Viquarium® Kit is rated out of 5 by 6.
Rated 5 out of 5
from Use in Turtle Aquarium How to 'Pump it Up' for better filtration and the size you need to cut the acrylic - 12 years experience I have owned turtle aquariums for over 12 years. I LOVE the vivarium and currently run it in a 75g W and 2, 40g W aquariums. Here are a few pointers that some of the users on here need to realize: for each 1" of turtle shell, you need to have 10g minimum of filtration, and where this is a beautiful filter to use in your aquarium it is simply not big enough on it's own to filter more than 1 turtle in a 20 gallon, no matter how much you try to keep it clean, it just won't cut it, and it is of no fault of the company, that is exactly what it is meant to do! HOWEVER, if you love the look of this as much as I do, here is my recommendation and a hack to use this gorgeous filter AND keep a clean tank!First: Set up your vivarium filter. (In wide tanks, you will need acrylic inserts which you can buy for very cheap online, ($4 each! cut to your customize size. (In a 40w and 75W you need cut acrylic that is 3/8" x, 6 1/4" x 3 1/4")Second: Put a canister filter to the appropriate size required for your turtles, again 1" shell = 10g to 20g filtration, for my 40W (also called a breeder tank), I use a 120g canister filter, and have perfect water. 75W I use a 200g. If you choose NOT to drill holes with bulkheads (I use that in 1 tank WITH my Vivarium filter), than you can hack it by drilling a hole down through the lid on the top of the vivarium, insert the INTAKE hose through this hole and then attach a ring on both sides, so it can not slip out, push the intake hose all the way to the bottom of the back section of the vivarium. DO NOT leave it open so the hose can sit in there, as turtles like to climb they will likely fall in and drown! A regular drill bit will drill through it just fine.Third: Take the OUTPUT hose from your canister filter and attach it to the top opposite side of the tank with the spray bar facing the glass, this will create a cascade waterfall on the opposite side of the tank which will push water towards your vivarium filter and the intake hose.Essentially what you just did was increase the filter capabilities of your vivarium while keeping the beautiful set up. DO NOT SET THE OUTPUT HOSE UP TO PUSH WATER DOWN THE WATERFALL, if you do this, though it is logical, you will create a waterfall that WILL and can drown your turtles as well as keeping them from climbing up your waterfall, further, it will actually keep your tank from being cleaned by creating only a circular filtration happening inside the back of your vivarium filter.So, don't give up on your Vivarium because you are using it for something bigger than it is good for, just pump it up with a canister filter, keep the beauty, the fun for your turtles, and the clean water! I will always use these gorgeous filters, and I hope this helps you to keep yours!(attached is a photo of my 75W, it needs cleaned, but I wanted to show you how to hack it, this specific tank has the hole drilled through the tank and in to the lower part of the Vivariums back tower. (Please do not attempt to do that specific hack at home). The 40g breeders are currently being cleaned so I could not take a photo of that for you, those have the hose going through the top of the lid.)
Date published: 2016-03-07
Rated 2 out of 5
from i would recommend it for small tanks not for 40 gallon tank yes, the product has it's prettyness, filter is not for big tanks, maybe for 20 gallon. i brought a 40 gallon breeder tank for my 2 turles, waiting 4 days and water was very murky did not clear at all. i'll keep it for it's rock looking feature and the turtles love to climb and bask, but not good with filteration, had to add the Fluval 106, water cleared overnight.
Date published: 2015-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5
from Primarily a response to the two previous reviews I simply wanted to let anyone interested in this kit to disregard the two negative reviews. These people have obviously never taken proper care of a terrarium or an aquarium. I have had this set up in a 55 gallon tank with every sort of south Louisiana swamp critter. I've made custom vivacious in the past and although they will usually suit the builder more, this kit is great for being prefabricated. It uses filters and equipment that are readily available and inexpensive. Any problem areas can be fixed with a little bit of common sense and intelligent thought. As for the two previous reviews, it's been my experience that if an individual can't properly spell or use the English language then there input is generally worthless. This kit can't be beat for a 100$.
Date published: 2014-10-08
Rated 1 out of 5
from Not a FILTER !!! this should not be listed a filter. after setting it up and buying all new rocks it didnt look like it would work as a filter and after a week i am now cleaning the tank all over again and the rocks smell . plus i had to go out and buy another filter .. the only thing that filters the water is the rocks that you put in front of comer piece that has the pump in it. the part that has the filter cartridges in it does nothing its just standing water not sure why they say put filters in when it has no way push water through the cartridges . for me it seemed like a wast of money and time . only good thing about it is the turtles like land part it makes but this can be done for less then a $100...
Date published: 2014-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5
from ggiyfhv the turtles the i have need a filter because the water get ugy fast
Date published: 2011-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5
from Tetra Viquarium The viquarium fit perfect in my 50Gal tank. It has spawned a lot of interest of my family. Before this viquarium kit i had a 501 filter from PetsMart, My wife did not like changing the filters and every time the power went out the pump had to be primed.With the viquarium kit my wife can just reach in and remove the filter tops and swap in new elements. If the power fails the pump does not need to be primed due to the fact that is is submerged in the tank under a nice looking directive rock.The river rock portion of the filter system is not just a clunky box sitting arear of my aquarium, Its now part of the display of my habitat I can plant vegetation in it and recover nutrients from the waste collected from the water.I gave this product 4 stars do to the fact I feel they should add the option to buy parts, IE New pumps, River bed extensions, or Remote water fall for the tank side of the habitat. I can see that this project will gently grow with our green friend and I will end up with some DIY to make this product fit a larger tank.
Date published: 2011-07-11