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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SunGrow
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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. Lightahead Artificial Mini Aquarium A Sensory Multi Colored LED Swimming Fish Tank with Bubbles

User Ratings: 62 12

Lightahead First Impressions

"- Decorative plants."

And it builds up a lot of algae so it needs to be cleaned more. Keep in mind that the tank, light and heater will require a total of three outlets. The shrimp sit on the wall and can hide in the back also. James spends his days swimming all around his tank and working on his bubble nest. I purchased the hygger heater and it has worked out perfectly too. I'm working on a planted tank, will decide what fish will work. Nothing came broke and everything is working.

  • Lightahead Artificial Mini Aquarium A Sensory Multi Colored LED Swimming Fish Tank with Bubbles
  • IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE PEACE & CALM OF THE OCEAN:. Multi Colored Artificial Fish. This fascinating product is a alternative to a regular aquarium. Ideal for your desktop, children's room, living room and practically any other room in your house. Can be used as Night Light for any Kids room to help them sleep well.
  • Lightahead Artificial Aquarium Fish Tank includes 3 artificial fish. Tank Size – 4.8” x 3.5” x 9.0”.Tank has 3 colorful LED lights and comes with an ocean background wallpaper to give an illusion of a real coral reef. AC powered ( US Plug adapter i100v-240v ncluded. If you use in any other country you will need an adapter.). Can also run on 3 x AA Batteries (not included).
  • GREAT SENSORY STIMULATION PRODUCT: The gentle movement of colorful fish swimming rhythmically in a lighted tank create's a beautiful Tranquil, peaceful & soothing deep-sea ambiance which could help reduce stress & anxiety.Great for children, adults & seniors with special needs, including dementia ADHD & autism. May helps improve mood & well-being.
  • Simply fill up the tank with tap water, add 2-4 drops of dish washing detergent and see your aquarium come to life.
  • GREAT GIFT IDEA: Great gift for anyone who loves sea life or simply wants to make a unique design statement. It also makes an ideal gift and Decoration for Christmas, Holiday, Party, Home Office Bedroom Room Comes with Lightahead’s Guarantee of Satisfaction.
  • This attractive artificial aquarium creates the illusion of tropical fish and water in motion.
  • Cute little fish Bobbing & swimming in a colorful lighted sea bed come to life at the flick of a switch.
  • This is for those who do not want the hassle of having a real fish but always wanted an aquarium.
  • Manufacture: Lightahead
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 3.5 x 4.8 inches; 15.2 Ounces
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Lightahead Final Thoughts

"It is non-adjustable."

I'm a first-time fish parent, and this is my first filtered aquarium. Once finished with both tanks will post pics of grass wall. The pump is also as close to silent as you can get. The background adds a lot of depth that feels missing in a standard aquarium. Best of luck if you purchase it this kit! Of course the tank is an odd shape in itself lol. All of this is explained in the instructions.

Overall Score
4.1


(858 Points)

3. Marina EZ Care Betta Kit

User Ratings: 58 10

Marina 13357 First Impressions

"This tank is wonderful!"

Even though it's open about half way up the heater. It's really nice to have for betta fish that need to be in warm water. Bigger is always better for new people. Once finished with both tanks will post pics of grass wall. You are getting a premium quality tank for a reasonable price. I purchased the hygger heater and it has worked out perfectly too. I bought this to basically replace a 5 gallon tank and make a new planted version.

  • Marina EZ Care Betta Kit
  • 0.7 US gal clear plastic cube aquarium with frame and EZ care feature
  • Decorative double-sided background
  • Decorative pebbles
  • Dimensions: 6 ¼ in x 6 ¼ in x 6 ¼ D
  • 2.5L (0.7 US gal) clear plastic cube aquarium with frame and EZ care feature
  • Decorative double-sided background
  • Decorative pebbles
  • Water change cup
  • Manufacture: Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 7 x 7 inches; 1.64 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Marina 13357
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Marina 13357 Final Thoughts

"The stand."

I keep both on a low to low medium setting. Fluval, BioOrd, and several other micro tanks. It'll be fine, just be careful how you deal with the filter. Keep in mind that the tank, light and heater will require a total of three outlets. The curve radius also makes it hard to clean the glass on the edges. And the lights that it comes with are my absolute favorite. Problem is, the glass sits flush with that top edge.

Overall Score
4.0


(790 Points)

4. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Elite A825
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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)

5. JBJ Nano Cube DX Aquarium

User Ratings: 47 18

JBJ Lighting 24G NANO CUBE DX First Impressions

"On it says bottom."

Came with the tank and background along with a pump and light. And it's a little awkward to put things in like a heater and stuff. It also comes with a built in 3D back round. Even though it's open about half way up the heater. They're not nearly as sensitive as these little 2. They'll have a lot more room to play around decorations and stuff, too. The filter is the well known Tetra Whisper 60 that really is whisper quiet.

  • JBJ Nano Cube DX Aquarium
  • SMALL THINGS REALLY DO COME IN SMALL PACKAGES;WHETHER YOU ARE A NOVICE AQUARIST TRYING HIS OR HER AT THEIR FIRST FRESHWATER AQUARIUM OR AN ADVANCED MARINE AQUARIST LOOKING TO ADD A NANO REEF TO YOUR DESR.
  • 3 STAGE FILTRATION;REMOVABLE TRANSPARENT FILTER BASKET
  • CLASSIC NANO CUBE LOOK THAT HAS PROVEN SUCCESSFUL ALL IN ONE AQUARIUM
  • Country Of Origin: China
  • Manufacture: Transworld Aquatic
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 21.3 x 20 inches; 19 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The JBJ Lighting 24G NANO CUBE DX
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JBJ Lighting 24G NANO CUBE DX Final Thoughts

"I got this for my desk."

I didn't know that the background only goes halfway down the back of the tank. I wish I new about that before I got it. So I would say my tank is now fairly established. This is a good deal for a complete setup, less the rocks for the bottom. If hygger comes out with more designs I would def. There's also enough room back there to hide a heater. Couldn't put the heater there because it does not heat the whole tank.

Overall Score
3.7


(26 Points)

6. 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
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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)

7. JBJ Picotope Curved Glass Nano Aquarium Kit 3 Gallon

User Ratings: 49 14

JBJ 3 GALLON PICTOPE First Impressions

"The hinges are a joke."

The rule of thumb is one small fish per gallon. It also comes with a built in 3D back round. It has been working just fine and maintaining temp. It is really just a trickle at the lowest setting. It comes with the filter and lights. The filter is the well known Tetra Whisper 60 that really is whisper quiet. The cherry shrimp had fries twice and now my Celestial Pearl Danios are laying eggs.

  • JBJ Picotope Curved Glass Nano Aquarium Kit 3 Gallon
  • 9 Watt 50/50 clamp on lamp
  • Slim line Pico Power filter
  • Small Tank Size with Big Tank Feeling
  • Manufacture: Transworld Aquatic
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 10 x 11 inches; 5 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The JBJ 3 GALLON PICTOPE
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JBJ 3 GALLON PICTOPE Final Thoughts

"Happy fish keeping!"

It also sits on the bottom glass pane, not the edges of the viewing panes. Came pretty quickly and was not damaged. The filter is the well known Tetra Whisper 60 that really is whisper quiet. It has everything except for the pebbles we purchased separated we loved it! This is a VERY SMALL tank, and can only house 1 betta fish OR 2-3 guppies. Definitely recommend this tank hands down! So I now have a little cubby that my fish uses to hide.

Overall Score
3.7


(44 Points)

8. 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
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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)

9. Koller Products TM1186 Tom Aquarium Betta Tank, 5/8 Gallon

User Ratings: 35 27

Koller Products TM1186 First Impressions

"I got this for my desk."

I dont use the filter, I covered up the filter vents with some netting. The Mingdak strip is also waterproof and submersible so there's that. Disregard the videos that show the filter operating with a loud chattering noise. And you can not take the background out of the tank,it is glued in! I didn't know that the background only goes halfway down the back of the tank. All of this is explained in the instructions. The background is comes with is just super convenient!

  • Koller Products TM1186 Tom Aquarium Betta Tank, 5/8 Gallon
  • Clear, seamless aquarium offers 360 degree panoramic viewing; includes stand
  • Easy to clean with removable hood, which also includes feeding hole
  • Great for showcasing a single betta on a desktop
  • Personalize the tank with your own photo as a backdrop
  • Seamless acrylic construction offers a crystal clear view; resistant to impact and child-friendly
  • Manufacture: Koller Enterprises
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 2.8 x 7.5 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Koller Products TM1186
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Koller Products TM1186 Final Thoughts

"So far so good."

The heater was a no-name 200W UL certified. It is very easy to set up and also comes with easy to understand instructions. I bought this to basically replace a 5 gallon tank and make a new planted version. It is definitely something that you can noticeably hear, but it is not an annoyance. I keep both on a low to low medium setting. Enough colors and gradients to please any demanding scaled pet. Instructions were easy to use and the filter system is relatively quiet.

Overall Score
3.0


(19 Points)

10. Aqueon Products 015905178020 LED Minibow Aquarium Kit, 1 Gallon, Black

User Ratings: 56 10

Aqueon 100117802 First Impressions

"Very good quality!"

I have this unit deployed for a couple of months now. After reading only four reviews I was hesitant. Once finished with both tanks will post pics of grass wall. - it really only holds 4 gallons after you add gravel and decorations. I've had it for a few days now and had zero problems hooking everything up. It also comes with a built in 3D back round. Bigger is always better for new people.

  • Aqueon Products 015905178020 LED Minibow Aquarium Kit, 1 Gallon, Black
  • Aqueon Led Minibow Aquarium Kit, 1 Gallon, Black
  • 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 100117802
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Aqueon 100117802 Final Thoughts

"Nice tank for the price."

The adjustable pump can be turned down really low so the flow does not bother a Beta. This is going to be a sweet little setup! I absolutely love this eight gallon tank. I absolutely love this eight gallon tank. Again, heater and light if you are doing real plants. I say it's a good buy and a very nice tank. The pump is also as close to silent as you can get.

Overall Score
3.9


(71 Points)

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