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
  • Quality
  • 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. Songway 5 in 1 Aquarium Plant Tool Kit Straight&Curved Scissors, Substrate Spatula, Straight&Curved ...

User Ratings: 70

Songway First Impressions

"My lid is laying on."

The shrimp sit on the wall and can hide in the back also. I put shrimp and guppies in it and they love it. Plan to buy another filter as this filter will be too noisy for you to tolerate! I'm a first-time fish parent, and this is my first filtered aquarium. Disregard the videos that show the filter operating with a loud chattering noise. It has been working just fine and maintaining temp. The pump is also as close to silent as you can get.

  • Songway 5 in 1 Aquarium Plant Tool Kit Straight&Curved Scissors, Substrate Spatula, Straight&Curved Tweezers/Aquarium Aquatic Plant Tools Set with Case
  • 【5 pcs of Aquatic Plant Tools】: Straight scissor, curved scissor, straight tweezer, curved Tweezer, Spatula. Convenient for you to decorate a wonderful view in the aquarium. Design for aquatic plant planting, caring and pruning.
  • 【HUMANIZED DESIGN】 : Two different types of scissor and tweezers to satisfy your various needs, enables you to trim the plants in those hard-to-reach places! We provides an easy and convenient operation and more enjoyments in decoration or maintenance.
  • 【Flexible】: A high quality and elegant PVC or a ordinary case to organize tools when finish use. And we offer a free rack holder as backup to gather these tools, just choose the preference one or use them alternately, flexible enough and make your sweet home clean and tidy.(Note: only the leather bag comes with the free tool holder)
  • 【Superior Quality】: Made of superior stainless steel and will never get rusted. Just make sure to rinse and dry them off with clean cloth after every use. The storage bag uses great PVC material, durable and good to feel, bringing you a light mood!
  • 【PRACTICAL】: Perfect for all types of Aquarium Plants, Substrate, Gravel, and Other Decorations, offering precision plant trimming and maintenance that does not disturb the rest of the decor/plants. Besides, it’s a ideal gift for your friends who loves fish!
  • Manufacture: Songway
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Songway
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Songway Final Thoughts

"On it says bottom."

The shrimp sit on the wall and can hide in the back also. Just loading gravel scratched the front of mine. BUT it still looks pretty cool for a background lol. Again, heater and light if you are doing real plants. We have had it for over a month now. It just sits under the tank with no way of holding the tank in place on top of it. That piece is very poorly designed.

Overall Score
4.6


(49 Points)

6. 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
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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


(5 Points)

7. Hagen Fluval EBI Shrimp Kit

User Ratings: 67 21

Hagen First Impressions

"5-3 fish, not 5."

Best of luck if you purchase it this kit! I love looking at it while I'm in the kitchen. They'll have a lot more room to play around decorations and stuff, too. This helps to build a small eco system that reduces tank maintenance. I didn't know that the background only goes halfway down the back of the tank. Definitely recommend this tank hands down! The rule of thumb is one small fish per gallon.

  • Hagen Fluval EBI Shrimp Kit
  • Sleek, All Aluminum Waterproof Casing
  • Powerful & Energy Efficient LED's for Optimal Plant Growth and Shrimp Color
  • Convenient Touch Start Day & Night Illumination
  • Powerful 3 Stage Filtration with oversized Mechanical, Chemical, Biological Media
  • Manufacture: Josh's Frogs
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hagen
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Hagen Final Thoughts

"The tank itself is fine."

It only goes halfway down which may bother some people but to me it's great! I absolutely love this eight gallon tank. It has a hood with integrated LED lighting. I cant wait to set this up and get some shrimp and cardinal tetras in there. The cherry shrimp had fries twice and now my Celestial Pearl Danios are laying eggs. I always had bubbles on the front of my tank no matter how I faced the tubes. Enough colors and gradients to please any demanding scaled pet.

Overall Score
3.9


(19 Points)

8. Aqueon MiniBow LED Kit, 2.5 Gallon, Black

User Ratings: 55 5

Aqueon First Impressions

"But this tank is great."

If you are into dwarf shrimp that is. It is very easy to set up and also comes with easy to understand instructions. There arent very many other aquariums at this price point with these measurements. This is going to be a sweet little setup! If hygger comes out with more designs I would def. BUT it still looks pretty cool for a background lol. I put shrimp and guppies in it and they love it.

  • Aqueon MiniBow LED Kit, 2.5 Gallon, Black
  • Aqueon MiniBow LED Kit, 2.5 Gallon, Black
  • Simple to setup and maintain, looks great in any room
  • Lid has feeding hole for convenient feeding
  • Uses Aqueon QuietFlow Filtration; cartridge, food and water care samples are inside
  • Dimensions: 11.5" x 7.63" x 12.5"
  • Manufacture: Aqueon
  • Item Weight: 3.75 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 7.5 x 12.5 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Aqueon Final Thoughts

"Recommend!"

All of this is explained in the instructions. Shipped fast, everything was there in perfect condition. I have this unit deployed for a couple of months now. The background adds a lot of depth that feels missing in a standard aquarium. Plan to buy another filter as this filter will be too noisy for you to tolerate! The background is comes with is just super convenient! James spends his days swimming all around his tank and working on his bubble nest.

Overall Score
4.0


(51 Points)

9. Coralife Fish Tank LED BioCube Aquarium Starter Kits

User Ratings: 73 6

Coralife First Impressions

"Very happy."

Again, heater and light if you are doing real plants. The adjustable pump can be turned down really low so the flow does not bother a Beta. The filter is actually a pretty nice design. Hope this list helps those who are new to keeping fish-- they are a great first pet! It literally made me provide others with a true review. This is especially important if you opt to keep tropical fish rather than a betta. It only goes halfway down which may bother some people but to me it's great!

  • Coralife Fish Tank LED BioCube Aquarium Starter Kits
  • Manufacture: Coralife
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Coralife
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Coralife Final Thoughts

"It was easy to set up."

You are getting a premium quality tank for a reasonable price. He does swim under the shelf of the background but never hides there. BUT it still looks pretty cool for a background lol. Keep in mind that the tank, light and heater will require a total of three outlets. The background adds a lot of depth that feels missing in a standard aquarium. Shipped fast, everything was there in perfect condition. It also comes with a built in 3D back round.

Overall Score
4.5


(44 Points)

10. Koller Products 3.5-Gallon Aquarium with Sleep Sound Machine (Nature Sounds), LED Lighting (7 Color ...

User Ratings: 46 15

Koller Products AQ35000A First Impressions

"This tank is super small."

It is really just a trickle at the lowest setting. Came with the tank and background along with a pump and light. Of course the tank is an odd shape in itself lol. This is going to be a sweet little setup! The filter is actually a pretty nice design. It's really nice to have for betta fish that need to be in warm water. It comes with the filter and lights.

  • Koller Products 3.5-Gallon Aquarium with Sleep Sound Machine (Nature Sounds), LED Lighting (7 Color Choices) and Power Filter
  • Fall asleep listening to calming sounds of Ocean Waves, Bubbling Brook, Rain Forest Rainfall, and Thunderstorms; you'll find you will sleep far more soundly
  • Energy-efficient LED lighting with 7 color selections you can choose depending on your mood or time of day or night; aquarium light can be turned on or off for easy night time operation
  • Internal power filter keeps aquarium water crystal clear and your fish healthy, with a flow rate of 25 gallons per hour that quickly removes fish waste and other impurities; uses Koller Products XS replacement filter cartridges (AQ05FC-30) available on Amazon
  • Crystal-clear clarity so good that most think it's glass instead of impact-resistant plastic; the one-piece design provides superior strength and durability, unlike glass tanks glued together with silicone this aquarium puts to rest any worries or concerns about possible leaks
  • Built-in sound machine plays MP3 files loaded onto a micro SDHC flash memory card (included); listen to prerecorded nature sounds or load your favorite music
  • Dual-sided poly-fiber floss removes fish waste and other debris.
  • Premium activated carbon eliminates organic pollutants that can degrade water quality and cloud water.
  • Koller Products XS replacement filter cartridges (AQ05FC-60), available on Amazon - item B08CYVX31S.
  • Manufacture: AQUARIUS
  • Product Dimensions: 11.25 x 8.75 x 13.5 inches; 3 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Koller Products AQ35000A
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Koller Products AQ35000A Final Thoughts

"Super easy to assemble."

Nothing came broke and everything is working. There arent very many other aquariums at this price point with these measurements. He was being suctioned to the filter. I bought this to basically replace a 5 gallon tank and make a new planted version. Instructions were easy to use and the filter system is relatively quiet. Enough colors and gradients to please any demanding scaled pet. BUT it still looks pretty cool for a background lol.

Overall Score
3.6


(42 Points)

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