Editor's Choice - Our Favorite 20 Gallon Aquarium Starter Kits

1. GloFish Aquarium Kit Fish Tank with LED Lighting and Filtration Included

User Ratings: 68 8

GloFish NV33823 First Impressions

"Love this!"

The Mingdak strip is also waterproof and submersible so there's that. He loves exploring his new environment with all the fresh vegetation. This is a good deal for a complete setup, less the rocks for the bottom. The motor has four little suction cup feet for stability. It's really nice to have for betta fish that need to be in warm water. My plants have been doing fine and the filter and lights have worked really well. It also sits on the bottom glass pane, not the edges of the viewing panes.

  • GloFish Aquarium Kit Fish Tank with LED Lighting and Filtration Included
  • INCLUDES ALL THE ESSENTIALS FOR SUCCESS: This GloFish aquarium kit includes a 20 gallon glass aquarium, LED hood, Tetra mini UL heater, Tetra Whisper 20 filter, GloFish 13" LED light stick, 1 GloFish yellow anemone, 2 plant multipacks, fish food and water conditioner sample as well as a set-up guide.
  • BLUE LED LIGHTING TRANSFORMS YOUR AQUARIUM: The blue LED light completely transforms your aquarium. GloFish and GloFish d?cor fluoresce, creating a colorful, neon display.
  • COMPLETE THE LOOK WITH COLORFUL ADDITIONS: Complete the look by adding pops of color among any gravel you choose with the varying plant sizes and colors included.
  • DIMENSIONS: The 20 Gallon Aquarium dimensions are 24.2" L x 12.5" W x 16.2" H
  • 20 Gallon Glass Aquarium
  • LED hood
  • Tetra(R) Mini UL Heater
  • Tetra(R) Whisper(R) 20 Filter
  • Manufacture: United Pet Group
  • Product Dimensions: 27.88 x 16.13 x 20.38 inches; 34.15 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The GloFish NV33823
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

GloFish NV33823 Final Thoughts

"Love this!"

I purchased the hygger heater and it has worked out perfectly too. The aquarium kit is with the exception of the filter is excellent! This is going to be a sweet little setup! No doubt, I'll just be throwing that out. And now, the pros and cons in my opinion. And the lights that it comes with are my absolute favorite. I love looking at it while I'm in the kitchen.

Overall Score
4.3


(1865 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated 20 Gallon Aquarium Starter Kits

2. 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
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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


(740 Points)

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

User Ratings: 72 7

Tetra NV33822 First Impressions

"This tank comes with."

They literally thought of everything. I cant wait to set this up and get some shrimp and cardinal tetras in there. I purchased the hygger heater and it has worked out perfectly too. I say it's a good buy and a very nice tank. Of course the tank is an odd shape in itself lol. Incredibly happy with this purchase. Fortunately, the way the arm is designed you can zip tie something like the 7.

  • Tetra ColorFusion Aquarium 20 Gallon Fish Tank Kit, Includes LED Lighting and Decor
  • Let the LED light transform your aquarium with each color change. Pause the cycle on any color to fully customize your aquarium
  • The anemones sway with your filter current and give your fish a place to hide and relax
  • Tetra plants come to life under the glow of Color Fusion LED
  • The Tetra ColorFusion Kit includes: one 20 Glass gallon Aquarium, one aquarium hood, one UL Heater, one Tetra Whisper 20 Filter, one Color Fusion Universal Color Changing LED, two Wonderland Plant Multipacks, one Blooming White Anemone
  • 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; 35.19 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra NV33822
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Tetra NV33822 Final Thoughts

"Personal preference."

They'll have a lot more room to play around decorations and stuff, too. And it builds up a lot of algae so it needs to be cleaned more. Fortunately, the way the arm is designed you can zip tie something like the 7. I wish I new about that before I got it. I've had it for a few days now and had zero problems hooking everything up. This is especially important if you opt to keep tropical fish rather than a betta. I cant wait to set this up and get some shrimp and cardinal tetras in there.

Overall Score
4.4


(531 Points)

4. Aqueon Aquarium Starter Kit with LED Lighting 20 High

User Ratings: 69 7

Aqueon 100530578 First Impressions

"It was all fluval brand."

I always had bubbles on the front of my tank no matter how I faced the tubes. Bigger is always better for new people. So I ended up taking the filter out and replacing it with a sponge filter. I'm a first-time fish parent, and this is my first filtered aquarium. The Mingdak strip is also waterproof and submersible so there's that. I purchased the hygger heater and it has worked out perfectly too. Nothing came broke and everything is working.

  • Aqueon Aquarium Starter Kit with LED Lighting 20 High
  • Low profile full hood contains vibrant cool white LED lighting to bring your aquatic environment to life
  • QuietFlow 10 LED PRO power filter has a red LED light that flashes to indicate when it’s time to change the cartridge – no more guessing!
  • Preset heater will keep your aquarium temperature at a constant 78 degrees, appropriate for most tropical fish
  • Complete setup guide included
  • Complete aquarium kit includes: 20 gallon glass aquarium, low profile LED full hood, QuietFlow 10 LED PRO power filter with medium cartridge, 100W preset heater, premium fish food, water conditioner, fish net, stick-on thermometer
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Item Weight: 32.4 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 27.25 x 15.75 x 21 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100530578
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Aqueon 100530578 Final Thoughts

"I shut mine off."

And it builds up a lot of algae so it needs to be cleaned more. This tank will be much easier to live with than the smaller 1-3 gallon options. This unit was an upgrade for my daughters Beta tank. This tank will be much easier to live with than the smaller 1-3 gallon options. It's raised at the edges and just looks bad. Not impossible to reach but definitely an odd angle you have to go in from lol. The background adds a lot of depth that feels missing in a standard aquarium.

Overall Score
4.4


(341 Points)

5. Aqueon AAG91235 Part Adhesive Handle for Aquarium Starter Kit

User Ratings: 84 4

Aqueon 158150 First Impressions

"- The fish tank."

Fluval, BioOrd, and several other micro tanks. I purchased the hygger heater and it has worked out perfectly too. I'm not sure that it could be much quieter. Nothing came broke and everything is working. It is definitely something that you can noticeably hear, but it is not an annoyance. BUT it still looks pretty cool for a background lol. Fluval, BioOrd, and several other micro tanks.

  • Aqueon AAG91235 Part Adhesive Handle for Aquarium Starter Kit
  • All glass aquarium part adhesive handle
  • Adhesive handle for canopies fits all
  • Quality construction is the standard at all-glass aquarium
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 158150
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Aqueon 158150 Final Thoughts

"Very well made."

Bigger is always better for new people. The filter has great flow and comes with an extended spray bar. It has everything except for the pebbles we purchased separated we loved it! The shrimp sit on the wall and can hide in the back also. I've included a video of it running so you can judge for yourself. I think it's a great looking tank and I would definitely recommend it to others. Of course the tank is an odd shape in itself lol.

Overall Score
4.7


(168 Points)

6. Tamsco Fish Dissection Kit (M-1610, M-2210, M-1120, Ea-9, Ea-36, Ea-15) Set of 6 Stainless Steel Bla...

Tamsco M-2263 First Impressions

"I personally love it."

It's raised at the edges and just looks bad. The tubes get so dirty so fast and it messes up the flow for the filter. So I would say my tank is now fairly established. All contents included were as promised and they work fantastically. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this Beautiful little tank so much I bought another one. - Though the base is plastic, it's sturdy. I also bought a heater with a built in thermostat.

  • Tamsco Fish Dissection Kit (M-1610, M-2210, M-1120, Ea-9, Ea-36, Ea-15) Set of 6 Stainless Steel Blades Included Zipper Case
  • Comes with Set Of 6
  • Stainless Steel
  • Blades Included
  • Zipper Case
  • Manufacture: TAMSCO
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 9.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tamsco M-2263
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Tamsco M-2263 Final Thoughts

"- A heater."

Just loading gravel scratched the front of mine. The pump is also as close to silent as you can get. You are getting a premium quality tank for a reasonable price. The blue light works great as a night light also. I've had it for a few days now and had zero problems hooking everything up. The pump is also as close to silent as you can get. I don't remove my lid that much so, not a big deal to me.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

7. INITIAL LEAF Aquarium Long Tweezers 15 inch Feeding Tongs for Reptile Snake Fish Stainless Steel Str...

User Ratings: 84 3

INITIAL LEAF First Impressions

"I gotta get them all!"

Once finished with both tanks will post pics of grass wall. He loves exploring his new environment with all the fresh vegetation. All contents included were as promised and they work fantastically. It has everything except for the pebbles we purchased separated we loved it! So I now have a little cubby that my fish uses to hide. That piece is very poorly designed. I love the tank and everything else about it but the background!

  • INITIAL LEAF Aquarium Long Tweezers 15 inch Feeding Tongs for Reptile Snake Fish Stainless Steel Straight Curved Tweezer Long Handled Garden Bonsai Tool Tank Aquascape Aquatic Saltwater Kit
  • 15 inch LongTweezers for Aquarium gives you plenty of reach without getting your hands in the fish tank and to plant seed or move stem.2 pcs set,Straight tweezers and Curved tweezers,one more angle choice,easier to handle bonsai stem.
  • Long Feeding Tongs great for Feeding Insects,Snake,Reptile,Snakes,Lizards Spider,Ball python, Gecko, bearded dragon, tarantulas, salamanders,betta,frogs,birds. Definitely work and you can pinch the leg of a roach with ease and not squish them.
  • Perfect Aquarium Tool with black coating, aquarium pincette,carbonation protection,effectively resist rust,even though be used in saltwater.No harm for your pets and plant. HIGH QUALITY aquarium,fish bowl accessories kit,also bonsai, terrarium gardening tools.
  • Long Tweezers with heavy materials,0.24lb/0.11kg each tweezer,sturdy. Serrated tips design, ANTI SLIP CLIPS,they perfectly complete their work grip the food, aquatic decoration, substrate,gravel,coral well.
  • Had better keep the Long Stainless Steel Tweezers clean and dry after using.
  • Manufacture: INITIAL LEAF
  • Item Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The INITIAL LEAF
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

INITIAL LEAF Final Thoughts

"5-3 fish, not 5."

I purchased the hygger heater and it has worked out perfectly too. It's probably fine, but I don't like it at all. It has a hood with integrated LED lighting. The background adds a lot of depth that feels missing in a standard aquarium. He does swim under the shelf of the background but never hides there. It's perfect for guppies, shrimp, bettas, neon tetras or any other small fish. He loves exploring his new environment with all the fresh vegetation.

Overall Score
4.7


(76 Points)

8. Penn-Plax Triad AquaTerrium Fish Tank (REPTT7) – 3 Chambers, 1 Biological Ecosystem – For Aquapo...

User Ratings: 48 41

Penn-Plax REPTT7 First Impressions

"I got this for my desk."

Even though it's open about half way up the heater. But overall the money was so worth this little pack. 1 gallon that a Betta really needs a 3-5 gallon home so I purchased this one as well. It has everything except for the pebbles we purchased separated we loved it! Not crazy about the lid or the stand. Of course the tank is an odd shape in itself lol. The description lists dimmensions but it still feels small.

  • Penn-Plax Triad AquaTerrium Fish Tank (REPTT7) – 3 Chambers, 1 Biological Ecosystem – For Aquaponic, Refugium, and Freshwater Aquarium Setups – 3.25 Gallons,Crystal Clear Glass
  • INNOVATIVE: The Triad AquaTerrium Fish Tank features 3 chambers that harmonize as 1 biological ecosystem, allowing for multiple freshwater species to coexist independently. This piece will add excitement and wonder to any home!
  • HARMONIZED SYSTEM: The tiered setup replicates Nature’s metabolic cycle. The plants absorb fish waste as nourishment, and purify the water in return, which is beneficial for the fish.
  • ITEMS INCLUDED: To keep this cycle continuous and clean, the Triad AquaTerrium Fish Tank utilizes an integrated filtration system, consisting of a Submersible Filter Pump (4. 5 Watt), Bio Sponge, and 2 Circulating Waterfalls.
  • AQUATIC LIFE: Each chamber can easily hold Nano Fish. Great for Bettas, Tetras, Danios, Barbs, Rasboras, Small Crustaceans, and Shrimp.
  • AQUATIC PLANTS: Works with all submersible plants, including: Anubias, Chain Sword (Narrow Leaf), Indian Red Sword, and Dwarf Baby Tears.
  • MARGINAL PLANTS: Also works with most marginal house plants, including: Christmas Cactus, Coleus, Cordyline Terminalis, and Arrowhead Plant.
  • MEASUREMENTS: Overall: 3. 25 Gal – 12” (W) x 12” (D) x 5” (Front H) / 10” (Back H); Front Chamber 0. 75 Gal (12” x 3. 75” x 5”); Middle Chamber 0. 94 Gal (9. 5” x 3. 75” x 7. 25”); Rear Chamber 1. 56 Gal (9. 5” x 3. 75” x 10”)
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax REPTT7
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Penn-Plax REPTT7 Final Thoughts

"A soft humming sound."

Definitely recommend this tank hands down! It has a hood with integrated LED lighting. This is the best 5 gallon tank you will ever purchase for the price. The pump is also as close to silent as you can get. The price is definitely a big plus. The price is definitely a big plus. The tubes get so dirty so fast and it messes up the flow for the filter.

Overall Score
3.3


(12 Points)

9. Koller Products 1.5-Gallon Aquarium 360 with LED Lighting & Power Filter

User Ratings: 37 30

Koller Products AP360-15FFP First Impressions

"After adding water, etc."

Fortunately, the way the arm is designed you can zip tie something like the 7. It is perfect for small places like a kitchen counter, night stand, or even a desk. I wish I new about that before I got it. My beta seems to be adjusting well. This is going to be a sweet little setup! I didn't know that the background only goes halfway down the back of the tank. Enough colors and gradients to please any demanding scaled pet.

  • Koller Products 1.5-Gallon Aquarium 360 with LED Lighting & Power Filter
  • Are you looking to buy an aquarium for your family? 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.
  • Energy-efficient LED lighting with 7 dazzling color selections to brightly illuminate your fish, choose daylight white, blue, green, amber, aqua, purple, or red.
  • Powerful internal power filter cleans and purifies aquarium water at a flow rate of 25 gallons per hour, effectively removing organic pollutants including discolorations, odors, heavy metals, and toxic gases, uses Koller Products XS replacement cartridges.
  • Crystal-clear clarity so good that most think it's made of glass instead of impact-resistant plastic; providing leak-proof assurance, unlike glass tanks glued together with silicone, this one-piece tank puts to rest any worries or concerns about possible leaks.
  • Easy to set up and maintain, this trendy fish tank will look good wherever you place it. Takes 3 AAA batteries (not included); optional Koller Products 5V Power Adapter (AQ51000) enables light to be plugged into household electrical outlet, (available online).
  • Dimensions: 8.10 Dia x 9.50 H Inches
  • Dual-sided poly-fiber floss removes fish waste and other debris.
  • Ready-to-use cartridge contains premium activated carbon that keeps water clean and fish healthy.
  • Manufacture: Koller Products
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 8.1 x 9.75 inches; 2.15 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Koller Products AP360-15FFP
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Koller Products AP360-15FFP Final Thoughts

"Perfect product."

This tank will be much easier to live with than the smaller 1-3 gallon options. The cherry shrimp had fries twice and now my Celestial Pearl Danios are laying eggs. Again, heater and light if you are doing real plants. I'm a first-time fish parent, and this is my first filtered aquarium. It's perfect for guppies, shrimp, bettas, neon tetras or any other small fish. It is definitely something that you can noticeably hear, but it is not an annoyance. I put mine in the corner of my breakfast bar.

Overall Score
3.2


(25 Points)

10. DEECOOYA 15 inch Long Handle Aquarium Tweezers Serving Tongs,2 Pack Stainless Steel Straight and Cur...

User Ratings: 81 1

DEECOOYA First Impressions

"The tank itself is fine."

I think it's a great looking tank and I would definitely recommend it to others. Disregard the videos that show the filter operating with a loud chattering noise. No doubt, I'll just be throwing that out. It'll be fine, just be careful how you deal with the filter. This is the best 5 gallon tank you will ever purchase for the price. I wish I new about that before I got it. I love looking at it while I'm in the kitchen.

  • DEECOOYA 15 inch Long Handle Aquarium Tweezers Serving Tongs,2 Pack Stainless Steel Straight and Curved Tweezers Set for Fish Tank Plants Reptile Feeding Tongs,Black
  • HIGH QUALITY AQUARIUM TWEEZERS: these 15'' long handle straight and cured tweezers made of sturdy, high quality stainless steel with mat black coating,durable and not easy to be rusted under water. Perfect aquatic tweezers for aquarium plants tools,fish feeding tongs,fish tank accessories and reptile feeding tongs.
  • ANTI SLIP CLIPS: come with 2 pcs tongs,both the straight and cured tweezer has serrated tips to help grip stuff securely without ever slipping off. Great tools for all types of aquarium plants,substrate,gravel,coral ,aquatic pets ,fish,bearded dragon,lizard feeding tongs,and other decorations.
  • SAFE AND FRIENDLY TONGS:delicate coating provide a good barrier between water and food,not easy to get rust,no harm to your fish tank water plants, fish pets or reptiles pets, helps prevent accidental injuries to your pet's mouth,safe and easy to use.
  • WIDELY USED: this fish tank tweezers suit for aquarium water plant planting, fish tank landscaping tools, fish feeding tongs,also perfect for betta fish feeding tong, reptile feeding tongs for Lizard Bearded Dragon Gecko Snake Ball Python Spider and Birds feeder tongs.
  • PACKAGE INCLUDED: 2 pcs mat balck Aquarium Tweezer Set, including 1x Straight Tweezer and 1x Curved Tweezer,each tweezer approx.15 inch long.
  • Manufacture: DEECOOYA
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2 x 1 inches; 11.22 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The DEECOOYA
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

DEECOOYA Final Thoughts

"Very happy."

All contents included were as promised and they work fantastically. I say it's a good buy and a very nice tank. It's probably fine, but I don't like it at all. The pump is also as close to silent as you can get. Disregard the videos that show the filter operating with a loud chattering noise. Came with the tank and background along with a pump and light. It is perfect for small places like a kitchen counter, night stand, or even a desk.

Overall Score
4.7


(515 Points)

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