Editor's Choice - Our Favorite 55 Gallon Aquarium Starter Kits

1. Tetra 55 Gallon Aquarium Kit with Fish Tank, Fish Net, Fish Food, Filter, Heater and Water Condition...

User Ratings: 78 3

Tetra NV33231 First Impressions

"It is very quiet."

This tank will be much easier to live with than the smaller 1-3 gallon options. But overall the money was so worth this little pack. This tank will be much easier to live with than the smaller 1-3 gallon options. I will get unboxing video posted tomorrow as well as any updates. Even though it's open about half way up the heater. I wish I new about that before I got it. This is going to be a sweet little setup!

  • Tetra 55 Gallon Aquarium Kit with Fish Tank, Fish Net, Fish Food, Filter, Heater and Water Conditioners
  • LARGE ENVIRONMENT: Larger environments can house more fish or a greater variety of fish. Maintains water temperature. Essential for tropical fishkeeping
  • KIT INCLUDES: one 55 gallon tank, EasyBalance Plus, TetraMin, AquaSafe, 6” fish net, 200W heater, WPF 60 Filter, Stick on digital thermometer, 24” Tetra hinged hood x 2, 2 plant multipacks and a boxwood plant, TetraCare brochure and instruction sheet
  • LED LIGHTING: Included lighting adds the natural daylight effect to your aquarium, giving you illuminated viewing of the entire space
  • DIMENSIONS: 51.90" L x 24.40" W x 16.40" H
  • WEIGHT: This aquarium tank weighs approximately 79 lb by itself. With water, total tank weight can reach 521 lb.
  • COMPLETE YOUR COMBO WITH THE MAJESTY STAND: The Perfecto Majesty Stand (ASIN: B00BUFU77U) properly supports the weight of this tank, while also providing storage for supplies.
  • Manufacture: Spectrum Brands Pet LLC
  • Product Dimensions: 51.9 x 24.4 x 16.4 inches; 78 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra NV33231
  • Quality [star rating='3.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.7']

Tetra NV33231 Final Thoughts

"Mine came scratch free."

I always had bubbles on the front of my tank no matter how I faced the tubes. After reading only four reviews I was hesitant. I didn't know that the background only goes halfway down the back of the tank. It is very easy to set up and also comes with easy to understand instructions. It is really just a trickle at the lowest setting. Will not grow anything aside from Anubias and moss balls. Hope this list helps those who are new to keeping fish-- they are a great first pet!

Overall Score
4.6

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

2. Koller Products AquaTunes 2.5-Gallon Aquarium with Sleep Sound Machine (Sounds of Nature), LED Light...

User Ratings: 36 22

Koller Products AQ25000A First Impressions

"Super easy to assemble."

I put mine in the corner of my breakfast bar. I would recommend those back flow connectors for the air pump. But overall the money was so worth this little pack. It's really nice to have for betta fish that need to be in warm water. This would make a great gift for anyone wanting to get into the hobby. And it's a little awkward to put things in like a heater and stuff. - it really only holds 4 gallons after you add gravel and decorations.

  • Koller Products AquaTunes 2.5-Gallon Aquarium with Sleep Sound Machine (Sounds of Nature), LED Lighting (7 Color Choices) and Power Filter
  • Fall asleep listening to soothing sounds of nature with this trendy aquarium and sound machine
  • 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. Uses Koller Products XS replacement filter cartridges (AQ05FC-30), available on Amazon
  • Crystal-clear clarity so good that most think it's glass, constructed of impact-resistant plastic providing leak-proof assurance
  • Set your LED light to come on at the same time every day. Light uses 3 AAA batteries (sold separately) or 5V Power Adapter (AQ51000) available on Amazon
  • 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.
  • Model number: AQ10FC-30
  • Manufacture: AQUARIUS
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 9.5 x 11.25 inches; 3 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Koller Products AQ25000A
  • Quality [star rating='2.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.4']

Koller Products AQ25000A Final Thoughts

"Nice tank for the price."

Hope this list helps those who are new to keeping fish-- they are a great first pet! I would recommend those back flow connectors for the air pump. So I now have a little cubby that my fish uses to hide. - Though the base is plastic, it's sturdy. Fortunately, the way the arm is designed you can zip tie something like the 7. I've had it for a few days now and had zero problems hooking everything up. I put shrimp and guppies in it and they love it.

Overall Score
3.4

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

3. SunGrow Aquarium Tool Kit (5pcs) Perfect Aquascaping Tools - Includes Straight & Curved Scissors, Su...

User Ratings: 81 1

SunGrow First Impressions

"The kit is not complete."

You are getting a premium quality tank for a reasonable price. I love the tank and everything else about it but the background! The lights have a timer and three different levels of brightness and color. Not impossible to reach but definitely an odd angle you have to go in from lol. This tank will be much easier to live with than the smaller 1-3 gallon options. It is perfect for small places like a kitchen counter, night stand, or even a desk. They'll have a lot more room to play around decorations and stuff, too.

  • SunGrow Aquarium Tool Kit (5pcs) Perfect Aquascaping Tools - Includes Straight & Curved Scissors, Substrate Spatula, Straight & Bent Tweezers - Stainless Steel - No Rust - Convenient Operation
  • ✔ PACK OF 5 AQUASCAPING TOOLS --- This kit comes with the 5 most essential aquascaping tools needed to cultivate and maintain all your aquarium plants. No more using your hands and fingers to prune those plants.
  • ✔ RUSTPROOF MADE OF STAINLESS STEEL --- The tools in SunGrow aquarium tool kit are made from stainless steel and are completely rust proof. They are also flexible, sharp and durable tools.
  • ✔ LIGHTWEIGHT DOUBLE-SIDED SPATULA --- This lightweight spatula has two sides for different applications. The larger side can be used for smoothing out large areas of substrate while the smaller end can work on more delicate jobs.
  • ✔ STRAIGHT AND CURVED TWEEZERS--- The two different types of tweezers can be used for larger aquarium plants and for tiny carpet plants. You can also use the tweezers for inserting nutritional capsules in the substrate. Grasp the capsules with the tweezer insert into the substrate and gently let go.
  • ✔ STRAIGHT AND CURVED SCISSORS--- These sharp high precision scissors are perfect for pruning and trimming your aquarium plant life. The curved scissor is specially made to help you trim the hard to reach parts of plants.
  • Manufacture: Luffy Pets Collection
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SunGrow
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

SunGrow Final Thoughts

"I shut mine off."

Hope this list helps those who are new to keeping fish-- they are a great first pet! All you need to add for a happy Betta fish is an extra light and a tank heater. He loves exploring his new environment with all the fresh vegetation. I don't remove my lid that much so, not a big deal to me. Problem is, the glass sits flush with that top edge. It'll be fine, just be careful how you deal with the filter. This unit was an upgrade for my daughters Beta tank.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(271 Points)

4. Aqueon Products 015905178020 LED Minibow Aquarium Kit, 1 Gallon, Black

User Ratings: 56 10

Aqueon 100117802 First Impressions

"Very good quality!"

I have this unit deployed for a couple of months now. After reading only four reviews I was hesitant. Once finished with both tanks will post pics of grass wall. - it really only holds 4 gallons after you add gravel and decorations. I've had it for a few days now and had zero problems hooking everything up. It also comes with a built in 3D back round. Bigger is always better for new people.

  • Aqueon Products 015905178020 LED Minibow Aquarium Kit, 1 Gallon, Black
  • Aqueon Led Minibow Aquarium Kit, 1 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: 8.5" x 6.25" x 9.25"
  • Manufacture: Prime Pet Deals - Code 1
  • Item Weight: 2.05 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100117802
  • Quality [star rating='4.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.1']

Aqueon 100117802 Final Thoughts

"Nice tank for the price."

The adjustable pump can be turned down really low so the flow does not bother a Beta. This is going to be a sweet little setup! I absolutely love this eight gallon tank. I absolutely love this eight gallon tank. Again, heater and light if you are doing real plants. I say it's a good buy and a very nice tank. The pump is also as close to silent as you can get.

Overall Score
3.9

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

5. EvaGO 15 inch Black Curved Aquarium Tweezers Stainless Steel Curved Tweezer with Carbonation Protect...

User Ratings: 79 1

EvaGO First Impressions

"I highly recommend it."

Will not grow anything aside from Anubias and moss balls. I say it's a good buy and a very nice tank. Not crazy about the lid or the stand. Not impossible to reach but definitely an odd angle you have to go in from lol. This is the best 5 gallon tank you will ever purchase for the price. I'm working on a planted tank, will decide what fish will work. I think it's a great looking tank and I would definitely recommend it to others.

  • EvaGO 15 inch Black Curved Aquarium Tweezers Stainless Steel Curved Tweezer with Carbonation Protection Coating Against Rust Long Reptiles Feeding Tongs for Aquatic Plants Lizards Spider Snakes
  • Quality Feeding Tweezers: Superior forged stainless steel reptile feeding tweezers with fine carbonation protection coating processing surface, sturdy and flexible enough
  • Excellent Aquarium Tools: Perfect for feeding and handling aquarium plants, bearded dragon, tarantulas, snakes, spiders, Gecko, aquatic fish, slings, salamanders, live food for larger aquatic pets or corals and more
  • Long Reptile Feeding Tongs: Has 15 inch length, with carbonation protection coating against rust; easy to use with any proper angles, no harm to water plants, also can prevent accidental injuries from your reptile's mouth, make feeding a lot easier
  • Premium Anti-slip Clips: Curved Tweezers with serrated tips for picking up smaller objects like small stones, worms, never worry slip off; also their handle with anti-skid design, help you grip stuff firmly
  • Package Included: 1x Black Curved Tweezer; Please remember to rinse and dry with water after each use, keep away from children and pets
  • Manufacture: EvaGO
  • Editor's Impressions Of The EvaGO
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

EvaGO Final Thoughts

"It is very quiet."

The aquarium kit is with the exception of the filter is excellent! Will not grow anything aside from Anubias and moss balls. The pump is also as close to silent as you can get. And the lights that it comes with are my absolute favorite. The lights have a timer and three different levels of brightness and color. It is perfect for small places like a kitchen counter, night stand, or even a desk. Instructions were easy to use and the filter system is relatively quiet.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(582 Points)

6. Aqueon Betta Castle Kit, Half Gallon, Black

User Ratings: 62 11

Aqueon 015905012232 First Impressions

"Super easy to assemble."

I also bought a heater with a built in thermostat. I say it's a good buy and a very nice tank. James spends his days swimming all around his tank and working on his bubble nest. I'm not sure that it could be much quieter. The light is fairly bright but insufficient for growing any decent live plants. So far I like it, and my betta seems to like it as well. All of this is explained in the instructions.

  • Aqueon Betta Castle Kit, Half Gallon, Black
  • Half gallon Castle Aquarium with flags
  • Stack up to three betta castles to build the ultimate Castle
  • Convenient feeding hole allows for feeding betta without taking the entire lid off
  • Decorative gravel included inside
  • Samples of Food and water care are inside
  • Manufacture: Aqueon
  • Product Dimensions: 6.13 x 6.13 x 7 inches; 1.19 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 015905012232
  • Quality [star rating='4.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

Aqueon 015905012232 Final Thoughts

"Not protecting much."

The shrimp sit on the wall and can hide in the back also. Will be buying a second of these tanks for my step daughter's Betta. This is a VERY SMALL tank, and can only house 1 betta fish OR 2-3 guppies. And it's a little awkward to put things in like a heater and stuff. This unit was an upgrade for my daughters Beta tank. Best of luck if you purchase it this kit! This is a good deal for a complete setup, less the rocks for the bottom.

Overall Score
4.1

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

7. AquaView 1.5-Gallon Fish Tank with LED Lighting and Power Filter

User Ratings: 34 10

Koller Products AP1500IF First Impressions

"I gotta get them all!"

It comes with the filter and lights. I say it's a good buy and a very nice tank. I have this unit deployed for a couple of months now. Came with the tank and background along with a pump and light. He does swim under the shelf of the background but never hides there. They're not nearly as sensitive as these little 2. This is the best 5 gallon tank you will ever purchase for the price.

  • AquaView 1.5-Gallon Fish Tank with LED Lighting and Power Filter
  • Energy-efficient LED lighting with 7 dazzling color choices 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 as the Tetra Whisper S filter cartridge effectively removes organic pollutants (including colors, odors, heavy metals, and toxic gases)
  • Includes built-in light 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
  • Made of impact-resistant plastic with crystal-clear clarity so good that most think it's made of glass plus one-piece construction providing superior strength and durability, unlike glass tanks glued together with silicone, this trendy shaped 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 Hawkeye 5V Power Adapter (AQ51000) enables light to be plugged into electrical outlet, available online. Dimensions: 9" L x 8.25" W x 10.75" H
  • 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.
  • Model number: AQ10FC-30
  • Manufacture: Koller Products
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8.25 x 10.75 inches; 2.43 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Koller Products AP1500IF
  • Quality [star rating='3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='3']

Koller Products AP1500IF Final Thoughts

"I highly recommend it."

If hygger comes out with more designs I would def. It is very easy to set up and also comes with easy to understand instructions. So I ended up taking the filter out and replacing it with a sponge filter. Once finished with both tanks will post pics of grass wall. Fluval, BioOrd, and several other micro tanks. No doubt, I'll just be throwing that out. The motor has four little suction cup feet for stability.

Overall Score
3.8

[star rating="3.8"]
(13 Points)

8. BoomYou Set of 2 Aquarium Tweezers Stainless Steel Feeding Straight Tweezers Aqua Scraping Curved Tw...

BoomYou First Impressions

"- A Color Fusion light."

They're not nearly as sensitive as these little 2. It also comes with a built in 3D back round. No more then five or six tiny ones is my guess. It only goes halfway down which may bother some people but to me it's great! I also bought a heater with a built in thermostat. I wish I new about that before I got it. I just set this up today and I absolutely love it so far.

  • BoomYou Set of 2 Aquarium Tweezers Stainless Steel Feeding Straight Tweezers Aqua Scraping Curved Tweezers Set for Fish Tank Aquatic Plants Garden Decoration Pet Feeding - Black 38cm/15
  • Tweezers has 15" length and slim design, perfect for cleaning out garden or fish tank, crafting and many more!
  • Both the straight and cured tweezers has serrated tips to help grip stuff securely without ever slipping off. The ridged handle will provide secure, comfortable grips on your fingers.
  • Made of durable stainless steel material with excellent flexibility. You can use these tweezers to feed and handle food for larger aquatic pets or corals.
  • Designed with delicate clip end, no harm to your small or thin water plants, helps prevent accidental injuries to your reptile's mouth.
  • 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: BoomYou
  • Editor's Impressions Of The BoomYou
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

BoomYou Final Thoughts

"This tank comes with."

Fluval, BioOrd, and several other micro tanks. The cherry shrimp had fries twice and now my Celestial Pearl Danios are laying eggs. No more then five or six tiny ones is my guess. The cherry shrimp had fries twice and now my Celestial Pearl Danios are laying eggs. Fortunately, the way the arm is designed you can zip tie something like the 7. The rule of thumb is one small fish per gallon. The shrimp sit on the wall and can hide in the back also.

Overall Score
5.0

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

9. Coralife LED Biocube Aquarium LED

User Ratings: 72 8

Coralife 100530106 First Impressions

"Now the big bad thing."

It just sits under the tank with no way of holding the tank in place on top of it. The filter is the well known Tetra Whisper 60 that really is whisper quiet. Just loading gravel scratched the front of mine. It has everything except for the pebbles we purchased separated we loved it! This unit was an upgrade for my daughters Beta tank. My beta seems to be adjusting well. Even though it's open about half way up the heater.

  • Coralife LED Biocube Aquarium LED
  • Sleek modern hood with vibrant LED lighting for freshwater to saltwater environments
  • Integrated 24-hour timer with three independent channels bright white sparkling blue and color enhancing LEDs
  • Automatic 30 minute sunrise/sunset and 60 minute moonrise/moonset functions to replicate natural day cycle
  • Compact and customizable built-in filtration – easy to setup and maintain
  • Quiet submersible pump dual intakes and adjustable return nozzle
  • Age Range Description: All Life Stages
  • Included Components: All Components included in Picture and Description
  • Sleek modern hood with vibrant LED Lighting
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 16.75 x 17.5 inches; 30.65 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Coralife 100530106
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

Coralife 100530106 Final Thoughts

"2 bag minimum."

Shipped fast, everything was there in perfect condition. Just loading gravel scratched the front of mine. BUT it still looks pretty cool for a background lol. The Mingdak strip is also waterproof and submersible so there's that. I cant wait to set this up and get some shrimp and cardinal tetras in there. It's just super bulky and hard to work around. 1 gallon that a Betta really needs a 3-5 gallon home so I purchased this one as well.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(383 Points)

10. Small Betta Fish Tank,Fish Bow Aquarium with Gravel Plants Rocks Feeder,Small Fish Tank for Turtle R...

User Ratings: 60 8

SPRICHIC First Impressions

"Was time to upgrade."

I have this unit deployed for a couple of months now. Incredibly happy with this purchase. Enough colors and gradients to please any demanding scaled pet. The background adds a lot of depth that feels missing in a standard aquarium. The filter is actually a pretty nice design. I put mine in the corner of my breakfast bar. The background is made very nicely and doesn't take up a whole lot of the tank.

  • Small Betta Fish Tank,Fish Bow Aquarium with Gravel Plants Rocks Feeder,Small Fish Tank for Turtle Reptile Jellyfish Goldfish Shrimp Moss Balls Insects,Table Decoration Box(2Pack Large Size White)
  • 【Aquarium Starter Kit】:Perfect Starter Aquarium for Children to Learn,micro-landscape Fish Tan,its Stylish Statement-Making It the Perfect Aquarium for Any Home or Office.
  • 【Multi-purpose Terrarium】: Use As a Mini Aquarium, Planted Tank, Plant Terrarium, Insect Terrarium,a Feeding Box for Small Reptiles,a Feeding Box for Small Ornamental Plants,a Feeding Pool for Seaweed and Small Corals,or Even As a Mini Bank to Hold Coins and Loose Change.
  • 【Made of Acrylic Glass】:Sturdy and Durable.clear Outside Which Provides a Clear View and Resistant to Impact. Unlike Glass Tanks Glued Together with Silicone, This Trendy Shaped Tank Puts to Rest Any Worries or Concerns About Possible Leaks.prevents the Fish from Jumping Out, Soft and Not Glare, Low Environmental Protection and Low Consumption.
  • 【Small and Stackable】:The Perfect Mini Tank for Displaying Multiple Species of Small Aquatic Life on Your Desk Without Sacrificing Space. combine Multiple Tanks to Build a Decoration Piece to Add Excitement and Beauty to Space.
  • 【Easy to Use】: Holding the Fish Tank with One Hand and Grasp the Transparent Parts on Both Sides, Grasp the Outer Frame with the Other Hand and Pull in the Opposite Direction to Open the Fish Tank.it Has a Feeding Hole at the Top, Which Can Feed the Fish Without Opening the Lid of the Fish Tank. It is Very Convenient. the Surface of the Fish Tank is Smooth and Easy to Clean.
  • Manufacture: SPRICHIC
  • Item Weight: 2 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 5.7 x 4.2 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SPRICHIC
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

SPRICHIC Final Thoughts

"Very happy."

No more then five or six tiny ones is my guess. That piece is very poorly designed. This is especially important if you opt to keep tropical fish rather than a betta. They're not nearly as sensitive as these little 2. So far I like it, and my betta seems to like it as well. I think it's a great looking tank and I would definitely recommend it to others. I dont use the filter, I covered up the filter vents with some netting.

Overall Score
4.1

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

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