I didnt know anything about aquariums but I wanted to buy one for my boyfriend. I went to Petsmart. They have great selections and in house brands at way cheaper prices. It was challenging to find staff to help me because of the size of the store which was frustrating but once I got someone, theyre helpful and knowledgeable. My boyfriend is very happy with my aquarium gift. ITs Petsmarts own brand so I paid less than other known brand. Works just as good.