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. Fluval Spec V Aquarium Kit, 5-Gallon

User Ratings: 70 7

Fluval 10518 First Impressions

"The LEDs are beautiful."

After reading only four reviews I was hesitant. 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! This unit was an upgrade for my daughters Beta tank. The shrimp sit on the wall and can hide in the back also. I would recommend those back flow connectors for the air pump. And it's a little awkward to put things in like a heater and stuff.

  • Fluval Spec V Aquarium Kit, 5-Gallon
  • 5-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: 20.5 x 11.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Manufacture: Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 21.4 x 12.5 inches; 13.9 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval 10518
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Fluval 10518 Final Thoughts

"- A Color Fusion light."

Will not grow anything aside from Anubias and moss balls. All of this is explained in the instructions. It is really just a trickle at the lowest setting. I think it's a great looking tank and I would definitely recommend it to others. You are getting a premium quality tank for a reasonable price. Best of luck if you purchase it this kit! Not crazy about the lid or the stand.

Overall Score
4.4


(926 Points)

3. 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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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

4. Imagitarium Betta Desktop Kit, 1.4 GAL

User Ratings: 61

Imagitarium First Impressions

"Personal preference."

There's also enough room back there to hide a heater. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this Beautiful little tank so much I bought another one. That piece is very poorly designed. No doubt, I'll just be throwing that out. I would recommend those back flow connectors for the air pump. Nothing came broke and everything is working. This would make a great gift for anyone wanting to get into the hobby.

  • Imagitarium Betta Desktop Kit, 1.4 GAL
  • Betta Desktop Kit from Imagitarium
  • LED lighting spotlights your fish and sets the mood
  • Power filter aerates and circulates water
  • Space-saving shape offers unobstructed views of your aquatic life on an elevated base
  • Aquarium lid includes a feeding hole
  • Manufacture: Imagitarium
  • Item Weight: 3.94 pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Imagitarium
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Imagitarium Final Thoughts

"It gets dirty FAST."

There arent very many other aquariums at this price point with these measurements. Nothing came broke and everything is working. The shrimp sit on the wall and can hide in the back also. They'll have a lot more room to play around decorations and stuff, too. This is a good deal for a complete setup, less the rocks for the bottom. I have this unit deployed for a couple of months now. - it really only holds 4 gallons after you add gravel and decorations.

Overall Score
3.8


(3 Points)

5. 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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  • Affordability

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)

6. Redxiao Aquarium Plant Tweezers, Durable Carbonized Stainless Steel Aquascaping Tool Landscaping Twe...

Redxiao First Impressions

"It's perfect!"

But overall the money was so worth this little pack. 1 gallon that a Betta really needs a 3-5 gallon home so I purchased this one as well. The curve radius also makes it hard to clean the glass on the edges. That piece is very poorly designed. Plan to buy another filter as this filter will be too noisy for you to tolerate! It just sits under the tank with no way of holding the tank in place on top of it. There arent very many other aquariums at this price point with these measurements.

  • Redxiao Aquarium Plant Tweezers, Durable Carbonized Stainless Steel Aquascaping Tool Landscaping Tweezers(#2)
  • Made of high grade carbonized stainless steel material, more durable, corrosion resistant
  • Easy aquarium maintenance without wetting your hands
  • Remove the dirty things from the bottom of your aquarium effectively
  • Anti-slip surface offers comfortable hand feeling
  • Use your choice of the straight or curved tip tweezers to trim and neatly groom aquarium plants, get into hard to reach area to plant your aquarium plants
  • Manufacture: Taidda
  • Product Dimensions: 3.94 x 3.94 x 3.94 inches; 7.04 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Redxiao
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Redxiao Final Thoughts

"The stand."

So I now have a little cubby that my fish uses to hide. They literally thought of everything. No doubt, I'll just be throwing that out. All of this is explained in the instructions. It just sits under the tank with no way of holding the tank in place on top of it. I'm a first-time fish parent, and this is my first filtered aquarium. It has everything except for the pebbles we purchased separated we loved it!

Overall Score
4.0


(1 Points)

7. 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)

8. JBJ Protein Skimmer for Marine Aquarium, 7 by 4 by 14-Inch

User Ratings: 33 14

JBJ SK-45 First Impressions

"I highly recommend it."

No more then five or six tiny ones is my guess. I think it's a great looking tank and I would definitely recommend it to others. I put shrimp and guppies in it and they love it. I always had bubbles on the front of my tank no matter how I faced the tubes. I have this unit deployed for a couple of months now. After reading only four reviews I was hesitant. This is a good deal for a complete setup, less the rocks for the bottom.

  • JBJ Protein Skimmer for Marine Aquarium, 7 by 4 by 14-Inch
  • Ideal for all rimless aquarium up to 45-gallon
  • 2 years of free media replacement every 6 months
  • Small foot print & simple to set up and easy operate
  • Large column to allow for micro bubble evaporation
  • Rimless mounting bracket with splash guard
  • Manufacture: JBJ
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4 x 14 inches; 13.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The JBJ SK-45
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

JBJ SK-45 Final Thoughts

"- Do not overfeed."

I say it's a good buy and a very nice tank. The heater was a no-name 200W UL certified. Nothing came broke and everything is working. It's raised at the edges and just looks bad. Plan to buy another filter as this filter will be too noisy for you to tolerate! Came pretty quickly and was not damaged. James spends his days swimming all around his tank and working on his bubble nest.

Overall Score
3.2


(6 Points)

9. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 00817783
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

10. Aqua One 52092 Betta Duo

User Ratings: 49 10

Aqua One 52092 First Impressions

"Super easy to assemble."

It is very easy to set up and also comes with easy to understand instructions. And the lights that it comes with are my absolute favorite. Will be buying a second of these tanks for my step daughter's Betta. Plan to buy another filter as this filter will be too noisy for you to tolerate! Nothing came broke and everything is working. I wish I new about that before I got it. I didn't know that the background only goes halfway down the back of the tank.

  • Aqua One 52092 Betta Duo
  • This product is easy to use
  • This product adds a great Value
  • This product is Manufactured in China
  • Manufacture: Prime Pet Deals - Code 2
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 4 inches; 4 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqua One 52092
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Aqua One 52092 Final Thoughts

"It was all fluval brand."

This is a VERY SMALL tank, and can only house 1 betta fish OR 2-3 guppies. And it's a little awkward to put things in like a heater and stuff. It'll be fine, just be careful how you deal with the filter. The Mingdak strip is also waterproof and submersible so there's that. I put mine in the corner of my breakfast bar. It has a hood with integrated LED lighting. The rule of thumb is one small fish per gallon.

Overall Score
3.9


(18 Points)

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