If you boast a larger collection of fish, or you possess a larger individual fish, then you might consider getting a bigger tank. Well, if that is so, then let us present to you the SeaClear 40-gallon Acrylic Aquarium Combo Set. This aquarium is one of the best large tanks (one of the best 40-galloners, we should say), and is definitely worth checking out.
If you are indecisive about which aquarium to get, then we might be able to help. The following article is a short review of the SeaClear, and it will, hopefully, teach you something about the aquarium, and make the decision less difficult.
Design and Features
Like we said, and like it says in the title, this is a 40-gallon tank. We’ve done reviews of quite a few 5-gallons aquariums, so it might be a little hard to grasp just how big this aquarium is. In fact, many people become intimidated when they see the 40 in the title, and think that this is a huge, lumbering object made of glass, and that it will be inhumanely heavy.
However, if you were to think that, you’d be wrong. 40 gallon aquariums are actually medium sized, and their larger 50 gallon aquariums carry some serous weight and overall size. In fact, 40 gallon aquariums are quite fitting for regular sized living rooms, and slightly larger offices, and even lobbies. Such aquariums are perfect for tropical fish and recreation of reefs and other reef marine life.
On the other note, this aquarium is not made of glass, but acrylic (again, in the title). Acrylic is much lighter, but much tougher than glass. This, in turn, does a great bit of merit to the aquarium itself, as it makes it more manageable. Not only that, but the aquarium is much less prone to breaking (which would be a REALLY bad thing with 40 gallons of water), making it an excellent choice if you want to expand, but are worried because you’ve got unruly kids, or, worse, pets.
Another great thing about the acrylic is that it retains heat much better than glass. Glass does not hold much energy, and dissipates it over its surface. Acrylic keeps the heat trapped and stationary. This, on the other hand, further reinforces the fact that this aquarium is perfect for schools of tropical fish. If, for example, you’ve got bettas (and many people do, they’re very popular) you must know that the males are very territorial. If kept in a confined space, the males will start lashing out on each other, and will attempt to kill one another. In this sense, SeaClear is very good for bettas, because it presents a nice and warm habitat for them to live in, and a large enough space not to have them at each other’s throats.
As far as the shape and the design of the aquarium is concerned, SeaClear is very simple. It is a standard acrylic rectangle. However, we wish it had rounded edges. SeaClear has standard edges, and these edges can be caught by people passing. Naturally, it will be very hard to move a 40 gallon tank, but it could lead to structural trauma that could stack and create micro-cracks until one day the whole thing breaks. Again, the acrylic construction is there to prevent that from happening, but we would still like a bit more reassurance, because 40 gallons of water on your apartment floor is quite a big deal.
This being a combo set grants you access to a free hood and a lamp that come with it. However, we must say that neither are entirely satisfactory in any way, and that you may be better off without them. If you have your own hood, pray use it, and a couple of LED lights will be both prettier and more energy efficient than the power guzzler that the manufacturer has provided with the purchase.
Lastly, we have to say something about the warranty. SeaClear are very confident in their product. For that, they included a very extensive warranty that covers both the aquarium and the other parts. In our thinking, this is a great way to show off your product and to gain the customers’ trust. And indeed, the aquarium is quite as good as they make it out to be, and anyone buying it will scarcely regret it.
Overall, SeaClear aquarium is one of the best products in its class. It is simple, but elegant, beautiful in its own simplicity. But more importantly, it is sturdy and extremely resistant to trauma because of its acrylic construction. That being said, the acrylic also makes this aquarium one of the best habitats for tropical fish and reef mini ecosystems.
One final note, before we wrap the article up, and it concerns the price of the item. SeaClear may offer one of the highest quality products, but their aquarium doesn’t come as cheap either. This is one of the pricier aquariums of its size. Even so, considering the quality of the product, it is okay to state that the price is very fair.
Well, there you have it, that’s all you need to know about the SeaClear 40-gallon Acrylic Aquarium Combo Set. It doesn’t come at the most nominal price, but its value is pretty high, so we can’t argue with the manufacturer. Of course, there are some things we don’t like about it, mainly the lamp and the hood, and we think that you could do well without them, but, hey, free’s free. Again, we can’t stress enough the quality and the sturdiness of the acrylic, and if there is one reason why you should get this tank, this is it.
All in all, this is a nice product, and we are sure you will like it. It is not too intrusive, but it is still prominent, in a kind of elegant and non-obtrusive way. For anyone looking for a quality 40-galloner, this is the one you need.