Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Brightwell Aquatics Aquarium Starter Kits

1. Brightwell Aquatics MicroBacter Dry Rock Bacteria Starter Kit

User Ratings: 54 15

Brightwell Aquatics DRSK100 First Impressions

"Really not much room."

I absolutely love this eight gallon tank. If you are into dwarf shrimp that is. I'm a first-time fish parent, and this is my first filtered aquarium. Of course the tank is an odd shape in itself lol. He was being suctioned to the filter. So I now have a little cubby that my fish uses to hide. Keep in mind that the tank, light and heater will require a total of three outlets.

  • Brightwell Aquatics MicroBacter Dry Rock Bacteria Starter Kit
  • Contains QuikCycl (60ml) MicroBacterStart XLM (125ml) and MicroBacter Clean (500ml) for any beginner or expert hobbyist to start a new aquarium set-up; treats a 100-gal tank for up to 7 weeks
  • QuikCycl gives professional nutrients to your aquarium for fishless cycling
  • MicroBacterStart XLM is a professional strength live tank starter nitrifying bioculture for rapidly cycling new marine aquariums set-ups in 5-7 days
  • MicroBacter Clean designed to target and clean surfaces of live rock coral decorations and tank walls
  • Made in the USA
  • Manufacture: Brightwell Aquatics
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Brightwell Aquatics DRSK100
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Brightwell Aquatics DRSK100 Final Thoughts

"- A pump and filter."

Will not grow anything aside from Anubias and moss balls. I bought this to basically replace a 5 gallon tank and make a new planted version. So don't be mislead by the image on the box with five guppies. So I now have a little cubby that my fish uses to hide. The rule of thumb is one small fish per gallon. It is perfect for small places like a kitchen counter, night stand, or even a desk. My plants have been doing fine and the filter and lights have worked really well.

Overall Score
3.6


(8 Points)

2. 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)

3. ACKLLR 4-Piece Aquarium Tweezers, Stainless Steel Straight and Curved Tweezers Set for Fish Tank Aqu...

User Ratings: 76

ACKLLR First Impressions

"The stand."

This unit was an upgrade for my daughters Beta tank. It also sits on the bottom glass pane, not the edges of the viewing panes. This is going to be a sweet little setup! I will get unboxing video posted tomorrow as well as any updates. 1 gallon that a Betta really needs a 3-5 gallon home so I purchased this one as well. This would make a great gift for anyone wanting to get into the hobby. I say it's a good buy and a very nice tank.

  • ACKLLR 4-Piece Aquarium Tweezers, Stainless Steel Straight and Curved Tweezers Set for Fish Tank Aquatic Plants,27cm/10.6 inches Feeding Tongs for Hold Worms Reptiles Lizards Bearded Dragon
  • Forged Stainless Steel Material:Made of durable stainless steel material with excellent flexibility and will never suffer rust. You can use these tweezers to feed and handle live food for larger aquatic pets or corals.
  • Ultimate Multipurpose Tweezer :Has 10.6" length and slim design, perfect for removing surgical dressings, cleaning out garden or fish tank, food plating, stir-frying, serving sushi, pulling out hair, electrical repairing, crafting and many more!
  • Anti Slip Clips: Both the straight and cured tweezer has serrated tips to help grip stuff securely without ever slipping off. The ridged handle will provide secure, comfortable grips on your fingers.
  • Unique Design:Specially designed delicate clip end, no harm to your small or thin water plants, helps prevent accidental injuries to your reptile's mouth.
  • Wide Versatile: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: ACKLLR
  • Editor's Impressions Of The ACKLLR
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

ACKLLR Final Thoughts

"Great beginners tank."

No more then five or six tiny ones is my guess. I keep both on a low to low medium setting. The description lists dimmensions but it still feels small. Advanced aquarium owners might find this space annoying. The shrimp sit on the wall and can hide in the back also. All contents included were as promised and they work fantastically. It also comes with a built in 3D back round.

Overall Score
4.6


(30 Points)

4. Tetra Bubbling LED aquarium Kit 1 Gallon, Hexagon Shape, With Color-Changing Light Disc (29040-00)

User Ratings: 63 8

Tetra 29040-00 First Impressions

"The tank itself is fine."

I put shrimp and guppies in it and they love it. It's just super bulky and hard to work around. Nothing came broke and everything is working. Advanced aquarium owners might find this space annoying. This would make a great gift for anyone wanting to get into the hobby. Nothing came broke and everything is working. My plants have been doing fine and the filter and lights have worked really well.

  • Tetra Bubbling LED aquarium Kit 1 Gallon, Hexagon Shape, With Color-Changing Light Disc (29040-00)
  • aquarium KIT Hexagon-shaped aquarium kit is perfect for betta fish
  • COLORFUL Bubbling disc automatically cycles through a rainbow of LED light colors
  • INCLUDES FILTER Includes air pump-driven Tetra Whisper Internal Power Filter to keep your tank clean and provide a healthy environment for pet fish
  • AIR PUMP Drives both the bubbling disc and the filter
  • CONVENIENT Clear canopy has a hole for easy feeding
  • Age Range Description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 6.5 x 8 inches; 2.28 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 29040-00
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Tetra 29040-00 Final Thoughts

"I highly recommend it."

It's raised at the edges and just looks bad. This helps to build a small eco system that reduces tank maintenance. They literally thought of everything. Keep in mind that the tank, light and heater will require a total of three outlets. The rule of thumb is one small fish per gallon. This is going to be a sweet little setup! This unit was an upgrade for my daughters Beta tank.

Overall Score
4.2


(2519 Points)

5. Redxiao Aquarium Plant Tweezers, Durable Carbonized Stainless Steel Aquascaping Tool Landscaping Twe...

Redxiao First Impressions

"It's perfect!"

But overall the money was so worth this little pack. 1 gallon that a Betta really needs a 3-5 gallon home so I purchased this one as well. The curve radius also makes it hard to clean the glass on the edges. That piece is very poorly designed. Plan to buy another filter as this filter will be too noisy for you to tolerate! It just sits under the tank with no way of holding the tank in place on top of it. There arent very many other aquariums at this price point with these measurements.

  • Redxiao Aquarium Plant Tweezers, Durable Carbonized Stainless Steel Aquascaping Tool Landscaping Tweezers(#2)
  • Made of high grade carbonized stainless steel material, more durable, corrosion resistant
  • Easy aquarium maintenance without wetting your hands
  • Remove the dirty things from the bottom of your aquarium effectively
  • Anti-slip surface offers comfortable hand feeling
  • Use your choice of the straight or curved tip tweezers to trim and neatly groom aquarium plants, get into hard to reach area to plant your aquarium plants
  • Manufacture: Taidda
  • Product Dimensions: 3.94 x 3.94 x 3.94 inches; 7.04 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Redxiao
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Redxiao Final Thoughts

"The stand."

So I now have a little cubby that my fish uses to hide. They literally thought of everything. No doubt, I'll just be throwing that out. All of this is explained in the instructions. It just sits under the tank with no way of holding the tank in place on top of it. I'm a first-time fish parent, and this is my first filtered aquarium. It has everything except for the pebbles we purchased separated we loved it!

Overall Score
4.0


(1 Points)

6. Marine Color 2.5 Gallon Auto Top Off Container for Aquarium Reef Tank Reservoir

User Ratings: 64 8

Marine Color First Impressions

"Super easy to assemble."

The rule of thumb is one small fish per gallon. Shipped fast, everything was there in perfect condition. I absolutely love this eight gallon tank. So I ended up taking the filter out and replacing it with a sponge filter. Absolutely perfect for a planted beta set up. If you are into dwarf shrimp that is. I wish I new about that before I got it.

  • Marine Color 2.5 Gallon Auto Top Off Container for Aquarium Reef Tank Reservoir
  • 2.5 Gallon Auto Top Off Container for Aquarium Reef Tank reservoir
  • crystal clear PC with an elegant top, to hold top off water for your aquarium in a closed container.
  • The Trigger Systems ATO containers have a removable lid to prevent excess evaporation, while providing a large opening to refill and clean the reservoir as needed.
  • Each ATO reservoir has two 0.25” OD holes for tubes to be plumbed through, or wires for float switches.
  • Can be used as dosing conteiner.
  • Manufacture: MARINE COLOR
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Marine Color
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Marine Color Final Thoughts

"- The fish tank."

It's perfect for guppies, shrimp, bettas, neon tetras or any other small fish. - Though the base is plastic, it's sturdy. I bought this to basically replace a 5 gallon tank and make a new planted version. I'm not sure that it could be much quieter. The filter is the well known Tetra Whisper 60 that really is whisper quiet. Again, heater and light if you are doing real plants. I'm not sure that it could be much quieter.

Overall Score
4.1


(33 Points)

7. Brightwell Aquatics MicroBacter Dry Rock Bacteria Starter Kit

User Ratings: 54 15

Brightwell Aquatics DRSK100 First Impressions

"Really not much room."

I absolutely love this eight gallon tank. If you are into dwarf shrimp that is. I'm a first-time fish parent, and this is my first filtered aquarium. Of course the tank is an odd shape in itself lol. He was being suctioned to the filter. So I now have a little cubby that my fish uses to hide. Keep in mind that the tank, light and heater will require a total of three outlets.

  • Brightwell Aquatics MicroBacter Dry Rock Bacteria Starter Kit
  • Contains QuikCycl (60ml) MicroBacterStart XLM (125ml) and MicroBacter Clean (500ml) for any beginner or expert hobbyist to start a new aquarium set-up; treats a 100-gal tank for up to 7 weeks
  • QuikCycl gives professional nutrients to your aquarium for fishless cycling
  • MicroBacterStart XLM is a professional strength live tank starter nitrifying bioculture for rapidly cycling new marine aquariums set-ups in 5-7 days
  • MicroBacter Clean designed to target and clean surfaces of live rock coral decorations and tank walls
  • Made in the USA
  • Manufacture: Brightwell Aquatics
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Brightwell Aquatics DRSK100
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Brightwell Aquatics DRSK100 Final Thoughts

"- A pump and filter."

Will not grow anything aside from Anubias and moss balls. I bought this to basically replace a 5 gallon tank and make a new planted version. So don't be mislead by the image on the box with five guppies. So I now have a little cubby that my fish uses to hide. The rule of thumb is one small fish per gallon. It is perfect for small places like a kitchen counter, night stand, or even a desk. My plants have been doing fine and the filter and lights have worked really well.

Overall Score
3.6


(8 Points)

8. Marina Cool Goldfish Kit

User Ratings: 51 14

Marina 13383 First Impressions

"I gotta get them all!"

Even though it's open about half way up the heater. I'm working on a planted tank, will decide what fish will work. I bought this to basically replace a 5 gallon tank and make a new planted version. We have had it for over a month now. Absolutely perfect for a planted beta set up. I would recommend those back flow connectors for the air pump. I dont use the filter, I covered up the filter vents with some netting.

  • Marina Cool Goldfish Kit
  • 2.65 gallon aquarium
  • Comes complete with everything necessary to give your goldfish a great home
  • Easy to maintain
  • Great gift idea for the new aquatic hobbyist
  • 6 inches long x 12 inches wide x 13 inches tall; 1-year warranty
  • Manufacture: Marina
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 12 x 13 inches; 1.68 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Marina 13383
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Marina 13383 Final Thoughts

"- A Color Fusion light."

It also sits on the bottom glass pane, not the edges of the viewing panes. The adjustable pump can be turned down really low so the flow does not bother a Beta. The light is fairly bright but insufficient for growing any decent live plants. Best of luck if you purchase it this kit! The lights alone are beautiful to brighten up a space. 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.

Overall Score
3.9


(75 Points)

9. Penn-Plax Triad AquaTerrium Fish Tank (REPTT7) – 3 Chambers, 1 Biological Ecosystem – For Aquapo...

User Ratings: 48 41

Penn-Plax REPTT7 First Impressions

"I got this for my desk."

Even though it's open about half way up the heater. But overall the money was so worth this little pack. 1 gallon that a Betta really needs a 3-5 gallon home so I purchased this one as well. It has everything except for the pebbles we purchased separated we loved it! Not crazy about the lid or the stand. Of course the tank is an odd shape in itself lol. The description lists dimmensions but it still feels small.

  • Penn-Plax Triad AquaTerrium Fish Tank (REPTT7) – 3 Chambers, 1 Biological Ecosystem – For Aquaponic, Refugium, and Freshwater Aquarium Setups – 3.25 Gallons,Crystal Clear Glass
  • INNOVATIVE: The Triad AquaTerrium Fish Tank features 3 chambers that harmonize as 1 biological ecosystem, allowing for multiple freshwater species to coexist independently. This piece will add excitement and wonder to any home!
  • HARMONIZED SYSTEM: The tiered setup replicates Nature’s metabolic cycle. The plants absorb fish waste as nourishment, and purify the water in return, which is beneficial for the fish.
  • ITEMS INCLUDED: To keep this cycle continuous and clean, the Triad AquaTerrium Fish Tank utilizes an integrated filtration system, consisting of a Submersible Filter Pump (4. 5 Watt), Bio Sponge, and 2 Circulating Waterfalls.
  • AQUATIC LIFE: Each chamber can easily hold Nano Fish. Great for Bettas, Tetras, Danios, Barbs, Rasboras, Small Crustaceans, and Shrimp.
  • AQUATIC PLANTS: Works with all submersible plants, including: Anubias, Chain Sword (Narrow Leaf), Indian Red Sword, and Dwarf Baby Tears.
  • MARGINAL PLANTS: Also works with most marginal house plants, including: Christmas Cactus, Coleus, Cordyline Terminalis, and Arrowhead Plant.
  • MEASUREMENTS: Overall: 3. 25 Gal – 12” (W) x 12” (D) x 5” (Front H) / 10” (Back H); Front Chamber 0. 75 Gal (12” x 3. 75” x 5”); Middle Chamber 0. 94 Gal (9. 5” x 3. 75” x 7. 25”); Rear Chamber 1. 56 Gal (9. 5” x 3. 75” x 10”)
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax REPTT7
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Penn-Plax REPTT7 Final Thoughts

"A soft humming sound."

Definitely recommend this tank hands down! It has a hood with integrated LED lighting. This is the best 5 gallon tank you will ever purchase for the price. The pump is also as close to silent as you can get. The price is definitely a big plus. The price is definitely a big plus. The tubes get so dirty so fast and it messes up the flow for the filter.

Overall Score
3.3


(12 Points)

10. Aqueon Fish Aquarium Starter Kits LED NeoGlow

User Ratings: 71 6

Aqueon 100530342 First Impressions

"It's great!"

Stop now and BUY BUY BUY you will love it! All of this is explained in the instructions. It is very easy to set up and also comes with easy to understand instructions. Absolutely perfect for a planted beta set up. I love looking at it while I'm in the kitchen. The lights have a timer and three different levels of brightness and color. I'm not sure that it could be much quieter.

  • Aqueon Fish Aquarium Starter Kits LED NeoGlow
  • 5.5 Gallon Glass Aquarium with pink fluorescent silicone
  • Features a low profile hood with blue LED lighting
  • Equipped with an Aqueon mini bow filter and small cartridge
  • Black background highlights fish while hiding power cords
  • Includes: multi-colored gravel, two artificial plants, fish food and water conditioner
  • Aquariums featuring bright colors that pop
  • Low profile hood with blue colored LED lights showcase the bright colors inside the aquarium
  • Available in three colors: lime green, pink and orange
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 19.75 x 12.25 x 16.75 inches; 15.8 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100530342
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Aqueon 100530342 Final Thoughts

"What a lovely aquarium!"

Nothing came broke and everything is working. Not crazy about the lid or the stand. It only goes halfway down which may bother some people but to me it's great! The blue light works great as a night light also. Nothing came broke and everything is working. You are getting a premium quality tank for a reasonable price. I bought this to basically replace a 5 gallon tank and make a new planted version.

Overall Score
4.4


(547 Points)

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