Editor's Choice - Our Favorite 40 Gallon Aquariums

1. JAJALE Aquarium Fish Tank LED Light Pump Freshwater Filter Upright Fishtank Stand Bundle Ultra Clear...

User Ratings: 68

JAJALE First Impressions

"Mine arrived perfectly!"

Mine's sitting on the carpet, and it's completely silent that way. 5 watt works well and keeps it between 78-80 degrees if the room air is around 70–71. But even so, the tank is beautiful! I wanted to wait a little before reviewing so I could give a good and honest review. Keep up with water changes and testing and it'll be smooth sailing. I plan on plenty invertebrates and softies only so I may never need to upgrade. Also there is more floor space to spread out the live rock and create a cool scape.

  • JAJALE Aquarium Fish Tank LED Light Pump Freshwater Filter Upright Fishtank Stand Bundle Ultra Clear Tempered Glass with Complete Aquarium Setup
  • The fish tank is made of high-quality low-iron tempered ultra-white transparent glass ("crystal glass"), which can withstand the damage and impact in daily life, and is very durable. Resistant to scratches, fingerprints, and acids/alkali. The visible light transmittance is greater than 91.5%. The thickness of glass: 0.315 inches.
  • The frame of the fish tank is all metal to resist saltwater erosion. It will never deform or fade. Dimensions(inches): 31.5 (L) x 14.2 (W) x 25.6 (H). Water Actual Capacity: 40 Gallons. Including professional aquatic LED tri-color lighting source. It can breed marine life, corals, Arowanas, aquatic plants, and landscape water features. Add a sense of luxury to your home or office.
  • Products include cabinet, water pump(22W 320 GPH), and filtration system with filter media. The dimensions of the aluminum all-metal frame are: 31.5 (L) x 14.2 (W) x 25.6 (H) inches. The frame can resist tension and torque deformation caused by heavy loads. Corrosion-resistant, easy to clean and maintain. Can keep the water clean for a long time.
  • Inner size of filtration system sink(inches):26 (L) x 9.9 (W) x 12.6 (H), Water Actual Capacity: 10 Gallons. Fish tank All glass is bonded by German original ultra-long-lasting biophilic silica gel, which can resist saltwater erosion for up to 20 years.
  • The most fashionable design in 2020, White Oak, every detail reflects the modern design concept. and you can clearly see each aquatic plant. The pet fish swims gracefully in front of you. A better immersive experience. Give your pet water creatures a hide and relax luxury home. Product weight :154lb. Water Total Actual Capacity: 50 Gallons.
  • Manufacture: Tiger Mountain Industrial Co.
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JAJALE Final Thoughts

"I just bought my 4th."

I think it will provide a good home and upgrade for my current aquarium inhabitants. If you are looking for a good quality aquarium with a great look this is it! Wanted the ADA look but on a budget and this fits the bill. Should survive the shipping process just fine! They look the same as the ADA ones which cost a fair amount more. My tanks cycled quickly, and I've had no problems with ammonia. I set this up just like I would have a big salt tank.

Overall Score
4.7


(4 Points)

2. Toledo Goldfish Live Shubunkin and Sarasa Goldfish Combo for Ponds or Aquariums – USA Born and Rai...

User Ratings: 76 8

Toledo Goldfish First Impressions

"Crystal clear viewing."

This is my new favorite brand of aquariums. He is so happy and swims around all day instead of just sitting in a corner. Indeed the light did not illuminate at all but only flashed as seen in the video. I used an Aquatop Np302 and the tubing from the Portrait as my return pump. I bought an additional 2 Lb Bag Ceramic Media, and that does the trick. I think I am going to get the 28 gallon also for my office area in the loft. Definetly get a small ato as it does allow considerable evap.

  • Toledo Goldfish Live Shubunkin and Sarasa Goldfish Combo for Ponds or Aquariums – USA Born and Raised – Live Arrival Guarantee
  • ✔ RELIABLE SHIPPING DIRECTLY TO YOUR DOOR – Fish ship within 48 hours of your order for arrival Tuesday through Friday. Please see shipping information below for more details.
  • ✔ HEALTHY FISH WITH LIVE ARRIVAL GUARANTEE - Step by step acclimation instructions will be included with your order. We stand behind all our products and will ship replacements or refund your purchase.
  • ✔ BORN AND RAISED IN THE USA – All Toledo Goldfish live fish are born and raised on a family farm in the USA.
  • ✔ HIGH QUALITY SHUBUNKIN and SARASA GOLDFISH – Beautiful combo of blue calico patterned shubunkins and red and white sarasa goldfish are visually appealing and sure to stand out in any garden pond, aquarium, or tank.
  • ✔ GREAT FOR BEGINNERS – Shubunkin and sarasa goldfish are a hardy fish recommended for beginning new aquariums, tanks or ponds. Please note the pictures shown above are a good representation of our fish, but not the exact fish you will receive.
  • Manufacture: Toledo Goldfish
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Toledo Goldfish Final Thoughts

"Attached some photos."

I picked this, because it was simple and had everything I needed. It's simple enough to put together. The stock pump is high quality but opted to use it in the tank to circulate water. I bought an additional 2 Lb Bag Ceramic Media, and that does the trick. Not a single smear or excess silicon in any place, no bubbles, ymmv. If you are looking for a good quality aquarium with a great look this is it! It will help establish your good bacteria, and get the nitrogen cycle started.

Overall Score
4.4


(284 Points)

3. AquaTop 6.5G High Clarity Glass Bookshelf Style Aquarium (HCA-3G)

AquaTop First Impressions

"I was worried about that."

I set this up just like I would have a big salt tank. I do 1 drop per two gallons 3x a week for first few months. I added some privacy film to help hide the cords and the hang-on-back filter. To me I think it is worth it to have such a good tank. I put in some white stones and it looks amazing. I bought an additional 2 Lb Bag Ceramic Media, and that does the trick. Overall I'm pleased with the purchase.

  • AquaTop 6.5G High Clarity Glass Bookshelf Style Aquarium (HCA-3G)
  • The AquaTop 6.5 Gallon High Clarity Glass Bookshelf Style Aquarium (HCA-6G) is constructed of low iron glass with a 91% light-through rate. The view from this 6-gallon high clarity cube is outstanding.
  • There are no plastic frames to obstruct your view and each unit is has polished beveled edges for a higher aesthetic balance. High-grade German silicone bonds the cubes tightly yet matches the glass to give the cube a truly seamless appearance.
  • Capacity: 6.5 Gallons. Hand-crafted, high clarity glass. Dimensions: 6.7" x 23.6" x 9.4". Glass Thickness: 5mm.
  • Low iron glass with a 91% light-through rate. Polished beveled edges. High-grade German silicone for a seamless appearance.
  • For both salt and freshwater systems
  • Manufacture: AquaTop
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AquaTop Final Thoughts

"I really love it."

I don't have plants in mine in the usual sense. The purple coralline algae is growing well. By using live rock and sand, you'll be able to cycle this tank within 3-4 weeks. Unboxing the inner package, with the tank itself was not difficult. So far 2 fish and 1 water frog died this way in my aquarium within 6 months. It came quickly, and was easy to set up. The longest delay was my downloading invoice.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

4. Eshopps AEO15005 Refugiums for Aquarium R-200

User Ratings: 48 14

Eshopps Inc. 889029 First Impressions

"Hold temperatures better."

This arrived a little over 24 hours ago and I will update as a resolution comes. After some experimentation And constant monitoring I found that the flat Aqueon 7. The Evo has the same capacity but seems like a much bigger tank than the Portrait. I wanted to wait a little before reviewing so I could give a good and honest review. Mine's sitting on the carpet, and it's completely silent that way. And my Midas Blenny and Cleaner shrimp are doing so well in it. Indeed the light did not illuminate at all but only flashed as seen in the video.

  • Eshopps AEO15005 Refugiums for Aquarium R-200
  • Micron bag (Rectangle)
  • Skimmer compartment
  • Made of Foam
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
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Eshopps Inc. 889029 Final Thoughts

"Just my luck."

Both my fish are doing well with this setup. I also add seachem pristine per direction once a week for first few months. I didn't want to cover the filter because it would make cleaning harder. I immediately noticed that the glass moves slightly in the corners when pressed on. I put in some white stones and it looks amazing. Secondly, the up close picture of the logo and silicon work is VERY close. Overall I'm pleased with the purchase.

Overall Score
3.7


(28 Points)

5. Penn Plax Curved Corner Glass Aquarium Kit

User Ratings: 60 11

Penn-Plax WW111K First Impressions

"I inspected all seams."

I plan on plenty invertebrates and softies only so I may never need to upgrade. Given the price I paid, I am hoping it will continue to hold water! I set this up just like I would have a big salt tank. You must buy a special one they produce for marine tanks. The BioOrb does an amazing job keeping the tank clean and fresh. Maybe a larger BiOrb for the future when I want more fish again. They look the same as the ADA ones which cost a fair amount more.

  • Penn Plax Curved Corner Glass Aquarium Kit
  • This aquarium has a unique bent glass design that is frameless and seamless in front for unobstructed viewing on all sides including top.
  • Aquarium tank kit includes a 5 gallon bent glass fish tank, cascade internal filter, LED light, mat, and hinge style plastic lid.
  • Made with the highest quality glass for durability and clarity, and utilizes 3 piece construction with seamless rounded front corners.
  • This 5 gallon fish tank measures 11 inches high by 8 3/4 inches wide and 13 ¾ inches long. Aquarium is suitable for a wide variety of fish.
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax, INC.
  • Product Dimensions: 9.35 x 14.5 x 11.25 inches; 10.6 Pounds
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Penn-Plax WW111K Final Thoughts

"Scratch that."

My other gripe would be with the lid. I purchased one of the biOtube plant sets also. I will try to come back in a few months with an updated photo of this tank. I didn't wipe this tank down after unboxing it, those aren't scratches etc. Both my fish are doing well with this setup. I've got two of these tanks, one at home and one at work. The purple coralline algae is growing well.

Overall Score
4.1


(360 Points)

6. Red Sea DIY Aquarium Net Cover - 48"

User Ratings: 34 15

Red Sea 42082 First Impressions

"It's so sleek!"

I used an Aquatop Np302 and the tubing from the Portrait as my return pump. I bought 2 more 1lb bags of ceramic material and I only needed one more. It started to malfunction immediately upon being plugged in. The Evo has the same capacity but seems like a much bigger tank than the Portrait. Glass was very well packaged and arrived in excellent condition. It comes with everything you'd want besides a heater and protein skimmer. Next is to cut your foams into donuts to fit snug around the bottom filter cartridge.

  • Red Sea DIY Aquarium Net Cover - 48"
  • Red Sea Diy Aquarium Net Cover Is A Sleek And Minimalist Aquarium Cover That Looks Great And Keeps Your Fish Safe. Low-Profile Hangers Make Sure That This Net Cover Blends In Excellently With Your Aquarium, Even With Ultra-Clear, Rimless And Open-Top Designs. An Extra Strong Aluminum Frame Combined With Individually Designed Components Ensure That This Thin And Minimalist Hood Does Not Sacrifice Strength Or Versatility. Lighting Arms, Auto-Feeders And Overflow Boxes May All Be Installed On Top Of The Net. Though It'S Been Designed With Rimless Models In Mind, This Diy Aquarium Net Cover Is Also A Great Fit With Braced Aquariums
  • The Package Length Of The Product Is 5.0 Inches
  • The Package Width Of The Product Is 48.0 Inches
  • The Package Height Of The Product Is 5.0 Inches
  • Included Components: Item Listed In Description
  • Manufacture: Red Sea
  • Product Dimensions: 48 x 2 x 2 inches; 1.1 Pounds
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Red Sea 42082 Final Thoughts

"My betta really likes it."

Final gripe and its not a big deal is that there isn't a lid over the feeding hole. I spoke to a gentleman in customer service named Julio this afternoon. Overall I'm pleased with the purchase. Seriously, it doesn't even cover the filter, and it looks pretty bad. My sponge, duster worms, snails and crabs, porcelain and emerald are doing well. The pictures are from day 4, note the crystal clear water. That is a stand up person and one I will do business with again.

Overall Score
3.6


(17 Points)

7. hygger 6-Pack Replacement Filter Cartridges Bio Balls for HG-948 4 Gallon Aquarium

User Ratings: 70 3

hygger First Impressions

"Looks great."

Final gripe and its not a big deal is that there isn't a lid over the feeding hole. The pictures are from day 4, note the crystal clear water. My other gripe would be with the lid. I have this aquarium for now a couple of weeks. Double the amount of ceramic media they give you. After the foam is in I put the gravel in. I would like a heater, but it costs more than the tank.

  • hygger 6-Pack Replacement Filter Cartridges Bio Balls for HG-948 4 Gallon Aquarium
  • Replacement filter cartridge for Hygger 4 gallon aquarium, valued 6-pack, measures 13.8 x 6 x 1.5 cm, 75 gram each
  • Ready-to-use, preassembled filter cartridges install in seconds
  • Patented box contains dense floss to catch debris, fish waste and hundreds of small predosed bio balls to remove odors and discoloration
  • Mechanical filtration and biological filtration together to keep water crystal clear
  • For best results replace cartridge every 2-3 weeks to keep aquarium clean
  • It fits for Hygger 4 Gallon Fish Tank only (SEE BELOW)
  • Manufacture: hygger
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hygger Final Thoughts

"Will keep you posted!"

I didn't wipe this tank down after unboxing it, those aren't scratches etc. At least 30%, more if testing indicates a problem or if water is looking bad. Put in small fish at 1 inch per gallon. I don't have plants in mine in the usual sense. Mostly I just love looking at this tank. Also very important for filtration. I didn't wipe this tank down after unboxing it, those aren't scratches etc.

Overall Score
4.4


(78 Points)

8. SC Aquariums 24 Gallon All in One Aquarium, Starfire/Low Iron Glass, Return Pump Included, Ready to ...

User Ratings: 59 11

SC Aquariums First Impressions

"Looks great!"

Also very important for filtration. It sits inside of styrofoam and is double boxed and wrapped once with bubble wrap. The most serious issue thus far is the light bar. Next is to cut your foams into donuts to fit snug around the bottom filter cartridge. It sits inside of styrofoam and is double boxed and wrapped once with bubble wrap. Final gripe and its not a big deal is that there isn't a lid over the feeding hole. It is bit expensive, but I don't think I will ever need to buy another tank again.

  • SC Aquariums 24 Gallon All in One Aquarium, Starfire/Low Iron Glass, Return Pump Included, Ready to get Wet!
  • Manufacture: SC Aquariums
  • Item Weight: 35 Pounds
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SC Aquariums Final Thoughts

"I love this tank."

Looks very similar to more expensive tanks for much less. Overall I'm pleased with the purchase. I will try to come back in a few months with an updated photo of this tank. I will most definitely be sticking with Landen for future aquarium purchases. I recommend buying the biOtube polish to! I have this aquarium for now a couple of weeks. Final gripe and its not a big deal is that there isn't a lid over the feeding hole.

Overall Score
4.2


(14 Points)

9. Ultum Nature Systems 5N Clear Rimless Tanks, 4.6 gal

User Ratings: 84

Ultum Nature Systems 5N First Impressions

"Really beautiful tank."

If you are looking for a good quality aquarium with a great look this is it! Both my fish are doing well with this setup. My biggest gripes about it are the lack of room in the back. Medium on the bottom, coarse on top. I had a coworker who also likes fish helping me and we had it together in 15 minutes. They look the same as the ADA ones which cost a fair amount more. Medium on the bottom, coarse on top.

  • Ultum Nature Systems 5N Clear Rimless Tanks, 4.6 gal
  • 45° mitered edges
  • 91% clarity with diamante glass
  • High quality German silicon
  • Includes black nano foam leveling mat
  • 14.17x7.48x7.48" 4.6 gallons
  • Manufacture: Ultum Nature Systems
  • Part Number: 5N
  • Item Weight: 7 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 14.17 x 8.66 x 8.66 inches
  • Size: 4.6 gal
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
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Ultum Nature Systems 5N Final Thoughts

"Easy to assemble."

If you upgrade your filter situation this BiOrb is really neat. Most important though is the lighting issue. I bought an additional 2 Lb Bag Ceramic Media, and that does the trick. Most important though is the lighting issue. I also add seachem pristine per direction once a week for first few months. Beveled edges all around and the silicon work is really nice. It took less than 10 minutes to get a new light bar shipped out.

Overall Score
4.8


(10 Points)

10. biOrb 45919.0 Flow 30 LED Black Aquariums

User Ratings: 59 9

biOrb 45919.0 First Impressions

"Great beginners tank."

I immediately noticed that the glass moves slightly in the corners when pressed on. If this goes well I have a spare 75g at home I'll probably convert into a reef tank. If you are looking for a good quality aquarium with a great look this is it! Secondly, the up close picture of the logo and silicon work is VERY close. Should survive the shipping process just fine! Also have live sand on the bottom, about 1plus inches. It came quickly, and was easy to set up.

  • biOrb 45919.0 Flow 30 LED Black Aquariums
  • 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
  • Low voltage – all biorb aquariums operate from a 12V transformer
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 16.54 x 20.87 inches; 11.9 Pounds
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biOrb 45919.0 Final Thoughts

"5 years in to ownership."

It contains 8 styrofoam corner protectors on the tank. I immediately noticed that the glass moves slightly in the corners when pressed on. We had a new home built this year, and just moved in. Please note that the tank is 100% clear. Indeed the light did not illuminate at all but only flashed as seen in the video. The instructions are maybe two pages. I immediately noticed that the glass moves slightly in the corners when pressed on.

Overall Score
4.1


(25 Points)

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