Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Tetra Aquarium Starter Kits

1. 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)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Tetra Aquarium Starter Kits

2. 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)

3. Tetra Crescent Acrylic Aquarium Kit, Energy Efficient LEDs

User Ratings: 65 6

Tetra 29003 First Impressions

"Final note of warning."

- Though the base is plastic, it's sturdy. They're not nearly as sensitive as these little 2. They're not nearly as sensitive as these little 2. The heater was a no-name 200W UL certified. I dont use the filter, I covered up the filter vents with some netting. I bought this to basically replace a 5 gallon tank and make a new planted version. The adjustable pump can be turned down really low so the flow does not bother a Beta.

  • Tetra Crescent Acrylic Aquarium Kit, Energy Efficient LEDs
  • aquarium KIT Curved-front crescent-shaped aquarium kit is perfect for one goldfish or up to three community tropical fish
  • INCLUDES FILTER Includes Tetra Whisper Internal Power Filter to keep your tank clean and provide a healthy environment for pet fish
  • HIDDEN LIGHTS Bright-white energy-efficient LED lights are hidden inside the low-profile black cover
  • SEAMLESS TANK Offers unobstructed viewing of your underwater environment
  • 5 GALLON TANK Small size that’s perfect for a bedroom living room or dorm room (15 inches x 9 inches x 11 inches)
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 11.2 x 13.2 inches; 6 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 29003
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Tetra 29003 Final Thoughts

"Mine came scratch free."

It comes with the filter and lights. The light is fairly bright but insufficient for growing any decent live plants. So don't be mislead by the image on the box with five guppies. It is really just a trickle at the lowest setting. I didn't know that the background only goes halfway down the back of the tank. Instructions were easy to use and the filter system is relatively quiet. I wish I new about that before I got it.

Overall Score
4.3


(765 Points)

4. Tetra Aquarium 20 Gallon Fish Tank Kit, Includes LED Lighting and Decor

User Ratings: 75 4

Tetra NV33821 First Impressions

"The kit is not complete."

I've had it for a few days now and had zero problems hooking everything up. I purchased the hygger heater and it has worked out perfectly too. I put shrimp and guppies in it and they love it. Not crazy about the lid or the stand. If you are into dwarf shrimp that is. This tank will be much easier to live with than the smaller 1-3 gallon options. Fluval, BioOrd, and several other micro tanks.

  • Tetra Aquarium 20 Gallon Fish Tank Kit, Includes LED Lighting and Decor
  • Tetra Glass Aquariums are made in the USA and are built to last with scratch resistant glass
  • The Tetra Aquarium comes loaded with an LED hood, that provides a natural daytime effect and a Whisper Filter that is whisper quiet while providing powerful, dependable water flow
  • Artificial Plants add a unique, natural ocean feel while giving your fish a place to hide which reduces fish stress
  • The Tetra Kit includes: one 20 Gallon Glass Aquarium, one LED hood, one Tetra Mini UL Heater, one Tetra Whisper 20 Filter, one artificial Boxwood Plant Mat, four artificial plants. Add gravel and fish to complete your aquarium
  • Aquarium Dimensions: 24.2" L x 12.4" W x 16.7" H
  • Manufacture: United Pet Group
  • Product Dimensions: 27.88 x 16.13 x 20.38 inches; 33.85 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra NV33821
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Tetra NV33821 Final Thoughts

"Love Love love this tank."

1 gallon that a Betta really needs a 3-5 gallon home so I purchased this one as well. So don't be mislead by the image on the box with five guppies. If you are into dwarf shrimp that is. I dont use the filter, I covered up the filter vents with some netting. Incredibly happy with this purchase. No more then five or six tiny ones is my guess. Nothing came broke and everything is working.

Overall Score
4.5


(740 Points)

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5. Tetra ColorFusion Aquarium 20 Gallon Fish Tank Kit, Includes LED Lighting and Decor

User Ratings: 72 7

Tetra NV33822 First Impressions

"This tank comes with."

They literally thought of everything. I cant wait to set this up and get some shrimp and cardinal tetras in there. I purchased the hygger heater and it has worked out perfectly too. I say it's a good buy and a very nice tank. Of course the tank is an odd shape in itself lol. Incredibly happy with this purchase. Fortunately, the way the arm is designed you can zip tie something like the 7.

  • Tetra ColorFusion Aquarium 20 Gallon Fish Tank Kit, Includes LED Lighting and Decor
  • Let the LED light transform your aquarium with each color change. Pause the cycle on any color to fully customize your aquarium
  • The anemones sway with your filter current and give your fish a place to hide and relax
  • Tetra plants come to life under the glow of Color Fusion LED
  • The Tetra ColorFusion Kit includes: one 20 Glass gallon Aquarium, one aquarium hood, one UL Heater, one Tetra Whisper 20 Filter, one Color Fusion Universal Color Changing LED, two Wonderland Plant Multipacks, one Blooming White Anemone
  • Aquarium Dimensions:24.2" L x 12.4" W x 16.7" H
  • Manufacture: United Pet Group
  • Product Dimensions: 27.88 x 16.13 x 20.38 inches; 35.19 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra NV33822
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Tetra NV33822 Final Thoughts

"Personal preference."

They'll have a lot more room to play around decorations and stuff, too. And it builds up a lot of algae so it needs to be cleaned more. Fortunately, the way the arm is designed you can zip tie something like the 7. I wish I new about that before I got it. I've had it for a few days now and had zero problems hooking everything up. This is especially important if you opt to keep tropical fish rather than a betta. I cant wait to set this up and get some shrimp and cardinal tetras in there.

Overall Score
4.4


(531 Points)

6. 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
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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


(480 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 Connect Curved Aquarium Kit 28 Gallon

User Ratings: 43 21

Tetra NV84034 First Impressions

"This does it."

This would make a great gift for anyone wanting to get into the hobby. Stop now and BUY BUY BUY you will love it! And you can not take the background out of the tank,it is glued in! Not crazy about the lid or the stand. Bigger is always better for new people. This unit was an upgrade for my daughters Beta tank. This helps to build a small eco system that reduces tank maintenance.

  • Tetra Connect Curved Aquarium Kit 28 Gallon
  • Controlled Aquarium: kit comes with Wi-Fi controlled Aquarium feeder and Wi-Fi controlled RGB light sticks for convenient control through your smartphone (requires home Wi-Fi LAN).
  • Customizable lights: use preset light MODES or create your own.
  • Quiet filtration: Tetra whisper IQ filtration system offers quiet filtration with a sound shield to separate the motor from the filter to minimize noise.
  • Precise feeding: The Wi-Fi controlled Aquarium feeder contains a 96 ml-capacity Food chamber to help prevent clogging and a manual feed button.
  • All-in-one kit: The all-in-one kit is easy to set up and clean — simply add water, fish, decorations and substrate of your choice!
  • Included Components: Starter Kit
  • Flow Control
  • Sound Shield
  • Manufacture: Spectrum Brands
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 16 x 48.75 inches; 27 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra NV84034
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Tetra NV84034 Final Thoughts

"The hinges are a joke."

So don't be mislead by the image on the box with five guppies. It comes with the filter and lights. Disregard the videos that show the filter operating with a loud chattering noise. The lights alone are beautiful to brighten up a space. Definitely recommend this tank hands down! This helps to build a small eco system that reduces tank maintenance. I keep both on a low to low medium setting.

Overall Score
3.5


(35 Points)

9. Penn-Plax Frozen Aquarium Kit

User Ratings: 75

Penn-Plax FZR500 First Impressions

"Scratch that."

And the lights that it comes with are my absolute favorite. The lights have a timer and three different levels of brightness and color. Incredibly happy with this purchase. Will be buying a second of these tanks for my step daughter's Betta. The curve radius also makes it hard to clean the glass on the edges. Stop now and BUY BUY BUY you will love it! Shipped fast, everything was there in perfect condition.

  • Penn-Plax Frozen Aquarium Kit
  • Includes Internal Filter, Top Decor, Suction Cup Decoration, Fun Stickers, Tank & Lid
  • Fun and functional
  • 4.5 Gallon capacity
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax, INC.
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 10.5 x 9.5 inches; 4 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax FZR500
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Penn-Plax FZR500 Final Thoughts

"I love my tank!"

It has everything except for the pebbles we purchased separated we loved it! Shipped fast, everything was there in perfect condition. And it's a little awkward to put things in like a heater and stuff. Will not grow anything aside from Anubias and moss balls. I'm a first-time fish parent, and this is my first filtered aquarium. My beta seems to be adjusting well. Not crazy about the lid or the stand.

Overall Score
4.7


(5 Points)

10. Marina Betta Aquarium Starter Kit

User Ratings: 63 8

Marina 13353 First Impressions

"But this tank is great."

I'm a first-time fish parent, and this is my first filtered aquarium. - it really only holds 4 gallons after you add gravel and decorations. They're not nearly as sensitive as these little 2. It just sits under the tank with no way of holding the tank in place on top of it. It's raised at the edges and just looks bad. I also bought a heater with a built in thermostat. No more then five or six tiny ones is my guess.

  • Marina Betta Aquarium Starter Kit
  • Six inch cubed plastic aquarium
  • Fireworks themed betta kit
  • Includes decorative background and gravel
  • Nutrafin Max Betta Food and Nutrafin Betta Plus Conditioner included
  • Perfect for small spaces; Easy to maintain
  • Manufacture: Marina
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 5.7 x 6.2 inches; 1.59 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Marina 13353
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Marina 13353 Final Thoughts

"- Do not overfeed."

- Though the base is plastic, it's sturdy. Tank is great, quiet enough, no motor sound, lights quite nice. He does swim under the shelf of the background but never hides there. Incredibly happy with this purchase. This is going to be a sweet little setup! Not impossible to reach but definitely an odd angle you have to go in from lol. The adjustable pump can be turned down really low so the flow does not bother a Beta.

Overall Score
4.2


(216 Points)

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