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
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.7']

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

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

2. JBJ Picotope Curved Glass Nano Aquarium Kit 3 Gallon

User Ratings: 49 14

JBJ 3 GALLON PICTOPE First Impressions

"The hinges are a joke."

The rule of thumb is one small fish per gallon. It also comes with a built in 3D back round. It has been working just fine and maintaining temp. It is really just a trickle at the lowest setting. It comes with the filter and lights. The filter is the well known Tetra Whisper 60 that really is whisper quiet. The cherry shrimp had fries twice and now my Celestial Pearl Danios are laying eggs.

  • JBJ Picotope Curved Glass Nano Aquarium Kit 3 Gallon
  • 9 Watt 50/50 clamp on lamp
  • Slim line Pico Power filter
  • Small Tank Size with Big Tank Feeling
  • Manufacture: Transworld Aquatic
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 10 x 11 inches; 5 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The JBJ 3 GALLON PICTOPE
  • Quality [star rating='4.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.3']

JBJ 3 GALLON PICTOPE Final Thoughts

"Happy fish keeping!"

It also sits on the bottom glass pane, not the edges of the viewing panes. Came pretty quickly and was not damaged. The filter is the well known Tetra Whisper 60 that really is whisper quiet. It has everything except for the pebbles we purchased separated we loved it! This is a VERY SMALL tank, and can only house 1 betta fish OR 2-3 guppies. Definitely recommend this tank hands down! So I now have a little cubby that my fish uses to hide.

Overall Score
3.7

[star rating="3.7"]
(44 Points)

3. BinaryABC Aquarium Tweezers,Stainless Steel Feeding Straight Tweezer 27cm

User Ratings: 82 1

BinaryABC BI-BB0397 First Impressions

"Was time to upgrade."

I always had bubbles on the front of my tank no matter how I faced the tubes. The aquarium kit is with the exception of the filter is excellent! Of course the tank is an odd shape in itself lol. The filter is the well known Tetra Whisper 60 that really is whisper quiet. Once finished with both tanks will post pics of grass wall. I love the tank and everything else about it but the background! I love looking at it while I'm in the kitchen.

  • BinaryABC Aquarium Tweezers,Stainless Steel Feeding Straight Tweezer 27cm
  • Proffessional aquarium plant fish tank tools
  • Human engineering principle design
  • Made of high quality stainless steel materials, Easy and convenient to use
  • Great for aquarium plant fish tank
  • Note:Please keep out of reach of children.
  • Manufacture: BinaryABC
  • Item Weight: 1.76 ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The BinaryABC BI-BB0397
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

BinaryABC BI-BB0397 Final Thoughts

"This is crucial!"

I'm a first-time fish parent, and this is my first filtered aquarium. I'm working on a planted tank, will decide what fish will work. This unit was an upgrade for my daughters Beta tank. The background is made very nicely and doesn't take up a whole lot of the tank. Again, heater and light if you are doing real plants. BUT it still looks pretty cool for a background lol. I put shrimp and guppies in it and they love it.

Overall Score
4.7

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

4. 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)

5. Dr. Moss Aquaponic Fish Tank Aquarium for Betta Fish with Water Garden Planter Top Lid Natural Ecosy...

User Ratings: 27 29

Dr. Moss First Impressions

"Love this tank."

It also sits on the bottom glass pane, not the edges of the viewing panes. James spends his days swimming all around his tank and working on his bubble nest. This is a good deal for a complete setup, less the rocks for the bottom. After reading only four reviews I was hesitant. But overall the money was so worth this little pack. Again, heater and light if you are doing real plants. Best of luck if you purchase it this kit!

  • Dr. Moss Aquaponic Fish Tank Aquarium for Betta Fish with Water Garden Planter Top Lid Natural Ecosystem for Plant Growth (Pink)
  • Don't need watering.It is really an eco-friendly product.Educational and Fun
  • Because of the naturally generated fertilizer, the amount of chemical fertilizer needed is reduced.
  • At the moment of the Plant Root absorbs nutrients, the water in the Fish Jar is purified.
  • All of these bring a better living environment for fishes.
  • The Microbes in the water will breakdown excrement into the fertilizer which the plant needs.
  • Manufacture: Dr. Moss
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 5.9 x 4.5 inches; 14.11 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Dr. Moss
  • Quality [star rating='2.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

Dr. Moss Final Thoughts

"Awesome little setup."

The light is fairly bright but insufficient for growing any decent live plants. Will be buying a second of these tanks for my step daughter's Betta. He loves exploring his new environment with all the fresh vegetation. BUT it still looks pretty cool for a background lol. If hygger comes out with more designs I would def. The rule of thumb is one small fish per gallon. Came with the tank and background along with a pump and light.

Overall Score
3.0

[star rating="3"]
(46 Points)

6. Imagitarium Frameless Freshwater Aquarium Kit, 6.8 GAL

User Ratings: 36 22

Imagitarium First Impressions

"Final note of warning."

It literally made me provide others with a true review. I bought this to basically replace a 5 gallon tank and make a new planted version. - it really only holds 4 gallons after you add gravel and decorations. Will not grow anything aside from Anubias and moss balls. The lights have a timer and three different levels of brightness and color. The price is definitely a big plus. The description lists dimmensions but it still feels small.

  • Imagitarium Frameless Freshwater Aquarium Kit, 6.8 GAL
  • Frameless Freshwater Aquarium Kit from Imagitarium
  • Features day and night LED lighting options
  • Power filter aerates and circulates water
  • Panoramic shape offers unobstructed views of your fish
  • Ideal for small tropical fish
  • Manufacture: Imagitarium
  • Item Weight: 22.4 pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Imagitarium
  • Quality [star rating='2.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.6']

Imagitarium Final Thoughts

"Filter is quiet."

The description lists dimmensions but it still feels small. Just loading gravel scratched the front of mine. This unit was an upgrade for my daughters Beta tank. I do use the filter housing to house a heater and co2 diffuser. The background is comes with is just super convenient! Fluval, BioOrd, and several other micro tanks. It literally made me provide others with a true review.

Overall Score
3.4

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

7. 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 [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

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

[star rating="4.3"]
(1865 Points)

8. GankPike 7.5-Gallon Saltwater Aquarium Marine Fish Tank Reef Tank with Lid, Protein Skimmer, LED Lig...

GankPike First Impressions

"5-3 fish, not 5."

The background adds a lot of depth that feels missing in a standard aquarium. You are getting a premium quality tank for a reasonable price. You are getting a premium quality tank for a reasonable price. Incredibly happy with this purchase. I don't remove my lid that much so, not a big deal to me. Fortunately, the way the arm is designed you can zip tie something like the 7. He does swim under the shelf of the background but never hides there.

  • GankPike 7.5-Gallon Saltwater Aquarium Marine Fish Tank Reef Tank with Lid, Protein Skimmer, LED Light, Heater, LCD Digital Thermometer and Pump, Curved Shaped
  • 7.5 gallon bent ultra clear glass aquarium for saltwater fish, reef and coral. 1.5 gallon back filtration area plus 6 gallon front viewing area. L: 13.8 x W: 11.8 x H: 11.8 inches.
  • Equipped with biochemical & mechanical filter media, adjustable pump and protein skimmer to keep your tank clean and provide a perfect environment for fish, reef and coral.
  • The tank features an aluminum alloy LED light to highlight your fish, reef and coral. The LED light has 3 color modes, 5 level dimmable and auto-off timer, which helps the coral grow.
  • Complete aquarium kit includes: 7.5 gallon aquarium with lid, LED lamp, quiet power pump, protein skimmer up to 13 gallon, heater, LCD digital thermometer, two biochemical filer sponges and one pack of ceramic rings.
  • Easy to setup for saltwater aquarium starter.
  • Manufacture: GankPike
  • Item Weight: 21.7 pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The GankPike
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

GankPike Final Thoughts

"What a lovely aquarium!"

It'll be fine, just be careful how you deal with the filter. This is a VERY SMALL tank, and can only house 1 betta fish OR 2-3 guppies. The aquarium kit is with the exception of the filter is excellent! All you need to add for a happy Betta fish is an extra light and a tank heater. Stop now and BUY BUY BUY you will love it! Tank is great, quiet enough, no motor sound, lights quite nice. The lights alone are beautiful to brighten up a space.

Overall Score
5.0

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

9. Tetra Crescent Acrylic Aquarium Kit, Energy Efficient LEDs

User Ratings: 65 6

Tetra 29003 First Impressions

"Final note of warning."

- Though the base is plastic, it's sturdy. They're not nearly as sensitive as these little 2. They're not nearly as sensitive as these little 2. The heater was a no-name 200W UL certified. I dont use the filter, I covered up the filter vents with some netting. I bought this to basically replace a 5 gallon tank and make a new planted version. The adjustable pump can be turned down really low so the flow does not bother a Beta.

  • Tetra Crescent Acrylic Aquarium Kit, Energy Efficient LEDs
  • aquarium KIT Curved-front crescent-shaped aquarium kit is perfect for one goldfish or up to three community tropical fish
  • INCLUDES FILTER Includes Tetra Whisper Internal Power Filter to keep your tank clean and provide a healthy environment for pet fish
  • HIDDEN LIGHTS Bright-white energy-efficient LED lights are hidden inside the low-profile black cover
  • SEAMLESS TANK Offers unobstructed viewing of your underwater environment
  • 5 GALLON TANK Small size that’s perfect for a bedroom living room or dorm room (15 inches x 9 inches x 11 inches)
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 11.2 x 13.2 inches; 6 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 29003
  • Quality [star rating='3.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.9']

Tetra 29003 Final Thoughts

"Mine came scratch free."

It comes with the filter and lights. The light is fairly bright but insufficient for growing any decent live plants. So don't be mislead by the image on the box with five guppies. It is really just a trickle at the lowest setting. I didn't know that the background only goes halfway down the back of the tank. Instructions were easy to use and the filter system is relatively quiet. I wish I new about that before I got it.

Overall Score
4.3

[star rating="4.3"]
(765 Points)

10. Marina Betta Aquarium Kit

User Ratings: 56 10

Marina 13368 First Impressions

"It's great!"

The background is comes with is just super convenient! 1 gallon that a Betta really needs a 3-5 gallon home so I purchased this one as well. Tank is great, quiet enough, no motor sound, lights quite nice. The pump is also as close to silent as you can get. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this Beautiful little tank so much I bought another one. Tank is great, quiet enough, no motor sound, lights quite nice. I love the tank and everything else about it but the background!

  • Marina Betta Aquarium Kit
  • Spacious Betta hom with easy access cover Includes 2 double sided backgrounds Simple and fun plastic aquarium 1.77 gallon tank
  • The Package Length of the Product is: 29.972 cm
  • The Package Width of the Product is: 29.972 cm
  • The Package Height of the Product is: 21.59 cm
  • Manufacture: Marina
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 8.5 x 10.5 inches; 2.3 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Marina 13368
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Marina 13368 Final Thoughts

"So far so good."

Hope this list helps those who are new to keeping fish-- they are a great first pet! My beta seems to be adjusting well. It just sits under the tank with no way of holding the tank in place on top of it. Best of luck if you purchase it this kit! It also comes with a built in 3D back round. It's perfect for guppies, shrimp, bettas, neon tetras or any other small fish. The background is made very nicely and doesn't take up a whole lot of the tank.

Overall Score
4.1

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

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