Editor's Choice - Our Favorite LED Aquarium Starter Kits

1. Marineland Portrait Glass LED aquarium Kit, 5 Gallons, Hidden Filtration

User Ratings: 75 5

MarineLand ML90609 First Impressions

"Great beginners tank."

It's probably fine, but I don't like it at all. It also sits on the bottom glass pane, not the edges of the viewing panes. Hope this list helps those who are new to keeping fish-- they are a great first pet! It is definitely something that you can noticeably hear, but it is not an annoyance. And the lights that it comes with are my absolute favorite. The filter is actually a pretty nice design. This is especially important if you opt to keep tropical fish rather than a betta.

  • Marineland Portrait Glass LED aquarium Kit, 5 Gallons, Hidden Filtration
  • SLEEK DESIGN: Rounded corners and clear glass canopy allow viewing from multiple angles.
  • DAYLIGHT/MOONLIGHT LIGHTING: Bright white LEDs create a shimmering sunlight effect; blue LEDs produce a moonlit glow.
  • EASY ACCESS: Hinged LED lighting and sliding glass canopy.
  • SIZE: 5-gallon aquarium fits Marineland Rite-Size Z Filter Cartridges.
  • HIDDEN FILTRATION: Advanced, 3-stage filtration is out of sight, enhancing aquarium viewing.
  • Manufacture: Marineland
  • Item Weight: 12 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 11.81 x 11.62 x 17.05 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MarineLand ML90609
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

MarineLand ML90609 Final Thoughts

"After adding water, etc."

All you need to add for a happy Betta fish is an extra light and a tank heater. If the disco look is not your taste, a different tank would better suit you. He was being suctioned to the filter. I would recommend those back flow connectors for the air pump. And you can not take the background out of the tank,it is glued in! It has been working just fine and maintaining temp. And it builds up a lot of algae so it needs to be cleaned more.

Overall Score
4.5


(4935 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated LED Aquarium Starter Kits

2. Koller Products PanaView 5-Gallon Aquarium Kit - Power Filter - LED Lighting, (AQ15005)

User Ratings: 63 9

Koller Products Aq15005 First Impressions

"- Fish food."

Definitely recommend this tank hands down! It has everything except for the pebbles we purchased separated we loved it! Once finished with both tanks will post pics of grass wall. It comes with the filter and lights. I've had it for a few days now and had zero problems hooking everything up. You are getting a premium quality tank for a reasonable price. I would recommend those back flow connectors for the air pump.

  • Koller Products PanaView 5-Gallon Aquarium Kit - Power Filter - LED Lighting, (AQ15005)
  • Energy-efficient LED lighting with 7 dazzling color selections to brightly illuminate your fish; choose daylight white, blue, green, amber, aqua, purple, or red.
  • Powerful internal power filter cleans and purifies aquarium water at a flow rate of 45 gallons per hour, effectively removing organic pollutants (including discolorations, odors, heavy metals, and toxic gases), uses Koller Products Small replacement filter cartridges (AQ10FC-60).
  • Manufactured of impact-resistant plastic with crystal-clear clarity so good that most think it's made of glass along with one-piece construction providing superior strength and durability. Unlike glass tanks glued together with silicone, this trendy shaped tank puts to rest any worries or concerns about possible leaks.
  • Easy to set up and maintain, this trendy fish tank will look good wherever you place it. Dimensions: 14. 2"L x 10"W x 11. 5"H.
  • If you need a part or help, please contact us at [email protected] for fast, friendly service.
  • Are you looking to buy an aquarium for your children? If you are, you are going to want to look at this fish Tank. Owning an aquarium can be a really fun and rewarding experience and an ideal way to teach your child the responsibility of pet ownership.
  • Included Components: User Set-Up Instructions
  • Dual-sided poly-fiber floss removes fish waste and other debris.
  • Manufacture: Koller-Craft
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 11.5 x 10 inches; 4.8 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Koller Products Aq15005
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Koller Products Aq15005 Final Thoughts

"- Decorative plants."

The background is comes with is just super convenient! I don't remove my lid that much so, not a big deal to me. The filter is actually a pretty nice design. It is definitely something that you can noticeably hear, but it is not an annoyance. Shipped fast, everything was there in perfect condition. 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.

Overall Score
4.2


(2612 Points)

3. Aqueon LED MiniBow Aquarium Starter Kits with LED Lighting

User Ratings: 63 11

Aqueon 100528787 First Impressions

"Very happy."

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! - Though the base is plastic, it's sturdy. He loves exploring his new environment with all the fresh vegetation. So I now have a little cubby that my fish uses to hide. Will not grow anything aside from Anubias and moss balls. Disregard the videos that show the filter operating with a loud chattering noise.

  • Aqueon LED MiniBow Aquarium Starter Kits with LED Lighting
  • Compact fish tank with a contemporary design and elevated base
  • Simple to setup and maintain, looks great in any room
  • Sleek, low profile LED energy efficient light hood with feeding hole
  • Includes Aqueon QuietFlow filtration as well as food and water care samples
  • Ships in its own container for protection against scratches and breakage during shipping
  • Uses Aqueon small filter cartridges
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 8.88 x 6.63 x 9.75 inches; 2.15 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100528787
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Aqueon 100528787 Final Thoughts

"Tanks the cheap part."

It comes with the filter and lights. The adjustable pump can be turned down really low so the flow does not bother a Beta. The cherry shrimp had fries twice and now my Celestial Pearl Danios are laying eggs. I didn't know that the background only goes halfway down the back of the tank. No more then five or six tiny ones is my guess. So far I like it, and my betta seems to like it as well. Best of luck if you purchase it this kit!

Overall Score
4.1


(2555 Points)

4. Koller Products AquaView 2-Gallon 360 Aquarium with Power Filter & LED Lighting

User Ratings: 59 9

Koller Products AP360-2FFP First Impressions

"This does it."

Not impossible to reach but definitely an odd angle you have to go in from lol. There's also enough room back there to hide a heater. It's just super bulky and hard to work around. The curve radius also makes it hard to clean the glass on the edges. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this Beautiful little tank so much I bought another one. I'm a first-time fish parent, and this is my first filtered aquarium. I love the tank and everything else about it but the background!

  • Koller Products AquaView 2-Gallon 360 Aquarium with Power Filter & LED Lighting
  • TRENDY DESIGN: Ideal for your tropical fish, this trendy aquarium will look good wherever you place it, easy to set up and easy to maintain.
  • DAZZLING COLORS: Energy-efficient LED lighting with 7 dazzling color selections to brightly illuminate your fish, choose daylight white, blue, green, amber, aqua, purple, or red.
  • COMPLETE FILTRATION: Powerful internal power filter cleans and purifies aquarium water at a flow rate of 25 gallons per hour effectively removing organic pollutants including discoloration, odors, heavy metals, and toxic gases. Uses Koller Products XS replacement filter cartridges (AQ05FC-30), available on Amazon.
  • OPTIMUM VIEWING: Crystal-clear clarity so good that most think it's glass, constructed of impact-resistant plastic providing leak-proof assurance.
  • DIMENSIONS: 10.2 DIA x 10.5 H Inches
  • 2-Gallon Fish Tank
  • LED Lighting with 7 Color Selections
  • Built-In Timer, 2H, 4H and Always On
  • Manufacture: Tom (Tominaga/Oscar)
  • Product Dimensions: 10.25 x 10.25 x 10.5 inches; 2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Koller Products AP360-2FFP
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  • Value For Money
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Koller Products AP360-2FFP Final Thoughts

"It's also really flimsy."

This helps to build a small eco system that reduces tank maintenance. It's really nice to have for betta fish that need to be in warm water. I'm not sure that it could be much quieter. The lights have a timer and three different levels of brightness and color. Again, heater and light if you are doing real plants. They literally thought of everything. I keep both on a low to low medium setting.

Overall Score
4.1


(2526 Points)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling LED Aquarium Starter Kits

5. 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)

6. Tetra ColorFusion Starter aquarium Kit 3 Gallons, Half-Moon Shape, With Bubbler And Color-Changing L...

User Ratings: 59 7

Tetra 29041 First Impressions

"Recommend!"

This is especially important if you opt to keep tropical fish rather than a betta. This is a VERY SMALL tank, and can only house 1 betta fish OR 2-3 guppies. And you can not take the background out of the tank,it is glued in! Definitely recommend this tank hands down! The curve radius also makes it hard to clean the glass on the edges. I always had bubbles on the front of my tank no matter how I faced the tubes. It comes with the filter and lights.

  • Tetra ColorFusion Starter aquarium Kit 3 Gallons, Half-Moon Shape, With Bubbler And Color-Changing Light Disc
  • AQUARIUM KIT: Half-moon shape allows 180-degree panoramic viewing – starter kit has everything you need
  • BUBBLE CURTAIN 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
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 6.88 x 12.5 x 12.9 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 29041
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Tetra 29041 Final Thoughts

"Recommend!"

It's perfect for guppies, shrimp, bettas, neon tetras or any other small fish. That piece is very poorly designed. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this Beautiful little tank so much I bought another one. There arent very many other aquariums at this price point with these measurements. - it really only holds 4 gallons after you add gravel and decorations. Shipped fast, everything was there in perfect condition. Again, heater and light if you are doing real plants.

Overall Score
4.2


(2236 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
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  • Value For Money
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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


(1865 Points)

8. MarineLand Contour Glass Aquarium Kit with Rail Light

User Ratings: 72 5

MarineLand ML90610 First Impressions

"It was all fluval brand."

Tank is great, quiet enough, no motor sound, lights quite nice. I just set this up today and I absolutely love it so far. I keep both on a low to low medium setting. The filter is the well known Tetra Whisper 60 that really is whisper quiet. The filter is actually a pretty nice design. It also comes with a built in 3D back round. And now, the pros and cons in my opinion.

  • MarineLand Contour Glass Aquarium Kit with Rail Light
  • SLEEK DESIGN: Rounded corners and clear glass canopy allow viewing from multiple angles.
  • DAYLIGHT/MOONLIGHT SETTINGS: Bright white LEDs create a shimmering sunlight effect; blue LEDs produce a moonlit glow.
  • EASY ACCESS: Hinged LED rail light and sliding glass canopy.
  • DIMENSIONS: The Marineland Contour 3 aquarium measures 9. 5 inches x 10 inches.
  • Manufacture: Marineland
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 10 x 10 inches; 8 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MarineLand ML90610
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

MarineLand ML90610 Final Thoughts

"Nice tank for the price."

It is perfect for small places like a kitchen counter, night stand, or even a desk. There's also enough room back there to hide a heater. It's raised at the edges and just looks bad. The filter is actually a pretty nice design. Best of luck if you purchase it this kit! The blue light works great as a night light also. The adjustable pump can be turned down really low so the flow does not bother a Beta.

Overall Score
4.4


(1674 Points)

9. GloFish Aquarium Kit w/ Hood, LED Lights and Whisper Filter

User Ratings: 61 12

GloFish 29236 First Impressions

"It's an aquarium."

The adjustable pump can be turned down really low so the flow does not bother a Beta. James spends his days swimming all around his tank and working on his bubble nest. So I now have a little cubby that my fish uses to hide. The filter has great flow and comes with an extended spray bar. I think it's a great looking tank and I would definitely recommend it to others. If you are into dwarf shrimp that is. The price is definitely a big plus.

  • GloFish Aquarium Kit w/ Hood, LED Lights and Whisper Filter
  • STARTER KIT: Includes all the essentials for success, starting with a 1.
  • 5 gallon aquarium with clear plastic canopy.
  • EASY SETUP: This colorful tank is perfect for beginners and hobbyists alike.
  • BLUE LED LIGHTS: Brilliant blue LED lights give GloFish fluorescent fish and accessories a uniquely fluorescent look, particularly in dark settings.
  • Age Range Description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: GloFish
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.38 x 13.5 inches; 1.5 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The GloFish 29236
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

GloFish 29236 Final Thoughts

"For the last two months."

So far I like it, and my betta seems to like it as well. Keep in mind that the tank, light and heater will require a total of three outlets. The background is made very nicely and doesn't take up a whole lot of the tank. And it's a little awkward to put things in like a heater and stuff. I just set this up today and I absolutely love it so far. Fluval, BioOrd, and several other micro tanks. BUT it still looks pretty cool for a background lol.

Overall Score
4.1


(1196 Points)

10. 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
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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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