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.
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.
The AquaEl Classic 40 Bow Aquarium Kit is available to purchase at http://www.swelluk.com
We are giving away ONE AquaEl Classic 40 Bow Aquarium Kit to one lucky reader.
Open to UK Residents Only.
Ends Midnight September 30th 2013