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
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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. Koller Products 3.5-Gallon Aquarium with Sleep Sound Machine (Nature Sounds), LED Lighting (7 Color ...

User Ratings: 46 15

Koller Products AQ35000A First Impressions

"This tank is super small."

It is really just a trickle at the lowest setting. Came with the tank and background along with a pump and light. Of course the tank is an odd shape in itself lol. This is going to be a sweet little setup! The filter is actually a pretty nice design. It's really nice to have for betta fish that need to be in warm water. It comes with the filter and lights.

  • Koller Products 3.5-Gallon Aquarium with Sleep Sound Machine (Nature Sounds), LED Lighting (7 Color Choices) and Power Filter
  • Fall asleep listening to calming sounds of Ocean Waves, Bubbling Brook, Rain Forest Rainfall, and Thunderstorms; you'll find you will sleep far more soundly
  • Energy-efficient LED lighting with 7 color selections you can choose depending on your mood or time of day or night; aquarium light can be turned on or off for easy night time operation
  • Internal power filter keeps aquarium water crystal clear and your fish healthy, with a flow rate of 25 gallons per hour that quickly removes fish waste and other impurities; uses Koller Products XS replacement filter cartridges (AQ05FC-30) available on Amazon
  • Crystal-clear clarity so good that most think it's glass instead of impact-resistant plastic; the one-piece design provides superior strength and durability, unlike glass tanks glued together with silicone this aquarium puts to rest any worries or concerns about possible leaks
  • Built-in sound machine plays MP3 files loaded onto a micro SDHC flash memory card (included); listen to prerecorded nature sounds or load your favorite music
  • Dual-sided poly-fiber floss removes fish waste and other debris.
  • Premium activated carbon eliminates organic pollutants that can degrade water quality and cloud water.
  • Koller Products XS replacement filter cartridges (AQ05FC-60), available on Amazon - item B08CYVX31S.
  • Manufacture: AQUARIUS
  • Product Dimensions: 11.25 x 8.75 x 13.5 inches; 3 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Koller Products AQ35000A
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Koller Products AQ35000A Final Thoughts

"Super easy to assemble."

Nothing came broke and everything is working. There arent very many other aquariums at this price point with these measurements. He was being suctioned to the filter. I bought this to basically replace a 5 gallon tank and make a new planted version. Instructions were easy to use and the filter system is relatively quiet. Enough colors and gradients to please any demanding scaled pet. BUT it still looks pretty cool for a background lol.

Overall Score
3.6


(42 Points)

3. Aqueon LED MiniBow Aquarium Starter Kits with LED Lighting

User Ratings: 63 11

Aqueon 100528787 First Impressions

"Very happy."

The lights alone are beautiful to brighten up a space. Plan to buy another filter as this filter will be too noisy for you to tolerate! - Though the base is plastic, it's sturdy. He loves exploring his new environment with all the fresh vegetation. So I now have a little cubby that my fish uses to hide. Will not grow anything aside from Anubias and moss balls. Disregard the videos that show the filter operating with a loud chattering noise.

  • Aqueon LED MiniBow Aquarium Starter Kits with LED Lighting
  • Compact fish tank with a contemporary design and elevated base
  • Simple to setup and maintain, looks great in any room
  • Sleek, low profile LED energy efficient light hood with feeding hole
  • Includes Aqueon QuietFlow filtration as well as food and water care samples
  • Ships in its own container for protection against scratches and breakage during shipping
  • Uses Aqueon small filter cartridges
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 8.88 x 6.63 x 9.75 inches; 2.15 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100528787
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Aqueon 100528787 Final Thoughts

"Tanks the cheap part."

It comes with the filter and lights. The adjustable pump can be turned down really low so the flow does not bother a Beta. The cherry shrimp had fries twice and now my Celestial Pearl Danios are laying eggs. I didn't know that the background only goes halfway down the back of the tank. No more then five or six tiny ones is my guess. So far I like it, and my betta seems to like it as well. Best of luck if you purchase it this kit!

Overall Score
4.1


(2555 Points)

4. Aqueon Betta Bowl Aquarium Kit in Black

User Ratings: 70 5

Aqueon 100101216 First Impressions

"This tank is super small."

There's also enough room back there to hide a heater. Came pretty quickly and was not damaged. It comes with the filter and lights. So don't be mislead by the image on the box with five guppies. It also comes with a built in 3D back round. I always had bubbles on the front of my tank no matter how I faced the tubes. It's just super bulky and hard to work around.

  • Aqueon Betta Bowl Aquarium Kit in Black
  • Low-maintenance, economical kit to get you started
  • Half gallon betta aquarium includes divider for housing up to two betta per aquarium
  • Easy-open feeding door allows for feeding betta without taking the entire lid off
  • Aquarium plant, gravel, and samples of food & water care included!
  • Aqueon Mini Heater or Flat Heater recommended
  • Change water weekly to keep betta healthy
  • Low-maintenance, economical kit to get you started
  • Half gallon betta aquarium includes divider for housing up to two betta per aquarium
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 9 x 7 inches; 1.65 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100101216
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Aqueon 100101216 Final Thoughts

"Great beginners tank."

It has everything except for the pebbles we purchased separated we loved it! It's just super bulky and hard to work around. And it's a little awkward to put things in like a heater and stuff. If you are into dwarf shrimp that is. Fluval, BioOrd, and several other micro tanks. No doubt, I'll just be throwing that out. The Mingdak strip is also waterproof and submersible so there's that.

Overall Score
4.4


(909 Points)

5. Aquarius Aq25000g Glofish 2-1/2 Corner Aquarium Kit

User Ratings: 27 26

KollerCraft AQ25000G First Impressions

"This tank is wonderful!"

Will be buying a second of these tanks for my step daughter's Betta. It only goes halfway down which may bother some people but to me it's great! The background is comes with is just super convenient! This is especially important if you opt to keep tropical fish rather than a betta. I've had it for a few days now and had zero problems hooking everything up. I just set this up today and I absolutely love it so far. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this Beautiful little tank so much I bought another one.

  • Aquarius Aq25000g Glofish 2-1/2 Corner 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 - 2.5-Gallon Capacity
  • Great Addition To Any Home Or Office
  • Manufacture: Tom (Tominaga/Oscar)
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 9.5 x 11.25 inches; 2.53 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The KollerCraft AQ25000G
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

KollerCraft AQ25000G Final Thoughts

"- Fish food."

No more then five or six tiny ones is my guess. It's perfect for guppies, shrimp, bettas, neon tetras or any other small fish. I love the tank and everything else about it but the background! The description lists dimmensions but it still feels small. It has been working just fine and maintaining temp. I also bought a heater with a built in thermostat. Not crazy about the lid or the stand.

Overall Score
3.0


(6 Points)

6. 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
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

7. Penn Plax Betta Aquarium Tank Kit

User Ratings: 41 9

Penn-Plax BBT2 First Impressions

"The hinges are a joke."

Ok let's start off with the tank itself. You are getting a premium quality tank for a reasonable price. It's raised at the edges and just looks bad. It also comes with a built in 3D back round. Will be buying a second of these tanks for my step daughter's Betta. Instructions were easy to use and the filter system is relatively quiet. Fluval, BioOrd, and several other micro tanks.

  • Penn Plax Betta Aquarium Tank Kit
  • This tank kit come with an EZ clean system which includes lift lid, filter grid system and a water release cap
  • Measures 4"L x 4"W x 6"H
  • Features EZ clean system
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax, INC.
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 4.35 x 5.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax BBT2
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Penn-Plax BBT2 Final Thoughts

"Happy fish keeping!"

The background is comes with is just super convenient! This is a good deal for a complete setup, less the rocks for the bottom. Enough colors and gradients to please any demanding scaled pet. I'm not sure that it could be much quieter. This helps to build a small eco system that reduces tank maintenance. I just set this up today and I absolutely love it so far. If you are into dwarf shrimp that is.

Overall Score
3.6


(8 Points)

8. Marina Betta Starter Kit for Aquarium

User Ratings: 52 13

Marina 13349 First Impressions

"The lights are beautiful."

Of course the tank is an odd shape in itself lol. Advanced aquarium owners might find this space annoying. It'll be fine, just be careful how you deal with the filter. I didn't know that the background only goes halfway down the back of the tank. I put mine in the corner of my breakfast bar. It has been working just fine and maintaining temp. Again, heater and light if you are doing real plants.

  • Marina Betta Starter Kit for Aquarium
  • Six inch cubed plastic aquarium
  • Skull 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; 1.1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Marina 13349
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Marina 13349 Final Thoughts

"I LOVE this tank!"

I also bought a heater with a built in thermostat. He loves exploring his new environment with all the fresh vegetation. Fluval, BioOrd, and several other micro tanks. I think it's a great looking tank and I would definitely recommend it to others. They'll have a lot more room to play around decorations and stuff, too. It comes with the filter and lights. Came pretty quickly and was not damaged.

Overall Score
3.8


(393 Points)

9. Koller Products AquaView 2.5-Gallon Fish Tank with Power Filter and LED Lighting

User Ratings: 57 11

Koller Products AP25000FFP First Impressions

"The lights are beautiful."

I would recommend those back flow connectors for the air pump. Absolutely perfect for a planted beta set up. Even though it's open about half way up the heater. He does swim under the shelf of the background but never hides there. 1 gallon that a Betta really needs a 3-5 gallon home so I purchased this one as well. No doubt, I'll just be throwing that out. Even though it's open about half way up the heater.

  • Koller Products AquaView 2.5-Gallon Fish Tank with Power Filter and LED Lighting
  • FUN and REWARDING: Are you looking to buy an aquarium for your family? Owning an aquarium can be a really fun and rewarding experience and an ideal way to teach your child the responsibility of pet ownership.
  • 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. 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.
  • BUILT-IN LIGHT TIMER: Set your LED light to come on at the same time every day. Light uses 3 AAA batteries (sold separately) or 5V Power Adapter (AQ51000) available on Amazon.
  • Energy efficient lighting
  • Low voltage requirement
  • Multiple color selections
  • Manufacture: Tom (Tominaga/Oscar)
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 9.5 x 11.25 inches; 2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Koller Products AP25000FFP
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Koller Products AP25000FFP Final Thoughts

"Really Cool!"

I love the tank and everything else about it but the background! It literally made me provide others with a true review. We have had it for over a month now. It is perfect for small places like a kitchen counter, night stand, or even a desk. Will not grow anything aside from Anubias and moss balls. It's really nice to have for betta fish that need to be in warm water. No more then five or six tiny ones is my guess.

Overall Score
4.0


(332 Points)

10. AquaView 1.5-Gallon Fish Tank with LED Lighting and Power Filter

User Ratings: 34 10

Koller Products AP1500IF First Impressions

"I gotta get them all!"

It comes with the filter and lights. I say it's a good buy and a very nice tank. I have this unit deployed for a couple of months now. Came with the tank and background along with a pump and light. He does swim under the shelf of the background but never hides there. They're not nearly as sensitive as these little 2. This is the best 5 gallon tank you will ever purchase for the price.

  • AquaView 1.5-Gallon Fish Tank with LED Lighting and Power Filter
  • Energy-efficient LED lighting with 7 dazzling color choices to brightly illuminate your fish; choose daylight white, blue, green, amber, aqua, purple, or red
  • Powerful internal power filter cleans and purifies aquarium water at a flow rate of 25 gallons per hour as the Tetra Whisper S filter cartridge effectively removes organic pollutants (including colors, odors, heavy metals, and toxic gases)
  • Includes built-in light timer, set your LED light to come on at the same time every day, timer enables you to select light settings of 2 Hours, 4 Hours or Continuous On easily with a flick of your finger
  • Made of impact-resistant plastic with crystal-clear clarity so good that most think it's made of glass plus one-piece construction providing superior strength and durability, unlike glass tanks glued together with silicone, this trendy shaped tank puts to rest any worries or concerns about possible leaks
  • Easy to set up and maintain, this trendy fish tank will look good wherever you place it. Takes 3 AAA batteries (not included); optional Hawkeye 5V Power Adapter (AQ51000) enables light to be plugged into electrical outlet, available online. Dimensions: 9" L x 8.25" W x 10.75" H
  • Dual-sided poly-fiber floss removes fish waste and other debris.
  • Premium activated carbon eliminates organic pollutants that can degrade water quality and cloud water.
  • Model number: AQ10FC-30
  • Manufacture: Koller Products
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8.25 x 10.75 inches; 2.43 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Koller Products AP1500IF
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Koller Products AP1500IF Final Thoughts

"I highly recommend it."

If hygger comes out with more designs I would def. It is very easy to set up and also comes with easy to understand instructions. So I ended up taking the filter out and replacing it with a sponge filter. Once finished with both tanks will post pics of grass wall. Fluval, BioOrd, and several other micro tanks. No doubt, I'll just be throwing that out. The motor has four little suction cup feet for stability.

Overall Score
3.8


(13 Points)

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