Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Carolina Biological Supply Company Aquariums

1. Aquarium Tank, Glass, 5-1/2 Gal

User Ratings: 82 6

Carolina Biological Supply Company First Impressions

"5 years in to ownership."

The Evo has the same capacity but seems like a much bigger tank than the Portrait. If this goes well I have a spare 75g at home I'll probably convert into a reef tank. The pic is a bit cloudy since I just filled it up and its still cycling. I used a binder clip to clamp the tube down and decrease the air entering the tank. My ammonia is undetectable including the N2 and N3. The size is in the description is accurate. It contains 8 styrofoam corner protectors on the tank.

  • Aquarium Tank, Glass, 5-1/2 Gal
  • All-glass 5-1/2-gal aquarium has sides and a bottom of triple-strength, clear glass welded together with silicone rubber
  • Strong, leakproof aquarium will last for years
  • Nonreactive with seawater
  • Top frame is designed for a recessed cover
  • Dimensions: 16" x 8" x 10" H.
  • Manufacture: Carolina Biological Supply Company
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Carolina Biological Supply Company Final Thoughts

"Filter finally gave out!"

I bought two of these tanks and the quality of them in just amazing. Final gripe and its not a big deal is that there isn't a lid over the feeding hole. All in all it is packaged very well. I didn't notice the dust on the glass until I reviewed the zoomed in pictures. It sits inside of styrofoam and is double boxed and wrapped once with bubble wrap. 1 gallon puts my other 7 tanks to shame. I had a coworker who also likes fish helping me and we had it together in 15 minutes.

Overall Score
4.5


(116 Points)

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2. Aquarium Tank, Glass, 10 Gal

User Ratings: 43 13

Carolina Biological Supply Company First Impressions

"They sent a replacement."

Overall I'm pleased with the purchase. Not a single smear or excess silicon in any place, no bubbles, ymmv. This arrived a little over 24 hours ago and I will update as a resolution comes. And my Midas Blenny and Cleaner shrimp are doing so well in it. But even so, the tank is beautiful! Mostly I just love looking at this tank. Beautiful tank, had a local glass co.

  • Aquarium Tank, Glass, 10 Gal
  • All-glass 10-gallon aquarium has sides and bottom of tripple-strength, clear glass welded together with silicone rubber.
  • Strong, leakproof aquarium will last for years
  • Nonreactive with seawater
  • Top frame designed for a recessed cover
  • Dimensions: 20" x 10" x 12" H.
  • Manufacture: Carolina Biological Supply Company
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Carolina Biological Supply Company Final Thoughts

"First go to Greatwaveeng."

I will definitely be purchasing a Landen tank for all future purchases. Just like the aquariums I saw in the aquascaping videos I watched on YouTube. 1 gallon puts my other 7 tanks to shame. It's simple enough to put together. I recommend buying the biOtube polish to! Overall I'm pleased with the purchase. You can see the pic and decide what's right for your needs.

Overall Score
3.5


(17 Points)

3. Lifegard 6 Gallon Long 45° Degree Low Iron Ultra Clear Bookshelf Aquarium - 29.92" x 5.90" x 7.87"

Lifegard R460044 First Impressions

"I am in love with it!"

FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS THAT COME WITH IT. I grabbed the Sungrow Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Kit. I have this aquarium for now a couple of weeks. I will try to come back in a few months with an updated photo of this tank. If you are looking for a good quality aquarium with a great look this is it! They are affordable and beautiful and well made. You must buy a special one they produce for marine tanks.

  • Lifegard 6 Gallon Long 45° Degree Low Iron Ultra Clear Bookshelf Aquarium - 29.92" x 5.90" x 7.87"
  • Lifegard Aquatics Ultra Clear Low Iron Rimless Glass Aquarium
  • 45° Beveled Edge for invisible glue joints
  • Highest grade craftsmanship and premium quality material for crystal clear view of the true colors of your fish and corals
  • Includes: Foam leveling Mat
  • Total capacity 6 Gallons
  • Manufacture: Lifegard
  • Product Dimensions: 29.92 x 5.9 x 7.87 inches; 380 Pounds
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Lifegard R460044 Final Thoughts

"The Fluval 13."

Most important though is the lighting issue. The pic is a bit cloudy since I just filled it up and its still cycling. So far 2 fish and 1 water frog died this way in my aquarium within 6 months. That is a stand up person and one I will do business with again. It came quickly, and was easy to set up. After some experimentation And constant monitoring I found that the flat Aqueon 7. You can't even see the pushed in spots.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

4. Aqueon Betta Puzzle Half Gallon Aquarium Kit,

User Ratings: 82 4

Aqueon 15905012218 First Impressions

"Seems a little wasteful."

I recommend buying the biOtube polish to! The instructions are maybe two pages. I've wanted this tank for a LONG time, and I love it. Just do your homework and don't overload this tank. It started to malfunction immediately upon being plugged in. I put it opposite the return pump and it creates awesome flow. Most important though is the lighting issue.

  • Aqueon Betta Puzzle Half Gallon Aquarium Kit,
  • The Aqueon betta puzzle kit is an interlocking half-gallon Aquarium kit with an eye-catching, colorful design. Includes decorative gravel, a small plant, and samples of betta Food and betta bowl plus water Conditioner.
  • Item Package Height: 6.9
  • Item Package Length: 9.1
  • Item Package Width: 5.8
  • Manufacture: AQUEON
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.25 x 6.9 inches; 1.5 Pounds
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Aqueon 15905012218 Final Thoughts

"It's gorgeous."

Bottom line is~28 hours after receipt this is one star. I will definitely be purchasing a Landen tank for all future purchases. I wanted to wait a little before reviewing so I could give a good and honest review. 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. I rely very heavily on Amazon reviews for my online shopping, so here is mine. Maybe a larger BiOrb for the future when I want more fish again.

Overall Score
4.7


(18 Points)

5. Coralife Size 16 LED BioCube Aquarium & Stand Combo

User Ratings: 59

Coralife First Impressions

"I've had it a day so far."

I didn't want to cover the filter because it would make cleaning harder. It is awesome for a very small amount of water. 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. I don't have plants in mine in the usual sense. 5 watt works well and keeps it between 78-80 degrees if the room air is around 70–71. Mine loves lounging and swimming through ours.

  • Coralife Size 16 LED BioCube Aquarium & Stand Combo
  • This package combines the Coralife Size 16 LED BioCube Aquarium and the attractive new BioCube NEW & IMPROVED Size 16 Stand
  • The BioCube 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.
  • While appropriate for freshwater planted tanks, using this tank as a freshwater planted tank may require the you to restrict the flow of the return pump and stock only fish a minimum of 1” in length.
  • The Stand dimensions are L 15.25" x W 15.75" x H 28". Tank dimensions: 15" long X 16.75" Wide X 17.5" High .
  • Manufacture: Coralife
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Coralife Final Thoughts

"5 years in to ownership."

Please note that the tank is 100% clear. I will most definitely be sticking with Landen for future aquarium purchases. The multi colored LED lights cost more than the tank itself too. The instructions are maybe two pages. I didn't even add the skimmer, and it has be perfect. Given the price I paid, I am hoping it will continue to hold water! The multi colored LED lights cost more than the tank itself too.

Overall Score
4.4


(9 Points)

6. biOrb 45919.0 Flow 30 LED Black Aquariums

User Ratings: 59 9

biOrb 45919.0 First Impressions

"They sent a replacement."

Looks very similar to more expensive tanks for much less. I picked this, because it was simple and had everything I needed. Unboxing the inner package, with the tank itself was not difficult. I have been an active fish keeper for years. Looks very similar to more expensive tanks for much less. I bought 2 more 1lb bags of ceramic material and I only needed one more. That is a stand up person and one I will do business with again.

  • 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

"No regrets."

Seriously, it doesn't even cover the filter, and it looks pretty bad. At least 30%, more if testing indicates a problem or if water is looking bad. My tanks cycled quickly, and I've had no problems with ammonia. The stock pump is high quality but opted to use it in the tank to circulate water. I don't have plants in mine in the usual sense. I had a coworker who also likes fish helping me and we had it together in 15 minutes. I added some privacy film to help hide the cords and the hang-on-back filter.

Overall Score
4.1


(25 Points)

7. Ameriwood Home Flipper 10/20 Gallon Aquarium Stand, Black Oak, 15.7 x 25 x 28 inches

User Ratings: 70 6

Flipper 5695325COM First Impressions

"Seems a little wasteful."

My sponge, duster worms, snails and crabs, porcelain and emerald are doing well. It's simple enough to put together. An Eco Bio block is a good idea to. Looks very similar to more expensive tanks for much less. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS THAT COME WITH IT. I think I am going to get the 28 gallon also for my office area in the loft. It comes with everything you'd want besides a heater and protein skimmer.

  • Ameriwood Home Flipper 10/20 Gallon Aquarium Stand, Black Oak, 15.7 x 25 x 28 inches
  • age range description: All Life Stages
  • special features: Made In AmericaIncludes Stand
  • Manufacture: AMJG7
  • Product Dimensions: 15.69 x 25 x 28 inches; 42 Pounds
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Flipper 5695325COM Final Thoughts

"They work well for algae."

My tanks cycled quickly, and I've had no problems with ammonia. Not a single smear or excess silicon in any place, no bubbles, ymmv. I didn't even add the skimmer, and it has be perfect. I plan on plenty invertebrates and softies only so I may never need to upgrade. Use seachem prime and stability with every water change and as needed by directions. To me I think it is worth it to have such a good tank. Beautiful tank, had a local glass co.

Overall Score
4.4


(525 Points)

8. Aqueon Princess Castle Aquarium Kit 1/2 Gallon

User Ratings: 71 5

Aqueon 100532088 First Impressions

"First go to Greatwaveeng."

It comes with everything you'd want besides a heater and protein skimmer. 1 gallon puts my other 7 tanks to shame. It sits inside of styrofoam and is double boxed and wrapped once with bubble wrap. They look the same as the ADA ones which cost a fair amount more. And my Midas Blenny and Cleaner shrimp are doing so well in it. I find them very easy to keep clean. I'm really liking the Landen line of aquariums.

  • Aqueon Princess Castle Aquarium Kit 1/2 Gallon
  • Acrylic half-gallon Aquarium
  • Castle-shaped lid with Feeding Hole
  • Kit includes: Aquarium Plant and decorative gravel
  • Aqueon betta Food and water care samples also included
  • Ideal for a Single betta or small Tropical Fish
  • Ships in own container with reinforced packaging to protect product during shipping.
  • Half Gallon Princess themed desktop kit
  • The pink lid is castle shaped complete with purple steeples and a fish feeding hole
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 8.25 x 4.75 x 8.5 inches; 1.49 Pounds
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Aqueon 100532088 Final Thoughts

"Um yes please!"

Use seachem prime and stability with every water change and as needed by directions. I still keep it as a hospital tank. You must buy a special one they produce for marine tanks. Live rock is where much of the filtering goes on,. The pic is a bit cloudy since I just filled it up and its still cycling. Clean silicone lines and clear glass. This arrived a little over 24 hours ago and I will update as a resolution comes.

Overall Score
4.4


(927 Points)

9. Landen Rimless Low Iron Aquarium Salt Water Tank

User Ratings: 61

Landen First Impressions

"Pretty Happy."

That will make it easier to maintain the water temp and find a heater. It will help establish your good bacteria, and get the nitrogen cycle started. I recommend buying the biOtube polish to! Given the price I paid, I am hoping it will continue to hold water! The size is in the description is accurate. The pictures are from day 4, note the crystal clear water. Also have live sand on the bottom, about 1plus inches.

  • Landen Rimless Low Iron Aquarium Salt Water Tank
  • 6mm Thick Crystal Clear Low Iron Glass, >91 Percent Transparency
  • Tank Dimensions: 15.75" L × 15.75" W × 15.75" H (40cm x 40cm x 40cm) 6mm thickness
  • Weight: 33 lbs in net weight, packed in wood crate with steel frame, packed weight 44.2 lbs
  • Premium quality, hand-made by expert craftsman, high standard work on silicone rimming
  • Listing price included all (shipping, packing and handling etc).
  • Manufacture: Landen
  • Product Dimensions: 15.75 x 15.75 x 15.75 inches; 33 Pounds
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Landen Final Thoughts

"Attached some photos."

A little piece of foam in the bubble tube keeps gravel out while putting it in. The Landen box is labeled fragile and inside an Amazon box. Should survive the shipping process just fine! I started the cycling process and it's holding water so far! It sits inside of styrofoam and is double boxed and wrapped once with bubble wrap. I added some privacy film to help hide the cords and the hang-on-back filter. I used an Aquatop Np302 and the tubing from the Portrait as my return pump.

Overall Score
4.2


(3 Points)

10. AquaSprouts Garden

User Ratings: 51 12

AquaSprouts AquaSprouts Garden First Impressions

"Attached some photos."

Both my fish are doing well with this setup. Beautiful tank, had a local glass co. The Evo has the same capacity but seems like a much bigger tank than the Portrait. It contains 8 styrofoam corner protectors on the tank. My only comment is that Amazon should label their box fragile. Also have live sand on the bottom, about 1plus inches. I'm really liking the Landen line of aquariums.

  • AquaSprouts Garden
  • The AquaSprouts Garden is a self-sustaining aquarium & aquaponics kit for the home, office or school
  • Fish fertilize the plants. Plants clean the water for the fish. Fits any standard 10-gallon aquarium
  • Grow a variety of veggies, herbs, greens and decorative plants all year long
  • Perfect tool to explore how our natural environment works. Specialized teacher curricula available
  • This updated model includes adjustable drain extenders to quiet water flow
  • Manufacture: AquaSprouts LLC
  • Part Number: AquaSprouts Garden
  • Item Weight: 24 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 8 x 17 inches
  • Size: 28 x 8 x 17 inches
  • Color: Black
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
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AquaSprouts AquaSprouts Garden Final Thoughts

"It's so sleek!"

Not a single smear or excess silicon in any place, no bubbles, ymmv. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS THAT COME WITH IT. I think I am going to get the 28 gallon also for my office area in the loft. I am especially fond of the raised base. I will definitely be purchasing a Landen tank for all future purchases. Live rock is where much of the filtering goes on,. My tanks cycled quickly, and I've had no problems with ammonia.

Overall Score
3.9


(208 Points)

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