Editor's Choice - Our Favorite SunGrow Aquarium Starter Kits

1. SunGrow Aquarium Tool Kit (5pcs) Perfect Aquascaping Tools - Includes Straight & Curved Scissors, Su...

User Ratings: 81 1

SunGrow First Impressions

"The kit is not complete."

You are getting a premium quality tank for a reasonable price. I love the tank and everything else about it but the background! The lights have a timer and three different levels of brightness and color. Not impossible to reach but definitely an odd angle you have to go in from lol. This tank will be much easier to live with than the smaller 1-3 gallon options. It is perfect for small places like a kitchen counter, night stand, or even a desk. They'll have a lot more room to play around decorations and stuff, too.

  • SunGrow Aquarium Tool Kit (5pcs) Perfect Aquascaping Tools - Includes Straight & Curved Scissors, Substrate Spatula, Straight & Bent Tweezers - Stainless Steel - No Rust - Convenient Operation
  • ✔ PACK OF 5 AQUASCAPING TOOLS --- This kit comes with the 5 most essential aquascaping tools needed to cultivate and maintain all your aquarium plants. No more using your hands and fingers to prune those plants.
  • ✔ RUSTPROOF MADE OF STAINLESS STEEL --- The tools in SunGrow aquarium tool kit are made from stainless steel and are completely rust proof. They are also flexible, sharp and durable tools.
  • ✔ LIGHTWEIGHT DOUBLE-SIDED SPATULA --- This lightweight spatula has two sides for different applications. The larger side can be used for smoothing out large areas of substrate while the smaller end can work on more delicate jobs.
  • ✔ STRAIGHT AND CURVED TWEEZERS--- The two different types of tweezers can be used for larger aquarium plants and for tiny carpet plants. You can also use the tweezers for inserting nutritional capsules in the substrate. Grasp the capsules with the tweezer insert into the substrate and gently let go.
  • ✔ STRAIGHT AND CURVED SCISSORS--- These sharp high precision scissors are perfect for pruning and trimming your aquarium plant life. The curved scissor is specially made to help you trim the hard to reach parts of plants.
  • Manufacture: Luffy Pets Collection
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SunGrow Final Thoughts

"I shut mine off."

Hope this list helps those who are new to keeping fish-- they are a great first pet! All you need to add for a happy Betta fish is an extra light and a tank heater. He loves exploring his new environment with all the fresh vegetation. I don't remove my lid that much so, not a big deal to me. Problem is, the glass sits flush with that top edge. It'll be fine, just be careful how you deal with the filter. This unit was an upgrade for my daughters Beta tank.

Overall Score
4.7


(271 Points)

2. Elite Junior Aquarium Accessory Kit

User Ratings: 48 27

Elite A825 First Impressions

"It's perfect!"

He loves exploring his new environment with all the fresh vegetation. It's just super bulky and hard to work around. I bought this to basically replace a 5 gallon tank and make a new planted version. It is perfect for small places like a kitchen counter, night stand, or even a desk. I absolutely love this eight gallon tank. It also sits on the bottom glass pane, not the edges of the viewing panes. They'll have a lot more room to play around decorations and stuff, too.

  • Elite Junior Aquarium Accessory Kit
  • Filter accessory kit for smaller aquariums
  • Suitable for aquariums between 5-10 gallons
  • Easy to set up and simple to use
  • CSA approved
  • Quiet operation
  • Manufacture: Elite
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 4.3 x 4.8 inches; 14.4 Ounces
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Elite A825 Final Thoughts

"I love my tank!"

Nothing came broke and everything is working. I absolutely love this eight gallon tank. The Mingdak strip is also waterproof and submersible so there's that. I absolutely love this eight gallon tank. This would make a great gift for anyone wanting to get into the hobby. It also comes with a built in 3D back round. If the disco look is not your taste, a different tank would better suit you.

Overall Score
3.4


(5 Points)

3. Aqueon MiniBow LED Kit, 2.5 Gallon, White

User Ratings: 34 9

Aqueon 00817783 First Impressions

"- A Color Fusion light."

Not crazy about the lid or the stand. I've included a video of it running so you can judge for yourself. The background adds a lot of depth that feels missing in a standard aquarium. The background adds a lot of depth that feels missing in a standard aquarium. Absolutely perfect for a planted beta set up. I wish I new about that before I got it. It is really just a trickle at the lowest setting.

  • Aqueon MiniBow LED Kit, 2.5 Gallon, White
  • Dimensions 11.5" x 7.63" x 12.5"
  • Sleek, low profile LED energy efficient light hood
  • Lid has feeding hole for convenient feeding
  • Elevated base adds an extra flair to the design
  • Uses Aqueon QuietFlow Filtration; cartridge, food and water care samples are inside
  • Manufacture: Pro-Motion Distributing - Direct
  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 7.63 x 12.5 x 11.5 inches
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Aqueon 00817783 Final Thoughts

"- A pump and filter."

After reading only four reviews I was hesitant. They're not nearly as sensitive as these little 2. Just loading gravel scratched the front of mine. I just set this up today and I absolutely love it so far. The heater was a no-name 200W UL certified. The background is made very nicely and doesn't take up a whole lot of the tank. It is very easy to set up and also comes with easy to understand instructions.

Overall Score
3.6


(34 Points)

4. Aquarius Aq35000gpc Glofish 180 3-1/2-Gallon Aquarium Kit

User Ratings: 20 13

KollerCraft AQ35000GPC First Impressions

"Perfect product."

Nothing came broke and everything is working. Best of luck if you purchase it this kit! I would recommend those back flow connectors for the air pump. The adjustable pump can be turned down really low so the flow does not bother a Beta. It only goes halfway down which may bother some people but to me it's great! The description lists dimmensions but it still feels small. This helps to build a small eco system that reduces tank maintenance.

  • Aquarius Aq35000gpc Glofish 180 3-1/2-Gallon Aquarium Kit
  • Perfect For GloFish
  • Lighting Options Include Daylight White to Twilight Blue to Moon Glow
  • Made of Sturdy Shatter-Proof Acrylic
  • The Best Habitat For Your Pet - 3.5-Gallon Capacity
  • Great Addition To Any Home Or Office
  • Manufacture: Tom (Tominaga/Oscar)
  • Product Dimensions: 11.25 x 8.75 x 13.5 inches; 4 Pounds
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KollerCraft AQ35000GPC Final Thoughts

"But this tank is great."

I also bought a heater with a built in thermostat. I bought this to basically replace a 5 gallon tank and make a new planted version. James spends his days swimming all around his tank and working on his bubble nest. The background adds a lot of depth that feels missing in a standard aquarium. This would make a great gift for anyone wanting to get into the hobby. And you can not take the background out of the tank,it is glued in! Disregard the videos that show the filter operating with a loud chattering noise.

Overall Score
3.3


(34 Points)

5. 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
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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


(299 Points)

6. UPLY 2.6 Gallon Aquarium Kit Ultra Clear Fish Tank Low Iron Glass Aquarium Starter Kits with LED Lig...

User Ratings: 80

UPLY First Impressions

"Not protecting much."

All you need to add for a happy Betta fish is an extra light and a tank heater. So I now have a little cubby that my fish uses to hide. The price is definitely a big plus. 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. Plan to buy another filter as this filter will be too noisy for you to tolerate! I don't remove my lid that much so, not a big deal to me.

  • UPLY 2.6 Gallon Aquarium Kit Ultra Clear Fish Tank Low Iron Glass Aquarium Starter Kits with LED Light and Filter Pump
  • UPLY Aquarium Starter Kits - For most people, having an aquarium in life and work is a very rewarding and fun experience. It not only enhances the connection between people and nature, but also reduces the pressure on work and life and makes us feel more relaxed and happy every day. This is an ideal way to help us feel and be close to nature. No matter what kind of fish you is interested in, UPLY Aquarium Kits can start this wonderful aquarium tour for you!
  • Ultra Clear Low Iron Glass - Want a clearer and more beautiful watching experience? UPLY Aquarium can help you achieve it. The light transmittance of UPLY Ultra Clear Low Iron Glass is up to 91.5%, which is much better than other glasses, and its sharpness is 2-3 times that of ordinary glass. You don't even feel the presence of glass, the fish is like swimming in the air. Amazing!!
  • Perfect Lighting For Small Aquarium - UPLY Aquarium offers bright white light and relaxing blue light to perfectly meet day and night lighting needs. Both white and blue lights not only make your aquarium more beautiful at night but also promote aquarium plant growth and improve your fish tank's ecological environment. Create a beautiful and healthy underwater world for you!
  • Powerful Whisper Filtering System - The Advanced back panel filtration system is cleverly hidden at one end of the aquarium. The powerful 3W adjustable flow water pump can easily drive the water through the filtration system to realize the self-circulation of the UPLY aquarium water flow. Working sound ≤ 20 dB, giving you an absolutely quiet night! The filter media is located in a separate chamber. A large porous foam block is included. Maintain an unparalleled water clarity at all times!
  • Necessary Accessories For You - An aquarium glass lid and bracket, 8 pcs right angle silicone pads and a aquarium bottom pad. The aquarium lid can effectively protect the safety of the fish and prevent heat loss and maintain the temperature inside the aquarium. Aquarium Right angle soft pad and bottom pad for non-slip and scratch protection, maximum protection of the aquarium and breeder safety!
  • Manufacture: UPLY
  • Item Weight: 11.18 pounds
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UPLY Final Thoughts

"Cute little tank."

Instructions were easy to use and the filter system is relatively quiet. This would make a great gift for anyone wanting to get into the hobby. Not impossible to reach but definitely an odd angle you have to go in from lol. It's probably fine, but I don't like it at all. I just set this up today and I absolutely love it so far. It literally made me provide others with a true review. The lights alone are beautiful to brighten up a space.

Overall Score
4.8


(6 Points)

7. BinaryABC Aquarium Tweezers,Stainless Steel Feeding Straight Tweezer 27cm

User Ratings: 82 1

BinaryABC BI-BB0397 First Impressions

"Was time to upgrade."

I always had bubbles on the front of my tank no matter how I faced the tubes. The aquarium kit is with the exception of the filter is excellent! Of course the tank is an odd shape in itself lol. The filter is the well known Tetra Whisper 60 that really is whisper quiet. Once finished with both tanks will post pics of grass wall. I love the tank and everything else about it but the background! I love looking at it while I'm in the kitchen.

  • BinaryABC Aquarium Tweezers,Stainless Steel Feeding Straight Tweezer 27cm
  • Proffessional aquarium plant fish tank tools
  • Human engineering principle design
  • Made of high quality stainless steel materials, Easy and convenient to use
  • Great for aquarium plant fish tank
  • Note:Please keep out of reach of children.
  • Manufacture: BinaryABC
  • Item Weight: 1.76 ounces
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BinaryABC BI-BB0397 Final Thoughts

"This is crucial!"

I'm a first-time fish parent, and this is my first filtered aquarium. I'm working on a planted tank, will decide what fish will work. This unit was an upgrade for my daughters Beta tank. The background is made very nicely and doesn't take up a whole lot of the tank. Again, heater and light if you are doing real plants. BUT it still looks pretty cool for a background lol. I put shrimp and guppies in it and they love it.

Overall Score
4.7


(266 Points)

8. Aqueon Betta Bow LED Fish Aquarium Kit

User Ratings: 68 9

Aqueon 00817787 First Impressions

"I am in love with it."

Came pretty quickly and was not damaged. This is the best 5 gallon tank you will ever purchase for the price. Enough colors and gradients to please any demanding scaled pet. Then there's the very nice LED with sliding brackets and easy to use wired in remote. BUT it still looks pretty cool for a background lol. I've had it for a few days now and had zero problems hooking everything up. Not impossible to reach but definitely an odd angle you have to go in from lol.

  • Aqueon Betta Bow LED Fish Aquarium Kit
  • 2.5 gallon desktop aquarium kit
  • Beginner betta habitats no longer need to be a simple bowl
  • Aqueon LED BettaBow is attractive, stylish, and easy enough for a beginner hobbyist
  • Features a sleek, low profile LED energy efficient light hood with feeding tank, elevated base, and Aqueon QuiteFlow filtration
  • Our starter kit comes with everything you need, including a filter cartridge, food and water care samples, and a divider so two bettas can share the tank. Just add water and fish
  • Manufacture: Pro-Motion Distributing - Direct
  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2 x 4 inches
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Aqueon 00817787 Final Thoughts

"Final note of warning."

I always had bubbles on the front of my tank no matter how I faced the tubes. It just sits under the tank with no way of holding the tank in place on top of it. Of course the tank is an odd shape in itself lol. Couldn't put the heater there because it does not heat the whole tank. Will not grow anything aside from Anubias and moss balls. All contents included were as promised and they work fantastically. I've had it for a few days now and had zero problems hooking everything up.

Overall Score
4.3


(79 Points)

9. Penn-Plax Water-Word Vertex Desktop Aquarium Kit - Perfect for Shrimp and Small Fish

User Ratings: 61 13

Penn-Plax WW130 First Impressions

"Feed fish."

There arent very many other aquariums at this price point with these measurements. The filter has great flow and comes with an extended spray bar. The Mingdak strip is also waterproof and submersible so there's that. The shrimp sit on the wall and can hide in the back also. I also bought a heater with a built in thermostat. My beta seems to be adjusting well. Will not grow anything aside from Anubias and moss balls.

  • Penn-Plax Water-Word Vertex Desktop Aquarium Kit - Perfect for Shrimp and Small Fish
  • CONVENIENT FOR SMALL SPACES: The VERTEX Desktop Aquarium Kit is perfect for small or unused spaces: a desk, dresser, or even on top of the old file cabinet that hasn’t been touched in years.
  • UNIQUE DESIGN: The frameless tank is made from finely constructed bent glass that’s 1/8” thick. At the front, it features 2 curved corners, allowing for unobstructed views from all angles.
  • GREAT FOR BEGINNERS: The VERTEX Desktop 2. 7 Gallon Tank Kit makes for a simple and easy introduction to aquarium ownership. Ideal for adults and children alike.
  • CONTAINS ALMOST EVERYTHING YOU NEED: This kit includes 2. 7 Gallon Glass Tank, Hinged Lid, Cascade 20 Power Hang-On Filter (20 GPH), Therma-Temp Full-Range Digital Thermometer, and Quick-Net Fish Net.
  • MEASUREMENTS: 2. 7 Gallon Tank 10” (H) x 9” (W) x 7. 75” (D). All other components can fit comfortably inside the tank. Great for shrimp and small fish!
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax, INC.
  • Product Dimensions: 8.35 x 9.75 x 10 inches; 6.8 Pounds
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Penn-Plax WW130 Final Thoughts

"Nice tank for the price."

- it really only holds 4 gallons after you add gravel and decorations. It literally made me provide others with a true review. It is really just a trickle at the lowest setting. James spends his days swimming all around his tank and working on his bubble nest. I say it's a good buy and a very nice tank. The cherry shrimp had fries twice and now my Celestial Pearl Danios are laying eggs. I will get unboxing video posted tomorrow as well as any updates.

Overall Score
4.1


(294 Points)

10. 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)

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