Pros: The Coliseum adds an interesting Roman look to your fishtank.
Cons: The Roman Coliseum is overpriced and uses up a lot of room in your fishtank.
Last summer, I got to visit the famous Roman Coliseum for myself. It is one huge imposing historical structure right in the middle of downtown Rome, Italy. Of course, I have been familiar with this Icon of Rome since grade school it seems. The Coliseum is as recognizable as the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House, and the Pyramids. Everyone knows it, and where it is.
Well, it seems that you can bring whatever part of the world you want into the depths of your fish tank thanks to companies like Aquatic Gardens. For a while, I had a Roman theme going in in my fish tank, and the centerpiece of it was this Roman Coliseum Ruins Aquarium Ornament.
Cost / Value
I have always found fish tank ornaments to be a bit overpriced. I guess because they are in no way a necessity, the companies that make them feel they can charge whatever for them. I recall I paid around $30.00 for this at a local pet store. We spend a lot of money on our pets, even fish. I bought it with a new background with Roman statues on it, and a couple other Roman ruins. However, this Coliseum piece is huge.
What Do you Get?
First you should know that this is a section of the Coliseum, it is not a replica of the whole thing, but of a piece of it. On the outside, you have a semi circle of archways one on top of the other. Inside, the coliseum seat supports remain. It is as if a chunk of about a sixth of the original Roman Coliseum was in your tank. At some 14" inches wide, 11" tall and 7" deep, it will use up a significant amount of space in your fish tank. It is very scenic looking, especially if you want a ancient Roman look for your tank. I had this in a 55 gallon tank, where it seemed to be the right size, and in a 25 gallon tank where it definitely was too big, and just seemed to dominate the tank.
Why I Eventually Moved the Roman Coliseum
Fish tank ormanents are for two purposes. One is for us, the fish tank owner, to make our fish tank look interesting. However, the second and more important purpose is to make the fish happy. Fish don't give a darn whether their tank looks like ancient Rome, early China or Bikini Bottom. What fish do like is plenty of places to hide and places to create their own safe spot in a fish tank. This is where the splendor and glory of Rome falls. It uses up a lot of space, and the giant space inside is too big for the fish to really feel safe from the other fish. It doesn't really provide a shelter for the fish. If they had sectioned off some of the interior spots to make individual spaces, I think my fish would have liked it a lot more. In short, this Roman Coliseum is really only good for the tank owner, and don't provide much of what fish want.
I would recommend decorations that offer plenty of nooks and crannies big enough for your fish to stake out their own place in the tank. I have since replaced the Roman theme with a tank with lots of caves and castles with multiple openings and open interiors for the fish to make use of.
Although I liked the way this Roman Coliseum looked, overall, it took up too much space in the fish tank, and offered no benefits for the fish in the tank. Now that I've actually been to Rome, I can safely say that this is an overpriced fish tank ornament that really doesn't offer what it should, a place your fish can call home.
This has been my PETS entry in Wlswarts Around Epinions in 80 Days Writeoff!