Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Zoo Med Aquarium Starter Kits

1. Zoo Med 26343 Betta Kit

Zoo Med 26343 First Impressions

"My lid is laying on."

It's just super bulky and hard to work around. The adjustable pump can be turned down really low so the flow does not bother a Beta. They literally thought of everything. This tank will be much easier to live with than the smaller 1-3 gallon options. All contents included were as promised and they work fantastically. Of course the tank is an odd shape in itself lol. And it builds up a lot of algae so it needs to be cleaned more.

  • Zoo Med 26343 Betta Kit
  • This product is easy to use
  • This product adds a great Value
  • This product is Manufactured in United States
  • Manufacture: Prime Pet Deals - Code 2
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.6 x 1.9 inches; 4.62 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Zoo Med 26343
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Zoo Med 26343 Final Thoughts

"5-3 fish, not 5."

The background is comes with is just super convenient! This is going to be a sweet little setup! James spends his days swimming all around his tank and working on his bubble nest. The lights alone are beautiful to brighten up a space. He does swim under the shelf of the background but never hides there. It has been working just fine and maintaining temp. Once finished with both tanks will post pics of grass wall.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

2. Fluval Spec III Aquarium Kit, 2.6-Gallon

User Ratings: 73 4

Fluval 10515A1 First Impressions

"Love Love love this tank."

I will get unboxing video posted tomorrow as well as any updates. I've included a video of it running so you can judge for yourself. I think it's a great looking tank and I would definitely recommend it to others. It is very easy to set up and also comes with easy to understand instructions. The lights have a timer and three different levels of brightness and color. This is a good deal for a complete setup, less the rocks for the bottom. You are getting a premium quality tank for a reasonable price.

  • Fluval Spec III Aquarium Kit, 2.6-Gallon
  • 2.6-gallon etched glass aquarium with aluminum trim
  • High-output 7000K LED with all-aluminum, waterproof casing for enhanced plant growth and fish colors
  • Powerful 3-stage filtration for superior water quality and stylish honeycomb wrap to conceal rear filtration compartment
  • Includes glass aquarium with cover; LED lighting system; safe, low-voltage transformer; circulation pump with output nozzle; foam filter block with handle; activated carbon insert; and BioMax insert
  • Dimensions: 10.8 x 11.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Stylish honeycomb design conceals back filtration area while looking ultra modern.
  • Powerful 3-stage oversized mechanical, chemical and biological filtration.
  • Manufacture: Fluval
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 11.8 x 8.7 inches; 4.85 Pounds
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Fluval 10515A1 Final Thoughts

"The hinges are a joke."

Instructions were easy to use and the filter system is relatively quiet. I'm working on a planted tank, will decide what fish will work. It'll be fine, just be careful how you deal with the filter. 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. Of course the tank is an odd shape in itself lol. I think it's a great looking tank and I would definitely recommend it to others.

Overall Score
4.5


(744 Points)

3. Aqueon00817818 NeoGlow LED Hexagon Orange Aquarium Kit, 8 gallon/15 L x 13.25" W x 15" H, Black

User Ratings: 59 10

Aqueon 00817818 First Impressions

"This tank is super small."

James spends his days swimming all around his tank and working on his bubble nest. It literally made me provide others with a true review. It'll be fine, just be careful how you deal with the filter. It only goes halfway down which may bother some people but to me it's great! They'll have a lot more room to play around decorations and stuff, too. Best of luck if you purchase it this kit! They literally thought of everything.

  • Aqueon00817818 NeoGlow LED Hexagon Orange Aquarium Kit, 8 gallon/15 L x 13.25" W x 15" H, Black
  • Three NeoGlow fluorescent plants
  • Aqueon LED Pro 10 Power Filter with medium cartridge
  • 5 pounds of gravel
  • Color: Glass aquarium with fluorescent orange silicone, black frame with LED hood
  • Capacity: 8 gallons
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 13.25 x 15 inches; 8 Pounds
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Aqueon 00817818 Final Thoughts

"It's an aquarium."

The aquarium kit is with the exception of the filter is excellent! They literally thought of everything. I've had it for a few days now and had zero problems hooking everything up. Incredibly happy with this purchase. Not impossible to reach but definitely an odd angle you have to go in from lol. I will get unboxing video posted tomorrow as well as any updates. The background is made very nicely and doesn't take up a whole lot of the tank.

Overall Score
4.1


(15 Points)

4. Marineland Portrait Glass LED aquarium Kit, 5 Gallons, Hidden Filtration

User Ratings: 75 5

MarineLand ML90609 First Impressions

"Great beginners tank."

It's probably fine, but I don't like it at all. It also sits on the bottom glass pane, not the edges of the viewing panes. Hope this list helps those who are new to keeping fish-- they are a great first pet! It is definitely something that you can noticeably hear, but it is not an annoyance. And the lights that it comes with are my absolute favorite. The filter is actually a pretty nice design. This is especially important if you opt to keep tropical fish rather than a betta.

  • Marineland Portrait Glass LED aquarium Kit, 5 Gallons, Hidden Filtration
  • SLEEK DESIGN: Rounded corners and clear glass canopy allow viewing from multiple angles.
  • DAYLIGHT/MOONLIGHT LIGHTING: Bright white LEDs create a shimmering sunlight effect; blue LEDs produce a moonlit glow.
  • EASY ACCESS: Hinged LED lighting and sliding glass canopy.
  • SIZE: 5-gallon aquarium fits Marineland Rite-Size Z Filter Cartridges.
  • HIDDEN FILTRATION: Advanced, 3-stage filtration is out of sight, enhancing aquarium viewing.
  • Manufacture: Marineland
  • Item Weight: 12 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 11.81 x 11.62 x 17.05 inches
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MarineLand ML90609 Final Thoughts

"After adding water, etc."

All you need to add for a happy Betta fish is an extra light and a tank heater. If the disco look is not your taste, a different tank would better suit you. He was being suctioned to the filter. I would recommend those back flow connectors for the air pump. And you can not take the background out of the tank,it is glued in! It has been working just fine and maintaining temp. And it builds up a lot of algae so it needs to be cleaned more.

Overall Score
4.5


(4935 Points)

5. JA-RU Magic Grow Fish Aquarium Kit (2 Pack, 2 Random Colors)

User Ratings: 80 20

JaRu JA 306 - 2 pkg First Impressions

"Filter is quiet."

The adjustable pump can be turned down really low so the flow does not bother a Beta. Nothing came broke and everything is working. If hygger comes out with more designs I would def. This is going to be a sweet little setup! The rule of thumb is one small fish per gallon. The background adds a lot of depth that feels missing in a standard aquarium. The filter has great flow and comes with an extended spray bar.

  • JA-RU Magic Grow Fish Aquarium Kit (2 Pack, 2 Random Colors)
  • Value not found
  • Manufacture: Ja-Ru Inc.
  • Item Weight: 1.92 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 3 inches
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JaRu JA 306 - 2 pkg Final Thoughts

"Feed fish."

The curve radius also makes it hard to clean the glass on the edges. 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. So I would say my tank is now fairly established. It has a hood with integrated LED lighting. I'm not sure that it could be much quieter. This helps to build a small eco system that reduces tank maintenance.

Overall Score
4.2


(5 Points)

6. LANDUM NZ-06 Angled Reptile Feeding Tongs Tweezers 28cm Bamboo Eco-Friendly Feeding Tool

User Ratings: 61

LANDUM First Impressions

"- Decorative plants."

It comes with the filter and lights. It literally made me provide others with a true review. So I now have a little cubby that my fish uses to hide. - it really only holds 4 gallons after you add gravel and decorations. The light is fairly bright but insufficient for growing any decent live plants. Tank is great, quiet enough, no motor sound, lights quite nice. This is a VERY SMALL tank, and can only house 1 betta fish OR 2-3 guppies.

  • LANDUM NZ-06 Angled Reptile Feeding Tongs Tweezers 28cm Bamboo Eco-Friendly Feeding Tool
  • ㊥Eco-friendly and Flexible: Made of bamboo, light and comfortable to use
  • ㊥Designed to Feed and Handle Snakes and other Reptiles safely
  • ㊥Very convenient to lift large object in the terrarium (stone or root) to clean well without risk of bite
  • ㊥Great for feeding live or canned insects
  • ㊥Super long,ensure safe operation
  • Manufacture: LANDUM
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LANDUM Final Thoughts

"I shut mine off."

Advanced aquarium owners might find this space annoying. The heater was a no-name 200W UL certified. I say it's a good buy and a very nice tank. Again, heater and light if you are doing real plants. I cant wait to set this up and get some shrimp and cardinal tetras in there. BUT it still looks pretty cool for a background lol. The background is comes with is just super convenient!

Overall Score
4.3


(12 Points)

7. 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)

8. Aqueon Tri-Scape LED Aquarium Kit 3 Gallons

User Ratings: 69 13

Aqueon 100532673 First Impressions

"5 tank for my Betta fish."

The background is made very nicely and doesn't take up a whole lot of the tank. Hope this list helps those who are new to keeping fish-- they are a great first pet! I wish I new about that before I got it. Advanced aquarium owners might find this space annoying. So I ended up taking the filter out and replacing it with a sponge filter. My plants have been doing fine and the filter and lights have worked really well. You are getting a premium quality tank for a reasonable price.

  • Aqueon Tri-Scape LED Aquarium Kit 3 Gallons
  • Hood is equipped with concealed LEDs
  • Pre-loaded with Aqueon replaceable x-small carbon cartridge
  • Includes internal filter, setup guide, food and water care samples
  • Showcases clean lines and a small footprint, but has a large viewing area
  • Adds modern style to any home or office
  • Size 3 gallon, all glass aquarium
  • Ships in reinforced packaging to protect product during shipment
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 17.32 x 16.14 x 17.72 inches; 8.75 Pounds
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Aqueon 100532673 Final Thoughts

"Very cool."

Best of luck if you purchase it this kit! The shrimp sit on the wall and can hide in the back also. The aquarium kit is with the exception of the filter is excellent! The adjustable pump can be turned down really low so the flow does not bother a Beta. - it really only holds 4 gallons after you add gravel and decorations. The price is definitely a big plus. It's just super bulky and hard to work around.

Overall Score
4.2


(37 Points)

9. Pro Clear iTank 5G White Aquarium Kit

User Ratings: 50 50

Pro Clear First Impressions

"Not protecting much."

The background adds a lot of depth that feels missing in a standard aquarium. We have had it for over a month now. This tank will be much easier to live with than the smaller 1-3 gallon options. This is especially important if you opt to keep tropical fish rather than a betta. The background is made very nicely and doesn't take up a whole lot of the tank. No more then five or six tiny ones is my guess. I'm not sure that it could be much quieter.

  • Pro Clear iTank 5G White Aquarium Kit
  • ProClear Aquatics iTank 5G Classic Series White without Heater
  • Manufacture: Pro Clear Aquatic Systems
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Pro Clear Final Thoughts

"I like it."

This helps to build a small eco system that reduces tank maintenance. Just loading gravel scratched the front of mine. I've had it for a few days now and had zero problems hooking everything up. Fluval, BioOrd, and several other micro tanks. The tubes get so dirty so fast and it messes up the flow for the filter. We have had it for over a month now. I put shrimp and guppies in it and they love it.

Overall Score
3.0


(5 Points)

10. FD Aquarium Tweezers, FunDiscount 2 Pack Stainless Steel Straight and Curved Tweezers Set Long Handl...

User Ratings: 64 26

FunDiscount shop First Impressions

"It was all fluval brand."

The curve radius also makes it hard to clean the glass on the edges. BUT it still looks pretty cool for a background lol. We have had it for over a month now. Absolutely perfect for a planted beta set up. They're not nearly as sensitive as these little 2. We have had it for over a month now. Not impossible to reach but definitely an odd angle you have to go in from lol.

  • FD Aquarium Tweezers, FunDiscount 2 Pack Stainless Steel Straight and Curved Tweezers Set Long Handle Aquarium Feeding Tongs Aquatic Reptile Shrimp Reef Fish Tank Cleaning Tools (1pc Straight)
  • AQUARIUM TWEEZERS SIZE: The straight aquarium tweezer measures about 10.6"/27cm. the curved aquarium tweezer measures about 9.8“/25cm, Long Reptile Feeding Tongs are easy to use with any proper angles, no harm to water plants, also can prevent accidental injuries from your reptile's mouth, make feeding a lot easier
  • QUALITY FEEDING TWEEZERS: Superior forged stainless steel reptile feeding tweezers with fine carbonation protection coating processing surface, sturdy and flexible enough, will never get rusted
  • EXCELLENT AQUARIUM TOOLS: Stainless Steel Aquarium Tweezers are perfect for feeding and handling aquarium plants, bearded dragon, tarantulas, snakes, spiders, Gecko, aquatic fish, slings, salamanders, live food for larger aquatic pets or corals and more
  • ANTI SLIP CLIPS: Curved Tweezers with serrated tips for picking up smaller objects like small stones, worms, never worry slip off; also their handle with anti-skid design, help you grip stuff firmly
  • WIDELY USED: this fish tank tweezers suit for aquarium water plant planting, fish tank landscaping tools, fish feeding tongs,also perfect for betta fish feeding tong, reptile feeding tongs for Lizard Bearded Dragon Gecko Snake Ball Python Spider and Birds feeder tongs.
  • Manufacture: FunDiscount shop
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FunDiscount shop Final Thoughts

"The LEDs are beautiful."

I don't remove my lid that much so, not a big deal to me. I'm a first-time fish parent, and this is my first filtered aquarium. The tubes get so dirty so fast and it messes up the flow for the filter. I love the tank and everything else about it but the background! I'm not sure that it could be much quieter. I put mine in the corner of my breakfast bar. No more then five or six tiny ones is my guess.

Overall Score
3.9


(13 Points)

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