When my DS9 turned two, he received a fish for a birthday gift from his aunt. He was so excited. He watched in awe as she set up the tank, added the fish and turned on the filter. He spent hours watching the fish swim. A few days later, we woke up to a “sleeping”, belly up fish. Later that day, I replace his fish with a new one hoping he wouldn’t notice. Sadly, two days later the same thing happened. I’m not sure what the problem was, but it was after the third or fourth time, his poor fish died, I swore I would never have another fish in the house.
As our family grew and the kids got older, their want for a fish never disappeared. I agree their is something magical and mesmerizing about watching a fish swim around and around, but I wasn’t willing to deal with the “sleeping” cycle every week. When I came across the newest aquatic HexBug product with a robotic-looking shark and lifelike angel fish who interact with their environment, I knew I had found a winner; the HEXBUG AquaBot 2.0 Shark tank. It is a genius, interactive environment that provides all of the fun experience of owning a pet fish, without all the mess or “sleeping” problems!
The product comes with three parts:
Tank – The tank is the size of a dinner plate and is 5 inches deep. It is perfect for providing ample room for your new fish to swim around without constantly bumping in the sides and the addition of the shark feature. Also included with the tank is 4 movable, multicolored plastic piece of coral. It provides obstacles for you fish to avoid as well as visual appeal
Fish – The first that comes with this set is an Angel fish. If you have played with HEXBUG fish before you know how cool they are to watch, how they activated when you put in water, swim around for several minutes and then stop to save the batteries. The robotic fish included in this kit are second generation fish! They are enhanced with smart fish technology, which comes with several advancements on the older models. Like the old one, when you put your fish in the water, he begins swimming and when you remove him he stops. He still had the 5 minute timer that shuts him down after a period of inactivity, but unlike their ancestors, they include a sensor that detects a presence in the surrounding water causing it to active the swimming response again. This allows you to simply tap on the tank to get your little fish to start swimming again. Another new feature is the LED glow at night. This makes night time fish watching peaceful.
Shark – What is a shark tank without the shark? When I first laid eyes on the Shark Tank I was impressed by the large robotic shark. Upon playing with the product, I found out the shark is actually a push-toy with gnashing jaws that allows you to try to capture your fish. The shark is stationary, but pivots and moves up and down making the fishing task a bit of a challenge.
This product is great for pet owners young and old who may not have the time/want to take care of a live pet.