Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Blue Ribbon Aquarium Starter Kits

1. Blue Ribbon BLE BKGD BL/BK 19IN

Blue Ribbon 030157010553 First Impressions

"It is non-adjustable."

I love looking at it while I'm in the kitchen. This would make a great gift for anyone wanting to get into the hobby. Bigger is always better for new people. It is perfect for small places like a kitchen counter, night stand, or even a desk. The lights alone are beautiful to brighten up a space. Came pretty quickly and was not damaged. I bought this to basically replace a 5 gallon tank and make a new planted version.

  • Blue Ribbon BLE BKGD BL/BK 19IN
  • Manufactured to exceed industry standards with safe, non-toxic construction, highest quality paints, and packaging tailor-crafted to ensure safe delivery
  • Use in aquariums, terrariums, and other home decoration
  • Crafted in the US, using historic references and hand painted to provide superior realism
  • Manufacture: BLUE RIBBON PET PRODUCTS
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 inches; 2.2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Blue Ribbon 030157010553
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Blue Ribbon 030157010553 Final Thoughts

"- Water conditioner."

This unit was an upgrade for my daughters Beta tank. He does swim under the shelf of the background but never hides there. No doubt, I'll just be throwing that out. It has everything except for the pebbles we purchased separated we loved it! I cant wait to set this up and get some shrimp and cardinal tetras in there. I do use the filter housing to house a heater and co2 diffuser. No more then five or six tiny ones is my guess.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

2. AQUA ILLUMINATION/C2 DEVELOPMENT AQI Mount Bracket HYDRA52

User Ratings: 61

AQUA ILLUMINATION/C2 DEVELOPMENT 653341181022 First Impressions

"I personally love it."

Just loading gravel scratched the front of mine. It's probably fine, but I don't like it at all. Definitely recommend this tank hands down! Bigger is always better for new people. So I ended up taking the filter out and replacing it with a sponge filter. It is very easy to set up and also comes with easy to understand instructions. That piece is very poorly designed.

  • AQUA ILLUMINATION/C2 DEVELOPMENT AQI Mount Bracket HYDRA52
  • Made in the USA
  • Made of Top quality materials
  • For use with Aqua Intelligence products
  • Weight: 5 pounds
  • Made in the USA
  • Easy to use and setup
  • Made of top quality materials
  • Manufacture: Aqua Intelligence
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQUA ILLUMINATION/C2 DEVELOPMENT 653341181022
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AQUA ILLUMINATION/C2 DEVELOPMENT 653341181022 Final Thoughts

"This is crucial!"

Definitely recommend this tank hands down! I'm not sure that it could be much quieter. I keep both on a low to low medium setting. Problem is, the glass sits flush with that top edge. Fortunately, the way the arm is designed you can zip tie something like the 7. I didn't know that the background only goes halfway down the back of the tank. Best of luck if you purchase it this kit!

Overall Score
4.5


(11 Points)

3. 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
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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)

4. Aqueon Betta Bowl Aquarium Kit in Black

User Ratings: 70 5

Aqueon 100101216 First Impressions

"This tank is super small."

There's also enough room back there to hide a heater. Came pretty quickly and was not damaged. It comes with the filter and lights. So don't be mislead by the image on the box with five guppies. It also comes with a built in 3D back round. I always had bubbles on the front of my tank no matter how I faced the tubes. It's just super bulky and hard to work around.

  • Aqueon Betta Bowl Aquarium Kit in Black
  • Low-maintenance, economical kit to get you started
  • Half gallon betta aquarium includes divider for housing up to two betta per aquarium
  • Easy-open feeding door allows for feeding betta without taking the entire lid off
  • Aquarium plant, gravel, and samples of food & water care included!
  • Aqueon Mini Heater or Flat Heater recommended
  • Change water weekly to keep betta healthy
  • Low-maintenance, economical kit to get you started
  • Half gallon betta aquarium includes divider for housing up to two betta per aquarium
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 9 x 7 inches; 1.65 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100101216
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Aqueon 100101216 Final Thoughts

"Great beginners tank."

It has everything except for the pebbles we purchased separated we loved it! It's just super bulky and hard to work around. And it's a little awkward to put things in like a heater and stuff. If you are into dwarf shrimp that is. Fluval, BioOrd, and several other micro tanks. No doubt, I'll just be throwing that out. The Mingdak strip is also waterproof and submersible so there's that.

Overall Score
4.4


(909 Points)

5. Cobalt Aquatics 14011 Microvue3 20 Aquarium Kit

User Ratings: 60 14

Cobalt Aquatics 14011 First Impressions

"I LOVE this tank!"

No more then five or six tiny ones is my guess. - Though the base is plastic, it's sturdy. - it really only holds 4 gallons after you add gravel and decorations. Absolutely perfect for a planted beta set up. This is going to be a sweet little setup! This is a VERY SMALL tank, and can only house 1 betta fish OR 2-3 guppies. This is the best 5 gallon tank you will ever purchase for the price.

  • Cobalt Aquatics 14011 Microvue3 20 Aquarium Kit
  • Includes Clear Vue 20 internal filter
  • Included 6w black mini LED lamp
  • 5.3-Gallon Capacity
  • Complete Set
  • 10.24" x 10.24" 12.20"
  • Manufacture: Cobalt International Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 11 inches; 9.1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Cobalt Aquatics 14011
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Cobalt Aquatics 14011 Final Thoughts

"I shut mine off."

Absolutely perfect for a planted beta set up. No more then five or six tiny ones is my guess. Problem is, the glass sits flush with that top edge. I also bought a heater with a built in thermostat. Will be buying a second of these tanks for my step daughter's Betta. It literally made me provide others with a true review. It is perfect for small places like a kitchen counter, night stand, or even a desk.

Overall Score
4.1


(16 Points)

6. Fluval Remote Control Replacement for Fluval Chi 25L Aquarium Kit

User Ratings: 41 18

Fluval A13956 First Impressions

"Love Love love this tank."

I put shrimp and guppies in it and they love it. The filter has great flow and comes with an extended spray bar. This unit was an upgrade for my daughters Beta tank. He was being suctioned to the filter. Stop now and BUY BUY BUY you will love it! They're not nearly as sensitive as these little 2. It has a hood with integrated LED lighting.

  • Fluval Remote Control Replacement for Fluval Chi 25L Aquarium Kit
  • Elegant fountain ornament creates a focal point to any garden with Laguna's Catalina fountain
  • Fits Fluval chi 25L aquarium kit
  • This product weighs 0.046-pound
  • Measures 1-1/2-inch length by 4/5-inch height by 1-1/2-inch width
  • Manufacture: Fluval
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 1.5 x 0.8 inches; 0.74 Ounces
  • Batteries: 1 LR44 batteries required.
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Fluval A13956 Final Thoughts

"Very good quality!"

He was being suctioned to the filter. So I would say my tank is now fairly established. And now, the pros and cons in my opinion. The background is comes with is just super convenient! The rule of thumb is one small fish per gallon. Even though it's open about half way up the heater. The shrimp sit on the wall and can hide in the back also.

Overall Score
3.7


(22 Points)

7. Koller Products AquaView 6-Gallon 360 Aquarium with LED Lighting (7 Color Selections) and Power Filt...

User Ratings: 66 9

Koller Products AQ360-64C First Impressions

"This tank comes with."

The rule of thumb is one small fish per gallon. James spends his days swimming all around his tank and working on his bubble nest. The background is made very nicely and doesn't take up a whole lot of the tank. It is really just a trickle at the lowest setting. I've included a video of it running so you can judge for yourself. It just sits under the tank with no way of holding the tank in place on top of it. It's probably fine, but I don't like it at all.

  • Koller Products AquaView 6-Gallon 360 Aquarium with LED Lighting (7 Color Selections) and Power Filter
  • FUN and REWARDING: Are you looking to buy an aquarium for your family, owning an aquarium can be a really fun and rewarding experience and an ideal way to teach your child the responsibility of pet ownership
  • DAZZLING COLORS: Energy-efficient LED lighting with 7 dazzling color selections to brightly illuminate your fish, choose daylight white, blue, green, amber, aqua, purple, or red
  • COMPLETE FILTRATION: Powerful internal power filter cleans and purifies aquarium water at a flow rate of 45 gallons per hour effectively removing organic pollutants, uses Koller Products S replacement filter cartridges (AQ10FC-60), available on Amazon
  • OPTIMUM VIEWING: Crystal-clear clarity so good that most think it's glass, constructed of impact-resistant plastic providing leak-proof assurance
  • BUILT-IN LIGHT TIMER: 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
  • Helps you focus better, increasing productivity
  • Adds aesthetic significance to your space
  • Provides calming effect to children and elderly
  • Manufacture: Tom (Tominaga/Oscar)
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 11 x 19.75 inches; 5 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Koller Products AQ360-64C
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Koller Products AQ360-64C Final Thoughts

"Love this!"

1 gallon that a Betta really needs a 3-5 gallon home so I purchased this one as well. Once finished with both tanks will post pics of grass wall. I always had bubbles on the front of my tank no matter how I faced the tubes. Will be buying a second of these tanks for my step daughter's Betta. - it really only holds 4 gallons after you add gravel and decorations. I love looking at it while I'm in the kitchen. And it's a little awkward to put things in like a heater and stuff.

Overall Score
4.2


(590 Points)

8. Lightahead Artificial Mini Aquarium A Sensory Multi Colored LED Swimming Fish Tank with Bubbles

User Ratings: 62 12

Lightahead First Impressions

"- Decorative plants."

And it builds up a lot of algae so it needs to be cleaned more. Keep in mind that the tank, light and heater will require a total of three outlets. The shrimp sit on the wall and can hide in the back also. James spends his days swimming all around his tank and working on his bubble nest. I purchased the hygger heater and it has worked out perfectly too. I'm working on a planted tank, will decide what fish will work. Nothing came broke and everything is working.

  • Lightahead Artificial Mini Aquarium A Sensory Multi Colored LED Swimming Fish Tank with Bubbles
  • IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE PEACE & CALM OF THE OCEAN:. Multi Colored Artificial Fish. This fascinating product is a alternative to a regular aquarium. Ideal for your desktop, children's room, living room and practically any other room in your house. Can be used as Night Light for any Kids room to help them sleep well.
  • Lightahead Artificial Aquarium Fish Tank includes 3 artificial fish. Tank Size – 4.8” x 3.5” x 9.0”.Tank has 3 colorful LED lights and comes with an ocean background wallpaper to give an illusion of a real coral reef. AC powered ( US Plug adapter i100v-240v ncluded. If you use in any other country you will need an adapter.). Can also run on 3 x AA Batteries (not included).
  • GREAT SENSORY STIMULATION PRODUCT: The gentle movement of colorful fish swimming rhythmically in a lighted tank create's a beautiful Tranquil, peaceful & soothing deep-sea ambiance which could help reduce stress & anxiety.Great for children, adults & seniors with special needs, including dementia ADHD & autism. May helps improve mood & well-being.
  • Simply fill up the tank with tap water, add 2-4 drops of dish washing detergent and see your aquarium come to life.
  • GREAT GIFT IDEA: Great gift for anyone who loves sea life or simply wants to make a unique design statement. It also makes an ideal gift and Decoration for Christmas, Holiday, Party, Home Office Bedroom Room Comes with Lightahead’s Guarantee of Satisfaction.
  • This attractive artificial aquarium creates the illusion of tropical fish and water in motion.
  • Cute little fish Bobbing & swimming in a colorful lighted sea bed come to life at the flick of a switch.
  • This is for those who do not want the hassle of having a real fish but always wanted an aquarium.
  • Manufacture: Lightahead
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 3.5 x 4.8 inches; 15.2 Ounces
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Lightahead Final Thoughts

"It is non-adjustable."

I'm a first-time fish parent, and this is my first filtered aquarium. Once finished with both tanks will post pics of grass wall. The pump is also as close to silent as you can get. The background adds a lot of depth that feels missing in a standard aquarium. Best of luck if you purchase it this kit! Of course the tank is an odd shape in itself lol. All of this is explained in the instructions.

Overall Score
4.1


(858 Points)

9. SAMYO Stainless Steel Aquarium Tank Plant Tools Aquascaping Kit Aquatic Plant Tweezers Scissor Subst...

User Ratings: 76 4

SAMYO First Impressions

"The LEDs are beautiful."

The filter has great flow and comes with an extended spray bar. I've had it for a few days now and had zero problems hooking everything up. Bigger is always better for new people. It is very easy to set up and also comes with easy to understand instructions. It is definitely something that you can noticeably hear, but it is not an annoyance. It's probably fine, but I don't like it at all. That piece is very poorly designed.

  • SAMYO Stainless Steel Aquarium Tank Plant Tools Aquascaping Kit Aquatic Plant Tweezers Scissor Substrate Spatula Tools Set - 5 Tools
  • 5 Pcs aquarium aquascaping tools kit: Straight Scissors, Curved Scissors, Substrate Spatula, Straight Tweezers, Bent Tweezers
  • Suitable for aquarium plants, aquarium matrices, gravel and other aquarium decorations. The key benefit is that it allows precise plant trimming and maintenance without disturbing other decorations/plants
  • Designed according to the human engineering principle. Slender streamlined surface. Easy and Convenient operation
  • Simple, durable and rustproof. Rinse and dry after each use
  • Material: Stainless Steel. Color: Black. Comes with a decent velvet pouch, for you to package well when not in use
  • Manufacture: Samyo
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SAMYO Final Thoughts

"This tank is wonderful!"

It's perfect for guppies, shrimp, bettas, neon tetras or any other small fish. Came with the tank and background along with a pump and light. Bigger is always better for new people. But overall the money was so worth this little pack. Bigger is always better for new people. I bought this to basically replace a 5 gallon tank and make a new planted version. The filter is actually a pretty nice design.

Overall Score
4.5


(462 Points)

10. Aqueon LED Mini Bow Aquarium Kit

User Ratings: 70 16

Aqueon 00817785 First Impressions

"- The fish tank."

Will not grow anything aside from Anubias and moss balls. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this Beautiful little tank so much I bought another one. It has everything except for the pebbles we purchased separated we loved it! James spends his days swimming all around his tank and working on his bubble nest. It's perfect for guppies, shrimp, bettas, neon tetras or any other small fish. So don't be mislead by the image on the box with five guppies. It is perfect for small places like a kitchen counter, night stand, or even a desk.

  • 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
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Aqueon 00817785 Final Thoughts

"Final note of warning."

I do use the filter housing to house a heater and co2 diffuser. All you need to add for a happy Betta fish is an extra light and a tank heater. The lights have a timer and three different levels of brightness and color. That piece is very poorly designed. The rule of thumb is one small fish per gallon. I love looking at it while I'm in the kitchen. Came with the tank and background along with a pump and light.

Overall Score
4.1


(10 Points)

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