Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Hagen Aquarium Starter Kits

1. Marina CUBUS Glass Betta Kit

User Ratings: 68 7

Hagen 13485 First Impressions

"The tank itself is fine."

So I now have a little cubby that my fish uses to hide. The curve radius also makes it hard to clean the glass on the edges. 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. Of course the tank is an odd shape in itself lol. Best of luck if you purchase it this kit! The aquarium kit is with the exception of the filter is excellent!

  • Marina CUBUS Glass Betta Kit
  • Glass aquarium with LED clip-on lamp and flexible neck
  • Energy efficient clip-on light unit with three powerful LEDs brings out the bright colors of your Betta fish
  • Pedestal base protects surfaces from being damaged
  • 0.9-gallon aquarium built with a breathing hole
  • 5.9 inches long, 5.9 inches wide, 5.9 inches high
  • Flexible, energy-efficient clip-on light with 3 powerful LED lights that vividly enhance betta colours
  • The cover has an opening for breathing and easy access to fish
  • The pedestal base protects surfaces from damages
  • Manufacture: Marina
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 7 x 7.3 inches; 1.68 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hagen 13485
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  • Value For Money
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Hagen 13485 Final Thoughts

"Happy fish keeping!"

He was being suctioned to the filter. Stop now and BUY BUY BUY you will love it! It is very easy to set up and also comes with easy to understand instructions. It's just super bulky and hard to work around. Not impossible to reach but definitely an odd angle you have to go in from lol. Then there's the very nice LED with sliding brackets and easy to use wired in remote. It's raised at the edges and just looks bad.

Overall Score
4.3


(444 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Hagen Aquarium Starter Kits

2. Hagen Fluval EBI Shrimp Kit

User Ratings: 67 21

Hagen First Impressions

"5-3 fish, not 5."

Best of luck if you purchase it this kit! I love looking at it while I'm in the kitchen. They'll have a lot more room to play around decorations and stuff, too. This helps to build a small eco system that reduces tank maintenance. I didn't know that the background only goes halfway down the back of the tank. Definitely recommend this tank hands down! The rule of thumb is one small fish per gallon.

  • Hagen Fluval EBI Shrimp Kit
  • Sleek, All Aluminum Waterproof Casing
  • Powerful & Energy Efficient LED's for Optimal Plant Growth and Shrimp Color
  • Convenient Touch Start Day & Night Illumination
  • Powerful 3 Stage Filtration with oversized Mechanical, Chemical, Biological Media
  • Manufacture: Josh's Frogs
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hagen
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  • Value For Money
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Hagen Final Thoughts

"The tank itself is fine."

It only goes halfway down which may bother some people but to me it's great! I absolutely love this eight gallon tank. It has a hood with integrated LED lighting. I cant wait to set this up and get some shrimp and cardinal tetras in there. The cherry shrimp had fries twice and now my Celestial Pearl Danios are laying eggs. I always had bubbles on the front of my tank no matter how I faced the tubes. Enough colors and gradients to please any demanding scaled pet.

Overall Score
3.9


(19 Points)

3. Penn-Plax Cascade Clearview Aquarium Kit - Everything a Fish Owner Needs to Get Started - Fish Tank,...

Penn-Plax First Impressions

"I LOVE this tank!"

The lights alone are beautiful to brighten up a space. Once finished with both tanks will post pics of grass wall. I say it's a good buy and a very nice tank. And it builds up a lot of algae so it needs to be cleaned more. Couldn't put the heater there because it does not heat the whole tank. My beta seems to be adjusting well. Fluval, BioOrd, and several other micro tanks.

  • Penn-Plax Cascade Clearview Aquarium Kit - Everything a Fish Owner Needs to Get Started - Fish Tank, LED Lights, Water Pump, and Drip Filtration System
  • THE RIGHT TANK FOR YOUR BREED OF FISH: Cascade Clearview fish tanks are ideal for both freshwater and saltwater aquariums
  • EVERYTHING IS INCLUDED: These Aquarium Kits include everything you need in one convenient package and come in three sizes: 7, 12, and 21 gallon tanks.
  • COMES WITH EVERYTHING LISTED: Each Cascade aquarium kit by Penn Plax includes a crystal clear glass aquarium kit with integrated lid and LED light as well as a water pump and drip filtration system.
  • THE PET HOBBYIST'S BEST CHOICE: Each kit is fully compatible with popular media types from virtually every brand and are ideal for planted aquariums and aquascaping.
  • WE'VE SOLVED THE POTENTIAL SHIPPING PROBLEMS: Each package has been specially designed to withstand the delivery process - no expense was spared to come up with a packaging plan so you will received your glass tank without any damage - the first time!
  • 7 gallon capacity
  • 6.8w 42 bulb LED light (36 white, 6 blue)
  • 2 mode LED with touch operation
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Penn-Plax Final Thoughts

"Nice tank for the price."

Disregard the videos that show the filter operating with a loud chattering noise. 1 gallon that a Betta really needs a 3-5 gallon home so I purchased this one as well. I've had it for a few days now and had zero problems hooking everything up. The filter has great flow and comes with an extended spray bar. - Though the base is plastic, it's sturdy. He does swim under the shelf of the background but never hides there. Even though it's open about half way up the heater.

Overall Score
3.0


(1 Points)

4. EvaGO 15 inch Black Straight Aquarium Tweezers Stainless Steel Straight Tweezer with Carbonation Pro...

User Ratings: 67 2

EvaGO First Impressions

"A soft humming sound."

I bought this to basically replace a 5 gallon tank and make a new planted version. The background adds a lot of depth that feels missing in a standard aquarium. That piece is very poorly designed. Even though it's open about half way up the heater. There arent very many other aquariums at this price point with these measurements. They literally thought of everything. I'm working on a planted tank, will decide what fish will work.

  • EvaGO 15 inch Black Straight Aquarium Tweezers Stainless Steel Straight Tweezer with Carbonation Protection Coating Against Rust Extra Long Reptiles Feeding Tongs Tools for Aquatic Tank Plants
  • Quality Feeding Tweezers: Superior forged stainless steel reptile feeding tweezers with fine carbonation protection coating processing surface, sturdy and flexible enough
  • Excellent Aquarium Tools: Perfect for feeding and handling aquarium plants, bearded dragon, tarantulas, snakes, spiders, Gecko, aquatic fish, slings, salamanders, live food for larger aquatic pets or corals and more
  • Premium Anti-slip Clips: Straight Tweezers with serrated tips for picking up smaller objects like small stones, worms, never worry slip off; also their handle with anti-skid design, help you grip stuff firmly
  • Long Reptile Feeding Tongs: Has 15 inch length, with carbonation protection coating against rust; easy to use with any proper angles, no harm to water plants, also can prevent accidental injuries from your reptile's mouth, make feeding a lot easier
  • Package Included: 1x Black Straight Tweezer; Please remember to rinse and dry with water after each use, keep away from children and pets
  • Manufacture: EvaGO
  • Item Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The EvaGO
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  • Value For Money
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EvaGO Final Thoughts

"Could be used."

Absolutely perfect for a planted beta set up. 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. I've included a video of it running so you can judge for yourself. Even though it's open about half way up the heater. This is a good deal for a complete setup, less the rocks for the bottom. I say it's a good buy and a very nice tank.

Overall Score
4.4


(65 Points)

5. 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
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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


(765 Points)

6. Tfwadmx Aquascape Tools, Aquarium Long Curved Scissors Stainless Steel Aquascaping Tweezers Planted ...

User Ratings: 39

Tfwadmx First Impressions

"The hinges are a joke."

I bought this to basically replace a 5 gallon tank and make a new planted version. The lights have a timer and three different levels of brightness and color. I don't remove my lid that much so, not a big deal to me. I didn't know that the background only goes halfway down the back of the tank. It's probably fine, but I don't like it at all. Nothing came broke and everything is working. I didn't know that the background only goes halfway down the back of the tank.

  • Tfwadmx Aquascape Tools, Aquarium Long Curved Scissors Stainless Steel Aquascaping Tweezers Planted Tank Clean Tool Kits Trimmer Pruning 4Pcs
  • SIZE -- Aquascape tools include 10.6 inches Straight Tweezer, 10.6 inches Curved Tweezer and 9.8 inches Curved Scissor. The slender shape is suitable for planting various plants.
  • MADE OF STAINLESS STEEL -- The stainless steel aquascape tools have excellent flexibility and will never get rusted. More durable, corrosion resistant. The tools is formed by precision grinding, not specular surface.
  • 2 DIFFERENT TWEEZERS -- Straight tweezers, securely grasp your items during maintenance and setup. Curved tweezers, plant your live aquatic plants with comfort and ease.
  • LABOR-SAVING DESIGN -- Dynamics concerned design, specially designed delicate clip end. Match the curve of the hand, the operation is more comfortable and easy. Gets in hard-to-reach places and mows down foreground plants. With aesthetic design and streamlined surface, it is especially for pruning small or thin water plants.
  • MULTI-FUNCTION -- Used to remove the dirty things from the bottom of your aquarium effectively. It also serves as the best utensil for those expertise water plants cultivators in the caring of young aquarium plants.
  • Aquascape tools kits is made of high quality stainless steel with excellent flexibility and not easy to get rusty and corrosive.
  • Ergonomic design provides comfortable grips on your fingers, allowing precision plant trimming and maintenance.
  • Material: stainless steel
  • Manufacture: Tfwadmx
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tfwadmx
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Tfwadmx Final Thoughts

"It's the perfect size."

After reading only four reviews I was hesitant. Will be buying a second of these tanks for my step daughter's Betta. I didn't know that the background only goes halfway down the back of the tank. This is the best 5 gallon tank you will ever purchase for the price. Ok let's start off with the tank itself. The shrimp sit on the wall and can hide in the back also. Once finished with both tanks will post pics of grass wall.

Overall Score
4.0


(6 Points)

7. 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
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

8. Marina Betta Pals Kit, Girl Theme

User Ratings: 51 13

Marina 13403 First Impressions

"Feed fish."

Came pretty quickly and was not damaged. Disregard the videos that show the filter operating with a loud chattering noise. All you need to add for a happy Betta fish is an extra light and a tank heater. There's also enough room back there to hide a heater. My beta seems to be adjusting well. But overall the money was so worth this little pack. I put mine in the corner of my breakfast bar.

  • Marina Betta Pals Kit, Girl Theme
  • 0.5 gallon cube; perfect for entry-level aquarist
  • Comes complete with everything necessary to get your betta's home started
  • Easy to maintain
  • Great gift idea for kids
  • Manufacture: Hagen
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 6 inches; 1.45 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Marina 13403
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  • Value For Money
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Marina 13403 Final Thoughts

"- A pump and filter."

I also bought a heater with a built in thermostat. Keep in mind that the tank, light and heater will require a total of three outlets. This is going to be a sweet little setup! The filter has great flow and comes with an extended spray bar. That piece is very poorly designed. Even though it's open about half way up the heater. It'll be fine, just be careful how you deal with the filter.

Overall Score
3.8


(15 Points)

9. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The DEECOOYA
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

10. 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)

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