~I received a Teddy Tank for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own since our little fish can’t talk. He loves it though!~
I’m really excited to share Teddy Tank with you. It is one of my favorite picks for the holiday! Although he is designed to be a fish tank, he can also be a coin bank or storage for small toys; so those of you that don’t have a little fish, don’t worry. You can still make this an amazing gift for your little ones. So without further adieu, meet our fish Eiyah’s new home!
There are multiple plush friends to choose from. We received the Cute Doggie tank so that’s who I’ll be sharing. However, you can choose from any of the below for your child.
- Magical Unicorn
- Playful Monkey
- Fun Frog
- Pretty Pig
- Sweet Brown, Pearl White & Honey Brown Bears
- Awesome Elephant
- Joyful Giraffe
- Precious Panda
I bet you are wondering how in the world do you fill it up or even get the fish into the tank! It’s actually really simple. Most of the Teddy Tank is the tank itself. If you pull the tank out, you’d see that the plush part is just a covering with holes for oxygen.
Teddy Tank is designed for Betta fish that don’t necessarily require air pumps and filtration systems. They are anabantoids, a very fancy word meaning that they breath atmospheric air. This allows them to survive in low oxygen water conditions (ie: a fish bowl environment).
As long as you practice good tank hygiene (as I like to think of it), your Betta will be just rosey. That means making sure to do frequent water changes to keep the pH balance of the tank regular. I DO NOT suggest putting any other fish in a bowl without air and consistent filtration.
Once you remove the tank from the package and your plush, make sure to clean it properly; that includes the tank gravel and decorations. Do Not wash the gravel or decor with soap! Just rinse it off in the sink under cool water and then place it at the bottom of the tank as you desire.
When adding water to your tank, make sure to use water conditioner. I personally use Tetra Bettsafe, but you can also purchase Betta Water with all the additives at your local petstore. Your child might prefer this as they can pour in the water themselves. Betta’s survive in typically room temperature water (78′), so make sure if you choose this option that the water has had time to warm up to room temperature.
Once your tank is filled up and ready, it is time to add your fish!
Teddy Tank is a 1 gallon fish bowl, so there is plenty of room for our little guy. He’s a Blue/Violent Male Crowntail and is very stubborn! He’s Tot’s very first fish and we’ve had him for almost 2 years now, so it is important to make sure he is safe. So this next part needs to be done by an adult carefully.
Place the tank on your plush’s belly with most of the top portion towards the back. Then slowly pull up the back till the head goes over the bowl’s top. Don’t worry! The Teddy Tank comes with picture illustrations to show you how to do this properly.
The head should fit securely over the top and the bowl should be encompassed by the plush. Then you can place your little bow on your friend’s head or as a bow-tie.
The plush keeps the tank pretty cozy, so make sure that you don’t place it in direct sunlight. I put ours in my son’s room because he’s been taking care of his little fish for a long time and understands not to try and pick up the plush. It looks like a cute little stuffed animal, so make sure your children know that he is actually a tank!
Now, if you don’t have a fish, you can use it as storage for coins and other small toys. Check out the video below to see other options.