Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Back to the Roots Aquariums

1. Back to the Roots Water Garden, Self-Cleaning Fish Tank That Grows Food, Mini Aquaponic Ecosystem (G...

User Ratings: 66 8

Back to the Roots 32000 First Impressions

"LEARN FROM MY MISTAKES!"

And my Midas Blenny and Cleaner shrimp are doing so well in it. I think I am going to get the 28 gallon also for my office area in the loft. I started the cycling process and it's holding water so far! Maybe a larger BiOrb for the future when I want more fish again. I used an Aquatop Np302 and the tubing from the Portrait as my return pump. I do enjoy how modern it looks with no rims. It's simple enough to put together.

  • Back to the Roots Water Garden, Self-Cleaning Fish Tank That Grows Food, Mini Aquaponic Ecosystem (Great Gardening Gift & Family Project), 3 Gallons
  • YEAR ROUND WATER GARDEN: The Back to the Roots Water Garden Duo allows you to grow a succulent or houseplant garden all year round and comes with everything you need to get started - no green thum or big backyard needed.
  • CONVENIENT AND EASY: Harvest organic microgreens from your aquarium in just 10 days; Your Water Garden becomes a self-cleaning fish tank that also grows fresh food up top; The fish waste fertilizes the plants on top and the plants clean the water
  • THE PERFECT LIVING HOME DECOR OR GIFT: Each Back to the Roots Water Garden Duo comes with a free STEM curriculum on aquaponic and hydroponic systems to encourage your kids to learn more about it; This award-winning ecoystem is also the perfect gift.
  • EVERYTHING INCLUDED: The Water Garden comes with all the necessary items like Organic Microgreen Seeds, D-Klor and Zym-Bac, Growstones, Fish Food and Coupon; This is a stress-free tank which uses a self-cleaning cycle.
  • MADE IN THE USA AND GUARANTEED TO GROW: All Back to the Roots indoor gardening kits are backed by this promise – if your kit doesn't grow as described, we'll replace it free of charge or provide a 100% refund; Refill kits are also available
  • Manufacture: Back to the Roots
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 13.4 x 9.5 inches; 6.35 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Back to the Roots 32000
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Back to the Roots 32000 Final Thoughts

"Fantastic aquarium!"

If you are looking for a good quality aquarium with a great look this is it! I will most definitely be sticking with Landen for future aquarium purchases. Not a single smear or excess silicon in any place, no bubbles, ymmv. I didn't notice the dust on the glass until I reviewed the zoomed in pictures. By using live rock and sand, you'll be able to cycle this tank within 3-4 weeks. Definetly get a small ato as it does allow considerable evap. Not a fan of the filtration sponge.

Overall Score
4.2


(733 Points)

2. Aquarium Multifunctional USB Rechargeable Desktop Electronic Aquarium Mini Fish Tank with Water Runn...

User Ratings: 58 12

Mumusuki First Impressions

"Um yes please!"

I will update if I have any issues. I will try to come back in a few months with an updated photo of this tank. And my Midas Blenny and Cleaner shrimp are doing so well in it. It's simple enough to put together. He is so happy and swims around all day instead of just sitting in a corner. It sits inside of styrofoam and is double boxed and wrapped once with bubble wrap. I bought 2 more 1lb bags of ceramic material and I only needed one more.

  • Aquarium Multifunctional USB Rechargeable Desktop Electronic Aquarium Mini Fish Tank with Water Running Pump Calendar Clock Function Light Pen Holder (White)
  • ✿ MULTI-FUNCTIONS--Mini fish tank ,with a small storage container,can storage some small stuffs such as keys and pen or grow aquatic plants,Simultaneously can be a clock.
  • ✿ RUNNING WATER RECIRCULATION--This has a faucet,the water in the tank running circularly,can provide the fish with the fresh air to let the fish live better.
  • ✿ LCD DISPLAY--With LCD digital display, you can see the time, date and temperature clearly.
  • ✿ SAFE AND DURABLE-Made of high quality plastic material, safe and durable.
  • ✿ GREAT ILLUMINATION AND DECOR-Comes with colorful LED light, great illumination for the fish tank.Elegant color and stylish design make it a great decor.
  • Manufacture: Mumusuki
  • Product Dimensions: 0.39 x 0.39 x 0.39 inches; 2.15 Pounds
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Mumusuki Final Thoughts

"Looks great!"

Definetly get a small ato as it does allow considerable evap. They look the same as the ADA ones which cost a fair amount more. I've got two of these tanks, one at home and one at work. You can't even see the pushed in spots. That is a stand up person and one I will do business with again. Medium on the bottom, coarse on top. Also have live sand on the bottom, about 1plus inches.

Overall Score
4.1


(19 Points)

3. 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
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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)

4. biOrb Classic 105 Liter Black Aquarium with MCR Lighting

biOrb First Impressions

"Yes, it was expensive."

My ammonia is undetectable including the N2 and N3. That is a stand up person and one I will do business with again. My other gripe would be with the lid. I used an Aquatop Np302 and the tubing from the Portrait as my return pump. I didn't even add the skimmer, and it has be perfect. I used a binder clip to clamp the tube down and decrease the air entering the tank. That will make it easier to maintain the water temp and find a heater.

  • biOrb Classic 105 Liter Black Aquarium with MCR Lighting
  • The BiOrb Classic 105 Liter Black Aquarium with MCR Lighting combines classic good looks with high tech filtration. Most aquariums use small box filters and/or smooth gravel which easily clogs with dirt.
  • The MCR LED Light can be used in manual or cycle (automatic) modes. In the cycle mode you can choose an 8, 10, 12 or 14 hour cycle. In each cycle there is a 15 minute sunrise period where the light ramps up to full brightness and the end of the cycle the light ramps down. During the off hours only a dim night light will operate. In manual mode you will have control over the color mix and the brightness of the light. The LEDs are white, blue, green and red.
  • 105L (28 Gallon) Acrylic Bowl: 25" Tall X 24" Wide"
  • Filtration/Aeration System: The filtration includes a Low Voltage 12V Air Pump, BiOrb Filter Cartridge, Ceramic Media for biological filtration and water conditioner and beneficial bacteria liquid.
  • Decorations NOT included
  • Manufacture: BiOrb
  • Editor's Impressions Of The biOrb
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biOrb Final Thoughts

"It's so sleek!"

My biggest gripes about it are the lack of room in the back. 1 gallon puts my other 7 tanks to shame. Highly recommend this for beginners. I set this up just like I would have a big salt tank. I rely very heavily on Amazon reviews for my online shopping, so here is mine. Bottom line is~28 hours after receipt this is one star. Still waiting for the silicone to cure.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

5. Tetra 29003 5 Gallon Crescent Aquarium System

User Ratings: 75

Tetra First Impressions

"I also used Fluval Cycle."

Overall I'm pleased with the purchase. You can see the pic and decide what's right for your needs. Medium on the bottom, coarse on top. Also there is more floor space to spread out the live rock and create a cool scape. To me I think it is worth it to have such a good tank. I picked this, because it was simple and had everything I needed. It really makes it easy to keep the outside surface clean and shiny!

  • Tetra 29003 5 Gallon Crescent Aquarium System
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 11.2 x 13.2 inches; 7.5 Pounds
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Tetra Final Thoughts

"Very sturdy."

I spoke to a gentleman in customer service named Julio this afternoon. I put it opposite the return pump and it creates awesome flow. I set this up just like I would have a big salt tank. The BioOrb does an amazing job keeping the tank clean and fresh. I am especially fond of the raised base. The longest delay was my downloading invoice. I've built a fresh nano planted tank using this.

Overall Score
4.7


(2 Points)

6. Lifegard Aquatics Crystal Aquarium

User Ratings: 62 10

Lifegard Aquatics R460006 First Impressions

"Tank arrived intact."

The Landen box is labeled fragile and inside an Amazon box. If this goes well I have a spare 75g at home I'll probably convert into a reef tank. At least 30%, more if testing indicates a problem or if water is looking bad. All in all it is packaged very well. Clean silicone lines and clear glass. Mine loves lounging and swimming through ours. Most important though is the lighting issue.

  • Lifegard Aquatics Crystal Aquarium
  • Ultra clear 45° precision cut edge tanks with invisible glue joints
  • Aquarium with built in back Filter
  • Includes a sponge mechanical filter, quiet one pump, bottom drain/plug, and directional jet return nozzle.
  • Manufacture: Lifegard Aquatics
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 12 x 12 inches; 20 Pounds
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Lifegard Aquatics R460006 Final Thoughts

"Mine arrived perfectly!"

The most serious issue thus far is the light bar. Bottom line is~28 hours after receipt this is one star. I put it opposite the return pump and it creates awesome flow. Medium on the bottom, coarse on top. I picked this, because it was simple and had everything I needed. I'm really liking the Landen line of aquariums. The multi colored LED lights cost more than the tank itself too.

Overall Score
4.2


(79 Points)

7. SevenSeaSupply 3 Zebra Nerite Fresh Water Aquarium Snails

User Ratings: 65 13

SevenSeaSupply First Impressions

"Absolutely luv it."

I will try to come back in a few months with an updated photo of this tank. I used a binder clip to clamp the tube down and decrease the air entering the tank. Mostly I just love looking at this tank. I don't have plants in mine in the usual sense. I added some privacy film to help hide the cords and the hang-on-back filter. Mine loves lounging and swimming through ours. It contains 8 styrofoam corner protectors on the tank.

  • SevenSeaSupply 3 Zebra Nerite Fresh Water Aquarium Snails
  • USPS announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on transportation availability, USPS fulfillment facilities, local mail residential delivery, all services area will experience delays delivery or take longer in transit. We’ re now only do livestock shipping on Sunday and expecting delivery 3 – 4 business days by Thursday or Friday of the same week and still offer live guarantee at delivery. Orders receive after cutoff time on Sunday will be pack and ship out the following week.
  • Shipped Monday and Tuesday only via USPS Priority 2 - 3 Business days. Packed with insulated box and ice pack during Summer. Satisfaction Guarantee 100%
  • Pictures are for references only. Each snail's shells and color are diverse and totally unique!
  • Manufacture: SevenSeaSupply
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SevenSeaSupply Final Thoughts

"I absolutely love it."

Nothing to complain about with this tank at all. The multi colored LED lights cost more than the tank itself too. I will usually slow it down more at night so he can sleep undisturbed. And my Midas Blenny and Cleaner shrimp are doing so well in it. My sponge, duster worms, snails and crabs, porcelain and emerald are doing well. I think it will provide a good home and upgrade for my current aquarium inhabitants. Wanted the ADA look but on a budget and this fits the bill.

Overall Score
4.1


(303 Points)

8. Aqua Culture 1/2 Gallon Betta View with Base

User Ratings: 80

AQUA CULTURE First Impressions

"It's beautiful."

Beveled edges all around and the silicon work is really nice. Nothing to complain about with this tank at all. I have a lot of freshwater tanks, but this is my 1st attempt at saltwater. I don't have plants in mine in the usual sense. We had a new home built this year, and just moved in. Just do your homework and don't overload this tank. I will most definitely be sticking with Landen for future aquarium purchases.

  • Aqua Culture 1/2 Gallon Betta View with Base
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Bonus Betta Divider
  • Easy to Maintain
  • Takes up Minimal Space
  • Manufacture: Aquaculture
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.4 x 3.6 inches; 1.55 Pounds
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AQUA CULTURE Final Thoughts

"This tank is amazing!"

Overall great package and would definitely buy it again and recommend it. The aquarium came very well packaged and undamaged. It is bit expensive, but I don't think I will ever need to buy another tank again. Use seachem prime and stability with every water change and as needed by directions. It started to malfunction immediately upon being plugged in. I spoke to a gentleman in customer service named Julio this afternoon. Wanted the ADA look but on a budget and this fits the bill.

Overall Score
4.8


(8 Points)

9. Saim Betta Bow 2-Compartment Fish Tank Kit Aquarium Tank

User Ratings: 55 9

Saim First Impressions

"I inspected all seams."

My only comment is that Amazon should label their box fragile. I've got two of these tanks, one at home and one at work. I recommend buying the biOtube polish to! I could not put water in it as shipped because the return pump was compromised. I recommend buying the biOtube polish to! Also have live sand on the bottom, about 1plus inches. Next is to cut your foams into donuts to fit snug around the bottom filter cartridge.

  • Saim Betta Bow 2-Compartment Fish Tank Kit Aquarium Tank
  • This tank has a blue tank divider shield which visually separates the two fish
  • It's the perfect starter set for a pair of Betta fish.
  • Made of acylic, Features fish tank and decorative stand
  • Includes an easy lift lid, a unique filter-grid system and a water release cap allowing for easier water changes
  • Comes with 2 plants and a bag of gravel. (Measures about 3.1" D x 7.6" W x 5.6" H
  • Manufacture: Saim
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Saim Final Thoughts

"Thanks KollerCraft!"

Keep up with water changes and testing and it'll be smooth sailing. 5 watt works well and keeps it between 78-80 degrees if the room air is around 70–71. They look the same as the ADA ones which cost a fair amount more. They look the same as the ADA ones which cost a fair amount more. Mine's sitting on the carpet, and it's completely silent that way. I bought two of these tanks and the quality of them in just amazing. The aquarium came very well packaged and undamaged.

Overall Score
4.1


(16 Points)

10. BioCube Coralife Size 32 LED Aquarium Reef Package (with New Improved Stand)

User Ratings: 66 5

BioCube First Impressions

"Not a fan."

I think I am going to get the 28 gallon also for my office area in the loft. I rely very heavily on Amazon reviews for my online shopping, so here is mine. Live rock is where much of the filtering goes on,. All in all it is packaged very well. DO NOT USE SAND OR ANY OTHER SUBSTRATE OTHER THAN WHAT THEY GIVE YOU. I plan on plenty invertebrates and softies only so I may never need to upgrade. I really like the ceramic media as it provides a great home for the'good' bacteria.

  • BioCube Coralife Size 32 LED Aquarium Reef Package (with New Improved Stand)
  • This REEF PACKAGE combines the Size 32 LED BioCube with the BioCube Stand and BioCube Protein Skimmer along with a BioCube Algae Cleaning Magnet and Coralife Mini Hydrometer
  • The Coralife NEW STYLE Size 32 LED BioCube Aquarium features LED lighting and timer capabilities–taking it to the next level of all-inclusive aquariums
  • Just like older BioCubes, it has a compact and customizable filtration chamber, hinge-top canopy design, quiet submersible pump, dual intakes, adjustable return nozzle and clear glass back panel for easy refugium set-up
  • Compatible with all existing BioCube accessories
  • Included 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

"Excellent buy!"

I've wanted this tank for a LONG time, and I love it. By using live rock and sand, you'll be able to cycle this tank within 3-4 weeks. You can't even see the pushed in spots. They look the same as the ADA ones which cost a fair amount more. We had a new home built this year, and just moved in. My tanks cycled quickly, and I've had no problems with ammonia. The most serious issue thus far is the light bar.

Overall Score
4.4


(31 Points)

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