Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Saltwater Aquarium Starter Kits

1. Coralife LED Biocube Aquarium LED

User Ratings: 72 8

Coralife 100530106 First Impressions

"Now the big bad thing."

It just sits under the tank with no way of holding the tank in place on top of it. The filter is the well known Tetra Whisper 60 that really is whisper quiet. Just loading gravel scratched the front of mine. It has everything except for the pebbles we purchased separated we loved it! This unit was an upgrade for my daughters Beta tank. My beta seems to be adjusting well. Even though it's open about half way up the heater.

  • Coralife LED Biocube Aquarium LED
  • Sleek modern hood with vibrant LED lighting for freshwater to saltwater environments
  • Integrated 24-hour timer with three independent channels bright white sparkling blue and color enhancing LEDs
  • Automatic 30 minute sunrise/sunset and 60 minute moonrise/moonset functions to replicate natural day cycle
  • Compact and customizable built-in filtration – easy to setup and maintain
  • Quiet submersible pump dual intakes and adjustable return nozzle
  • Age Range Description: All Life Stages
  • Included Components: All Components included in Picture and Description
  • Sleek modern hood with vibrant LED Lighting
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 16.75 x 17.5 inches; 30.65 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Coralife 100530106
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Coralife 100530106 Final Thoughts

"2 bag minimum."

Shipped fast, everything was there in perfect condition. Just loading gravel scratched the front of mine. BUT it still looks pretty cool for a background lol. The Mingdak strip is also waterproof and submersible so there's that. I cant wait to set this up and get some shrimp and cardinal tetras in there. It's just super bulky and hard to work around. 1 gallon that a Betta really needs a 3-5 gallon home so I purchased this one as well.

Overall Score
4.4


(383 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Saltwater Aquarium Starter Kits

2. INITIAL LEAF Aquarium Long Tweezers 15 inch Feeding Tongs for Reptile Snake Fish Stainless Steel Str...

User Ratings: 84 3

INITIAL LEAF First Impressions

"I gotta get them all!"

Once finished with both tanks will post pics of grass wall. He loves exploring his new environment with all the fresh vegetation. All contents included were as promised and they work fantastically. It has everything except for the pebbles we purchased separated we loved it! So I now have a little cubby that my fish uses to hide. That piece is very poorly designed. I love the tank and everything else about it but the background!

  • INITIAL LEAF Aquarium Long Tweezers 15 inch Feeding Tongs for Reptile Snake Fish Stainless Steel Straight Curved Tweezer Long Handled Garden Bonsai Tool Tank Aquascape Aquatic Saltwater Kit
  • 15 inch LongTweezers for Aquarium gives you plenty of reach without getting your hands in the fish tank and to plant seed or move stem.2 pcs set,Straight tweezers and Curved tweezers,one more angle choice,easier to handle bonsai stem.
  • Long Feeding Tongs great for Feeding Insects,Snake,Reptile,Snakes,Lizards Spider,Ball python, Gecko, bearded dragon, tarantulas, salamanders,betta,frogs,birds. Definitely work and you can pinch the leg of a roach with ease and not squish them.
  • Perfect Aquarium Tool with black coating, aquarium pincette,carbonation protection,effectively resist rust,even though be used in saltwater.No harm for your pets and plant. HIGH QUALITY aquarium,fish bowl accessories kit,also bonsai, terrarium gardening tools.
  • Long Tweezers with heavy materials,0.24lb/0.11kg each tweezer,sturdy. Serrated tips design, ANTI SLIP CLIPS,they perfectly complete their work grip the food, aquatic decoration, substrate,gravel,coral well.
  • Had better keep the Long Stainless Steel Tweezers clean and dry after using.
  • Manufacture: INITIAL LEAF
  • Item Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The INITIAL LEAF
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

INITIAL LEAF Final Thoughts

"5-3 fish, not 5."

I purchased the hygger heater and it has worked out perfectly too. It's probably fine, but I don't like it at all. It has a hood with integrated LED lighting. The background adds a lot of depth that feels missing in a standard aquarium. He does swim under the shelf of the background but never hides there. It's perfect for guppies, shrimp, bettas, neon tetras or any other small fish. He loves exploring his new environment with all the fresh vegetation.

Overall Score
4.7


(76 Points)

3. LISSOMPLUME Stainless Steel Fish Tank Cleaning Starter Kit Aquarium Curved Tweezer Scissors Spatula ...

User Ratings: 42 10

LISSOMPLUME First Impressions

"I like the all in one."

There's also enough room back there to hide a heater. He does swim under the shelf of the background but never hides there. All of this is explained in the instructions. So don't be mislead by the image on the box with five guppies. All of this is explained in the instructions. - Though the base is plastic, it's sturdy. Disregard the videos that show the filter operating with a loud chattering noise.

  • LISSOMPLUME Stainless Steel Fish Tank Cleaning Starter Kit Aquarium Curved Tweezer Scissors Spatula Tools
  • [PACK OF 3 Fish Tanks & Aquarium Kit] - Live aquarium plants Cleaning Tools including: 27cm/10.62inch Curved Tweezer; 25cm/9.84inch Curved Scissor; 32cm/12.59inch Sand Spatula;
  • [Anti Rust & Anti Corrosion] - Fish tank cleaning tools for fish lovers starter beginner is made by premium stainless steel, rust resistant, sturdy for planted aquarium, aquascape, freshwater & saltwater fish tank.
  • [Accurate and Tight Scissors] - Excellent Aquarium Starter Kit for the task, the curved scissors could trim the small or thin live plants keeping your hands drier on maintenance; The scissors are very sharp and precise.
  • [Convenient & Safe Tweezers] - Aquariums aquascaping tools include long forceps great for planting and picking up things. Gravel spreading is so much easier, gripping even the tiniest cultures of dwarf grass. It won't hurt the plant's cross-section, more convenient than using a hand.
  • [Multi Purpose] -Aquarium plant tools for tank cleaning - perfect for pruning rearranging, maintaining, cleaning, trimming, grooming aquatic plants, taking care of all types of aquarium plants, clean fish tank substrate and aquarium gravel. Also, it can be used as Algae Scrapers and Bonsai tools, helps maintain a clean fish tank and beautiful yard. Making aquascaping in your aquarium so much easier.
  • Manufacture: LISSOMPLUME
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1 x 0.1 inches; 7.05 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The LISSOMPLUME
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

LISSOMPLUME Final Thoughts

"Love this tank."

He does swim under the shelf of the background but never hides there. Again, heater and light if you are doing real plants. I put shrimp and guppies in it and they love it. Fortunately, the way the arm is designed you can zip tie something like the 7. Just loading gravel scratched the front of mine. It only goes halfway down which may bother some people but to me it's great! Will not grow anything aside from Anubias and moss balls.

Overall Score
3.8


(51 Points)

4. 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
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Saltwater Aquarium Starter Kits

5. 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
  • Quality
  • 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)

6. GankPike 7.5-Gallon Saltwater Aquarium Marine Fish Tank Reef Tank with Lid, Protein Skimmer, LED Lig...

GankPike First Impressions

"5-3 fish, not 5."

The background adds a lot of depth that feels missing in a standard aquarium. You are getting a premium quality tank for a reasonable price. You are getting a premium quality tank for a reasonable price. Incredibly happy with this purchase. 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. He does swim under the shelf of the background but never hides there.

  • GankPike 7.5-Gallon Saltwater Aquarium Marine Fish Tank Reef Tank with Lid, Protein Skimmer, LED Light, Heater, LCD Digital Thermometer and Pump, Curved Shaped
  • 7.5 gallon bent ultra clear glass aquarium for saltwater fish, reef and coral. 1.5 gallon back filtration area plus 6 gallon front viewing area. L: 13.8 x W: 11.8 x H: 11.8 inches.
  • Equipped with biochemical & mechanical filter media, adjustable pump and protein skimmer to keep your tank clean and provide a perfect environment for fish, reef and coral.
  • The tank features an aluminum alloy LED light to highlight your fish, reef and coral. The LED light has 3 color modes, 5 level dimmable and auto-off timer, which helps the coral grow.
  • Complete aquarium kit includes: 7.5 gallon aquarium with lid, LED lamp, quiet power pump, protein skimmer up to 13 gallon, heater, LCD digital thermometer, two biochemical filer sponges and one pack of ceramic rings.
  • Easy to setup for saltwater aquarium starter.
  • Manufacture: GankPike
  • Item Weight: 21.7 pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The GankPike
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

GankPike Final Thoughts

"What a lovely aquarium!"

It'll be fine, just be careful how you deal with the filter. This is a VERY SMALL tank, and can only house 1 betta fish OR 2-3 guppies. The aquarium kit is with the exception of the filter is excellent! All you need to add for a happy Betta fish is an extra light and a tank heater. Stop now and BUY BUY BUY you will love it! Tank is great, quiet enough, no motor sound, lights quite nice. The lights alone are beautiful to brighten up a space.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

7. 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)

8. 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)

9. 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
  • Quality
  • 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)

10. 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
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

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