Editor's Choice - Our Favorite LILYS PET Aquarium Starter Kits

1. LILYS PET Straight and Bend Stainless Steel Super Thick Tweezers Set,Pliers Aquarium Tool Fish Tank ...

User Ratings: 74 3

LILYS PET First Impressions

"It's the perfect size."

I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this Beautiful little tank so much I bought another one. This is going to be a sweet little setup! Problem is, the glass sits flush with that top edge. Then there's the very nice LED with sliding brackets and easy to use wired in remote. My plants have been doing fine and the filter and lights have worked really well. Once finished with both tanks will post pics of grass wall. There arent very many other aquariums at this price point with these measurements.

  • LILYS PET Straight and Bend Stainless Steel Super Thick Tweezers Set,Pliers Aquarium Tool Fish Tank Aquatic Plants Forceps Clip
  • 100%Brand New and High Quality.
  • This kit Includes:10.5" Curved Tweezer, 10.5" Straight Tweezer,15" Curved Tweezer, 15" Straight Tweezer,18.9" Curved Tweezer, 18.9" Straight Tweezer
  • Made of stainless steel material.Dynamics concerned design,with excellent flexibility, specially designed delicate clip end.
  • The Straight Tweezers is great for picking up smaller objects,stones and other general purpose uses.The Bend Tweezers Help ensure proper plant maintenance.
  • Rinse and dry after each use. Put it away from children and pets.
  • Manufacture: LILYS PET
  • Editor's Impressions Of The LILYS PET
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.9']

LILYS PET Final Thoughts

"- Fish food."

It comes with the filter and lights. Tank is great, quiet enough, no motor sound, lights quite nice. The background is comes with is just super convenient! No more then five or six tiny ones is my guess. The filter is actually a pretty nice design. It has a hood with integrated LED lighting. I bought this to basically replace a 5 gallon tank and make a new planted version.

Overall Score
4.5

[star rating="4.5"]
(299 Points)

2. Tetra Water Wonders Aquarium Kit

User Ratings: 49 13

Tetra 29137 First Impressions

"It was easy to set up."

And you can not take the background out of the tank,it is glued in! He was being suctioned to the filter. Came pretty quickly and was not damaged. My plants have been doing fine and the filter and lights have worked really well. So I now have a little cubby that my fish uses to hide. I do use the filter housing to house a heater and co2 diffuser. All contents included were as promised and they work fantastically.

  • Tetra Water Wonders Aquarium Kit
  • Easy, safe, and fun aquarium designed for beginners
  • Clear, resilient acrylic tank offers beautiful underwater view
  • Convenient 1.5-gallon size fits almost anywhere
  • Completely equipped for instant setup
  • Includes filter, adjustable LED light, filter cartridge, and complete setup guide
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 8.07 x 8.98 x 11.02 inches; 3.04 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 29137
  • Quality [star rating='3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.2']

Tetra 29137 Final Thoughts

"No problems once so ever."

It'll be fine, just be careful how you deal with the filter. And you can not take the background out of the tank,it is glued in! Of course the tank is an odd shape in itself lol. Of course the tank is an odd shape in itself lol. 1 gallon that a Betta really needs a 3-5 gallon home so I purchased this one as well. I love the tank and everything else about it but the background! And you can not take the background out of the tank,it is glued in!

Overall Score
3.8

[star rating="3.8"]
(480 Points)

3. 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 [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

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

[star rating="4.4"]
(547 Points)

4. 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 [star rating='4.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

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

[star rating="4.2"]
(2236 Points)

5. Aqueon MiniBow LED Aquarium Kit, Blue, 1 Gallon

User Ratings: 66 17

Aqueon 100117803 First Impressions

"2 bag minimum."

It's raised at the edges and just looks bad. This is a good deal for a complete setup, less the rocks for the bottom. Problem is, the glass sits flush with that top edge. Disregard the videos that show the filter operating with a loud chattering noise. Plan to buy another filter as this filter will be too noisy for you to tolerate! 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.

  • Aqueon MiniBow LED Aquarium Kit, Blue, 1 Gallon
  • Aqueon Led Minibow Aquarium Kit, 1 Gallon, Blue
  • Simple to setup and maintain, looks great in any room
  • Lid has feeding hole for convenient feeding
  • Uses Aqueon QuietFlow Filtration; cartridge, food and water care samples are inside
  • Dimensions: 8.5" x 6.25" x 9.25"
  • Manufacture: Prime Pet Deals - Code 1
  • Item Weight: 2.05 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100117803
  • Quality [star rating='3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

Aqueon 100117803 Final Thoughts

"- The fish tank."

BUT it still looks pretty cool for a background lol. It'll be fine, just be careful how you deal with the filter. 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. They're not nearly as sensitive as these little 2. So far I like it, and my betta seems to like it as well. I just set this up today and I absolutely love it so far.

Overall Score
4.0

[star rating="4"]
(24 Points)

6. Wuliuen 50Pieces Natural Catappa Leaves Almond Leaf Fish Cleaning Treatment Aquarium Tank Brown

User Ratings: 70

Wuliuen First Impressions

"This tank is super small."

I put mine in the corner of my breakfast bar. It has a hood with integrated LED lighting. No doubt, I'll just be throwing that out. If you are into dwarf shrimp that is. I just set this up today and I absolutely love it so far. It has been working just fine and maintaining temp. There's also enough room back there to hide a heater.

  • Wuliuen 50Pieces Natural Catappa Leaves Almond Leaf Fish Cleaning Treatment Aquarium Tank Brown
  • ❀ 1, Effective help and prevention of bacterial infection.
  • ❀ 2, The most natural acid effect.
  • ❀ 3, Naturaly polish color and stability of fish color.
  • ❀ 4, Promote the reproductive capacity of fish.
  • ❀ 5, Help to control the propagation of moss.
  • Manufacture: Wuliuen
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Wuliuen
  • Quality [star rating='3.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.4']

Wuliuen Final Thoughts

"Perfect product."

Will be buying a second of these tanks for my step daughter's Betta. Best of luck if you purchase it this kit! I dont use the filter, I covered up the filter vents with some netting. If you are into dwarf shrimp that is. There arent very many other aquariums at this price point with these measurements. It is very easy to set up and also comes with easy to understand instructions. The cherry shrimp had fries twice and now my Celestial Pearl Danios are laying eggs.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(4 Points)

7. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval 14994
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.4']

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

[star rating="4.3"]
(3 Points)

8. AQUA ILLUMINATION/C2 DEVELOPMENT AQI Mount Bracket HYDRA52

User Ratings: 61

AQUA ILLUMINATION/C2 DEVELOPMENT 653341181022 First Impressions

"I personally love it."

Just loading gravel scratched the front of mine. It's probably fine, but I don't like it at all. Definitely recommend this tank hands down! Bigger is always better for new people. So I ended up taking the filter out and replacing it with a sponge filter. It is very easy to set up and also comes with easy to understand instructions. That piece is very poorly designed.

  • AQUA ILLUMINATION/C2 DEVELOPMENT AQI Mount Bracket HYDRA52
  • Made in the USA
  • Made of Top quality materials
  • For use with Aqua Intelligence products
  • Weight: 5 pounds
  • Made in the USA
  • Easy to use and setup
  • Made of top quality materials
  • Manufacture: Aqua Intelligence
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQUA ILLUMINATION/C2 DEVELOPMENT 653341181022
  • Quality [star rating='3.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

AQUA ILLUMINATION/C2 DEVELOPMENT 653341181022 Final Thoughts

"This is crucial!"

Definitely recommend this tank hands down! I'm not sure that it could be much quieter. I keep both on a low to low medium setting. Problem is, the glass sits flush with that top edge. Fortunately, the way the arm is designed you can zip tie something like the 7. I didn't know that the background only goes halfway down the back of the tank. Best of luck if you purchase it this kit!

Overall Score
4.5

[star rating="4.5"]
(11 Points)

9. 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 [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

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

[star rating="4.1"]
(33 Points)

10. Aqua Culture 10 Gallon Aquarium Starter Kit with LED

User Ratings: 67 12

AQUA CULTURE First Impressions

"This is crucial!"

Definitely recommend this tank hands down! I love the tank and everything else about it but the background! I put mine in the corner of my breakfast bar. He was being suctioned to the filter. Hope this list helps those who are new to keeping fish-- they are a great first pet! I cant wait to set this up and get some shrimp and cardinal tetras in there. He does swim under the shelf of the background but never hides there.

  • Aqua Culture 10 Gallon Aquarium Starter Kit with LED
  • Manufacture: Aqua Culture
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQUA CULTURE
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

AQUA CULTURE Final Thoughts

"Scratch that."

- it really only holds 4 gallons after you add gravel and decorations. The aquarium kit is with the exception of the filter is excellent! Bigger is always better for new people. The blue light works great as a night light also. The aquarium kit is with the exception of the filter is excellent! The rule of thumb is one small fish per gallon. The tubes get so dirty so fast and it messes up the flow for the filter.

Overall Score
4.2

[star rating="4.2"]
(229 Points)

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