Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Fluval Aquarium Starter Kits

1. Fluval Spec V Aquarium Kit, 5-Gallon

User Ratings: 70 7

Fluval 10518 First Impressions

"The LEDs are beautiful."

After reading only four reviews I was hesitant. The lights alone are beautiful to brighten up a space. Plan to buy another filter as this filter will be too noisy for you to tolerate! This unit was an upgrade for my daughters Beta tank. The shrimp sit on the wall and can hide in the back also. I would recommend those back flow connectors for the air pump. And it's a little awkward to put things in like a heater and stuff.

  • Fluval Spec V Aquarium Kit, 5-Gallon
  • 5-gallon etched glass aquarium with aluminum trim
  • High-output 7000K LED with all-aluminum, waterproof casing for enhanced plant growth and fish colors
  • Powerful 3-stage filtration for superior water quality and stylish honeycomb wrap to conceal rear filtration compartment
  • Includes glass aquarium with cover; LED lighting system; safe, low-voltage transformer; circulation pump with output nozzle; foam filter block with handle; activated carbon insert; and BioMax insert
  • Dimensions: 20.5 x 11.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Manufacture: Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 21.4 x 12.5 inches; 13.9 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval 10518
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Fluval 10518 Final Thoughts

"- A Color Fusion light."

Will not grow anything aside from Anubias and moss balls. All of this is explained in the instructions. It is really just a trickle at the lowest setting. I think it's a great looking tank and I would definitely recommend it to others. You are getting a premium quality tank for a reasonable price. Best of luck if you purchase it this kit! Not crazy about the lid or the stand.

Overall Score
4.4


(926 Points)

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2. Fluval Spec III Aquarium Kit, 2.6-Gallon

User Ratings: 73 4

Fluval 10515A1 First Impressions

"Love Love love this tank."

I will get unboxing video posted tomorrow as well as any updates. I've included a video of it running so you can judge for yourself. I think it's a great looking tank and I would definitely recommend it to others. It is very easy to set up and also comes with easy to understand instructions. The lights have a timer and three different levels of brightness and color. This is a good deal for a complete setup, less the rocks for the bottom. You are getting a premium quality tank for a reasonable price.

  • Fluval Spec III Aquarium Kit, 2.6-Gallon
  • 2.6-gallon etched glass aquarium with aluminum trim
  • High-output 7000K LED with all-aluminum, waterproof casing for enhanced plant growth and fish colors
  • Powerful 3-stage filtration for superior water quality and stylish honeycomb wrap to conceal rear filtration compartment
  • Includes glass aquarium with cover; LED lighting system; safe, low-voltage transformer; circulation pump with output nozzle; foam filter block with handle; activated carbon insert; and BioMax insert
  • Dimensions: 10.8 x 11.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Stylish honeycomb design conceals back filtration area while looking ultra modern.
  • Powerful 3-stage oversized mechanical, chemical and biological filtration.
  • Manufacture: Fluval
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 11.8 x 8.7 inches; 4.85 Pounds
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Fluval 10515A1 Final Thoughts

"The hinges are a joke."

Instructions were easy to use and the filter system is relatively quiet. I'm working on a planted tank, will decide what fish will work. It'll be fine, just be careful how you deal with the filter. And it's a little awkward to put things in like a heater and stuff. It also comes with a built in 3D back round. Of course the tank is an odd shape in itself lol. I think it's a great looking tank and I would definitely recommend it to others.

Overall Score
4.5


(744 Points)

3. Fluval Chi II Aquarium Set, 5 gal,White, 10505

User Ratings: 61 15

Fluval 10505 First Impressions

"Recommend!"

It's probably fine, but I don't like it at all. It literally made me provide others with a true review. Even though it's open about half way up the heater. Of course the tank is an odd shape in itself lol. I'm working on a planted tank, will decide what fish will work. And it's a little awkward to put things in like a heater and stuff. The curve radius also makes it hard to clean the glass on the edges.

  • Fluval Chi II Aquarium Set, 5 gal,White, 10505
  • Unique aquarium design creates perfect balance of sight and sound
  • 17 powerful led lights plus a permanent up light providing a gentle glow
  • Powerful filtration for sparkling, healthy water
  • 5 gallon glass aquarium, includes filter media
  • Measures 10 l x 10 w x 14.4 H inches
  • Manufacture: Fluval
  • Item Weight: 16 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 14.4 x 17.5 inches
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Fluval 10505 Final Thoughts

"Scratch that."

- Though the base is plastic, it's sturdy. Again, heater and light if you are doing real plants. It also sits on the bottom glass pane, not the edges of the viewing panes. 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. 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
4.0


(397 Points)

4. Fluval Chi II Aquarium Set, 5 gal,White, 10505

User Ratings: 61 15

Fluval 10505 First Impressions

"I like it."

The heater was a no-name 200W UL certified. It is very easy to set up and also comes with easy to understand instructions. Definitely recommend this tank hands down! Just loading gravel scratched the front of mine. No more then five or six tiny ones is my guess. No more then five or six tiny ones is my guess. 1 gallon that a Betta really needs a 3-5 gallon home so I purchased this one as well.

  • Fluval Chi II Aquarium Set, 5 gal,White, 10505
  • Unique aquarium design creates perfect balance of sight and sound
  • 17 powerful led lights plus a permanent up light providing a gentle glow
  • Powerful filtration for sparkling, healthy water
  • 5 gallon glass aquarium, includes filter media
  • Measures 10 l x 10 w x 14.4 H inches
  • Manufacture: Fluval
  • Item Weight: 16 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 14.4 x 17.5 inches
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Fluval 10505 Final Thoughts

"Good manufacturing."

I bought this to basically replace a 5 gallon tank and make a new planted version. It also comes with a built in 3D back round. I just set this up today and I absolutely love it so far. All contents included were as promised and they work fantastically. I think it's a great looking tank and I would definitely recommend it to others. He does swim under the shelf of the background but never hides there. Plan to buy another filter as this filter will be too noisy for you to tolerate!

Overall Score
4.0


(397 Points)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Fluval Aquarium Starter Kits

5. Fluval Chi Aquarium Kit

User Ratings: 54 13

Fluval 10506 First Impressions

"So I bought this 1."

It's probably fine, but I don't like it at all. The cherry shrimp had fries twice and now my Celestial Pearl Danios are laying eggs. This is a good deal for a complete setup, less the rocks for the bottom. 1 gallon that a Betta really needs a 3-5 gallon home so I purchased this one as well. Fluval, BioOrd, and several other micro tanks. They literally thought of everything. BUT it still looks pretty cool for a background lol.

  • Fluval Chi Aquarium Kit
  • 5-gallon aquatic aquarium that provides you with a calming and soothing atmosphere
  • Easy to set up and maintain
  • One plug for the integrated filtration system and powerful LED lighting system
  • Decor tray provides the opportunity change out plants and decorative objects for optimal appearance
  • Decor tray provides the opportunity change out plants and decorative objects for optimal appearance
  • Manufacture: Fluval
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 12.3 inches; 17 Pounds
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Fluval 10506 Final Thoughts

"It is very quiet."

Bigger is always better for new people. This would make a great gift for anyone wanting to get into the hobby. It has a hood with integrated LED lighting. It has a hood with integrated LED lighting. So far I like it, and my betta seems to like it as well. Advanced aquarium owners might find this space annoying. Incredibly happy with this purchase.

Overall Score
3.9


(339 Points)

6. Fluval Spec V Aquarium Kit, 5-Gallon, White

User Ratings: 73 8

Fluval 10518A2 First Impressions

"Happy fish keeping!"

They're not nearly as sensitive as these little 2. And it's a little awkward to put things in like a heater and stuff. Shipped fast, everything was there in perfect condition. The filter is the well known Tetra Whisper 60 that really is whisper quiet. So I now have a little cubby that my fish uses to hide. I also bought a heater with a built in thermostat. I didn't know that the background only goes halfway down the back of the tank.

  • Fluval Spec V Aquarium Kit, 5-Gallon, White
  • 5 gallon nano aquarium
  • Etched-glass tank with aluminum trim
  • Powerful 37 LED Lighting System
  • Includes foam block, activated carbon and BioMax bio rings
  • Size: 17.2 x 10.6 x 6.3 Inch
  • Manufacture: Fluval
  • Product Dimensions: 24.7 x 12 x 16 inches; 15.5 Pounds
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Fluval 10518A2 Final Thoughts

"Perrrrfect!"

I didn't know that the background only goes halfway down the back of the tank. It's raised at the edges and just looks bad. I put shrimp and guppies in it and they love it. Will not grow anything aside from Anubias and moss balls. And it builds up a lot of algae so it needs to be cleaned more. Not impossible to reach but definitely an odd angle you have to go in from lol. I've had it for a few days now and had zero problems hooking everything up.

Overall Score
4.4


(149 Points)

7. 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)

8. Fluval Transparent Media Door Replacement for Fluval Chi 19L and 25L Aquarium Kit

User Ratings: 78

Fluval A13953 First Impressions

"But he loves it!"

So I now have a little cubby that my fish uses to hide. It'll be fine, just be careful how you deal with the filter. I keep both on a low to low medium setting. It has everything except for the pebbles we purchased separated we loved it! If hygger comes out with more designs I would def. It's just super bulky and hard to work around. I think it's a great looking tank and I would definitely recommend it to others.

  • Fluval Transparent Media Door Replacement for Fluval Chi 19L and 25L Aquarium Kit
  • Sand stone ornament is easy to install and maintain
  • Fits Fluval chi 19L and 25L aquarium kit
  • This product weighs 0.1-pound
  • Measures 4-inch length by 2/7-inch height by 4-inch width
  • Manufacture: Fluval
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 0.3 inches; 0.8 Ounces
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Fluval A13953 Final Thoughts

"Awesome little setup."

Of course the tank is an odd shape in itself lol. So I now have a little cubby that my fish uses to hide. So I would say my tank is now fairly established. So I would say my tank is now fairly established. Tank is great, quiet enough, no motor sound, lights quite nice. Ok let's start off with the tank itself. The Mingdak strip is also waterproof and submersible so there's that.

Overall Score
4.8


(3 Points)

9. Fluval Sea Flex Saltwater Aquarium Kit - 123 L (32.5 US gal) - Black

User Ratings: 63

Fluval 14994 First Impressions

"- A Color Fusion light."

I don't remove my lid that much so, not a big deal to me. I do use the filter housing to house a heater and co2 diffuser. The filter is actually a pretty nice design. The background is comes with is just super convenient! It has a hood with integrated LED lighting. Even though it's open about half way up the heater. The aquarium kit is with the exception of the filter is excellent!

  • Fluval Sea Flex Saltwater Aquarium Kit - 123 L (32.5 US gal) - Black
  • Full spectrum Marine 3.0 LED operates via the FluvalSmart App on your mobile device
  • 25000 K color temperature lighting is ideal for growing vibrant corals
  • 3 pre-set lighting conditions: sunny reef; deep sea glo; color boost
  • 24-hour programmable light timer mimics the natural cycle of the sun and moon
  • Optional space to add a second Marine 3.0 LED (Item# 14513 - sold separately)
  • Powerful 3-stage filtration system
  • 2 independent media chambers for maximum, superior water quality
  • Manufacture: Hagen
  • Product Dimensions: 32.28 x 15.75 x 15.35 inches; 54.81 Pounds
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Fluval 14994 Final Thoughts

"My lid is laying on."

The pump is also as close to silent as you can get. The shrimp sit on the wall and can hide in the back also. Of course the tank is an odd shape in itself lol. It'll be fine, just be careful how you deal with the filter. I've included a video of it running so you can judge for yourself. The filter is the well known Tetra Whisper 60 that really is whisper quiet. Tank is great, quiet enough, no motor sound, lights quite nice.

Overall Score
4.3


(3 Points)

10. Fluval Hagen Flora Plant KIT 54.8L (14.5GAL

Fluval 14925 First Impressions

"Now the big bad thing."

Ok let's start off with the tank itself. I put mine in the corner of my breakfast bar. Nothing came broke and everything is working. I always had bubbles on the front of my tank no matter how I faced the tubes. Not crazy about the lid or the stand. Enough colors and gradients to please any demanding scaled pet. It'll be fine, just be careful how you deal with the filter.

  • Fluval Hagen Flora Plant KIT 54.8L (14.5GAL
  • A sleek and sophisticated glass aquarium kit equipped with everything you need to create the best natural planted environment. Nano internal filter s proper filtration and exceptionally clean water quality.
  • Item Package Height: 10.0
  • Item Package Length: 10.0
  • Item Package Width: 10.0
  • Manufacture: Fluval
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Fluval 14925 Final Thoughts

"- Fish food."

I dont use the filter, I covered up the filter vents with some netting. This is especially important if you opt to keep tropical fish rather than a betta. It's perfect for guppies, shrimp, bettas, neon tetras or any other small fish. I didn't know that the background only goes halfway down the back of the tank. And now, the pros and cons in my opinion. No doubt, I'll just be throwing that out. No doubt, I'll just be throwing that out.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

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