Editor's Choice - Our Favorite 30 Gallon Aquariums

1. aFAN Aquarium Cooling System, Up to 30-Gallon

User Ratings: 40 25

aFAN aFAN - aquarium cooling fan First Impressions

"I have used the h."

My sponge, duster worms, snails and crabs, porcelain and emerald are doing well. I used a binder clip to clamp the tube down and decrease the air entering the tank. I have been an active fish keeper for years. Bottom line is~28 hours after receipt this is one star. I picked this, because it was simple and had everything I needed. 1 gallon puts my other 7 tanks to shame. Wanted the ADA look but on a budget and this fits the bill.

  • aFAN Aquarium Cooling System, Up to 30-Gallon
  • Aquarium fan for cooling aquariums up to 30 gallon
  • Corrosion protection
  • aFAN is powered by safe voltage of 5V; from USB port or AC adapter 100-240V (included)
  • aFAN cooling fan creates a constant laminar air flow without messy rapid changes of velocity and pressure
  • aFAN fan has three operating modes: normal speed - off - hi speed
  • Manufacture: COLLAR
  • Product Dimensions: 3.25 x 3 x 5.25 inches; 0.32 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The aFAN aFAN - aquarium cooling fan
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aFAN aFAN - aquarium cooling fan Final Thoughts

"This was perfect!"

I've wanted this tank for a LONG time, and I love it. Bottom line is~28 hours after receipt this is one star. The pic is a bit cloudy since I just filled it up and its still cycling. Still waiting for the silicone to cure. I spoke to a gentleman in customer service named Julio this afternoon. This is my new favorite brand of aquariums. 1 gallon puts my other 7 tanks to shame.

Overall Score
3.4


(53 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated 30 Gallon Aquariums

2. SeaClear Acrylic Aquarium Junior Executive Kit

User Ratings: 51 19

SeaClear X1010017123 First Impressions

"Not a fan."

Both my fish are doing well with this setup. Definetly get a small ato as it does allow considerable evap. The pictures are from day 4, note the crystal clear water. Seriously, it doesn't even cover the filter, and it looks pretty bad. He is so happy and swims around all day instead of just sitting in a corner. All in all it is packaged very well. I had a coworker who also likes fish helping me and we had it together in 15 minutes.

  • SeaClear Acrylic Aquarium Junior Executive Kit
  • Kit Includes:
  • Hood and Fluorescent Fixture (12" Light Bulb not Included), Aqua Clear 30 Gallon Power Filter, Natural Lava Rock with Plastic Plants, Thermometer, Fish Net
  • The Executive Aquarium is a great starter aquarium for a beginner or hobbyist; Safe for freshwater and saltwater fish, turtles and reptiles
  • Efficient and economical to run
  • Cobalt Blue; means the Acrylic color on the back of the aquarium is Cobalt Blue. Brings out the color of your fish and decorations
  • Manufacture: Pet Partners dba North American Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 15 x 24 inches; 20 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SeaClear X1010017123
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SeaClear X1010017123 Final Thoughts

"Fantastic aquarium!"

5 watt works well and keeps it between 78-80 degrees if the room air is around 70–71. The purple coralline algae is growing well. It will help establish your good bacteria, and get the nitrogen cycle started. An Eco Bio block is a good idea to. 1 gallon puts my other 7 tanks to shame. Mine loves lounging and swimming through ours. Use seachem prime and stability with every water change and as needed by directions.

Overall Score
3.9


(24 Points)

3. BioCube Coralife Size 32 led Aquarium Deluxe Reef Bundle

User Ratings: 69 11

BioCube First Impressions

"I inspected all seams."

I also add seachem pristine per direction once a week for first few months. I set this up just like I would have a big salt tank. 5 watt works well and keeps it between 78-80 degrees if the room air is around 70–71. To me I think it is worth it to have such a good tank. The multi colored LED lights cost more than the tank itself too. So far 2 fish and 1 water frog died this way in my aquarium within 6 months. All in all it is packaged very well.

  • BioCube Coralife Size 32 led Aquarium Deluxe Reef Bundle
  • Coralife NEW STYLE Size 32 LED BioCube Aquarium COMPLETE REEF PACKAGE combines everything you will need to get your BioCube started
  • Please consult the Coralife LED BioCube Aquarium Setup Guide for recommendations on other products you might eventually require
  • Included with the Size 32 LED BioCube Aquarium are the: BioCube Stand,BioCube Protein Skimmer, Coralife Digital Aquarium Thermometer, CaribSea Seafloor Special Grade Reef Sand, 12 pounds, AccuraSea 1 Salt, 30 gallons (five packets only), Egg Crate, Black Styrene, 15" x 11.5", Inland Seas 6 oz Activated Carbon and Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Reef Master Test Kit.
  • Also included are the Two Little Fishies Aquastik Aquarium Epoxy Putty, Red, 2 oz, BioCube Algae Cleaning Magnet, Coralife Deep Six Hydrometer, Brightwell Aquatics MicroBacter7 250 ml, Inland Seas 6 oz Activated Carbon, Seachem PhosGuard, 100 ml, bagged.
  • The included Stand is the NEW AND IMPROVED BIOCUBE STAND. This NEW & IMPROVED VERSION features a solid back panel for added stability. No glue is required.
  • Manufacture: Coralife
  • Editor's Impressions Of The BioCube
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BioCube Final Thoughts

"I would buy another."

I am especially fond of the raised base. I didn't wipe this tank down after unboxing it, those aren't scratches etc. Seriously, it doesn't even cover the filter, and it looks pretty bad. I purchased one of the biOtube plant sets also. I used an Aquatop Np302 and the tubing from the Portrait as my return pump. I think it will provide a good home and upgrade for my current aquarium inhabitants. My tanks cycled quickly, and I've had no problems with ammonia.

Overall Score
4.4


(8 Points)

4. BioCube Coralife Size 32 Aquarium Ultimate Reef Bundle

BioCube First Impressions

"This table is beautiful."

Overall great package and would definitely buy it again and recommend it. I think it will provide a good home and upgrade for my current aquarium inhabitants. If you upgrade your filter situation this BiOrb is really neat. But even so, the tank is beautiful! Unboxing the inner package, with the tank itself was not difficult. My biggest gripes about it are the lack of room in the back. So far 2 fish and 1 water frog died this way in my aquarium within 6 months.

  • BioCube Coralife Size 32 Aquarium Ultimate Reef Bundle
  • This Coralife Size 32 BioCube Aquarium Ultimate Reef Bundle combines almost everything you will need to get your BioCube started, plus some key upgrades: the IceCap ATO (auto top off) and Hydor Aqamai WiFi Controllable Wavemaker Pump.
  • Included with the Size 32 LED BioCube Aquarium are the: BioCube Stand; BioCube Protein Skimmer; IceCap ATO (auto top off); Hydor Aqamai WiFi Controllable Wavemaker Pump; Coralife Digital Aquarium Thermometer; CaribSea Seafloor Special Grade Reef Sand, 12 pounds; Two Little Fishies AccuraSea1 Artificial Saltwater Mix, 30 gallons (5 bags only).
  • Also included are Egg Crate, Black Styrene, 15" x 11.5"; Inland Seas 6 oz Activated Carbon; Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Reef Master Test Kit; Two Little Fishies Aquastik Aquarium Epoxy Putty, Red, 2 oz; BioCube Algae Cleaning Magnet; Coralife Deep Six Hydrometer; Brightwell Aquatics MicroBacter7 250 ml; Inland Seas 6 oz Activated Carbon; and Seachem PhosGuard, 100 ml, bagged.
  • The included Stand is the NEW AND IMPROVED BIOCUBE STAND. This NEW & IMPROVED VERSION features a solid back panel for added stability. No glue is required.
  • Manufacture: Coralife
  • Editor's Impressions Of The BioCube
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BioCube Final Thoughts

"Trying to contact vendor."

1 gallon puts my other 7 tanks to shame. Also there is more floor space to spread out the live rock and create a cool scape. Just do your homework and don't overload this tank. Should survive the shipping process just fine! This is my new favorite brand of aquariums. We had a new home built this year, and just moved in. I do enjoy how modern it looks with no rims.

Overall Score
3.0


(1 Points)

5. OMEM USB Mini Fish Tank, Desktop Micro-Landscape LED Fish Tank, Aquarium Kit, Building Blocks Superi...

User Ratings: 31 22

OMEM First Impressions

"I really love this stand."

I spoke to a gentleman in customer service named Julio this afternoon. Also very important for filtration. I don't have plants in mine in the usual sense. I started the cycling process and it's holding water so far! Nothing to complain about with this tank at all. Beautiful tank, had a local glass co. I'm really liking the Landen line of aquariums.

  • OMEM USB Mini Fish Tank, Desktop Micro-Landscape LED Fish Tank, Aquarium Kit, Building Blocks Superimposed Fish Tank
  • Size(inch):4.7*3.1*4.1(L*W*H).LED lights Color: White and Blue (Color Random Delivery)
  • USB Mini Fish Tank suitable for Small Fish,The top of the Fish Tank has a Ventilation Holes.
  • You can Freely Combine Superimpose,very fun, The Night View of the Fish Tank is very Charming, You will have a Fantastic Fish Tank.
  • The Combination of the Fish Tank is a very Beautiful Ornament, Put it at home to add luster.
  • Made of Plastic,LED Mini Fish Tank does not Contain Spare Parts.
  • Manufacture: OMEM
  • Editor's Impressions Of The OMEM
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OMEM Final Thoughts

"This tank is super small."

I put in some white stones and it looks amazing. I didn't want to cover the filter because it would make cleaning harder. I will try to come back in a few months with an updated photo of this tank. I didn't notice the dust on the glass until I reviewed the zoomed in pictures. The Evo has the same capacity but seems like a much bigger tank than the Portrait. You can't even see the pushed in spots. I would like a heater, but it costs more than the tank.

Overall Score
3.3


(17 Points)

6. Penn Plax Rite-Bite Educational Tank - For a Betta Education - A Perfect 1st Fish Tank For Children...

User Ratings: 66 6

Penn-Plax BBT8 First Impressions

"Easy to clean."

I will definitely be purchasing a Landen tank for all future purchases. The pic is a bit cloudy since I just filled it up and its still cycling. It comes with everything you'd want besides a heater and protein skimmer. If this goes well I have a spare 75g at home I'll probably convert into a reef tank. If this goes well I have a spare 75g at home I'll probably convert into a reef tank. I really like the ceramic media as it provides a great home for the'good' bacteria. The multi colored LED lights cost more than the tank itself too.

  • Penn Plax Rite-Bite Educational Tank - For a Betta Education - A Perfect 1st Fish Tank For Children​
  • EASY FEED SYSTEM CONFIRMS IF YOUR FISH HAS BEEN FED - this clever system reminds you to feed your fish every day. One of the hardest parts of pet ownership for children is taking responsibility and remembering to feed their pet every day. With the Easy Feed System, you will be able to set up a week's worth of meals at a time, and you will always be able to see if your fish has been fed yet.
  • BEAUTIFUL LIGHTING FOR YOUR CHILD'S ROOM - Comes with a 2 color LED light. White for daytime, and Blue for nighttime. This way your fish can have the proper amount of light to help keep them healthy without making your child's room too bright.
  • COMES WITH PRO-V CRYSTAL GRAVEL - This beautiful substrate serves two purposes. First, it helps decorate your child's aquarium while at the same time, the crystal gravel aids in absorbing waste to keep water clean which is vital for your fish's well-being. We have also included a bottom drainage system for simple and mess-free water changes.
  • HELPS AVOID THE MOST COMMON MISTAKES - OVERFEEDING AND UNDERFEEDING - With a pre-portioned feeding compartments (similar to a weekly pill caddy) and scoop you can help your child avoid overfeeding because each scoop is the proper amount, but with the Easy Feed System, you'll know at a glance if your fish has been fed on a particular day.
  • CUSTOMIZABLE BACKGROUND SCENE INCLUDED - Just add crayons and your child can make the Rite-Bite Fish Tank his or her own. Your child can use the enclosed sea-scape picture, or make their own for an Aquarium that matches their imagination.
  • Manufacture: Penn-Plax
  • Item Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 9.25 x 5.75 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax BBT8
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Penn-Plax BBT8 Final Thoughts

"My betta is very happy!"

So far 2 fish and 1 water frog died this way in my aquarium within 6 months. The Evo has the same capacity but seems like a much bigger tank than the Portrait. That is a stand up person and one I will do business with again. After the foam is in I put the gravel in. If this goes well I have a spare 75g at home I'll probably convert into a reef tank. I spoke to a gentleman in customer service named Julio this afternoon. I think I am going to get the 28 gallon also for my office area in the loft.

Overall Score
4.4


(19 Points)

7. YCTECH 1.4 Gallon Aquarium Starter Kits Betta Fish Tank Goldfish Tank with LED Light and Filter Pump...

User Ratings: 50 13

YCTECH First Impressions

"Tank arrived intact."

The stock pump is high quality but opted to use it in the tank to circulate water. I picked this, because it was simple and had everything I needed. I don't have plants in mine in the usual sense. I think it will provide a good home and upgrade for my current aquarium inhabitants. I have this aquarium for now a couple of weeks. Please note that the tank is 100% clear. Mine loves lounging and swimming through ours.

  • YCTECH 1.4 Gallon Aquarium Starter Kits Betta Fish Tank Goldfish Tank with LED Light and Filter Pump White Black
  • Made of impact-resistant plastic with crystal-clear clarity so good that most think it's made of glass
  • One-piece construction providing superior strength and durability, unlike glass tanks glued together with silicone, this stylish 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.
  • Adding fun to life: With this small fish tank, you can enjoy the fun of fish farming, make your life rich and colorful, let you have a very interesting and rewarding experience, and is an ideal way to teach you The responsibility of the child to raise a pet.
  • 24 hours customer service online, any questions please contact us at any time.If you are not satisfy with this Aquarium Heater for any reason in 30 days, we will refund the cost. you can return the new one for free if there is problem within a year.
  • Stylish shape, choose our fish tank, highlight your taste
  • Manufacture: YCTECH
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches; 1.89 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The YCTECH
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YCTECH Final Thoughts

"5 years in to ownership."

They are affordable and beautiful and well made. Indeed the light did not illuminate at all but only flashed as seen in the video. So far 2 fish and 1 water frog died this way in my aquarium within 6 months. The Evo has the same capacity but seems like a much bigger tank than the Portrait. Should survive the shipping process just fine! The longest delay was my downloading invoice. That will make it easier to maintain the water temp and find a heater.

Overall Score
3.9


(272 Points)

8. biOrb 46150.0 Capillary Matting Aquariums

biOrb 46150.0 First Impressions

"Absolutely luv it."

Also very important for filtration. I started the cycling process and it's holding water so far! Live rock is where much of the filtering goes on,. I will definitely be purchasing a Landen tank for all future purchases. The pictures are from day 4, note the crystal clear water. I'm really liking the Landen line of aquariums. The standard filter doesn't work with a SALTWATER aquarium.

  • biOrb 46150.0 Capillary Matting Aquariums
  • Constructed out of Acrylic- 10 times stronger than glass, 50% lighter and 93% clearer
  • Automated terrarium - offers hassle free Plant care
  • LED Lighting – automatic 24 hour cycle, simulating sunrise, Daylight, sunset and night time
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 2.56 x 4.13 x 8.07 inches; 3.21 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The biOrb 46150.0
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biOrb 46150.0 Final Thoughts

"It's gorgeous."

I plan on plenty invertebrates and softies only so I may never need to upgrade. Definetly get a small ato as it does allow considerable evap. You must buy a special one they produce for marine tanks. I bought an additional 2 Lb Bag Ceramic Media, and that does the trick. Highly recommend this for beginners. All in all it is packaged very well. Mostly I just love looking at this tank.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

9. BiOrb 45995.0 MCR Light Accessory Small Aquariums,Multi

User Ratings: 72 6

biOrb 45995.0 First Impressions

"They work well for algae."

I didn't even add the skimmer, and it has be perfect. The BioOrb does an amazing job keeping the tank clean and fresh. By using live rock and sand, you'll be able to cycle this tank within 3-4 weeks. I've got two of these tanks, one at home and one at work. Just do your homework and don't overload this tank. They are affordable and beautiful and well made. I will definitely be purchasing a Landen tank for all future purchases.

  • BiOrb 45995.0 MCR Light Accessory Small Aquariums,Multi
  • Filter cartridge – a true “one size fits all” Filter for the biorb aquariums
  • Constructed out of Acrylic- 10 times stronger than glass, 50% lighter and 93% clearer
  • True 5 stage filtration - biological, mechanical, chemical, water stabilization and oxygenation
  • Age range description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 5 inches; 11.99 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The biOrb 45995.0
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biOrb 45995.0 Final Thoughts

"5 gallon tank."

I will usually slow it down more at night so he can sleep undisturbed. Double the amount of ceramic media they give you. Beautiful tank, had a local glass co. I put it opposite the return pump and it creates awesome flow. I'm really liking the Landen line of aquariums. It is awesome for a very small amount of water. Unboxing the inner package, with the tank itself was not difficult.

Overall Score
4.4


(148 Points)

10. R&J Enterprises Fusion Acrylic All in One Aquarium Kit, 28.5" L X 14.2" W X 16" H, 39 LB

User Ratings: 19 10

R&J Enterprises First Impressions

"I absolutely love it."

The standard filter doesn't work with a SALTWATER aquarium. Indeed the light did not illuminate at all but only flashed as seen in the video. I will try to come back in a few months with an updated photo of this tank. My tanks cycled quickly, and I've had no problems with ammonia. It really makes it easy to keep the outside surface clean and shiny! Unboxing the inner package, with the tank itself was not difficult. Final gripe and its not a big deal is that there isn't a lid over the feeding hole.

  • R&J Enterprises Fusion Acrylic All in One Aquarium Kit, 28.5" L X 14.2" W X 16" H, 39 LB
  • 29 Gallon Acrylic Aquarium Kit
  • All-in-one acrylic aquarium
  • Built in filtration with all accessories
  • Comes with 364 GPH pump, Bio Balls, Filter sponges and LED Light
  • Perfect for Salt or freshwater fish
  • Manufacture: R&J Enterprises
  • Item Weight: 39 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 28.5 x 14.2 x 16 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The R&J Enterprises
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R&J Enterprises Final Thoughts

"They work well for algae."

The instructions are maybe two pages. And my Midas Blenny and Cleaner shrimp are doing so well in it. Should survive the shipping process just fine! I recommend buying the biOtube polish to! I am especially fond of the raised base. I am especially fond of the raised base. I really like the ceramic media as it provides a great home for the'good' bacteria.

Overall Score
3.5


(6 Points)

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