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
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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


(159 Points)

2. GloFish Aquarium Kit w/ Hood, LED Lights and Whisper Filter

User Ratings: 61 12

GloFish 29236 First Impressions

"It's an aquarium."

The adjustable pump can be turned down really low so the flow does not bother a Beta. James spends his days swimming all around his tank and working on his bubble nest. So I now have a little cubby that my fish uses to hide. The filter has great flow and comes with an extended spray bar. I think it's a great looking tank and I would definitely recommend it to others. If you are into dwarf shrimp that is. The price is definitely a big plus.

  • GloFish Aquarium Kit w/ Hood, LED Lights and Whisper Filter
  • STARTER KIT: Includes all the essentials for success, starting with a 1.
  • 5 gallon aquarium with clear plastic canopy.
  • EASY SETUP: This colorful tank is perfect for beginners and hobbyists alike.
  • BLUE LED LIGHTS: Brilliant blue LED lights give GloFish fluorescent fish and accessories a uniquely fluorescent look, particularly in dark settings.
  • Age Range Description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: GloFish
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.38 x 13.5 inches; 1.5 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The GloFish 29236
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

GloFish 29236 Final Thoughts

"For the last two months."

So far I like it, and my betta seems to like it as well. Keep in mind that the tank, light and heater will require a total of three outlets. The background is made very nicely and doesn't take up a whole lot of the tank. And it's a little awkward to put things in like a heater and stuff. I just set this up today and I absolutely love it so far. Fluval, BioOrd, and several other micro tanks. BUT it still looks pretty cool for a background lol.

Overall Score
4.1


(1196 Points)

3. LANDUM NZ-06 Angled Reptile Feeding Tongs Tweezers 28cm Bamboo Eco-Friendly Feeding Tool

User Ratings: 61

LANDUM First Impressions

"- Decorative plants."

It comes with the filter and lights. It literally made me provide others with a true review. So I now have a little cubby that my fish uses to hide. - it really only holds 4 gallons after you add gravel and decorations. The light is fairly bright but insufficient for growing any decent live plants. Tank is great, quiet enough, no motor sound, lights quite nice. This is a VERY SMALL tank, and can only house 1 betta fish OR 2-3 guppies.

  • LANDUM NZ-06 Angled Reptile Feeding Tongs Tweezers 28cm Bamboo Eco-Friendly Feeding Tool
  • ㊥Eco-friendly and Flexible: Made of bamboo, light and comfortable to use
  • ㊥Designed to Feed and Handle Snakes and other Reptiles safely
  • ㊥Very convenient to lift large object in the terrarium (stone or root) to clean well without risk of bite
  • ㊥Great for feeding live or canned insects
  • ㊥Super long,ensure safe operation
  • Manufacture: LANDUM
  • Editor's Impressions Of The LANDUM
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

LANDUM Final Thoughts

"I shut mine off."

Advanced aquarium owners might find this space annoying. The heater was a no-name 200W UL certified. I say it's a good buy and a very nice tank. Again, heater and light if you are doing real plants. I cant wait to set this up and get some shrimp and cardinal tetras in there. BUT it still looks pretty cool for a background lol. The background is comes with is just super convenient!

Overall Score
4.3


(12 Points)

4. 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
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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)

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
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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. 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
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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


(383 Points)

7. Aqueon AAG29251 Overflow Accessory New Kit

User Ratings: 82 2

Aqueon 12902 First Impressions

"Very good quality!"

Plan to buy another filter as this filter will be too noisy for you to tolerate! The adjustable pump can be turned down really low so the flow does not bother a Beta. And the lights that it comes with are my absolute favorite. Will be buying a second of these tanks for my step daughter's Betta. And it builds up a lot of algae so it needs to be cleaned more. If the disco look is not your taste, a different tank would better suit you. This is the best 5 gallon tank you will ever purchase for the price.

  • Aqueon AAG29251 Overflow Accessory New Kit
  • All glass aquarium overflow accessory kit- new
  • Manufactured by all glass aquariums
  • 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 12902
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Aqueon 12902 Final Thoughts

"The tank itself is fine."

Again, heater and light if you are doing real plants. The aquarium kit is with the exception of the filter is excellent! I've included a video of it running so you can judge for yourself. Came pretty quickly and was not damaged. It only goes halfway down which may bother some people but to me it's great! Came pretty quickly and was not damaged. I didn't know that the background only goes halfway down the back of the tank.

Overall Score
4.7


(117 Points)

8. 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
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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


(229 Points)

9. DEECOOYA Aquarium Tweezers Stainless Steel Straight and Curved Tweezers Set for Fish Tank Aquatic Pl...

User Ratings: 86 1

HuYaYa First Impressions

"This does it."

Absolutely perfect for a planted beta set up. This is a VERY SMALL tank, and can only house 1 betta fish OR 2-3 guppies. This is a good deal for a complete setup, less the rocks for the bottom. Even though it's open about half way up the heater. We have had it for over a month now. I love the tank and everything else about it but the background! It also comes with a built in 3D back round.

  • DEECOOYA Aquarium Tweezers Stainless Steel Straight and Curved Tweezers Set for Fish Tank Aquatic Plants Long Handle Reptile Feeding Tongs,10.5 inch Black
  • HIGH QUALITY AQUARIUM TWEEZERS: these 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.10.5 inch long.
  • Manufacture: DEECOOYA
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2 x 1 inches; 3.53 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The HuYaYa
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

HuYaYa Final Thoughts

"5 tank for my Betta fish."

I dont use the filter, I covered up the filter vents with some netting. I say it's a good buy and a very nice tank. Came with the tank and background along with a pump and light. We have had it for over a month now. There arent very many other aquariums at this price point with these measurements. I'm a first-time fish parent, and this is my first filtered aquarium. - Though the base is plastic, it's sturdy.

Overall Score
4.8


(427 Points)

10. AB&A 60115 Tub Drain Trim Kit with Push eN Lift Stopper, Classic High-Capacity Overflow Plate, and P...

User Ratings: 79

AB&A 60115 First Impressions

"I like it."

He loves exploring his new environment with all the fresh vegetation. I always had bubbles on the front of my tank no matter how I faced the tubes. The background is made very nicely and doesn't take up a whole lot of the tank. - it really only holds 4 gallons after you add gravel and decorations. They'll have a lot more room to play around decorations and stuff, too. Came pretty quickly and was not damaged. It's probably fine, but I don't like it at all.

  • AB&A 60115 Tub Drain Trim Kit with Push eN Lift Stopper, Classic High-Capacity Overflow Plate, and Press-in Strainer Cover, Venetian Bronze
  • Waste and overflow trim kit designed for quick-and-easy installation
  • Includes Push eN Lift stopper, high-flow overflow plate, and press-in strainer cover
  • Press-in strainer made of durable stainless steel with a rubber washer to ensure a tight fit
  • Overflow cover plate easily secures to overflow elbow for snug fit against tub wall
  • High-flow design allows water to drain at 7 GPM (gallons per minute)
  • Manufacture: IPSCO
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AB&A 60115
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

AB&A 60115 Final Thoughts

"Final note of warning."

1 gallon that a Betta really needs a 3-5 gallon home so I purchased this one as well. My beta seems to be adjusting well. It literally made me provide others with a true review. Just loading gravel scratched the front of mine. 1 gallon that a Betta really needs a 3-5 gallon home so I purchased this one as well. It has been working just fine and maintaining temp. The rule of thumb is one small fish per gallon.

Overall Score
4.6


(46 Points)

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