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NoClean Aquariums

Betta Fish Tank

Fish Without Fuss

David Turover and Craig Wenger pooled their knowledge of fish and physics to create the ultimate underwater environment: a self-cleaning aquarium that doesn’t have any plugs, batteries or filters to change.

David came up with the idea for a self-cleaning aquarium because he was tired of the effort it took to keep his fish tanks clean. He teamed with fellow fish fan Craig, and the two friends got to work engineering a system
that would allow fish to thrive while making maintenance quick and painless.

The result, dubbed the Self-Cleaning Betta Aquarium, is a simple, minimalist environment that showcases the flowing fins and vibrant colors of Betta fish. Also known as “fighting fish,” Betta fish are hardy, low-maintenance and don’t require a filter or bubbler to oxygenate the water. All you need to create a healthy home for a Betta fish is the self-cleaning aquarium, rocks, water conditioner, food, plants (live or artificial), and optional LED lighting.

So how does it work? Aquarium waste naturally settles on the bottom of the tank and gets trapped in a special reservoir beneath the rocks. To remove the waste, simply pour in clean water. The clean water expels the waste up a tube and out of the aquarium (the nutrient-rich waste water can be used as fertilizer for house plants). You don’t have to remove the fish or plants from the aquarium to change the water, which is easier for you and less traumatic for the fish than conventional tank-cleaning methods.

It’s minimal work for maximum underwater enjoyment.

-- Ann
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • David
    David

    Hey Everyone! This whole “crazy idea” started four years ago when I got sick of cleaning my fish tank and knew there was a better way. Now we’ve just won Best New Aquatic Product at the Global Pet Expo 2013 and are featured on the Daily Grommet…what a thrill! Do you have an aquarium? Do you want one but hate the cleaning? Let us know about it and any questions you have!

  •  Wendy
    Wendy
    3/8/2013 12:16 PM

    This is simply pure genius!! :) Congrats on your award!

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/8/2013 12:39 PM

    @ Wendy Thanks so much Wendy- it's exciting! I'm looking forward to answering all the questions.

  •  Jackson
    Jackson
    3/8/2013 12:17 PM

    Would two tiny fish work as well as The Beta or has it proven to be the best fit? Thank you.

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    3/8/2013 12:41 PM

    @ Jackson

    Hi Jackson,

    We would suggest just one Betta. It was specifically designed for Betta, who are best suited for this environment.

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/8/2013 12:46 PM

    @ Jackson

    This aquarium is only meant for Betta since they do not need active filtration do to their Labryth organ which allows them to breath air. Gill breathing fish need filtration.

    Please- only 1 Betta (fighting fish) per tank, otherwise they will fight to death.

  •  Mary Anne K
    Mary Anne K
    3/8/2013 12:17 PM

    Does your no-clean tank need a bubbler (pump)?

    Thank you.

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    3/8/2013 12:31 PM

    @ Mary Anne K

    HI Mary,

    Right no pump needed. Betta fish aquariums typically do not have pump or bubbler. Changing the water is the best water maintenance and all they need.

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/8/2013 12:48 PM

    @ Mary Anne K

    Good Question- No bubbler is needed. Betta get their oxygen by swimming up to the top of aquarium for air. They don't breath under water.

  •  Pat
    Pat
    3/8/2013 12:19 PM

    I think this is great and would love to have even more than one but being retired and on a fixed income the price is a bit high. Any chance the price will come down?

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/8/2013 12:53 PM

    @ Pat

    Hi Pat- this product is made in America and lots of hand labor is required to build the aquariums. The holes in the glass are hand drilled one by one and the acrylic tubes are heated then hand bend and cut to shape.

    Fortunately the more we sell the more our costs also go down which we will definitely pass on to our customers ASAP. Thanks!

  •  ronald christ
    ronald christ
    3/8/2013 12:23 PM

    When are you going to respond to these good questions already posted?

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    3/8/2013 12:25 PM

    @ ronald christ

    Hi Ronald,

    David had to step out quickly but he will be back soon and attend to all the questions.

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/8/2013 12:54 PM

    @ ronald christ

    I'm back and in action Ronald

  •  Carol Morris
    Carol Morris
    3/8/2013 12:27 PM

    I love the idea, but it is to expensive for it...lower the prise and I would by a few...:) Thanks!

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    3/8/2013 12:40 PM

    @ Carol Morris

    Hi Carol,

    We understand some Grommets don't fall within the price range of everyone's budgets. This Grommet is both high quality and it's made right here in the U.S. We have many Grommets of varying price ranges so we'd love for you to browse other's on our site and give us your feedback.

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/8/2013 12:55 PM

    @ Carol Morris

    this product is made in America and lots of hand labor is required to build the aquariums. The holes in the glass are hand drilled one by one and the acrylic tubes are heated then hand bend and cut to shape.

    Fortunately the more we sell the more our costs also go down which we will definitely pass on to our customers ASAP. Thanks!

  •  Finnegan
    Finnegan
    3/8/2013 12:30 PM

    VERY misleading and a terrible idea. Sorry.

    Maybe it'll fool some people with zero fish experience though...

  • LAURA M. WATSON
    LAURA M. WATSON
    3/8/2013 12:37 PM

    I think an explanation for the comment it is a terrible is required. I don't think a negative comment should be made without the explanation.

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    3/8/2013 12:45 PM

    @ Finnegan

    Hi Finnegan,

    Thanks for your feedback. We always encourage all feedback here, even when it's negative. Are you able to tell us a little more on what you find discouraging with this product? The founder might be able to address your concerns a little better with more specifics.

  •  Cynthia
    Cynthia
    3/8/2013 12:59 PM

    @ Finnegan It's only fair for you to please say more about why you think this is "very misleading and a terrible idea."

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/8/2013 1:00 PM

    @ Finnegan

    Hi Finnegan,

    Our aquarium works off the principles of basic physics and gravity. The technical term is "hydrostatic equilibrium" We get multiple customers emailing us every week that want to thank us for inventing this product- these come from both people new to the hobby and especially poeple that have owned fish for years that appreciate the difference this aquaium makes.

  • Michele
    Michele
    3/8/2013 1:24 PM

    @ Finnegan What a killjoy...explain your rationale for such a judgemental comment, please. Physics and logic all say it should work beautifully.

  •  Lisa Tomlin
    Lisa Tomlin
    3/8/2013 12:36 PM

    What a great idea!

    I was so excited watching the video and was immediately set to buy one. Unforturnately, the price is way out of my comfort zone. Had it been in the $30-$40 range, I would have still felt it way a little high, but worth the money. $70 is just too much. I hope they come down in price because when they do, I will be all over it!

  •  Dawn
    Dawn
    3/8/2013 12:36 PM

    Cute, but as an aquarist with +50 years experience, it's really easy to clean such a small tank; you put aside a gallon of water to allow the chlorine to outgas and just net out the fish for a minute, dump the old water and pour in the new. A small stick sponge from an aquarium shop will clean the inside glass nicely. Takes all of a few minutes.

    This reminds me of the Kickstarter project (that appallingly took in 250K $!) featuring a 'home aquaponics self cleaning fish tank' that promised to produce all sorts of veggies and greenery from the fertilizer output of one or two tiny fish, which also wouldn't in any way be 'self cleaning'. Face it, something alive needs a bit of work and attention, as it should be.

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/8/2013 1:06 PM

    @ Dawn

    Fish freak out when being chased by a net and become stressed when removed from their aquatic habit. This system takes 60 seconds. Even a small aquariums can easily take 20 minutes after removing all the decor and doing a water change. After a year even 5 minutes a week adds up!

  •  gary
    gary
    3/8/2013 1:12 PM

    @ Dawn -if you have +50 years experience,then you should know you never just "plop"a fish in new water.It causes mjor stress on a fish-which is one of the reasons that real experts say to only change 25% to 30% of the water at one time.

  •  Pita
    Pita
    3/8/2013 12:37 PM

    This tank is way too small to host a betta! They need at least 1 gallon of water..this is cruel and should not be promoted. So ignorant

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    3/8/2013 12:50 PM

    @ Pita

    Hi Pita,

    This is a good point to bring up. I know that David has many thoughts and knowledge on this subject. He'll be along shortly to address the concerns.

  • Sandra
    Sandra
    3/8/2013 12:52 PM

    @ Pita Agree... it is recommended that they be kept in a MINIMUM of 3 gallons of water. Of concern here is that there is no way to keep the temperature of the water stable... bettas do not do well when temps go below 76 degrees F. They are native to the rice paddies of SE Asia, so need that warmth.

    My question would then be if you can attach a heater to this tank?

  •  gary
    gary
    3/8/2013 1:15 PM

    @Sandra please make comments that you "know of which you speak" Too many people read an article somewhere and all of a sudden become experts.

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/8/2013 1:18 PM

    @Sandra

    Hi Sandra- I address the first part of your question above for Pita.

    For people that live in colder climates or want a heater for the winter the best heater we’ve tested is the Marina C10 submersible Aquarium Heater. It has a built in thermostat to avoid overheating and has a red, indicator light so you know when it’s at work. Make sure to test the heater with a thermometer and without your Betta in the aquarium for at least a day to make sure it’s functioning properly. Place it in the bottom corner and hide it with a plant. The lid will still fit with the cord however it will be a little tighter- use the lid to slow down water evaporation. This heater has been working out really great for us!

  •  Amy
    Amy
    3/8/2013 2:48 PM

    @Sandra

    I completely agree! Much too small and no heat. I saw a tank like this on Amazon a couple weeks ago and thought it was a badbadbad idea then.

    Yes, many manufacturers make smaller Betta tanks. That doesn't mean they are good for the fish. Waste builds up quickly in a small tank and frequent water changes stress the fish (the disruption, water that may not be the same temperature, may be different pH, differences between bottled and tap water, etc.)...much better off with something larger that has a real filtration system. Not that a real filtration system never needs water changes, of course, it just doesn't need daily changes or 100% water changes.

    Also, the "people in cold climates can buy a small heater" thing? Bettas are tropical and need a CONSTANT water temperature in the mid to high 70s F. In my experience, very few people maintain a constant temperature in their homes/offices at all times. And most heaters suitable for a and this small do not have a temperature adjustment. Just because a heater claims to heat to 76°F doesn't mean that's the actual water temperature (it's kind of like how oven temperatures are usually not all that accurate so bakers suggest getting an oven thermometer and adjusting your temperature setting until you reach the desired one...only in the case of the tiny aquarium thermometer, there is no way of adjusting it). Being a few degrees off can really negatively affect fish.

  • Mary
    Mary
    3/8/2013 4:54 PM

    @Sandra a led light works to keep the temp even.

  • janet
    janet
    3/9/2013 12:02 AM

    @Mary longoria

    Hi Mary, what kind/brand/size, etc of LED light would you suggest?

    Thanks, Janet

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/8/2013 1:10 PM

    @ Pita

    Lot’s of aquarium manufacturer’s make half-gallon Betta tanks. We agree that most provide a lousy home. That’s why we built a better one! You see, the #1 problem with half-gallon tanks is that the small water volume pollutes quickly and becomes unsafe for fish. This happens because most people don’t clean their aquariums enough. Our system makes the cleaning quick and painless. A clean half-gallon is a much better home than an aquarium 10 times its size that’s not properly maintained. Like most things in life, it’s the water quality, not quantity that’s most important.

    Unfortunately, some manufacturers take advantage of this fact by producing cheap, tacky little boxes with no regard for the movements of the fish. As you see in our video and pics, this aquarium provides plenty of room for your Betta fish to swim and play We’ve had our fish for well over 3 years in a variety of half-gallon prototypes. They are awesome, beautiful, happy and healthy fish! Bottom line: Run the self-cleaning system regularly, provide good food and some love and your fish will thrive in this aquarium just like ours are thriving!

  •  Kelly
    Kelly
    3/8/2013 12:38 PM

    I agree with Pat and Carol...I love the idea but the price would need to be lower. Congrats on the award and a great idea for fish lovers!

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/8/2013 1:22 PM

    @ Kelly

    Thanks Kelly- I address above that we are working on getting cost down- this will happen once we can put in larger orders to our factories here in the US. Either way, you can still expect a high quality 3/16" thick sturdy glass aquarium. I promise it's a gem!

  •  Sandra
    Sandra
    3/8/2013 12:46 PM

    Lovely idea, but not sure why the price is so high, considering there are no mechanical or electrical parts that need to be manufactured. I assume that it must be from the design and specs of the glass and reservoir, but it does seem the price is still too high, even with those considerations.

  • Linn
    Linn
    3/8/2013 1:10 PM

    @ Sandra It seems that David has addressed the reason for the price twice in previous posts above.

  • Lynn
    Lynn
    3/8/2013 1:13 PM

    I'm confused as to how long before the existing water in tank evaporates enough that it needs water to clear the debris . Am I missing something here?

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/8/2013 1:25 PM

    @Lynn

    Hi Lynn,

    You want to add clean water with a few drops of conditioner every day or couple days weather the water in the aquarium evaporates or not. Adding clean water pushes the dirty water out. The lid it comes with also helps prevent water evaporation.

  •  Stephanie
    Stephanie
    3/8/2013 1:21 PM

    I see that you only recommend your aquarium for Betta fish, but since it is such a wonderful idea that would make a great gift I want to verify and ask, "Is it possible to use the aquarium for a Goldfish?

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/8/2013 1:35 PM

    @ Stephanie

    Later this year we will be launching larger sizes and different shaped aquariums in addition to some exciting accessories. Eventually we will have an entire line of NoClean Aquariums that will accomodate all types of fish communities including Goldfish. We strongly advise not putting a Goldfish in this aqarium because they are gill breathers which means they need active filtration and also will quickly outgrow this aquarium. We also love Betta fish because of their unique personalities. Almost every Betta that I have ever owner has it's own personality!

  • Theresa
    Theresa
    3/9/2013 5:37 PM

    @David Turover

    I agree !! I think it is so cool you are doing this ! Congrats 1 PLEASE make room for an adjustable heater ?? !!

    I have 5 Betta , 3 in 5 gallon, and 2 in 2.5 gallon. I spend several hours a week cleaning tanks... more f course than on my larger tanks !

  • Theresa
    Theresa
    3/9/2013 5:37 PM

    @David Turover

    I agree !! I think it is so cool you are doing this ! Congrats 1 PLEASE make room for an adjustable heater ?? !!

    I have 5 Betta , 3 in 5 gallon, and 2 in 2.5 gallon. I spend several hours a week cleaning tanks... more f course than on my larger tanks !

  • Theresa
    Theresa
    3/9/2013 5:37 PM

    @David Turover

    I agree !! I think it is so cool you are doing this ! Congrats 1 PLEASE make room for an adjustable heater ?? !!

    I have 5 Betta , 3 in 5 gallon, and 2 in 2.5 gallon. I spend several hours a week cleaning tanks... more f course than on my larger tanks !

  • stephanie
    stephanie
    3/9/2013 11:36 PM

    @David Turover Please keep me post for when the new line of gill breather No Clean Aquarium is on the market.

  • stephanie
    stephanie
    3/9/2013 11:37 PM

    @David Turover Please keep me post for when the new line of gill breather No Clean Aquarium is on the market.

  • stephanie
    stephanie
    3/9/2013 11:38 PM

    @David Turover Please keep me post for when the new line of gill breather No Clean Aquarium is on the market.

  • stephanie
    stephanie
    3/9/2013 11:46 PM

    @David Turover

    Please keep me posted for when the new line of gill breather No CleanAquarium is on the market.

  • Toni
    Toni
    3/8/2013 1:27 PM

    I'm interested in this product and thinking of putting it on my kitchen table so that the fish gets plenty of company throughout the day. Will the output spigot drip at all if the table is bumped or the jar itself picked up and shifted?

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/8/2013 1:45 PM

    @Toni McGovern

    Good question Toni- When the water finishes the pouring cycles it stops automatically and the water level in the top of the tube should sinks back down below the spout ensuring it won't leek. You can double check the safety of water not leeking on your table by slightly tilting the aquarium in the back position till the water in the upper bend of the tube falls back into the aquaium. We provide extremely detailed instructions that will walk you through any questions.

  • Toni
    Toni
    3/8/2013 1:58 PM

    @David Turover

    Thanks David! I'm sold. I've had bettas over the years and then moved on to a small tank with a couple goldfish. That was great on the table but made a big mess of things and also required plugs for the filter and heater cords. Now with a new table I'd like to find a new fishy friend to keep us company.

  • Michele
    Michele
    3/8/2013 1:38 PM

    New to Grommet site but THANK YOU Grommet Team; your answers and rationale are well reasoned and very explanatory.

    Personally, I do not understand the MANY complaints about your price; if anyone has priced high quality tanks lately, this is well within the parameters (I have been pricing for over a year).

    Last, YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR...

  •  Mary
    Mary
    3/8/2013 1:48 PM

    Couldn't you use this for small frogs or turtles if you put in a platform for them to leave the water, as needed? Thanks

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/8/2013 2:03 PM

    @ Mary

    Because of the size it would not work for turtles and it won't work for African mini frogs because their food will sink below the rocks into the reservoir before they get a chance to eat it. Betta food floats on top of the water long enough for them to eat it before it sinks and get trapped in our special reservoir. We reccomend only adding a couple Betta pellets at a time to reduce extra waste that is not eaten.

  •  Penny King
    Penny King
    3/8/2013 2:00 PM

    I love the idea and look. I believe it is priced high, but it is made in the USA. You can cut cost by taking it over seas, but don't. Their are plenty of fish lovers who will consider the where it is manufactured and the quality. Thanks.

  •  Penny King
    Penny King
    3/8/2013 2:00 PM

    I love the idea and look. I believe it is priced high, but it is made in the USA. You can cut cost by taking it over seas, but don't. Their are plenty of fish lovers who will consider the where it is manufactured and the quality. Thanks.

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/8/2013 2:10 PM

    @ Penny King

    Thanks and agreed Penny! The way we plan on bring cost down is by ordering larger quantites at a single time. We are thankful to our current factories that were willing to work with us even before we made our first penny. We are a very young and growing company and see lots of opportunity on how we can apply our cleaning system to the aquatic industry at a price point that allows many people to make the purchase if they really want it.

  • Susan
    Susan
    3/8/2013 2:16 PM

    This is really great! I've been a tropical fish enthusiast/ owner for over 50 years. I am not in the market for one at this time, however, I will keep it in mind for gifts. While not cheap, the tank sounds reasonably priced.

    I'd like to mention this would be a great gift for the elderly or disabled, even for a nursing home resident (check with the nursing home first).

    And finally, Daily Grommet seems to be attracting a lot of naysayers, which is sad.

  •  Laura
    Laura
    3/8/2013 5:20 PM

    @Susan

    Great idea for elderly and children staying in the hospital with severe and long rehabilitation ahead!

  •  Chelsea
    Chelsea
    3/8/2013 2:27 PM

    Hey guys, I just ordered one, and I am really excited about this product. It seems very convenient and attractive! My question, is how much water should you add every couple of days? It looks like about 12oz or so judging by the video. I want to make sure I don't put too much in and throw off the balance of things.

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/8/2013 3:18 PM

    @ Chelsea

    The cups you see in the video are 16 oz cups. The thing about this aquarium is that you can control how much water goes into the aquarium depending on how dirty it is. If you are gone for a long weekend you should pour more clean water in when you get back. As long as you are pouring clean and quality water in I would not worry throwing things off balance. Betta like any other fish love clean water.

  •  Sheila bell
    Sheila bell
    3/8/2013 2:28 PM

    Great idea! Wish I had it when I had my betta. Will this work in fla. condo? Should it be in partial sun, etc.? Lots of luck in your creative venture! S.bell

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/8/2013 3:24 PM

    @ Sheila bell

    Hi Sheila- If you keep your condo in Florida freezing cold like my great Aunt used to the Marina C10 Heater (check out above post) is recommended. If it's on the warmer side you fish will be happy. Partial sunlight is okay however too much sun will eventually guarantee algae growth and you don't want to overheat your little Betta.

  •  Darlene Dorsch
    Darlene Dorsch
    3/8/2013 2:29 PM

    Was checking my emails when I came across this. Love the whole concept! I have 2 Bettas at the moment, sharing a split tank. Yes, David, they most certainly do have their own unique personalities. The tank I have them in now has a light and filter. Every morning I look forward to turning on the light and watching them to go to the side that I am on and wait patiently to be fed. Price is a little high, but still considering buying one for our granddaughters, so they, too, can share the joy of these marvelous fish. And getting myself at least 1 in the future. Good luck with your production and award. Looking forward to seeing other sizes to be offered.

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/8/2013 3:32 PM

    @ Darlene Dorsch

    Thanks Darlene- They sure do have personality! I once decided to change my Bettas name after a couple months because he was behaving more like a Skithers than a Charlie. It's great when they greet you every morning as well. Right now he is staring at me while I type away...

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/8/2013 2:53 PM

    Hey everyone- I needed to step away for a little. I'll be back on the message board full time in about 15 minutes. Thanks all!!

  • Theresa
    Theresa
    3/8/2013 2:55 PM

    Hey, I wish this were a 3 or a 5 gallon . Betta fish are tropical and need a heated environment . It is a shame that people believe the fish in a bowl theory. You can have a fish that lives for a year, or when provided the proper environment, seven (my latest three ).

    LOVE the concept. Please come up with an affordable tank, same as above at least 2 gallons with room for a heater (76 to 80 degrees for BEtta ) ! I'll be your first customer !!!!!!

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/8/2013 3:35 PM

    @Theresa Litourneau

    Hi Theresa- please check out my above comments that address your post. Our next size will be around 4 gallons. Definitely keep in touch with us as we grow our selection.

  •  Dof3
    Dof3
    3/8/2013 3:42 PM

    In theory, this is a brilliant idea! Fish especially, however, need and flourish best in horizontal space and not vertical. Remember the tall tower aquariums of the 90's ... gone.

  •  Dof3
    Dof3
    3/8/2013 3:45 PM

    oops - sorry, just noticed it was specific for Beta fish.

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/8/2013 4:00 PM

    @ Dof3

    We chose this shape aquarium knowing it's soley for Betta. Unlike other fish they more like to hover around and observe what's going on outside their home plus it's the perfect size and fits almost anywhere. I've noticed they like swimming around the decorations.

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/8/2013 3:44 PM

    Hey Everyone!

    Thanks for all the awesome questions so far... keep them coming.!

    Also, to squeeze the most beauty out of your aquarium the white LED light is highly recommended. It looks super cool in the dark and really creates an eye popping experience. Makes a great night light, sets the mood and starts the experience. Enjoy!

  • Confused
    Confused
    3/8/2013 4:19 PM

    I just got one of these tanks and love it, but now I have no idea what I should name my Betta fish. Can someone help me, please!? Right now I have a fish with no name :(

  •  RayRay
    RayRay
    3/8/2013 4:33 PM

    @Confused My son named ours Alex. Feel free to use that name. I also like Mr. Miyagi.

  • janet
    janet
    3/10/2013 12:46 AM

    @Confused

    How about gullible...

  •  Lizpiper
    Lizpiper
    3/8/2013 4:32 PM

    The biological "cycle" is necessary to keep ammonia from building up and poisoning the fish. (Ammonia -> nitrites -> nitrates which are removed by water changes.) Is there any biological media in the system to allow the necessary bacteria to grow and neutralize the ammonia?

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/8/2013 4:48 PM

    @ Lizpiper

    The beneficial bacteria grows throughout all the aquarium surfaces- most of it on the reservoir surface and rocks since they have a lot of surface space and have the most direct contact to Betta fish waste. As long as you do regular water changes you will get great results if you ever decide to conduct a simple water test with the paper strips.

  •  Ruth
    Ruth
    3/8/2013 4:39 PM

    Does anyone know the size of this fish tank?

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/8/2013 4:48 PM

    @ Ruth

    I do- half gallon;)

  •  Nora
    Nora
    3/8/2013 4:59 PM

    As any true aquarium enthusiast will tell you, this size tank is extremely cruel and inhumane and I am appalled it is being showcased on the Daily Grommet - enough to make me unsubscribe after I send this message.

    I also hate that the tank vertical rather than horizontal, making it much more stressful on the fish. Yes, bettas like to hover, but that is not ALL they like to do.

    Ideal size tanks for bettas START at 2.5 gal, over twice the size of this one. Read bettafishtalk dot com if you really care about your betta.

    Unbelievable that in 2013 we have not evolved enough to consider animals anything more than disposable decor. If you are too darn lazy to properly care for and yes, clean up, after your pet, you should not own one.

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/8/2013 5:04 PM

    @ Nora

    Lot’s of aquarium manufacturer’s make half-gallon Betta tanks. We agree that most provide a lousy home. That’s why we built a better one! You see, the #1 problem with half-gallon tanks is that the small water volume pollutes quickly and becomes unsafe for fish. This happens because most people don’t clean their aquariums enough. Our system makes the cleaning quick and painless. A clean half-gallon is a much better home than an aquarium 10 times its size that’s not properly maintained. Like most things in life, it’s the water quality, not quantity that’s most important.

    Unfortunately, some manufacturers take advantage of this fact by producing cheap, tacky little boxes with no regard for the movements of the fish. As you see in our video and pics, this aquarium provides plenty of room for your Betta fish to swim and play We’ve had our fish for well over 3 years in a variety of half-gallon prototypes. They are awesome, beautiful, happy and healthy fish! Bottom line: Run the self-cleaning system regularly, provide good food and some love and your fish will thrive in this aquarium just like ours are thriving!

  • Nora Schild
    Nora Schild
    3/8/2013 5:21 PM

    @David Turover Why did you not go with the standard 2.5 gallon size that is proven to be the minimum recommended tank size for a betta from the beginning? Why vertical, ensuring the fish does not have enough surface area? Aside from your anecdotal comments that your fish are "happy", what experts in the aquarium field can you find that in anyway recommend that your tank is in anyway suitable? You have NOT "built a better mousetrap", you have just built a different torture chamber.

    *post edited to comply with Daily Grommet policies*

  • Elisabeth
    Elisabeth
    3/9/2013 10:11 AM

    @Nora Schild He has stared that they are working on larger fish tanks.

  • Elisabeth
    Elisabeth
    3/9/2013 10:11 AM

    @Befu *stated

  •  BD
    BD
    3/8/2013 5:03 PM

    I could not tell reading all the other comments but what type of water do you use to fill the tank? Do you use regular tap water, water that has been left at room temperature or distilled water? Do you need to add drops to decrease chlorination of tap water?

    I love beta fish and have found them to last a long time if cared for properly. The tank is a very nice idea!

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/8/2013 5:16 PM

    @ BD - Distilled tap water works great but you can also use normal, room temperature tap water. We always recommend letting it sit out over night and adding a few drops of water conditioner. Water conditioner will help remove unwanted chemicals as well as help your betta with it's natural slime coating. We have noticed that if you add too much conditioner you may wake up to a cloudy aquarium the next morning. Follow the instructions and you will be fine.

  •  Laura
    Laura
    3/8/2013 5:03 PM

    Love this idea! My grand-daughter and I love fish but life is so hectic

    This will make it so much easier and fun for her to do, it also will make her feel proud that this is something she can do herself.

    Where can I get the light to go with it?

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/8/2013 5:19 PM

    @ Laura - Thanks so much Laura! I should have provided the LED light link in my earlier post. Here is the link: http://www.dailygrommet.com/products/illumaflex-white-led-plug-in-by-noclean-aquariums

  •  Deirdre
    Deirdre
    3/8/2013 5:19 PM

    Do you make a larger size? It seems really small...

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/8/2013 5:31 PM

    @ Deirdre -This is the first aquarium we have launched (just for Betta fish) and we will be launching a couple more larger NoClean Aquariums later this year that will accommodate all types of aquatic life. As we grow our company we will also grow our selection. Thanks!

  •  Elaine
    Elaine
    3/8/2013 5:26 PM

    I love your tank. I will order one when you have a larger size. I am now using a bowl that is a little under 2 gallons. I am also interested in the Iiiumaflex LED light. Can I use this in my current bowl?

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/8/2013 5:37 PM

    @ Elaine -Yes, that's another great thing about the IllumaFlex White LED. It comes with suction cups that will attach to just about any hard, smooth surface. I also keep an aquarium by my shower and have the light attached to the tile wall instead of the aquarium. You can bend the neck of the light for all sorts of positions. -Be sure to add a little water to the suction cup for a tight suck!

  • Jackson
    Jackson
    3/8/2013 5:56 PM

    After reading all 83 Comments, my request is that you create a 2.5-3 gallon aquarium with a heater...and affordable. Thank you.

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/8/2013 7:13 PM

    @Jackson -We have a 4 gallon in the works

  •  susan
    susan
    3/8/2013 8:24 PM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea, but think the tiny tank is so cruel....do you make a bigger one?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/8/2013 9:34 PM

    @ susan - Hi Susan,. We love to feature and support smaller companies and entrepreneurs. Often, they are launching with a limited product line because you have to start small and grow your business once you've had some proven success. Daily Grommet is a proving ground for fresh product ideas!

    It's the success of their initial products that allows them to grow their product line to more sizes. David mentioned that they do have a 4 gallon tank in the works. We hope it's just the beginning of a full line of aquariums. Stay tuned!

  • janet
    janet
    3/9/2013 12:31 AM

    @Katherine Klinger

    Oh Katherine, I always love the perky answers that you come up with to CYA. Once again, you did not respond forthrightly to the customer's question which inquired about a negative feature of the product. Just misdirected an honest answer by upbeat excuses about the 'inventors' start-up problems and lack of quality...oh but wait in about a year and he will have corrected all the concerns of the too small tank...in the meantime, let the poor fish suffer.

  • Elisabeth
    Elisabeth
    3/9/2013 10:16 AM

    I'm very interested in finding out how you will be able to "filter" the 4 gallon tank as easily as this .5 gallon tank. Love the idea! I was surprised to see the tank on Amazon for $100.

  •  JoannaK
    JoannaK
    3/9/2013 10:47 AM

    Great idea/concept, but way too small for a live fish. Betas need far more horizontal space. Keep at it--and come back with something less cruel--and I'll be the first to buy one!

  • Ida
    Ida
    3/9/2013 7:39 PM

    i cannot tell the size of the tank ... I LOVE the idea

  • Ida
    Ida
    3/9/2013 7:40 PM

    i cannot tell the size of the tank What would it be ??I LOVE the idea

  • Ida
    Ida
    3/9/2013 7:40 PM

    i cannot tell the size of the tank What would it be ??I LOVE the idea

  • Ida
    Ida
    3/9/2013 7:41 PM

    i cannot tell the size of the tank What would it be ??I LOVE the idea

  • Ida
    Ida
    3/9/2013 7:42 PM

    i cannot tell the size of the tank What would it be ??I LOVE the idea

  • Ida
    Ida
    3/9/2013 7:51 PM

    what is thew size of the tank LOVE the idea

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    3/10/2013 3:05 PM

    @Ida Fitzgerald

    Hi Ida,

    Yes, the size of the tank is in the "details" tab on the main page. It's 1/2 gallon. David and his team are working on larger tanks and we'll be sure to let our Grommet community know as soon as they are available.

  • janet
    janet
    3/9/2013 8:43 PM

    Will one of you please answer poor Ida Fitzgerald's question. Did David have to 'step out' again and forgot to come back?

  • Elisabeth
    Elisabeth
    3/9/2013 9:19 PM

    The answer has been stated before. It's a 1/2 gallon tank and they're working on a 4 gallon one for the future.

    I have another question: what types of live plants would be best for this tank?

  • janet
    janet
    3/10/2013 1:01 AM

    @Befu

    Nice of you to answer Ida Fitzgerald's question...as it seems like the entire Grommet crew & Dave have 'stepped out' again. Hope someone eventually answers your question.

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/10/2013 5:05 PM

    @Befu -Thanks Befu for your back up help! Yes- 1/2 gallon is correct and we have many more sizes/shapes/concepts in the works. Before Craig and I even launched the 1/2 gallon self-cleaning Betta Aquarium we already had 3 plus years of development on all kinds of aquariums- even 55 gallons. We are really excited and will be launching our next aquarium a little later this year. Now that we have all our patents (worldwide patent-pending) in place we can move forward much faster than before.

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/10/2013 5:05 PM

    @Befu -Thanks Befu for your back up help! Yes- 1/2 gallon is correct and we have many more sizes/shapes/concepts in the works. Before Craig and I even launched the 1/2 gallon self-cleaning Betta Aquarium we already had 3 plus years of development on all kinds of aquariums- even 55 gallons. We are really excited and will be launching our next aquarium a little later this year. Now that we have all our patents (worldwide patent-pending) in place we can move forward much faster than before.

  •  Renee
    Renee
    3/10/2013 12:31 AM

    Food for thought for those concerned about potential cruelty. How many of you scoop your fish? How might that net appear to them? Perhaps a huge panic-inducing entity that insists on swooping in and swallowing its prey regularly then regurgitating it back to a disturbed home ages later. But is that larger tank recommendation truly written in stone forever? Could it be possible since Bettas must go to the surface for air, their energy expenditure is more efficiently focused on vertical movement and the need to move about in a wider horizontal environment might be our own human projection - remember waste disposal issues were the original reason for the larger capacity dictum and that has been addressed by the new design. I'm putting this in next months budget, looking forward to seeing for myself how they do in this aquarium and am also wondering about the best vegetation.

    If no one dared to challenge current thought, we'd likely still be huddled in dark caves and shouting down the gal who picked up a few rocks and fashioned the first hearth:-)

  • Sheryl
    Sheryl
    3/10/2013 11:24 AM

    @ Renee - Thank you for the common sense, logical and polite response. I agree with you. Less disruption for the fish is better for them.

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    3/10/2013 3:16 PM

    @ Renee

    Hi Renee,

    Thanks so much for this food for thought. It's definitely a good stance to have on the issue and thanks for your support.

  •  Renee
    Renee
    3/10/2013 12:31 AM

    Food for thought for those concerned about potential cruelty. How many of you scoop your fish? How might that net appear to them? Perhaps a huge panic-inducing entity that insists on swooping in and swallowing its prey regularly then regurgitating it back to a disturbed home ages later. But is that larger tank recommendation truly written in stone forever? Could it be possible since Bettas must go to the surface for air, their energy expenditure is more efficiently focused on vertical movement and the need to move about in a wider horizontal environment might be our own human projection - remember waste disposal issues were the original reason for the larger capacity dictum and that has been addressed by the new design. I'm putting this in next months budget, looking forward to seeing for myself how they do in this aquarium and am also wondering about the best vegetation.

    If no one dared to challenge current thought, we'd likely still be huddled in dark caves and shouting down the gal who picked up a few rocks and fashioned the first hearth:-)

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/10/2013 5:21 PM

    @ Renee - Betta certainly fear the net. When they see a net enter the aquarium they will dart straight to the bottom and try to wedge themselves in between the rocks or plants. When they are scared they will hold their breath at the bottom of the aquarium for as long as possible until they need to swim up for a fresh breath of air hoping the net is gone. They are extremely observant fish and are aware of what's going on around them. Your Betta will thank NoClean Aquariums... or should we change the name to NoNet Aquariums;)

  • Amanda
    Amanda
    3/10/2013 10:09 AM

    You should make one for turtles. . . They create a lot of waste and it is such a pain to clean!!!

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    3/10/2013 3:08 PM

    @Amanda Odenwelder

    Hi Amanda,

    Stay tuned to Daily Grommet for what David and his team make next. Perhaps a turtle tank is in the future.

  •  Jo
    Jo
    3/10/2013 11:43 AM

    Hi Dave. I live in a small apartment and have had bettas as pets. They were very happy in their individual small spaces, but keeping their areas clean made them nervous to say the least! Your invention is awesome and I wish you success. Jo from New York

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/10/2013 5:36 PM

    @ Jo - Thanks for your support Jo, we really appreciate it. There are lots of challenges with starting a new business and launching a product- it's worth it though!

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/10/2013 5:42 PM

    An aquarium with no decorations is like a home with no furniture. If you don’t want to go the artificial plant route we recommend plants that will do well in low light conditions. The following is a list of aquatic plants seen in our video and pictures. They can be found in most major pet stores. Artificial plants are great too because they create less waste. Make sure not to stuff to many in there!

    -Aqua Fern (Trichomanes Javanicum)

    -Tropical Fern (Microsorium Pteropus)

    -Crested Java Fern (Microsorium Pteropus)

    -White Ribbon (Dracaena Sanderiana)

    -Anubias

  • Susan
    Susan
    3/10/2013 6:33 PM

    Hi, Can you use this for other fish besides betta?

    Susan

  • Susan
    Susan
    3/10/2013 6:37 PM

    Hi again, Went back over all the other comments and found my answer....just for bettas.

    Susan

  • Susan
    Susan
    3/10/2013 6:37 PM

    Hi again, Went back over all the other comments and found my answer....just for bettas.

    Susan

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    3/10/2013 7:09 PM

    @Susan Losapio - Correct, just for Betta. We will also develop one for turtles. I like turtles.

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