Tetra starter Line LED 80L aquarium
Our pick of the latest products, including three aquarium lights tried and tested, plus a first look at a new Tetra starter tank and a simple bio filter.
rrp: £99.99 More info: tetra.net
This 80-litre tank is the third in the series of Starter Line tanks produced by Tetra. It continues the relatively basic, robust and easy-to-use design of its predecessors, but offers more water volume than the 30 l and 54 l models previously available.
The new 80 l tank shares the same footprint as the 54 l model. Both measure 60cm in length and 30cm in width, but with a 45cm height (51cm including the lid) the 80 l is 15cm taller, which allows for the extra water volume. The equipment is suitably uprated with a 10-watt LED light, 75-watt heaterstat and a 7.5-watt filter providing a maximum flow of 600l/h. It all comes with a two-year warranty.
The 75w heater is pre-set to 25°C and sits neatly into a chamber of the
filter housing, resulting in heated water exiting the filter that’s pushed around the tank. This method helps to prevent any cool pockets of water in the aquarium.
The light is pretty punchy. It’s impressive how far 10w can go with LEDS but the spectrum is rather basic, providing a stark white light. This is perfectly good for viewing fish and growing undemanding plants, but if you struggle with getting plants to flourish you may need to invest in extra lighting.
Looking at the Easycrystal filter out of context, it’s a bulky looking thing. Roughly a third of the size is set aside to house the heater. But put it into a working tank and you might be surprised how easily it becomes visually insignificant with a few plants or hardscape in front of it. The filter has a replaceable carbon and floss cartridge (the tank includes two cartridges), which need to be replaced every four weeks, plus a high surface area board at the front as biological media.
The flow is not pressurised from the pump, rather the water is pumped into the filter and exits with gentle movement.
The tank is constructed from 6mm float glass with black silicone work and a floating base. The lid is formed from sturdy moulded plastic and incorporates the lighting bracket, ventilation and a hinged access lid for daily feeding.
Extras include two things you can’t do without – tap water conditioner (100ml, treats 200 litres), and fish food (20g), as well as the spare filter cartridge.