part but it was also difficult because we had to see what fish could live with other fish, ones that didn’t fight . We all decided on Neon Tetras, Male and Female Guppies a Plecostomus and a Yamato Shrimp. They all settled in really well. Only two have names the Plecostomus is called Sucker Lucker and the Yamato Shrimp is called Prawn Cracker.


Since having the fish in the tank they have all got on with each other although we do see the randy males chasing the female guppies and we have had one Neon Tetra lay eggs so far, she got extremely fat and it was very noticeable on day 2 of having them day 3 morning she was thin again and eggs were in the plastic grass. We have also noticed one of the female guppies has got a larger tummy now so we think she might be pregnant so we will see. Obviously we know her fry will more than likely be eaten before we even see them.


My daughter will sit at the tank every day checking out the fish, she is amazed with them. She can tell them apart which I cannot and she helps to feed them.

The tank is a good size and great value obviously the fish, gravel and ornaments, thermometer did cost me a bit but to be honest to see the look on my daughters face when she is watching them and telling us what the fish are doing it is priceless.

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  1. I would love a Clownfish just like on Finding Nemo but don’t think they’d last long in a smaller tank so I would just go for a couple of normal goldfish :) x

  2. i like to put goldfish

  3. Angel fish!

  4. Tracey Peach says:

    I love guppy fish they are so pretty to look at. I also love Cherry Barbs.I have always wanted a aquarium they are so beautiful to watch.

  5. katharine williams says:

    i would put in some catsfish as they are my favourite!

  6. Phil Darling says:

    I’d go for South American Cichlids – really lovely fish

  7. Sarah Clarke-Feltham says:

    my kids goldfish could do with a posh new home

  8. Stuart Edwards says:

    LABYRITH these are very pretty

  9. Shaun Taylor says:

    Neon Tetra as I like how they swim tougher and have a lovely colour of blue

  10. michael clyma says:

    Great prize, ideal as a starter aquarium for the family, I would start with guppies, great colours and they breed very easily, great fun :-)

  11. Gold fishies

  12. Mandy Waller says:

    I would make it a marine tank as i love marine fish :)

  13. Cheryl Edwards says:

    Some pretty goldfish.

  14. Catherine Culmer says:

    I love Clown Fish.

  15. Amanda Hattie says:

    Clown fish & Angel fish

  16. If I won the aquarium would be for my son. I asked him what fish he would put in it if we won and he said piranhas, guess he’d be looking after them then, bless he’s only 6

  17. I would love an Axolotl, because they’re always so so happy!

  18. vandervaulk says:


  19. Swordtails I think

  20. Shaun Needham says:

    Siamese Fighting Fish

  21. Ashleigh Allan says:

    Some goldfish or a clown fish as the kids would love that (like nemo)

  22. Louise Reeks says:

    would have to be clownfish

  23. Allan Smith says:


  24. If I won the aquarium I would set it up as a FW tank for my daughters, keeping a variety of guppies & a range of plant species as I love my marine tank & love my corals so this way my plants are the substitute & I have never really had a good go at keeping plants using CO2

  25. Rosalind Sargent says:

    I love Neon fish they would lovely in a tank like that

  26. I would love this!xx

  27. Yazmin Metcalfe says:

    If I won I would put in neon fish as they are bright and colourful. :-)

  28. andrew smart says:

    my daughter would love to have a fish take

  29. Guppies and name them after the Bubble Guppies!

  30. jennifer thorpe says:

    angel fish

  31. Sally Palmer says:


  32. Jo Richards says:

    Some lovely Goldfish

  33. Tracy Hanley says:

    Clown fish

  34. alan burrows says:

    Neon Tetra

  35. Paul Mellor says:

    Traditional Goldfish

  36. iain maciver says:

    Chinese goldfish

  37. Katherine Teff says:

    A sturgeon- my very own caviar farm……

  38. kelly harper says:

    malawi of some kind

  39. susan cranfield says:

    Green Catfish as they wink at you,they are extremely peaceful, virtually never harming another fish
    and will help clean up left over food in the bottom of a tank :)

  40. Karen Barrett says:


  41. Scott Holloway says:


  42. Helen-Marie says:

    Neon Tetra :) xxx

  43. I’d definitely go with some Neons, and Black Moors.

  44. claire woods says:


  45. D J FREEMAN says:

    Classic..goldfish or maybe catfish

  46. Martina Pichova says:

    Tetras or guppies

  47. clownfish! we love nemo x

  48. Congratulations on a beautiful aquarium ! Watching fish swim is also said to lower blood pressure and keep us calm. I have been thinking of getting one for a long time and would love to have just a few gold fish, orange and black with beige speckles.

  49. Louise Hart says:

    clown fish and a mermaid!

  50. Azmath Bibi says:

    I would get some goldfish

  51. saffron khan says:

    my kids love goldfish

  52. Tara Newman says:

    My daughter wants her own pets, so we would either choose goldfish or neon tetras :)


  53. Lynsey Buchanan says:


  54. Zsa Rostron says:

    Neon tetras for their beautiful colours and shoaling or black mollies which look like pieces of velvet!

  55. leanne williams says:

    Angel fish

  56. frances hopkins says:

    Some pretty ones!!


    bright coloured fish these are so relaxing to watch x

  58. Paula Harvey says:

    Guppies or Goldfish

  59. Angie McDonald says:

    I love clownfish personally but my boyfriend has always wanted a Crowntail Betta because of their gorgeous tails! We’d also definitely get a few barbs and maybe a little frog too!

  60. Cheryl Kean says:


  61. michelle muirhead says:

    what a lovely aquarium… I would have clown loaches

  62. I would love to have goldfish as I had them when I was a child and think my son would love them too :)

  63. Hannah Oneill says:

    Gold fish to start with

  64. I love neon tetra they are lovely to watch at night

  65. Svetlana Lemantovic says:


  66. claire griffiths says:

    i would put some albino corydoras and some rasboras :)

  67. laura jones says:

    if i won this i would buy more goldfish to go with my goldfish mickey finn im sure he must get lonely

  68. Chris Davies says:

    Octopus for sure

  69. Christopher Jones says:

    I love tetra fish, well I think that’s what there called, I am by no means a expert but would love to win, I find them so peaceful to watch

  70. Michael Whitehead says:

    Start off with a plecostimus and a variety of tetra’s

  71. Stephanie Whitehouse says:

    I’ve always wanted a shoal of Neon Tetras. They are so pretty when they move as one

  72. I’ve always wanted seahorses… but if I’m being sensible, I think we’d probably opt for a male & female guppy and a plecostomus

  73. Angel Fish would look great.

  74. Laura Pritchard says:

    Guppies & Swordtails – we had them when we were kids & they breed easily & are very friendly to each other.

  75. mark witherington says:

    I would probably get some guppies myself

  76. sandra cloud says:

    A Siamese Fighting Fish & Neon Tetra I think these
    are the most colourful..
    Ahhh, I want tropical fish now!

  77. Jo Glasspool says:

    Some lovely male guppies. x

  78. angela sandhu says:

    some guppies

  79. Dwarf Gouramis

  80. Dave Edwards says:

    Claire, our current goldfish…

  81. melanie stirling says:


  82. Clown fish :)

  83. Heather Shaw says:

    I would love some clown fish but since the coral they need is often taken off the great barrier reef which is awful i would make do with some tetra fish

  84. Tammy Tudor says:

    Some lovely neon tetras :)

  85. I would start with a few guppies and neons

  86. I am a sucker for Corydoras, especially albino ones.

  87. guppies :)

  88. Carrie-Anne Brown says:

    I would give this to my nan so whatever she wanted, maybe something simple like goldfish

  89. It would have to be a clown fish, it’s so weird because yesterday my son stated that he wanted some fish for Christmas and then today we watched Finding Nemo

  90. Laura Williams says:

    I would put in some guppies as I love that the are so colourful and their tails swish…. Gorgeous!!! :-)

    Thank you!
    Laura Williams

  91. ann carline says:


  92. I would put some guppy fish into the aquarium if I won; there’s lots of different varieties including many brightly coloured so it would look beautiful.

  93. mollies or guppies :)

  94. Mike Thomas says:


  95. Sarahann Tonner says:


  96. Angela Kelly says:


  97. Stacey Carnell says:

    Guppies – they are so pretty, so many different colours! :)

  98. Suzanne Cooke says:

    I love little neon tetra’s.

  99. Dorothee Archambault says:

    Perhaps a goldfish!

  100. Sarah Parkin says:

    Lots of Neon Tetra fish, they have a tank full at our local garden centre and it’s mesmerising to watch them all!

  101. natalie holland says:

    My kids would love some clownfish like nemo but I’d like a whole range of fish really! It would be great to take the kids to pick them out x

  102. I’d put guppys in our tank, really colourful, really active and lovely to watch :o)

  103. Hilda Hazel Wright says:

    Good old goldfish, at least until I knew what I was doing!

  104. Tiffany Oconnell says:

    I love really small fish like neon tetra

  105. Louise Smith says:

    My daughter likes the Neon Fish

  106. paula hambly says:

    Would love a pufferfish but know that takes a really big tank and a bit of experience would love to try a small tank like this first and have some seahorses or tetra!

  107. howard ryding says:

    I would go for some tetras

  108. Pam Gregory says:


  109. karen cowley says:

    a clown fish , wow my nephew , would love this xxxx

  110. John Taggart says:

    Angel fish

  111. Liz ferguson says:


  112. Louise Asekokhai says:

    Are you allowed clown fish? and a good old fashioned goldfish.

  113. TRACEY HUBER says:


  114. Weather loach

  115. karen hutchinson says:

    rainbow fish

  116. Clown fish

  117. amanda davis says:


  118. Sarah Prightingale says:

    Bumblenee gobies!

  119. GOLD FISH

  120. carolyn joyce says:

    I would put some fancy goldfish in mine – probably some black moor or some oranda.

  121. Bubble guppies ! No seriously, a plec and some of the little rainbow stripy ones

  122. It would have to be clown fish for my son :-)

  123. Ann Chapman says:

    Definitely angel fish as they look so delicate and pretty.

  124. valerie myburgh says:

    my daughters would choose a clown fish



  126. tropical fish

  127. Sarah Spencer says:

    Bettas (Siamese Fighting Fish)

  128. jonathon simpson says:

    neon tetras

  129. lisa tebbutt says:

    gold fish

  130. suzzee langton says:

    clown fish

  131. Spencer Broadley says:

    Guppies I think – but I would ask advice at Pets at Home which is near us

  132. David Zipfell says:

    Tropicals, neons

  133. emma brodie says:

    siamese fighting fish, so pretty

  134. Amanda Williams says:

    I like the neon tetras

  135. Jennifer Wallin says:


  136. Rhiannon Hodge says:

    Lots of different colured guppys

  137. Peter Callcut says:

    Neon Tetra

  138. gold fish

  139. MANDY DOHERTY says:

    My daughters goldfish, they could do with a new home!

  140. laura stewart says:

    clown fish

  141. Graham Fullarton says:

    Angel Fish

  142. Damian Rowan says:

    panda moor goldfish

  143. Kissing fish (gourami) are just so cute!!

  144. Neon tetras – love them

  145. tamalyn roberts says:

    my goldfish called bubble! he would love it

  146. sarah davison says:

    I’d have a red tailed shark – we had a huge tank when I was a child and this was always my favourite fish

  147. Susan Kempson says:

    I would put my goldfish Slash & Avril in the aquarium, they would love it!!

  148. Mickie Bull says:

    I would get a couple of Crown Tail Bettas

  149. Would be giving it to son he has fish, dont know what sort

  150. Carroll Marsh says:

    It would Have to be Clown Fish,especially so my little grandkids would finally believe Nanny when I keep telling them there are such fish as clownfish!They always laugh and say dont be silly clowns live in circuses!!Hey Ho!! X

  151. Katie Walker says:

    A small catfish called Dyson

  152. kim neville says:

    neon fish

  153. Rainbow shark, as our family have had these as long as I can remember !

  154. Nicola Lynch says:

    Clownfish! We love Nemo :-)

  155. Victoria leedham says:

    Guppies I love how colourful they are

  156. tracy sinclair says:

    My favourite are Angelfish, so I would have a couple of those in it x

  157. Hayley Morgan says:

    If I won this it would be a gift for my 3 year old so I would have to take him to the pet shop so he can choose, the brighter the colour the better!

  158. angie colby says:

    Definitely has to be Angel Fish – total throwback to when I was young and my dad had them

  159. discus

  160. katrina day-reilly says:


  161. I love beautiful electric blue guppies

  162. Jackie Rushton says:

    Clown fish

  163. Hazel Markland says:

    Neon tetras x

  164. kelly brittle says:

    neon tetras their colours are beautiful

  165. Lorraine Pigott says:

    I’d love some Corydoras, there’s so many different kinds and they all live together happily also some Zebra Danios and Rainbow fish would be fantastic, so colourful!

  166. South American Cichlids

  167. Goldfish

  168. claire crooks says:

    black moors and shubumkins x

  169. Natalie Crossan says:

    Angel Fish :)

  170. clair downham says:

    goldfish or angel fish

  171. shelagh milne says:

    Some guppies,tetra’s,platys,1 red tailed shark (I know that two fight)and a couple of catfish.

  172. Angela Williams says:

    Neons and male guppies

  173. sarah fleck says:

    Neons :-)

  174. Trudi Walsh says:

    Black Mollies

  175. goldfish :}

  176. David Allen says:

    Tetra because they have that lovely cloud shoal effect

  177. Joe Dee Phoenix says:

    I would put in a siamese and some neon tetras.
    i love guppies though, they have some fab colours.

    ps. is that a yellow spotted plec in your tank? they grow ever so large, we had one had to buy a much bigger tank for him, the brittlenose plec stays nice and small though.

  178. chrissie anne bhaskar says:

    I love clownfish xxxxxx

  179. I’ve always wanted little dwarf frogs, so sweet to watch!!

  180. Joanna Butler-Savage says:

    millions of nemos – clown fish!!

  181. We have had tropical fish before but I think my daughter would be happy with just a goldfish!

  182. Mark Rayner says:

    Box Fish

  183. Mia Jade Fergusson says:

    I’d love some pet goldfish , so goldfish it would be :)

  184. Chris Elston says:

    Angel fish

  185. Dalmation Mollies, nice placid fish and very pretty

  186. elisa wright says:

    I used to have a tank when I was a kid with neon tetras in it. I named them all Nigel (well they were difficult to tell apart!). So i guess i’d fill my aquarium with Nigels if i won!

  187. Tracey Woods says:

    Love the Gold Fish

  188. Rachel McMillan says:

    Probably guppies

  189. I’d love a pair of rams and a big school of tetras.

  190. lowri earith says:

    angel fish

  191. some freshwater shrimps :)

  192. Emily Knight says:

    Definitely tetras! x

  193. Neon Tetras

  194. pam butterfield says:


  195. rachael jones says:

    if i won it would home an angel fish for my fella hes always wanted a special fish of hi own !

  196. Kirsty Woods says:

    Guppies, the males are so pretty

  197. Tamsin Dean says:

    clown fish are so ace and fantastic

  198. Debbie Scott says:

    my daughters new goldfish ‘Goldie’

  199. matthew collins says:


  200. julie perry says:

    Guppies,so pretty and colourful

  201. I would have different coloured Mollies

  202. Gavin Sharp says:

    2 newts and a toad fish – just so I could re-live my youth

  203. angel fish

  204. Kelly Hooper says:

    a clownfish

  205. Gemma Snell says:

    would love some sea horses :) there beautiful

  206. I would have a clown fish as I have two little boys that love Nemo

  207. I would love to get a clownfish – I have always wanted them

  208. Eleanor Powell says:


  209. Goldfish :)

  210. Michelle Rutter Hughes says:

    Would have to be a puffer fish :) x

  211. I love Angel fish – also i like Siamese fighting fish

  212. Anne Woodthorpe says:

    I would love some sea horses x

  213. Geoff Hibbert says:

    Neon Tetras and Angel Fish

  214. I would love to have a clown fish.

  215. I would love this as my little girl and I would love a pet but our grumpy old landlord wont allow them, they did agree to fish though! :) xx

  216. Daniel Grimes says:

    Guppy fish.

  217. I love guppies :)

  218. Clownfish! :D

  219. Thea Wilson says:

    I love fancy goldfish so I would choose lionheads and fancy orandas!

  220. Lisa Wilkinson says:

    Pink Kissers :)

  221. adrian price says:

    clown fish

  222. it would have to be clown fish as our little one loves finding nemo

  223. Rachael Donovan says:

    Nemo :-)

  224. Catherine Rolfe says:

    Clown fish – the kids love finding nemo

  225. Charlotte Hood says:

    Angel Fish :)

  226. samantha rummens says:

    Swordtails love these fish

  227. Definitely a clown fish :)


    I think god old goldfish would be nice as they are easy to keep!

  229. Scott Caldon says:

    Clown fish

  230. Pearl Davison says:


  231. I would stock it with Guppies as they are so colourful

  232. Lyn Bosomworth says:

    Neon Tetra they remind me of being young

  233. Vicky Robinson says:

    I would love to have some tropical fish, definitely some neon tetras as they are so bright & a very small shoal of them would be lovely & I would also have to have a plecostomus as they are brilliant for cleaning up & keeping algae at bay. They grow pretty big though. I bought a small one & it outgrew my very small tank so I gave it to my sister as she has a much bigger tank where it is now very happy hiding away in all the vegetation. I miss it since it has gone as I used to go over to it & say “Hello sucker!” when I saw it which used to amuse the kids greatly! I would love to win as my old tank isn’t useable any more for fish & has a rescued newt in it at present!

  234. My godson would love this prize and he’d love it with goldfish

  235. Kirsty Sparks says:

    Clownfish because I think they look cool :)

  236. Juanita Powers says:

    I’d love to put a few guppies in a little fish tank for my two boys

  237. Janet Rumley says:

    Goldfish – I often tell my daughter the story of Horace the Goldfish

  238. sarah moseley says:

    Lots of neon tetra

  239. Sheri Darby says:


  240. i love the idea of just having if full of those cute busy body shrimp :)

  241. Ellen Stafford says:

    Neon tetras – would love this :-)

  242. Some nice Tetras would go in there if i won it.

  243. alice lightning says:

    love colourful neons and an assortment of other smallish fish they would look lovely in this gorgeous tank

  244. Nicola Seary says:

    I’d let my children choose some nice bright fish.

  245. Jane Middleton says:


  246. Anne KIAZ Brookes says:

    i would love to try keepjng marine fish

  247. Phyllis Ellett says:

    We got goldfish now, we love them, so will love to put in some spotty fantail goldfish in. We will have to call it Bob six as we have five called Bob 1,2,3,4 and 5 all ready.

  248. Emma Wolski says:

    Definitely some mollies, so pretty!

  249. Katie Walden Hall says:

    Goldfish :)

  250. katherine b says:

    it has to be a goldfish x :)

  251. Kim Drayton says:

    Has to be a albino Axolotl, they are like little monsters.

  252. Neons they are easy to keep and it would be for my daughter

  253. susan Trubey says:


  254. Some zebrafish. They are supposed to be quite hardy and also look nice!

  255. jessica newman says:

    blue neons

  256. Becky Shorting says:

    angel fish! ive ALWAYS wanted some!

  257. Something bright and colourful like Rainbow fish

  258. Gary Topley says:

    Clownfish x

  259. clown loaches and red clawed crabs

  260. Guppies & a pair of African Dwarf Frogs! :)

  261. Lydia Houghton says:

    I’d use it for some fancy goldfish – the ones with long frilly tails are so pretty.

  262. Victoria Easton says:

    I already have a large goldfish and a weather lurch, I would love to get the some friends!

  263. Paul Witney says:

    I would get some angel fish and some of the tiny neons

  264. jen louise jackson says:

    I love kissing fish and Guppys

  265. Simple goldfish and perhaps a pleco… =)

  266. Hayley Todd says:

    My son is desperate for fish! So if I was lucky enough to win this for him, I think I would start with gold fish before progressing onto more tropical ones

  267. Bohdan Kuczynski says:

    Neon Tetras as they give that wonderful flash of blue

  268. Guppys…. we love them!

  269. neon tetras – great colours

  270. Goldfish. I like to keep it simple!

  271. ELAINE JENNINGS says:


  272. Neon Tetra because of their colours

  273. I would get some Neon Tetra’s and Pink Kissers, would look lovely! What a fantastic prize!

  274. Kulwinder Lombardelli says:

    Clown fish

  275. Anthony Martin says:

    Black Comets

  276. Dawn Underwood says:

    I’d put in some black mollies, guppies and neon tetras

  277. Angel fish!

  278. Jill Fairbank says:

    Gold fish

  279. Becci Cleary says:

    Angel Fish and the ones that look like little sharks, tiger something I think they are :)

  280. Alison Johnson says:

    Too many to choose. I love bright & colourful fish so our family would spend a lot of time choosing. I love clownfish but I am sure they are marine fish so maybe something similiar?

  281. a clown fish – it’s the only thing my daughters would allow

  282. Annaloa Hilmarsdottir says:

    Clown fish, Angel fish and some red Japanese goldfish

  283. simon holton says:

    It would have to be Cichlids.

  284. Neil Pearson says:

    Neon tetra’s

  285. Andrew Sales says:

    Angel Fish

  286. Naomi Buchan says:

    Clown fish – lots of Nemo’s

  287. probably go for goldfish!

  288. Goldfish – I had some as a child and would like to get ,y children the same


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