(Last Updated On: October 6, 2015)
Back in the early part of September we posted about the “Newa-est” tank getting ready to arrive on our shores, well, it’s finally landed! The very much awaited Newa Mirabello aquarium has finally arrived, and here at Warehouse Aquatics HQ we can’t contain our excitement. Newa as a company have been established for over 26 years. Founded in Italy, they were the first company to revolutionise aquarium heating. After this success they moved into the manufacturing of aquariums and true to Italian nature, their reputation for quality certainly radiates out of the products they make. Just like all new gadgets, we’ve been dying to get our hands on the Mirabello 30 and test it out. (for more info on each tank please click the link)
Mirabello 60 T5
At first glance at it, the tank has come very well packed. Like a wrapped present, the design of the box is appealing. It has stunning photos of the tank itself and the information on the packaging is crisp and clear. It even contains useful diagrams fully labelled and annotated on the setup of the tank in an easy, understandable manner. This is especially useful if you are new to fish keeping, sometimes linear diagrams can be hard to follow and cause hours of unnecessary frustration!
When unpacking the box, you can really tell that it has been packaged with focus and care. After all something as magnificent and delicate as an aquarium deserves that kind of attention, it’s one of single most expensive buy’s you will make when fishing keeping and well, it should be a complete and fulfilling experience, and unravelling the Mirabello is quite so. After breaking through the multiple layers of polystyrene foam and protective casing, a very elegant looking tank is revealed. The Mirabello 30 is the smallest of the three tanks available in this range. It typically holds about 30 litres of water and has quite compact dimensions. The tank its self is 345mm, standing at just over a foot tall and 425mm wide. This aquarium is designed in the traditional rectangular shape, but it definitely has a very current feel to it. The 4mm thick plate glass is housed between a base and lid, which are a very safely played matte black, guaranteeing it to fit nicely into most home interior colour schemes.
To get down to the nitty gritty of this tank, we really have to pull it apart to understand its design features and get the most out of them. Like any thorough examination let’s start from the top and take a closer look at the lid. It’s a closed top aquarium, so this addition to the tank has been fully utilised. The hood houses a separate compartment for lighting, which can be freely used from the outside of the hood. It is sealed away in a protective casing keeping it safe from the water and can be accessed on both the underside and outside of the lid. The Mirabello 30 uses an 11W bulb, and the 60 a 24W (T5 edition includes 2 x 24w including a plant growth bulb). It has an aerated grid to allow maximum flow of oxygen through well as a separate hatch for feeding. From a design perspective, this nifty tank screams of the quality that the Italians are renowned for.
The basic features of the tank are second to none either. As illustrated on the box, the two stage filtering system and heater layout are exactly as shown. The aquarium comes kitted with a powerful “Duetto Filter” aeration system and pump which is fully submersible and has an adjustable flow rate. Additionally it has a compartment which can essentially be used to upgrade the filtration system by filling it with different types of universal filter media (ceramic, wool, Activated carbon etc.) In fact, all three stages of filtration can be easily followed and segmented thanks to clever layout Newa have used to put the system together. Right next to the pump there is a biological filter sponge that slots in and out of place with ease. Its long shape and porous sponge is clever and gives it a large surface area that will eventually encourage the growth of all the essential bacteria needed to maintain a healthy tank. Then off course there is the mechanical filter, which is housed last and Newa don’t seem to have skimped with this either. There is the capability of housing layers of filtration media to really give your water a real shine. The cartridge contains activated carbon, which aids with chemical filtration. The system really is well designed, like all Newa Filter products; it comes with an overflow safety feature. The biggest selling factor of this tank is probably the fact that all the functioning features of the system come already neatly concealed into an easily accessed compartment at the back of the aquarium. Everything comes out and fits back into place like the pieces of a jigsaw, without ever having to actually get your hands wet. Surely this gives us some insight into how hassle free the maintenance of this tank will be?!?
The final integrated feature that this very desirable tank has is the heater. This aquarium already has tropical capabilities, so if at a later stage you want to upgrade, you won’t have the added hassle of getting a heater to fit your tank. The Newa Therm Heater is perhaps one of the biggest cash cows Newa has ever launched, and rightly so too. This particular one is the 50W, which runs on a low voltage at a maximum temperature of 35OC, making it eco-friendly. It is also claimed that the plastic encasing it is unbreakable. Having handled it thoroughly, it is obvious from the feel of it that it is made of sturdy, shatter proof material, and its slim line design again just adds to the “Jigsaw Like” concept of this tank because it too is easily slotted into the rear compartment where everything is securely housed.
One of the most appealing things about this tank is the potential it has. In effect this tank could be upgraded and used as a tropical or marine setup. All the features have been designed to withstand both types of aquatic situation, having said that the Mirabello 30 is still quite small to house a variety of marine fish, but it could certainly make a beautiful nano reef tank or perhaps you could try your hand at a tropical tank with aquatic plants? Whatever you choose to do with it, you can rest assure that the tank is going to look pristine and really make a statement.
Aesthetically, this aquarium is definitely by far superior to any of its competitors out there. Everything has been designed to be simple and efficient to use, as well as look neat and appealing. The setup of this tank could quite literally be described as “Plug in and Go”. Off course setting up any type of tank requires a little more than just to plug it in, but the simplicity of this one really does make it feel as though it could all be as easy as that. We would like to know if any of you have purchased the new Mirabello tank. If so what do you think of its design features, and do you have any tips for anybody looking to invest in one?