For the purpose of this review we will be referring to the 5 gallon kit which in our opinion is the smallest tank you should get if you are looking at getting fish.
Anything smaller and it becomes difficult to keep the water clean and healthy for your fish and plants — However, you’re welcome to give a smaller tank a go, below we have links to all the sizes available.
Video: Top Fin Aquaponics Unboxing
This video review and unboxing of the Top Fin Aquaponics 2.5 Gallon goes over what comes with the tank (hint: not a filter) and how you can modify the pump with an easy little trick.
You should be aware that this video is about the “Embark” version of the Top Fin Aquaponics kits which is available at PETSMART.
For the most part all the Top Fin Aquaponics fish tanks are very similar and are very easy to set up.
What’s Included (Top Fin Aquaponics 5 Gallon Kit)
The 5 Gallon Top Fin kit comes with everything you need to get started, here’s what’s included;
1 five gallon tank with planter lid
1 plant growth LED fixture
1 integrated filtration system (5 Gallon Kit Only)
7 oz planting media
1 one-color LED
1 filter cartridge (5 Gallon Kit Only)
What Sizes Are Available:
The Top Fin Aquaponics fish tank comes in the following sizes & can be found online at PetSmart.
What Plants Can Be Used In The Top Fin Aquaponics Fish Tank?
When selecting plants for your new aquaponics kit be sure to start with some small herbs or easy to grow plants.
Below are a few examples of easy to grow plants you could try out and you can find a few more Recommended Plants over at Nelson & Pade
any leafy lettuce
most common house plants
Best Planting Media For The Top Fin Aquaponics Kit?
All sizes of come with enough planting media for your aquaponics kit to get started which is great. However, at some point you will need more — Also, there are much better brands available.
According to Petsmart the kit can be set up by following these easy steps below…However, I feel like there would be a little more required to get it up an running properly. However, it’s still a pretty basic aquarium set up with a basic aquaponics system.
Place aquarium on a stable, sturdy surface away from heat, cold, and direct sunlight.
Use an aquarium heater, if needed, to maintain stable water temperatures.
Choose your favorite color of gravel, or mix and match.
Condition water during set-up and each water change. Water testing, water conditioner, and bacteria starter are keys to success. Let water sit for 24 hours before introducing fish.
Use decor to complement your personal style and provide shelter for your fish.
Choose the appropriate quantity of compatible fish.
Feed your fish with the appropriate type and amount of food.
Jack Dempsey has over 20 years of experience with freshwater aquariums, his goal is to help beginners avoid the biggest mistakes when getting started. If you find something helpful please share it on your favourite social network. If you need help with anything send Jack a question.