Editor's Choice - Our Favorite 10 Gallon Aquarium Starter Kits

1. Aqua Culture 10 Gallon Aquarium Starter Kit with LED

User Ratings: 67 12

AQUA CULTURE First Impressions

"This is crucial!"

Definitely recommend this tank hands down! I love the tank and everything else about it but the background! I put mine in the corner of my breakfast bar. He was being suctioned to the filter. Hope this list helps those who are new to keeping fish-- they are a great first pet! I cant wait to set this up and get some shrimp and cardinal tetras in there. He does swim under the shelf of the background but never hides there.

  • Aqua Culture 10 Gallon Aquarium Starter Kit with LED
  • Manufacture: Aqua Culture
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQUA CULTURE
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

AQUA CULTURE Final Thoughts

"Scratch that."

- it really only holds 4 gallons after you add gravel and decorations. The aquarium kit is with the exception of the filter is excellent! Bigger is always better for new people. The blue light works great as a night light also. The aquarium kit is with the exception of the filter is excellent! The rule of thumb is one small fish per gallon. The tubes get so dirty so fast and it messes up the flow for the filter.

Overall Score
4.2

[star rating="4.2"]
(229 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated 10 Gallon Aquarium Starter Kits

2. Aqueon Basic Kit Aquarium, 10 Gallon

User Ratings: 63 17

Zilla 17750 First Impressions

"The stand."

And it builds up a lot of algae so it needs to be cleaned more. The rule of thumb is one small fish per gallon. No more then five or six tiny ones is my guess. The curve radius also makes it hard to clean the glass on the edges. Bigger is always better for new people. My beta seems to be adjusting well. All you need to add for a happy Betta fish is an extra light and a tank heater.

  • Aqueon Basic Kit Aquarium, 10 Gallon
  • Aquarium set-up and care guide included
  • Aqueon filtration and lighting system included
  • Aqueon premium fish food included
  • All components needed for a healthy aquatic environment
  • Manufacture: Zilla
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 13.6 x 12.6 inches; 16 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Zilla 17750
  • Quality [star rating='3.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

Zilla 17750 Final Thoughts

"Very well made."

Ok let's start off with the tank itself. They literally thought of everything. The rule of thumb is one small fish per gallon. So I now have a little cubby that my fish uses to hide. The background is comes with is just super convenient! Ok let's start off with the tank itself. I dont use the filter, I covered up the filter vents with some netting.

Overall Score
3.9

[star rating="3.9"]
(42 Points)

3. Elite Junior Aquarium Accessory Kit

User Ratings: 48 27

Elite A825 First Impressions

"It's perfect!"

He loves exploring his new environment with all the fresh vegetation. It's just super bulky and hard to work around. I bought this to basically replace a 5 gallon tank and make a new planted version. It is perfect for small places like a kitchen counter, night stand, or even a desk. I absolutely love this eight gallon tank. It also sits on the bottom glass pane, not the edges of the viewing panes. They'll have a lot more room to play around decorations and stuff, too.

  • Elite Junior Aquarium Accessory Kit
  • Filter accessory kit for smaller aquariums
  • Suitable for aquariums between 5-10 gallons
  • Easy to set up and simple to use
  • CSA approved
  • Quiet operation
  • Manufacture: Elite
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 4.3 x 4.8 inches; 14.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Elite A825
  • Quality [star rating='3.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.3']

Elite A825 Final Thoughts

"I love my tank!"

Nothing came broke and everything is working. I absolutely love this eight gallon tank. The Mingdak strip is also waterproof and submersible so there's that. I absolutely love this eight gallon tank. This would make a great gift for anyone wanting to get into the hobby. It also comes with a built in 3D back round. If the disco look is not your taste, a different tank would better suit you.

Overall Score
3.4

[star rating="3.4"]
(5 Points)

4. Marina Betta Pals Kit

User Ratings: 63 14

Marina 13410 First Impressions

"- A Color Fusion light."

I say it's a good buy and a very nice tank. Not impossible to reach but definitely an odd angle you have to go in from lol. I put mine in the corner of my breakfast bar. The background adds a lot of depth that feels missing in a standard aquarium. It literally made me provide others with a true review. I put mine in the corner of my breakfast bar. The adjustable pump can be turned down really low so the flow does not bother a Beta.

  • Marina Betta Pals Kit
  • Aquarium starter kit for your betta fish
  • 0.5-gallon clear plastic fish tank with green top
  • 1.1 lb. matching natural green gravel
  • Includes plastic plant with suction cup
  • Kit also includes Nutrafin Max Betta Food and Nutrafin Betta Plus Conditioner
  • Manufacture: Marina
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 9 x 6 inches; 1.65 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Marina 13410
  • Quality [star rating='4.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

Marina 13410 Final Thoughts

"The stand."

If the disco look is not your taste, a different tank would better suit you. Bigger is always better for new people. It also comes with a built in 3D back round. I love the tank and everything else about it but the background! That piece is very poorly designed. I dont use the filter, I covered up the filter vents with some netting. Not impossible to reach but definitely an odd angle you have to go in from lol.

Overall Score
4.0

[star rating="4"]
(114 Points)

5. Aqueon LED Mini Bow Aquarium Kit

User Ratings: 70 16

Aqueon 00817785 First Impressions

"It's the perfect size."

I also bought a heater with a built in thermostat. I dont use the filter, I covered up the filter vents with some netting. All contents included were as promised and they work fantastically. It's raised at the edges and just looks bad. It has everything except for the pebbles we purchased separated we loved it! This would make a great gift for anyone wanting to get into the hobby. This tank will be much easier to live with than the smaller 1-3 gallon options.

  • Aqueon LED Mini Bow Aquarium Kit
  • Simple to setup and maintain, looks great in any room
  • Sleek, low profile LED energy efficient light hood
  • Lid has feeding hole for convenient feeding
  • Elevated base adds an extra flair to the design
  • Uses Aqueon QuietFlow Filtration; cartridge, food and water care samples are inside
  • Manufacture: Pro-Motion Distributing - Direct
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2 x 4 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 00817785
  • Quality [star rating='3.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.1']

Aqueon 00817785 Final Thoughts

"Very cool."

Then there's the very nice LED with sliding brackets and easy to use wired in remote. The light is fairly bright but insufficient for growing any decent live plants. I dont use the filter, I covered up the filter vents with some netting. It has a hood with integrated LED lighting. My beta seems to be adjusting well. Incredibly happy with this purchase. He loves exploring his new environment with all the fresh vegetation.

Overall Score
4.1

[star rating="4.1"]
(10 Points)

6. Tetra Aquarium 20 Gallon Fish Tank Kit, Includes LED Lighting and Decor

User Ratings: 75 4

Tetra NV33821 First Impressions

"The kit is not complete."

I've had it for a few days now and had zero problems hooking everything up. I purchased the hygger heater and it has worked out perfectly too. I put shrimp and guppies in it and they love it. Not crazy about the lid or the stand. If you are into dwarf shrimp that is. This tank will be much easier to live with than the smaller 1-3 gallon options. Fluval, BioOrd, and several other micro tanks.

  • Tetra Aquarium 20 Gallon Fish Tank Kit, Includes LED Lighting and Decor
  • Tetra Glass Aquariums are made in the USA and are built to last with scratch resistant glass
  • The Tetra Aquarium comes loaded with an LED hood, that provides a natural daytime effect and a Whisper Filter that is whisper quiet while providing powerful, dependable water flow
  • Artificial Plants add a unique, natural ocean feel while giving your fish a place to hide which reduces fish stress
  • The Tetra Kit includes: one 20 Gallon Glass Aquarium, one LED hood, one Tetra Mini UL Heater, one Tetra Whisper 20 Filter, one artificial Boxwood Plant Mat, four artificial plants. Add gravel and fish to complete your aquarium
  • Aquarium Dimensions: 24.2" L x 12.4" W x 16.7" H
  • Manufacture: United Pet Group
  • Product Dimensions: 27.88 x 16.13 x 20.38 inches; 33.85 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra NV33821
  • Quality [star rating='4.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.7']

Tetra NV33821 Final Thoughts

"Love Love love this tank."

1 gallon that a Betta really needs a 3-5 gallon home so I purchased this one as well. So don't be mislead by the image on the box with five guppies. If you are into dwarf shrimp that is. I dont use the filter, I covered up the filter vents with some netting. Incredibly happy with this purchase. No more then five or six tiny ones is my guess. Nothing came broke and everything is working.

Overall Score
4.5

[star rating="4.5"]
(740 Points)

7. JA-RU Magic Grow Fish Aquarium Kit (2 Pack, 2 Random Colors)

User Ratings: 80 20

JaRu JA 306 - 2 pkg First Impressions

"It's an aquarium."

No more then five or six tiny ones is my guess. There's also enough room back there to hide a heater. It's raised at the edges and just looks bad. The price is definitely a big plus. I put shrimp and guppies in it and they love it. The background is made very nicely and doesn't take up a whole lot of the tank. And now, the pros and cons in my opinion.

  • JA-RU Magic Grow Fish Aquarium Kit (2 Pack, 2 Random Colors)
  • Value not found
  • Manufacture: Ja-Ru Inc.
  • Item Weight: 1.92 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 3 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The JaRu JA 306 - 2 pkg
  • Quality [star rating='4.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

JaRu JA 306 - 2 pkg Final Thoughts

"It's also really flimsy."

He does swim under the shelf of the background but never hides there. The Mingdak strip is also waterproof and submersible so there's that. Couldn't put the heater there because it does not heat the whole tank. This is a good deal for a complete setup, less the rocks for the bottom. The price is definitely a big plus. Definitely recommend this tank hands down! No more then five or six tiny ones is my guess.

Overall Score
4.2

[star rating="4.2"]
(5 Points)

8. ACKLLR 4-Piece Aquarium Tweezers, Stainless Steel Straight and Curved Tweezers Set for Fish Tank Aqu...

User Ratings: 76

ACKLLR First Impressions

"The stand."

This unit was an upgrade for my daughters Beta tank. It also sits on the bottom glass pane, not the edges of the viewing panes. This is going to be a sweet little setup! I will get unboxing video posted tomorrow as well as any updates. 1 gallon that a Betta really needs a 3-5 gallon home so I purchased this one as well. This would make a great gift for anyone wanting to get into the hobby. I say it's a good buy and a very nice tank.

  • ACKLLR 4-Piece Aquarium Tweezers, Stainless Steel Straight and Curved Tweezers Set for Fish Tank Aquatic Plants,27cm/10.6 inches Feeding Tongs for Hold Worms Reptiles Lizards Bearded Dragon
  • Forged Stainless Steel Material:Made of durable stainless steel material with excellent flexibility and will never suffer rust. You can use these tweezers to feed and handle live food for larger aquatic pets or corals.
  • Ultimate Multipurpose Tweezer :Has 10.6" length and slim design, perfect for removing surgical dressings, cleaning out garden or fish tank, food plating, stir-frying, serving sushi, pulling out hair, electrical repairing, crafting and many more!
  • Anti Slip Clips: Both the straight and cured tweezer has serrated tips to help grip stuff securely without ever slipping off. The ridged handle will provide secure, comfortable grips on your fingers.
  • Unique Design:Specially designed delicate clip end, no harm to your small or thin water plants, helps prevent accidental injuries to your reptile's mouth.
  • Wide Versatile:Great for all types of aquarium plants, substrate, gravel and other decorations. Remember to rinse and dry after each use, keep away from children and pets.
  • Manufacture: ACKLLR
  • Editor's Impressions Of The ACKLLR
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

ACKLLR Final Thoughts

"Great beginners tank."

No more then five or six tiny ones is my guess. I keep both on a low to low medium setting. The description lists dimmensions but it still feels small. Advanced aquarium owners might find this space annoying. The shrimp sit on the wall and can hide in the back also. All contents included were as promised and they work fantastically. It also comes with a built in 3D back round.

Overall Score
4.6

[star rating="4.6"]
(30 Points)

9. BettaTank 1-Gallon Deco Fish Tank with LED Lighting

User Ratings: 62 11

Koller Products AP100D First Impressions

"- A Color Fusion light."

I would recommend those back flow connectors for the air pump. And now, the pros and cons in my opinion. I put shrimp and guppies in it and they love it. It is definitely something that you can noticeably hear, but it is not an annoyance. Came pretty quickly and was not damaged. Not crazy about the lid or the stand. It has a hood with integrated LED lighting.

  • BettaTank 1-Gallon Deco Fish Tank with LED Lighting
  • MULTIPLE LIGHT COLOR SELECTIONS: Energy-efficient LED lighting with 7 color selections you can choose depending on your mood or time of day or night.
  • OPTIMUM VIEWING: Crystal-clear clarity so good that most think it's glass instead of impact-resistant plastic, along with one-piece construction that provides superior strength and durability. Unlike glass tanks glued together with silicone, this aquarium puts to rest any worries or concerns about possible leaks.
  • FUN and REWARDING: Are you looking to buy an aquarium for your children? If you are, you are going to want to look at this fish tank. Owning an aquarium can be a really fun and rewarding experience and an ideal way to teach your child the responsibility of pet ownership.
  • BUILT-IN TIMER: Set your LED light to come on at the same time every day. Timer enables you to select light settings of 2 Hours, 4 Hours or Continuous On easily with a flick of your finger.
  • DIMENSIONS: 15 L x 3.75 W x 8.5 H Inches.
  • Included components: User Set-Up Guide
  • Age range description: Beginner to Advanced
  • Manufacture: Hawkeye International
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 3.75 x 8.5 inches; 1.81 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Koller Products AP100D
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.2']

Koller Products AP100D Final Thoughts

"Great beginners tank."

I will get unboxing video posted tomorrow as well as any updates. Problem is, the glass sits flush with that top edge. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this Beautiful little tank so much I bought another one. We have had it for over a month now. Keep in mind that the tank, light and heater will require a total of three outlets. And now, the pros and cons in my opinion. I didn't know that the background only goes halfway down the back of the tank.

Overall Score
4.1

[star rating="4.1"]
(87 Points)

10. Houkr 5 in 1 Stainless Steel Aquarium Tank Aquatic Plant Tools Sets, Aquarium Tools Kit Fish Tank Aq...

User Ratings: 65

Houkr Houkr-14 First Impressions

"Now that's another part."

1 gallon that a Betta really needs a 3-5 gallon home so I purchased this one as well. We have had it for over a month now. He does swim under the shelf of the background but never hides there. He was being suctioned to the filter. Enough colors and gradients to please any demanding scaled pet. So I now have a little cubby that my fish uses to hide. It comes with the filter and lights.

  • Houkr 5 in 1 Stainless Steel Aquarium Tank Aquatic Plant Tools Sets, Aquarium Tools Kit Fish Tank Aquatic Plant Tweezers Scissor Spatula Sets
  • 5-Piece Tools Kit: Straight Tweezers, Curved Tweezers, Straight Scissors, Curved Scissors, Sand Scraper, great for planting and pruning plant.
  • 100% Brand New And High Quality: Professional aquarium plant fish tank tools set.
  • Stainless Steel: Stainless steel material with excellent flexibility and will never suffer rust.
  • Easy To Trim: Aquarium trimming kit is perfect for pruning all kinds of aquatic plants and cutting off plants in hard-to-reach places.
  • Good For Plant: It won't hurt the aquatic plant's cross-section, effectively reducing the plants damages.
  • Manufacture: Houkr
  • Item Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Houkr Houkr-14
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

Houkr Houkr-14 Final Thoughts

"So it worked out."

James spends his days swimming all around his tank and working on his bubble nest. The motor has four little suction cup feet for stability. The filter has great flow and comes with an extended spray bar. Fluval, BioOrd, and several other micro tanks. I wish I new about that before I got it. The price is definitely a big plus. The cherry shrimp had fries twice and now my Celestial Pearl Danios are laying eggs.

Overall Score
4.3

[star rating="4.3"]
(12 Points)

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