Editor's Choice - Our Favorite 5 Gallon Aquariums

1. GloFish Aquarium Kit Fish Tank with LED Lighting and Filtration Included

User Ratings: 68 8

GloFish 29045 First Impressions

"I shut mine off."

I'm really liking the Landen line of aquariums. Both my fish are doing well with this setup. They look the same as the ADA ones which cost a fair amount more. I bought two of these tanks and the quality of them in just amazing. To me I think it is worth it to have such a good tank. The pic is a bit cloudy since I just filled it up and its still cycling. At least 30%, more if testing indicates a problem or if water is looking bad.

  • GloFish Aquarium Kit Fish Tank with LED Lighting and Filtration Included
  • INCLUDES ALL THE ESSENTIALS: This 5 gallon kit includes a seamless, crescent-shaped tank, Tetra Whisper Bio-Bag Filter Cartridge, black canopy with convenient feeding hole and energy-efficient blue LED lighting.
  • BLUE LED LIGHTS: Hidden blue LED lights are incorporated into the hood, giving your GloFish fluorescent fish an exciting and uniquely fluorescent look.
  • INTERNAL FILTRATION: The filter pulls water from the aquarium and pushes it through the filter cartridge, where the dense, dual-sided mesh catches debris and waste.
  • INCLUDES HOOD: Sleek black hood reduces evaporation and helps keep fish from jumping.
  • EXPERIENCE THE GLO: GloFish fluorescent fish and products create a complete underwater fluorescent experience.
  • Crescent shaped seamless plastic aquarium
  • Clear plastic canopy Blue LED overhead light with Primary Material being Acrylic.
  • Medium size filter cartridge.
  • Manufacture: GloFish
  • Product Dimensions: 11.25 x 16.56 x 6.71 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The GloFish 29045
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

GloFish 29045 Final Thoughts

"Very sturdy."

It really makes it easy to keep the outside surface clean and shiny! The Evo has the same capacity but seems like a much bigger tank than the Portrait. Double the amount of ceramic media they give you. Clean silicone lines and clear glass. Nothing to complain about with this tank at all. Maybe a larger BiOrb for the future when I want more fish again. Not a fan of the filtration sponge.

Overall Score
4.3


(1873 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated 5 Gallon Aquariums

2. Fluval Sea Evo Saltwater Fish Tank Aquarium Kit

User Ratings: 74 7

Fluval 10531A1 First Impressions

"Hope this review helps!"

The most serious issue thus far is the light bar. My tanks cycled quickly, and I've had no problems with ammonia. To me I think it is worth it to have such a good tank. Highly recommend this for beginners. Secondly, the up close picture of the logo and silicon work is VERY close. I have been an active fish keeper for years. Clean silicone lines and clear glass.

  • Fluval Sea Evo Saltwater Fish Tank Aquarium Kit
  • 13.5 gallon glass aquarium for saltwater fish
  • Stylish honeycomb design conceals rear aquarium filter compartment and aquarium water line while looking ultra modern
  • Powerful 3 stage filtration with oversized mechanical, chemical, and biological Fluval filter media
  • Multifunctional canopy with easy feed door
  • Sleek, all aluminum waterproof casing; convenient LED aquarium light touch start day & night illumination
  • The 13.5 gallon (52 L) fish tank is 22 L x 11.5 W x 15 H inches (56 x 29 x 38 centimeter); Wattage: 16 W; Lumens: 1383 lm
  • Manufacture: Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 15 x 11.5 inches; 28 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval 10531A1
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Fluval 10531A1 Final Thoughts

"I love this tank."

It really makes it easy to keep the outside surface clean and shiny! That will make it easier to maintain the water temp and find a heater. They are affordable and beautiful and well made. Also very important for filtration. I rely very heavily on Amazon reviews for my online shopping, so here is mine. I put it opposite the return pump and it creates awesome flow. I don't have plants in mine in the usual sense.

Overall Score
4.5


(607 Points)

3. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax WW111K
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

4. Aquatic Fundamentals Aquarium Stand with Storage

User Ratings: 65 12

Aquatic Fundamentals AMZ-36291-01 First Impressions

"Hope this review helps!"

You can't even see the pushed in spots. It started to malfunction immediately upon being plugged in. The longest delay was my downloading invoice. I still keep it as a hospital tank. I will usually slow it down more at night so he can sleep undisturbed. I find them very easy to keep clean. I really like the ceramic media as it provides a great home for the'good' bacteria.

  • Aquatic Fundamentals Aquarium Stand with Storage
  • Tank Holding Capacity: 29/37 Gallons
  • Product Dimensions: 31.37"L x 13.12"W x 28.25"H
  • Front door make for easy access and ample storage for pumps, filters and food
  • The back of the stand is open except for a single support brace; this lets your conveniently route cords or tubes from the aquarium inside the stand without cutting away panels
  • Made in the USA
  • Tank not included
  • Showcase your aquarium atop the durable Aquatic Fundamentals Upright Aquarium Stand.
  • These quality tank stands are ideal for supporting rectangular tanks whether it holds 29 Gallons or 90 gallons.
  • Manufacture: Marco Group Incorporated --DROPSHIP
  • Product Dimensions: 31.37 x 13.12 x 28.28 inches; 52 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aquatic Fundamentals AMZ-36291-01
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  • Affordability

Aquatic Fundamentals AMZ-36291-01 Final Thoughts

"Thanks KollerCraft!"

It started to malfunction immediately upon being plugged in. This is my new favorite brand of aquariums. Use seachem prime and stability with every water change and as needed by directions. They look the same as the ADA ones which cost a fair amount more. Also have live sand on the bottom, about 1plus inches. I didn't notice the dust on the glass until I reviewed the zoomed in pictures. You must buy a special one they produce for marine tanks.

Overall Score
4.1


(170 Points)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling 5 Gallon Aquariums

5. Koller Products AquaView 3-Gallon Fish Tank with Power Filter and LED Lighting

User Ratings: 51 19

Koller Products AP30000GF-FFP First Impressions

"Very sturdy."

The multi colored LED lights cost more than the tank itself too. I had a coworker who also likes fish helping me and we had it together in 15 minutes. The multi colored LED lights cost more than the tank itself too. Bottom line is~28 hours after receipt this is one star. I put it opposite the return pump and it creates awesome flow. The purple coralline algae is growing well. My only comment is that Amazon should label their box fragile.

  • Koller Products AquaView 3-Gallon Fish Tank with Power Filter and LED Lighting
  • 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, effectively removing organic pollutants and fish waste. Includes premium Koller Products filter cartridge; replacement filter cartridges XS (AQ05FC-30) available on Amazon
  • Manufactured of impact-resistant plastic with crystal-clear clarity so good that most think it's made of glass, along with one-piece design providing superior strength and durability
  • Perfect for home, dorm, or office, this trendy aquarium will look good wherever you place it
  • Dimensions: 11.5" Dia x 11.25 H Inches
  • Manufacture: Koller Enterprises
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 11 x 11 inches; 2.1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Koller Products AP30000GF-FFP
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Koller Products AP30000GF-FFP Final Thoughts

"Easy to set up."

I will try to come back in a few months with an updated photo of this tank. I used an Aquatop Np302 and the tubing from the Portrait as my return pump. It comes with everything you'd want besides a heater and protein skimmer. A little piece of foam in the bubble tube keeps gravel out while putting it in. Keep up with water changes and testing and it'll be smooth sailing. I also add seachem pristine per direction once a week for first few months. My biggest gripes about it are the lack of room in the back.

Overall Score
3.6


(93 Points)

6. Fluval Accent Glass Aquarium, 25-Gallon

User Ratings: 46 19

Fluval 15281A1 First Impressions

"Fantastic aquarium!"

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. My ammonia is undetectable including the N2 and N3. Glass was very well packaged and arrived in excellent condition. I could not put water in it as shipped because the return pump was compromised. I didn't even add the skimmer, and it has be perfect. I'm really liking the Landen line of aquariums.

  • Fluval Accent Glass Aquarium, 25-Gallon
  • 25 gallon glass aquarium with espresso-colored trim
  • Includes energy-efficient LED lighting system for stunning day or night lighting
  • Comes with convenient water collection bucket ; 95 Litre / 25 US Gal Glass aquarium with cover
  • SIMPLETEC technology - a revolutionary one-touch filter cleaning and water change maintenance system
  • 30 Inch length 18 Inch height x 12.5 Inch width, If the water over fills the aquarium it will cause leaking.
  • Manufacture: Fluval
  • Product Dimensions: 36.8 x 20 x 27 inches; 71.5 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval 15281A1
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Fluval 15281A1 Final Thoughts

"Scratch that."

After the foam is in I put the gravel in. They are affordable and beautiful and well made. I grabbed the Sungrow Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Kit. Wanted the ADA look but on a budget and this fits the bill. I used a binder clip to clamp the tube down and decrease the air entering the tank. Please note that the tank is 100% clear. I've wanted this tank for a LONG time, and I love it.

Overall Score
3.4


(49 Points)

7. DaToo 5 Gallon Aquarium Betta Fish Tank with Low Iron Glass LED Light and Filter System

User Ratings: 52 8

DaToo First Impressions

"Will keep you posted!"

I have a lot of freshwater tanks, but this is my 1st attempt at saltwater. The instructions are maybe two pages. I will update if I have any issues. Also have live sand on the bottom, about 1plus inches. 5 watt works well and keeps it between 78-80 degrees if the room air is around 70–71. It sits inside of styrofoam and is double boxed and wrapped once with bubble wrap. I used an Aquatop Np302 and the tubing from the Portrait as my return pump.

  • DaToo 5 Gallon Aquarium Betta Fish Tank with Low Iron Glass LED Light and Filter System
  • DaToo 5 Gallon Fish Tank: For most people, having an aquarium in life and work is a very rewarding and fun experience. It not only enhances the connection between people and nature, but also reduces the pressure on work and life and makes us feel more relaxed and happy every day. This is an ideal way to help us feel and be close to nature. No matter what kind of fish you is interested in, UPLY Aquarium Kits can start this wonderful aquarium tour for you!
  • Ultra Clear Low Iron Glass: Want a clearer and more beautiful watching experience? UPLY Aquarium can help you achieve it. The light transmittance of UPLY Ultra Clear Low Iron Glass is up to 91.5%, which is much better than other glasses, and its sharpness is 2-3 times that of ordinary glass. You don't even feel the presence of glass, the fish is like swimming in the air. Amazing!!
  • Perfect Lighting For Small Aquarium: UPLY Aquarium offers bright white light and relaxing blue light to perfectly meet day and night lighting needs. Both white and blue lights not only make your aquarium more beautiful at night but also promote aquarium plant growth and improve your fish tank's ecological environment. Create a beautiful and healthy underwater world for you!
  • Powerful Whisper Filtering System: The Advanced back panel filtration system is cleverly hidden at one end of the aquarium. The powerful 3W adjustable flow water pump can easily drive the water through the filtration system to realize the self-circulation of the UPLY aquarium water flow. Working sound ≤ 20 dB, giving you an absolutely quiet night! The filter media is located in a separate chamber. A large porous foam block is included. Maintain an unparalleled water clarity at all times!
  • Necessary Accessories For You: An aquarium glass lid and bracket, 8 pcs right angle silicone pads and a aquarium bottom pad. The aquarium lid can effectively protect the safety of the fish and prevent heat loss and maintain the temperature inside the aquarium. Aquarium Right angle soft pad and bottom pad for non-slip and scratch protection, maximum protection of the aquarium and breeder safety!
  • Manufacture: DaToo
  • Item Weight: 14.97 pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The DaToo
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  • Value For Money
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DaToo Final Thoughts

"Don't overstock!"

The pic is a bit cloudy since I just filled it up and its still cycling. I find them very easy to keep clean. I added a small circulation pump to get better water movement. They are affordable and beautiful and well made. I think I am going to get the 28 gallon also for my office area in the loft. You can't even see the pushed in spots. I don't have plants in mine in the usual sense.

Overall Score
4.1


(20 Points)

8. Aquarium Tank - Large - Molded Plastic - 1.75 Gallon Capacity - 10.25" x 6.5" x 6.25"

User Ratings: 39 14

EISCO First Impressions

"Is like a decor piece."

I will most definitely be sticking with Landen for future aquarium purchases. It sits inside of styrofoam and is double boxed and wrapped once with bubble wrap. The size is in the description is accurate. Also very important for filtration. Looks very similar to more expensive tanks for much less. Looks very similar to more expensive tanks for much less. The purple coralline algae is growing well.

  • Aquarium Tank - Large - Molded Plastic - 1.75 Gallon Capacity - 10.25" x 6.5" x 6.25"
  • One piece molded polycarbonate plastic aquarium tank (approx. 1.75 gallon capacity)
  • 10.25" x 6.5" x 6.25"
  • Use for terrarium, aquarium, or insect habitat
  • Transparency provides excellent visibility
  • UV protectant
  • Manufacture: Eisco
  • Product Dimensions: 10.25 x 6.5 x 6.25 inches; 14.72 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The EISCO
  • Quality
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EISCO Final Thoughts

"Looks great!"

My tanks cycled quickly, and I've had no problems with ammonia. I didn't wipe this tank down after unboxing it, those aren't scratches etc. Use seachem prime and stability with every water change and as needed by directions. Medium on the bottom, coarse on top. A little piece of foam in the bubble tube keeps gravel out while putting it in. I didn't even add the skimmer, and it has be perfect. My sponge, duster worms, snails and crabs, porcelain and emerald are doing well.

Overall Score
3.6


(18 Points)

9. Aquatop Pisces Moden Bullet-Shaped Glass Aquarium, 5 Gallons

User Ratings: 63 13

AquaTop First Impressions

"Crystal clear viewing."

I also add seachem pristine per direction once a week for first few months. I picked this, because it was simple and had everything I needed. That is a stand up person and one I will do business with again. That is a stand up person and one I will do business with again. Put in small fish at 1 inch per gallon. So far 2 fish and 1 water frog died this way in my aquarium within 6 months. I used a binder clip to clamp the tube down and decrease the air entering the tank.

  • Aquatop Pisces Moden Bullet-Shaped Glass Aquarium, 5 Gallons
  • The AquaTop Pisces Bullet Shape 5 Gallon Glass Aquarium features seamless curved corners. Each unit includes an innovative and unique multi-stage internal filter box system which comes complete with a submersible pump and an easy-change drop-in filter cartridge filled with premium activated carbon and ceramic rings for biological filtration. Pump flow rate: 53 GPH.
  • Includes a super bright touch sensitive 8.2W LED light complete with a moonlight setting, and a tank lid with mounting clips. These space-saving desktop aquariums are perfect for fresh or saltwater set-ups.
  • Dimensions: 16”(W) x 7.2”(D) x 10.2”(H)
  • Perfect for shrimp & other small invertebrates
  • For fresh or saltwater
  • Manufacture: Aquatop
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AquaTop
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

AquaTop Final Thoughts

"I inspected all seams."

I've got two of these tanks, one at home and one at work. You must buy a special one they produce for marine tanks. I've built a fresh nano planted tank using this. I don't have plants in mine in the usual sense. That will make it easier to maintain the water temp and find a heater. A little piece of foam in the bubble tube keeps gravel out while putting it in. My sponge, duster worms, snails and crabs, porcelain and emerald are doing well.

Overall Score
4.2


(17 Points)

10. Penn Plax Finding Dory Betta Tank Kit, 0.5 Gallon

User Ratings: 41 21

Penn-Plax FDK103 First Impressions

"Don't overfeed!"

It will help establish your good bacteria, and get the nitrogen cycle started. Maybe a larger BiOrb for the future when I want more fish again. They are affordable and beautiful and well made. That will make it easier to maintain the water temp and find a heater. But even so, the tank is beautiful! Use seachem prime and stability with every water change and as needed by directions. I find them very easy to keep clean.

  • Penn Plax Finding Dory Betta Tank Kit, 0.5 Gallon
  • Includes background
  • Stickers included
  • Water release tank
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax, INC.
  • Product Dimensions: 3.75 x 7.75 x 6 inches; 8.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax FDK103
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Penn-Plax FDK103 Final Thoughts

"Great tank."

You can't even see the pushed in spots. I picked this, because it was simple and had everything I needed. I will definitely be purchasing a Landen tank for all future purchases. My other gripe would be with the lid. I've got two of these tanks, one at home and one at work. Final gripe and its not a big deal is that there isn't a lid over the feeding hole. I set this up just like I would have a big salt tank.

Overall Score
3.6


(14 Points)

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