Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Eheim Aquariums

1. Eheim compactON Aquarium Pump - 3000, Black

Eheim 1031310 First Impressions

"The clarity of this 7."

I've built a fresh nano planted tank using this. I used a binder clip to clamp the tube down and decrease the air entering the tank. But even so, the tank is beautiful! An Eco Bio block is a good idea to. Mine loves lounging and swimming through ours. I do enjoy how modern it looks with no rims. My other gripe would be with the lid.

  • Eheim compactON Aquarium Pump - 3000, Black
  • Eheim compactON Aquarium Pumps are designed to maximize power and efficiency while keeping pump size and noise emissions to a minimum. With its versatile design and wide variety of available models, these pumps are a great addition to most aquariums.
  • Item Package Height: 5.0
  • Item Package Length: 5.0
  • Item Package Width: 5.0
  • Manufacture: EHEIM
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Eheim 1031310
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Eheim 1031310 Final Thoughts

"I really love it."

An Eco Bio block is a good idea to. At least 30%, more if testing indicates a problem or if water is looking bad. I could not put water in it as shipped because the return pump was compromised. Nothing to complain about with this tank at all. Also very important for filtration. I also add seachem pristine per direction once a week for first few months. I would like a heater, but it costs more than the tank.

Overall Score
5.0

[star rating="5"]
(5 Points)

2. Aqueon Betta Falls Kit

User Ratings: 52 16

Aqueon 100101218 First Impressions

"Crystal clear viewing."

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. If you upgrade your filter situation this BiOrb is really neat. To me I think it is worth it to have such a good tank. I put in some white stones and it looks amazing. Medium on the bottom, coarse on top. All in all it is packaged very well.

  • Aqueon Betta Falls Kit
  • Waterfall provides a constant flow of filtered water
  • Three separate compartments house up to three betta, small fish, or crustaceans
  • Frosted panels prevent fish from seeing one another
  • Fill indicator window shows internal water level at a glance
  • Uses Aqueon QuietFlow Filtration; cartridge, food, and water care samples are inside
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 16.99 x 4.92 x 11.15 inches; 1.98 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100101218
  • Quality [star rating='2.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

Aqueon 100101218 Final Thoughts

"The Fluval 13."

Beveled edges all around and the silicon work is really nice. Please note that the tank is 100% clear. All in all it is packaged very well. It took less than 10 minutes to get a new light bar shipped out. My only comment is that Amazon should label their box fragile. It contains 8 styrofoam corner protectors on the tank. I've got two of these tanks, one at home and one at work.

Overall Score
3.8

[star rating="3.8"]
(1691 Points)

3. Fluval Vista Aquarium Kit 16 Gallon

User Ratings: 67

Fluval 15245 First Impressions

"5 years in to ownership."

Just like the aquariums I saw in the aquascaping videos I watched on YouTube. I think it will provide a good home and upgrade for my current aquarium inhabitants. So far 2 fish and 1 water frog died this way in my aquarium within 6 months. It sits inside of styrofoam and is double boxed and wrapped once with bubble wrap. They are affordable and beautiful and well made. I'm really liking the Landen line of aquariums. I've got two of these tanks, one at home and one at work.

  • Fluval Vista Aquarium Kit 16 Gallon
  • Manufacture: Hagen
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 12 x 15.5 inches; 30.85 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval 15245
  • Quality [star rating='3.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Fluval 15245 Final Thoughts

"It's so sleek!"

And my Midas Blenny and Cleaner shrimp are doing so well in it. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS THAT COME WITH IT. After the foam is in I put the gravel in. This is my new favorite brand of aquariums. I put in some white stones and it looks amazing. I added a small circulation pump to get better water movement. Maybe a larger BiOrb for the future when I want more fish again.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(23 Points)

4. 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
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.4']

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

[star rating="4.4"]
(8 Points)

5. Odysseaaqurium (2 Cute Green Spotted Puffer Fish Tetraodone nigroviridis Tropical Aquarium Freshwate...

User Ratings: 50 24

Odysseaaqurium First Impressions

"Still loving this biorb!"

Definetly get a small ato as it does allow considerable evap. Medium on the bottom, coarse on top. I immediately noticed that the glass moves slightly in the corners when pressed on. The pictures are from day 4, note the crystal clear water. I rely very heavily on Amazon reviews for my online shopping, so here is mine. I wanted to wait a little before reviewing so I could give a good and honest review. It took less than 10 minutes to get a new light bar shipped out.

  • Odysseaaqurium (2 Cute Green Spotted Puffer Fish Tetraodone nigroviridis Tropical Aquarium Freshwater
  • Manufacture: US
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Odysseaaqurium
  • Quality [star rating='3.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.8']

Odysseaaqurium Final Thoughts

"Not a fan."

So far 2 fish and 1 water frog died this way in my aquarium within 6 months. The multi colored LED lights cost more than the tank itself too. DO NOT USE SAND OR ANY OTHER SUBSTRATE OTHER THAN WHAT THEY GIVE YOU. This is my new favorite brand of aquariums. It is bit expensive, but I don't think I will ever need to buy another tank again. The standard filter doesn't work with a SALTWATER aquarium. Live rock is where much of the filtering goes on,.

Overall Score
3.6

[star rating="3.6"]
(48 Points)

6. Cunzo Mini Desktop Aquarium Fish & Shrimp Tank with Water Filtration LED & Pump

User Ratings: 54 24

Aqualexs First Impressions

"It is non-adjustable."

I don't have plants in mine in the usual sense. Seriously, it doesn't even cover the filter, and it looks pretty bad. Mine loves lounging and swimming through ours. The Evo has the same capacity but seems like a much bigger tank than the Portrait. Clean silicone lines and clear glass. It sits inside of styrofoam and is double boxed and wrapped once with bubble wrap. After some experimentation And constant monitoring I found that the flat Aqueon 7.

  • Cunzo Mini Desktop Aquarium Fish & Shrimp Tank with Water Filtration LED & Pump
  • White Tank - White LED Light / All in one package and ready for set up
  • Fully functional filtration system, 0.5w silent water pump 110L/h.
  • One of the smallest, great looking and fully functional aquarium
  • Tank 8x 13x 7.5 cm, Sump 8x13x7cm, hold approximately 1 litter of water
  • This model does not come with heater and Usb power adapter. (any USB adapter will work)
  • Manufacture: Cunzo
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqualexs
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

Aqualexs Final Thoughts

"I love this tank."

Mostly I just love looking at this tank. Highly recommend this for beginners. If this goes well I have a spare 75g at home I'll probably convert into a reef tank. Indeed the light did not illuminate at all but only flashed as seen in the video. The pictures are from day 4, note the crystal clear water. I have been an active fish keeper for years. It started to malfunction immediately upon being plugged in.

Overall Score
3.6

[star rating="3.6"]
(5 Points)

7. Aquarium Masters New Glass Canopy for 21 Gallon, 28 Gallon & 35 Gallon Cube 20" L x 20" W Without a ...

User Ratings: 50 50

Aquarium Masters AM32020 First Impressions

"Looked good."

I plan on plenty invertebrates and softies only so I may never need to upgrade. I recommend buying the biOtube polish to! I started the cycling process and it's holding water so far! Still waiting for the silicone to cure. Still waiting for the silicone to cure. Beautiful tank, had a local glass co. It came quickly, and was easy to set up.

  • Aquarium Masters New Glass Canopy for 21 Gallon, 28 Gallon & 35 Gallon Cube 20" L x 20" W Without a Center Brace Aquariums, Deep Blue & More, AM32020BS
  • New Glass Canopy for 21 Gallon, 28 Gallon & 35 Gallon Cube 20"L x 20"W without a center brace, by Aquarium Masters Aquariums, Deep Blue & more, AM32020BS
  • Contains one 19-3/8 inch by 19-3/8 inch glass canopies, Comes with 2 inch wide plastic backstrip that can be cut to accommodate airline tubing, heaters, and other gear. Each canopy comes with a handle and each canopy folds open
  • Fits Standard & Reef Ready 21 Gallon, 28 Gallon & 35 Gallon Cube Aquariums 20”L x 20”W By Aquarium Masters, Deep Blue & More Without A Center Brace
  • Blue Spotted glass canopies include diamond polished edges, handle, hinge, and backstrip on most standard models
  • Before purchasing, please see our video on "How to determine the canopy you need", located in the photos section of this listing!! Glass canopies available for 10 gallon to 360 gallon aquariums
  • Many fish can and will jump out of your aquarium. Nearly all fish can do this for numerous reasons.
  • On a similar note, a cover will help foreign objects from falling into the aquarium. If there are young children or pets in your household, this could be a very important consideration. Same thing if you keep any supplies above the tank.
  • A cover reduces evaporation, which means you will not lose water as quickly. This can be pretty noticeable in warm water systems. Evaporation can also leave mineral deposits behind.
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Masters
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 17.7 x 0.4 inches; 10 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aquarium Masters AM32020
  • Quality [star rating='2.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.3']

Aquarium Masters AM32020 Final Thoughts

"Looks great!"

It will help establish your good bacteria, and get the nitrogen cycle started. Both my fish are doing well with this setup. I'm really liking the Landen line of aquariums. I have been an active fish keeper for years. A little piece of foam in the bubble tube keeps gravel out while putting it in. I didn't wipe this tank down after unboxing it, those aren't scratches etc. I bought 2 more 1lb bags of ceramic material and I only needed one more.

Overall Score
3.0

[star rating="3"]
(2 Points)

8. Penn Plax Finding Dory Betta Tank Kit

User Ratings: 49 26

Penn-Plax FDK108 First Impressions

"Attached some photos."

I recommend buying the biOtube polish to! Still waiting for the silicone to cure. Mostly I just love looking at this tank. It will help establish your good bacteria, and get the nitrogen cycle started. Unboxing the inner package, with the tank itself was not difficult. Secondly, the up close picture of the logo and silicon work is VERY close. Mine loves lounging and swimming through ours.

  • Penn Plax Finding Dory Betta Tank Kit
  • Water release tank
  • Includes background
  • Includes pop-up decoration
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax, INC.
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 10.75 x 6.5 inches; 15.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax FDK108
  • Quality [star rating='4.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='3']

Penn-Plax FDK108 Final Thoughts

"The Fluval 13."

You must buy a special one they produce for marine tanks. I find them very easy to keep clean. An Eco Bio block is a good idea to. A little piece of foam in the bubble tube keeps gravel out while putting it in. I grabbed the Sungrow Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Kit. Seriously, it doesn't even cover the filter, and it looks pretty bad. It is bit expensive, but I don't think I will ever need to buy another tank again.

Overall Score
3.6

[star rating="3.6"]
(19 Points)

9. 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
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

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

[star rating="5"]
(1 Points)

10. 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
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

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

[star rating="5"]
(1 Points)

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