Extremely clear acrylic fish tank. Very easy to set up. Quiet pump.
Water flow too strong for bettas (adjustments needed). No heater included.
The Aqueon Evolve 4 Gallon Aquarium is a sturdy and compact model. (If you need more room for your aquatic pets, this unit has a “big brother” model that is an 8-gallon capacity tank.) Both units have square shapes that easily allow it to fit on a desktop, or countertop. To me, the best thing about this model is that the cords and cabling are hidden behind the back of the unit. There are so many aquariums on the market today that don’t plan for cable management, and I found this unit sets itself apart from the pack for that reason.
Inside the box you’ll find a simple starter kit that would allow you to have live fish, or plants, right out of the box. The kit contains the overhead LED lamp (with power on / off button), a simple filtration system, and food / water treatment samples that would allow you to get by for about a week. The LED lighting is great for growing and maintaining live plants. Another great feature is that the pump is quiet unlike the ones that come standard in other kits. If you are a newbie, then this is a good option to start with since the tank is extremely easy to set up.
There are no decorations or accessories in the kit, so to get your desired look and give the fish a desirable habitat, you’ll need to grab some substrate and the random nick knacks that allow your tank to reflect your personality. The filtration system is powerful which is great when it comes to cleaning the tank, however, out of the box it is too strong for bettas so you will have to dampen the outflow. There is a switch on the pump to reduce the flow. If that’s not enough, some people add a sponge to the inside of the filter to lessen the flow. (Just make sure its a sponge that has never been used and that you rinse it out thoroughly before using it.). Also, the kit doesn’t come with a heater, so I highly recommend that you get one if you are going to have betta fish living in it.
Aqueon Evolve Product Demonstration
Here’s a great YouTube video that will give you an idea on what the tank looks like in action:
What Others Are Saying About The Aqueon Evolve
Here are some of the things people are saying about this aquarium:
“I’ve had this tank for about a year and have had no problems. The pump is strong, but I’ve read that others have put holes in the tube of the pump. I haven’t had to do this, but if I get a beta I will. No leaks and the lights are still working good. Very easy to do a total water change. It’s light enough to carry and dump with the water in it. I like it a lot.” (Amazon)
“Exceeded my expectations. East setup, looks beautiful. Happy the pump is quiet.” (Amazon)”
Overall opinion of this Aqueon Evolve – For the money, you’re getting a solid and well-made aquarium that is great for betta fish, with a few minor adjustments. For more of our reviews, visit our “Feature Betta Tanks” section.