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Fluval Chi Aquarium Kit

by Fluval
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5 Gallon Value Package
  • 5-gallon aquarium that provides you with a calming and soothing atmosphere
  • Easy to set-up and maintain; Aquarium cover included
  • One plug for the integrated filtration system and powerful LED lighting system
  • Décor tray provides the opportunity change out plants and decorative objects for optimal appearance
  • 10 inches long, 10 inches wide, 12.3 inches high; 1 year warranty
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Product Details

Size: 5 Gallon Value Package
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 14.3 x 14.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 17.2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B005V3AJYS
  • Item model number: 10506P1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,378 in Pet Supplies (See Top 100 in Pet Supplies)
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Product Description

Size: 5 Gallon Value Package

The Fluval Chi 5 Gallon Aquarium Value Package includes the Chi Aquarium Kit, optional Aquarium lid, enough filter media to last four to six months and a Chi Lily Flower Ornament. The Fluval Chi 5 Gallon Aquarium delivers an appealing aquarium, making the ordinary truly extraordinary. It was designed to radiate positive energy throughout any home or office. Its elegant yet subtle lines and harmonious balance of light and sounds provide a stylish, contemporary décor piece to any setting. Inspired by the Chinese Chi philosophy, Fluval Chi helps stimulate the essence of Chi-inspired values such as life, health, prosperity and everything that is positive. The calming aquatic setting creates a profound sensory and spiritual experience by combining the soothing sound and motion of bubbling water with ambient illumination. The Fluval Chi comes equipped with everything to get your calming aquatic environment started including, a center filter/light cube with switch, a foam and filter pad, a transparent pebble holder and pebbles, an in tank decorative plant basket, along with one ounce of Aqua Plus, one ounce of Cycle and an instruction manual.

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Customer Reviews

This tank is perfect for a betta fish.
Angie Reynolds
The thing to remember is that this is a table top water fountain, not a proper fish tank.
-c.
The filter is quiet and has worked very consistently, the light is well designed.
Ron

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Size Name: 5-Gallon
** Update/Added Comment: I just wanted to add to this review that Seachem Onyx fractured substrate (sand) is a REALLY good looking addition to these Chi setups. If you want to bring out the color of any plants or aquatic life in a Chi, especially Red Cherry or Ghost shrimp, put the Onyx substrate in there. It's pure black and sets everything off perfectly. It also contributes minerals to the water! ***

*** Update 2012-Jan-31 : A cover is now available for the Fluval Chi Fluval Chi Cover and works for the 5 and 6.6 gallon models. This is great if you're concerned about an aquatic pet jumping out. ***

*** Update 2013-Jun : About 18 months after first setting the tank up, the LED lights went out. They have been in constant use since setup, so around 13,200 hours. That's a low lifetime for LED's. The fact they all went out at once leads me to believe either the power circuitry had an issue (likely, since the low lifetime) or the LED quality was poor. I'm going to investigate, and install some new LED's of my own to increase WPG for my new natural setup. I will report back.

I didn't purchase my Chi from Amazon, but I've had it for a year and wanted to share my input. This is a perfect aquarium for some aquarium life/plants, or even just to have plants only. In fact, I'm buying two more this week for my living room!

There's several great reviews which go over the Chi in depth so I don't want to reinvent the wheel, if you'd like to see those as well just go check out the 4 & 5 star reviews.
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101 of 109 people found the following review helpful By B. Bersbach on December 30, 2010
Size Name: 5-Gallon
The Chi is just gorgeous, it's a beautiful piece of art for a fish to live in. And when I say A fish, I mean a SINGLE fish.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with this tank other than the fact that the people typically buying it have not bothered to research that you can not jam 10 fish in a 5 gallon tank. Of course this tank's filtration system isn't powerful enough to clean water from 10 fish, it was never meant to have that many. Nor is any 5 gallon tank. The way to keep your tank clean and clear? Let it go through it's cycling process (which takes months, not weeks), don't overfeed, and please, if you want your fish to live, do not overstock your tank! The rule of thumb is for every gallon of water you have 1 inch of adult fish (in community tropical settings), and it doesn't apply to all fish. So, on average you get 5 fish for the 5 gallon tank. Make your fish even happier by allowing them to have space (so they don't stress out over territory) and only putting 1-3 in a 5 gallon. Fish usually end up dying in their own ammonia build up in an overstocked tank - a great way to go, eh?

This tank is beautiful, tranquil, and perfect for a betta or 3 fancy guppies, but not much else... Like all other small tanks (and despite it's own advertising, most advertising preys on the mass' ignorance). This isn't a problem with this tank, but par for all small tanks. I HIGHLY recommend this aquarium for those with a betta. Please people, remember to research animals before you bring them into your home that way you can enjoy aquariums like these for what they have to offer.
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79 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Rob Houser on May 10, 2011
Size Name: 5-Gallon
I purchased the Fluval Chi aquarium for my office three months ago, and I've been pleased with it. I currently have 4 fish in the aquarium, and they're doing well. You will need to buy some additional items to make this aquarium work, so make sure you check out that part of the review. I added a picture of my aquarium to the images section.

PROS
The form factor is just right for a desktop or small table because it's more vertical than horizontal. The tank only takes about 10 square inches of space.

The overall look of the aquarium is pleasing to the eye. The shape is modern, the glass is clear, and the little water movement on the top is enjoyable without being distracting.

You don't hear the filter at all and the sound of the water is quiet and peaceful. You can control the volume of the water sounds by taking out all of the rocks on the top filter (for the most noise with a little splashing out of the aquarium) or add more rocks to reduce the sound (and splash) of the water. These rocks come with the aquarium.

CONS
Don't be scared away by the cons because they're not completely unreasonable for this size of an aquarium.

Managing PH and ammonia levels in a small tank is harder than in a larger tank because everything changes faster. That means you may have to do more frequent partial water changes on this tank than on larger ones. I tend to do water changes 1-2 times a week.

The aquarium is only 5 gallons, so you are limited in the number of fish you can/should add. The general rule of thumb is one gallon per one inch of fish.

The filter is in the box at the top.
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