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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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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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. Lifegard Customflo Water System Starter Kit

User Ratings: 63

CUSTOMFLO Starter Kit First Impressions

"5-3 fish, not 5."

The filter is the well known Tetra Whisper 60 that really is whisper quiet. Shipped fast, everything was there in perfect condition. Tank is great, quiet enough, no motor sound, lights quite nice. Fortunately, the way the arm is designed you can zip tie something like the 7. Enough colors and gradients to please any demanding scaled pet. And you can not take the background out of the tank,it is glued in! I don't remove my lid that much so, not a big deal to me.

  • Lifegard Customflo Water System Starter Kit
  • Ideal for small or large aquariums
  • Easy to upgrade an existing filter system
  • No holes to drill
  • Manufacture: Lifegard Aquatics
  • Editor's Impressions Of The CUSTOMFLO Starter Kit
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CUSTOMFLO Starter Kit Final Thoughts

"I gotta get them all!"

Plan to buy another filter as this filter will be too noisy for you to tolerate! I love the tank and everything else about it but the background! It's probably fine, but I don't like it at all. James spends his days swimming all around his tank and working on his bubble nest. This is the best 5 gallon tank you will ever purchase for the price. If the disco look is not your taste, a different tank would better suit you. This would make a great gift for anyone wanting to get into the hobby.

Overall Score
4.6


(3 Points)

4. Marineland Silhouette aquarium Kit 3 Gallons, Sleek Curved Base, Includes LED Lighting

User Ratings: 62 9

MarineLand ML90608 First Impressions

"Now that's another part."

All contents included were as promised and they work fantastically. And now, the pros and cons in my opinion. It's probably fine, but I don't like it at all. And you can not take the background out of the tank,it is glued in! Advanced aquarium owners might find this space annoying. Enough colors and gradients to please any demanding scaled pet. The tubes get so dirty so fast and it messes up the flow for the filter.

  • Marineland Silhouette aquarium Kit 3 Gallons, Sleek Curved Base, Includes LED Lighting
  • MODERN DESIGN: The sleek, curved black base makes this kit a stylish feature piece for any home.
  • DAYLIGHT/MOONLIGHT SETTINGS: Bright white LEDs create a shimmering sunlight effect; blue LEDs produce a moonlit glow.
  • EASY ACCESS: Hinged glass canopy with hidden LED lights underneath.
  • DIMENSIONS: The Marineland Silhouette aquarium measures 10 inches wide by 12 inches long by 12.
  • Manufacture: Marineland
  • Item Weight: 12 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 14.13 x 13.63 x 12.25 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MarineLand ML90608
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MarineLand ML90608 Final Thoughts

"The hinges are a joke."

It'll be fine, just be careful how you deal with the filter. I've had it for a few days now and had zero problems hooking everything up. Keep in mind that the tank, light and heater will require a total of three outlets. But overall the money was so worth this little pack. I dont use the filter, I covered up the filter vents with some netting. Incredibly happy with this purchase. This unit was an upgrade for my daughters Beta tank.

Overall Score
4.2


(132 Points)

5. Tetra Aquarium 20 Gallon Fish Tank Kit, Includes LED Lighting and Decor

User Ratings: 75 4

Tetra NV33821 First Impressions

"The kit is not complete."

I've had it for a few days now and had zero problems hooking everything up. I purchased the hygger heater and it has worked out perfectly too. I put shrimp and guppies in it and they love it. Not crazy about the lid or the stand. If you are into dwarf shrimp that is. This tank will be much easier to live with than the smaller 1-3 gallon options. Fluval, BioOrd, and several other micro tanks.

  • Tetra Aquarium 20 Gallon Fish Tank Kit, Includes LED Lighting and Decor
  • Tetra Glass Aquariums are made in the USA and are built to last with scratch resistant glass
  • The Tetra Aquarium comes loaded with an LED hood, that provides a natural daytime effect and a Whisper Filter that is whisper quiet while providing powerful, dependable water flow
  • Artificial Plants add a unique, natural ocean feel while giving your fish a place to hide which reduces fish stress
  • The Tetra Kit includes: one 20 Gallon Glass Aquarium, one LED hood, one Tetra Mini UL Heater, one Tetra Whisper 20 Filter, one artificial Boxwood Plant Mat, four artificial plants. Add gravel and fish to complete your aquarium
  • Aquarium Dimensions: 24.2" L x 12.4" W x 16.7" H
  • Manufacture: United Pet Group
  • Product Dimensions: 27.88 x 16.13 x 20.38 inches; 33.85 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra NV33821
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Tetra NV33821 Final Thoughts

"Love Love love this tank."

1 gallon that a Betta really needs a 3-5 gallon home so I purchased this one as well. So don't be mislead by the image on the box with five guppies. If you are into dwarf shrimp that is. I dont use the filter, I covered up the filter vents with some netting. Incredibly happy with this purchase. No more then five or six tiny ones is my guess. Nothing came broke and everything is working.

Overall Score
4.5


(740 Points)

6. Aqueon Betta Castle Kit, Half Gallon, Black

User Ratings: 62 11

Aqueon 015905012232 First Impressions

"Love this tank."

It is definitely something that you can noticeably hear, but it is not an annoyance. Stop now and BUY BUY BUY you will love it! All of this is explained in the instructions. No doubt, I'll just be throwing that out. I'm a first-time fish parent, and this is my first filtered aquarium. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this Beautiful little tank so much I bought another one. Shipped fast, everything was there in perfect condition.

  • 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
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Aqueon 015905012232 Final Thoughts

"Really Cool!"

All you need to add for a happy Betta fish is an extra light and a tank heater. I say it's a good buy and a very nice tank. Nothing came broke and everything is working. The curve radius also makes it hard to clean the glass on the edges. And it's a little awkward to put things in like a heater and stuff. My plants have been doing fine and the filter and lights have worked really well. This tank will be much easier to live with than the smaller 1-3 gallon options.

Overall Score
4.1


(26 Points)

7. Marineland 29203 Cord Organizer Kit

User Ratings: 35

MarineLand 29203 First Impressions

"For the last two months."

Bigger is always better for new people. It's perfect for guppies, shrimp, bettas, neon tetras or any other small fish. The filter has great flow and comes with an extended spray bar. It is very easy to set up and also comes with easy to understand instructions. I love looking at it while I'm in the kitchen. It is very easy to set up and also comes with easy to understand instructions. They literally thought of everything.

  • Marineland 29203 Cord Organizer Kit
  • Keep aquarium cords in one neat bundle
  • 14-Inch cord router mounts on the back of aquarium to hide cords
  • 4 cord clips with self adhesive can be used
  • Manufacture: Marineland
  • Product Dimensions: 1.75 x 5.5 x 22.88 inches; 5.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MarineLand 29203
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MarineLand 29203 Final Thoughts

"I personally love it."

The pump is also as close to silent as you can get. - Though the base is plastic, it's sturdy. There arent very many other aquariums at this price point with these measurements. Will be buying a second of these tanks for my step daughter's Betta. The rule of thumb is one small fish per gallon. This is a good deal for a complete setup, less the rocks for the bottom. I purchased the hygger heater and it has worked out perfectly too.

Overall Score
3.5


(3 Points)

8. Aqueon Basic Kit Aquarium, 10 Gallon

User Ratings: 63 17

Zilla 17750 First Impressions

"The stand."

And it builds up a lot of algae so it needs to be cleaned more. The rule of thumb is one small fish per gallon. No more then five or six tiny ones is my guess. The curve radius also makes it hard to clean the glass on the edges. Bigger is always better for new people. My beta seems to be adjusting well. All you need to add for a happy Betta fish is an extra light and a tank heater.

  • Aqueon Basic Kit Aquarium, 10 Gallon
  • Aquarium set-up and care guide included
  • Aqueon filtration and lighting system included
  • Aqueon premium fish food included
  • All components needed for a healthy aquatic environment
  • Manufacture: Zilla
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 13.6 x 12.6 inches; 16 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Zilla 17750
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Zilla 17750 Final Thoughts

"Very well made."

Ok let's start off with the tank itself. They literally thought of everything. The rule of thumb is one small fish per gallon. So I now have a little cubby that my fish uses to hide. The background is comes with is just super convenient! Ok let's start off with the tank itself. I dont use the filter, I covered up the filter vents with some netting.

Overall Score
3.9


(42 Points)

9. 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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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)

10. 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
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  • 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)

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