Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Freshwater Aquariums

1. Koller Products AquaView 3-Gallon 360 Aquarium with LED Lighting (7 Color Choices) and Power Filter

User Ratings: 58 10

Koller Products AQ360-34C First Impressions

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

Put in small fish at 1 inch per gallon. Put in small fish at 1 inch per gallon. After some experimentation And constant monitoring I found that the flat Aqueon 7. Indeed the light did not illuminate at all but only flashed as seen in the video. Just like the aquariums I saw in the aquascaping videos I watched on YouTube. I've built a fresh nano planted tank using this. So far 2 fish and 1 water frog died this way in my aquarium within 6 months.

  • Koller Products AquaView 3-Gallon 360 Aquarium with LED Lighting (7 Color Choices) and Power Filter
  • Energy-efficient LED lighting with 7 dazzling color selections to brightly illuminate your fish; choose daylight white, blue, green, amber, aqua, purple, or red
  • Aquarium lights can be turned on or off for easy night time operation
  • Unique LED Lighting and filtration included
  • Are you looking to buy an aquarium for your family; owning an aquarium can be a really fun and rewarding experience and an ideal way to teach your child the responsibility of pet ownership
  • Keeps your tank clean and provides a perfect environment for small tropical fish
  • Ideal for small freshwater tropical fish, goldfish or betta.
  • Dual-sided poly-fiber floss removes fish waste and other debris.
  • Premium activated carbon eliminates organic pollutants that can degrade water quality and cloud water.
  • Manufacture: Koller Enterprises
  • Product Dimensions: 10.25 x 10.25 x 14.5 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Koller Products AQ360-34C
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Koller Products AQ360-34C Final Thoughts

"This was perfect!"

All in all it is packaged very well. At least 30%, more if testing indicates a problem or if water is looking bad. I added a small circulation pump to get better water movement. You can see the pic and decide what's right for your needs. I bought an additional 2 Lb Bag Ceramic Media, and that does the trick. My ammonia is undetectable including the N2 and N3. I still keep it as a hospital tank.

Overall Score
4.0


(1716 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Freshwater Aquariums

2. Aqueon 10 Gal Black Aquarium

User Ratings: 74 9

Aqueon 100528607 First Impressions

"5 thats all I can say."

Wanted the ADA look but on a budget and this fits the bill. If you upgrade your filter situation this BiOrb is really neat. Medium on the bottom, coarse on top. Most important though is the lighting issue. The stock pump is high quality but opted to use it in the tank to circulate water. I wanted to wait a little before reviewing so I could give a good and honest review. Please note that the tank is 100% clear.

  • Aqueon 10 Gal Black Aquarium
  • High quality glass construction
  • For freshwater and marine applications
  • Clean silicone edges
  • Always include a drip loop when plugging aquarium appliances into the electrical outlet
  • Place aquarium on a stand that is able to safely bear the weight of a filled aquarium
  • High quality glass construction
  • For freshwater and marine applications
  • Clean silicone edges (select sizes available in clear or black)
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 23.75 x 16.5 inches; 14 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100528607
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Aqueon 100528607 Final Thoughts

"I love this tank."

I am especially fond of the raised base. 5 watt works well and keeps it between 78-80 degrees if the room air is around 70–71. So far 2 fish and 1 water frog died this way in my aquarium within 6 months. Glass was very well packaged and arrived in excellent condition. I have this aquarium for now a couple of weeks. My biggest gripes about it are the lack of room in the back. Also there is more floor space to spread out the live rock and create a cool scape.

Overall Score
4.4


(730 Points)

3. SeaClear Acrylic Aquarium Combo Set

User Ratings: 66 11

SeaClear X1010012303 First Impressions

"Excellent buy!"

Mine's sitting on the carpet, and it's completely silent that way. I didn't wipe this tank down after unboxing it, those aren't scratches etc. An Eco Bio block is a good idea to. All in all it is packaged very well. I have been an active fish keeper for years. You can't even see the pushed in spots. It is awesome for a very small amount of water.

  • SeaClear Acrylic Aquarium Combo Set
  • Combo includes aquarium, reflector and electrical 24" light fixture
  • Acrylic aquariums are clearer than glass, 17 times stronger, and only half the weight!
  • More impact resistant and less prone to chipping or cracking than glass, making it safer around children and pets
  • Safe for Salt or Freshwater
  • You won't believe how your fish and decorations will pop when viewing this beautiful SeaClear aquarium
  • Manufacture: Pet Partners dba North American Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 36 x 12 x 16 inches; 20 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SeaClear X1010012303
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SeaClear X1010012303 Final Thoughts

"Really beautiful tank."

It contains 8 styrofoam corner protectors on the tank. Wanted the ADA look but on a budget and this fits the bill. I added a small circulation pump to get better water movement. But even so, the tank is beautiful! To me I think it is worth it to have such a good tank. Final gripe and its not a big deal is that there isn't a lid over the feeding hole. Just like the aquariums I saw in the aquascaping videos I watched on YouTube.

Overall Score
4.2


(620 Points)

4. DreamDealsSG 100x Tourmaline Balls for Freshwater Aquarium Tank. Mineral Supplement Substrate. Live ...

User Ratings: 70 3

DREAMDEALS So Good First Impressions

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

I didn't notice the dust on the glass until I reviewed the zoomed in pictures. You can see the pic and decide what's right for your needs. Not a single smear or excess silicon in any place, no bubbles, ymmv. It comes with everything you'd want besides a heater and protein skimmer. I set this up just like I would have a big salt tank. Mostly I just love looking at this tank. The instructions are maybe two pages.

  • DreamDealsSG 100x Tourmaline Balls for Freshwater Aquarium Tank. Mineral Supplement Substrate. Live Shrimp Food, Betta Fish Food, and Crayfish Food. Water Conditioner for Freshwater Shrimp etc.
  • Vibrant health: Just like vitamins, minerals and pH balanced water for humans, your Shrimp, Bettas, Crayfish and Snails also need those things for bright colors, healthy breeding, molting and play! So, when you add DDSG Mineral Balls to your tank you’re giving your fishy friends, the best of health!
  • How do they work? Out in the wild, cherry shrimp, ghost shrimp, amano shrimp, freshwater fish and all other water-lovin’ life are constantly exposed to pH balanced, mineral water from earth’s rocks – with natural bacteria. This is how they molt, breed and maintain healthy vibrancy. Our organic tourmaline is a natural rock with over 30 minerals to keep your tank balanced just like those wild waters.
  • Size and quantity: This is the most cost effective pack you’ve found on your search. Chances are you have at least one 10 gallon fish tank (but commonly 20 gallon tank, or 50 gallon). And because you’ll add one ¼ inch ball per gallon, you’ll need enough for every tank! So this 100 pack makes perfect sense.
  • Copper-free! Of course you may have some nerite snails and other friendly things in your shrimp tank, so you’ll love knowing each tourmaline ball is copper-free! And because they’re natural and pH balanced they keep your aquarium crystal clear, free from impurities, ammonia and hold a stable pH balance. And because they’re so mineral rich, your aquatic plants will get the nutrients they need, too.
  • Calcium-enhanced and more: DDSG Mineral Supplement beads contain 30 minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, sodium, boron, manganese and more. It’s like a daily dose of Spirulina for our splashy pals! Suited for freshwater aquarium snails, betta tank, freshwater shrimp, live crayfish and goldfish. So, feed them well, keep them clean, and supplement with DDSG Minerals so they can dazzle you for years!
  • Manufacture: Dreamdeals
  • Item Weight: 3.98 ounces
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DREAMDEALS So Good Final Thoughts

"This was perfect!"

But even so, the tank is beautiful! The Evo has the same capacity but seems like a much bigger tank than the Portrait. The stock pump is high quality but opted to use it in the tank to circulate water. I have this aquarium for now a couple of weeks. Also there is more floor space to spread out the live rock and create a cool scape. I didn't notice the dust on the glass until I reviewed the zoomed in pictures. Seriously, it doesn't even cover the filter, and it looks pretty bad.

Overall Score
4.5


(405 Points)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Freshwater Aquariums

5. biOrb Sea Fan

User Ratings: 69 8

biOrb 46072 First Impressions

"Very happy customer!"

Not a single smear or excess silicon in any place, no bubbles, ymmv. I added some privacy film to help hide the cords and the hang-on-back filter. After the foam is in I put the gravel in. Mine's sitting on the carpet, and it's completely silent that way. It sits inside of styrofoam and is double boxed and wrapped once with bubble wrap. A little piece of foam in the bubble tube keeps gravel out while putting it in. By using live rock and sand, you'll be able to cycle this tank within 3-4 weeks.

  • biOrb Sea Fan
  • Use these colorful plastic sea fans as background foliage in your aquarium. Fan out for optimum coverage.
  • Design inspired by Indonesian sea fans.
  • Compatible with Freshwater/Saltwater/Tropical aquarium set ups.Care & Cleaning: Rinse Clean
  • Item Package weight : 0.5 pounds
  • UV Protection
  • Manufacture: Reef-One Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 5.25 x 3 x 15 inches; 6.98 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The biOrb 46072
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biOrb 46072 Final Thoughts

"Don't overstock!"

I think it will provide a good home and upgrade for my current aquarium inhabitants. You can't even see the pushed in spots. I put it opposite the return pump and it creates awesome flow. I still keep it as a hospital tank. It is awesome for a very small amount of water. It comes with everything you'd want besides a heater and protein skimmer. I immediately noticed that the glass moves slightly in the corners when pressed on.

Overall Score
4.3


(380 Points)

6. Aqueon Aquarium 20 Gallon Long

User Ratings: 72 10

OCEANIC SYSTEMS INC. 100110021 First Impressions

"Absolutely luv it."

I could not put water in it as shipped because the return pump was compromised. I added a small circulation pump to get better water movement. Overall great package and would definitely buy it again and recommend it. Mostly I just love looking at this tank. Not a fan of the filtration sponge. That will make it easier to maintain the water temp and find a heater. The BioOrb does an amazing job keeping the tank clean and fresh.

  • Aqueon Aquarium 20 Gallon Long
  • High quality glass construction with dimensions 30.25" x 12.5" x 12.75"
  • For freshwater and marine applications
  • Clean silicone edges (select sizes available in clear or black)
  • Always include a drip loop when plugging aquarium appliances into the electrical outlet
  • Place aquarium on stand able to safely bear the weight of a filled aquarium
  • Manufacture: Aqueon
  • Product Dimensions: 30.25 x 12.5 x 12.75 inches; 22 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The OCEANIC SYSTEMS INC. 100110021
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OCEANIC SYSTEMS INC. 100110021 Final Thoughts

"Attached some photos."

Just like the aquariums I saw in the aquascaping videos I watched on YouTube. I set this up just like I would have a big salt tank. It sits inside of styrofoam and is double boxed and wrapped once with bubble wrap. I do enjoy how modern it looks with no rims. I think I am going to get the 28 gallon also for my office area in the loft. Use seachem prime and stability with every water change and as needed by directions. My tanks cycled quickly, and I've had no problems with ammonia.

Overall Score
4.3


(172 Points)

7. Quinn's Fins Live Freshwater Aquarium Fish -2-3 -" Albino Rainbow Shark - Albino Rainbow Shark - by ...

User Ratings: 57 11

Quinn's Fins First Impressions

"Big mistake."

Just do your homework and don't overload this tank. I recommend buying the biOtube polish to! I will try to come back in a few months with an updated photo of this tank. I bought an additional 2 Lb Bag Ceramic Media, and that does the trick. Definetly get a small ato as it does allow considerable evap. Indeed the light did not illuminate at all but only flashed as seen in the video. My other gripe would be with the lid.

  • Quinn's Fins Live Freshwater Aquarium Fish -2-3 -" Albino Rainbow Shark - Albino Rainbow Shark - by Live Tropical Fish - Great for Aquariums - Populate Your Fish Tank!
  • Manufacture: Quinn's Fins
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Quinn's Fins Final Thoughts

"Easy to assemble."

I recommend buying the biOtube polish to! I didn't wipe this tank down after unboxing it, those aren't scratches etc. Next is to cut your foams into donuts to fit snug around the bottom filter cartridge. I will usually slow it down more at night so he can sleep undisturbed. It sits inside of styrofoam and is double boxed and wrapped once with bubble wrap. Definetly get a small ato as it does allow considerable evap. It started to malfunction immediately upon being plugged in.

Overall Score
4.0


(60 Points)

8. Aquatic Arts 10 Live Freshwater Pom Pom Crabs | Real Living Nano Aquarium Fish Tank Pet | Betta/Dani...

User Ratings: 68 9

Aquatic Arts 10 Live First Impressions

"Thanks KollerCraft!"

After the foam is in I put the gravel in. That will make it easier to maintain the water temp and find a heater. Please note that the tank is 100% clear. It really makes it easy to keep the outside surface clean and shiny! Most important though is the lighting issue. Live rock is where much of the filtering goes on,. By using live rock and sand, you'll be able to cycle this tank within 3-4 weeks.

  • Aquatic Arts 10 Live Freshwater Pom Pom Crabs | Real Living Nano Aquarium Fish Tank Pet | Betta/Danio / Rasbora / Guppy Compatible
  • The rare Freshwater Pom Pom Crab is named for its unique pom-pom-like claws. Their shells appear to glow with yellow or tan colors, black or brown designs, and a texture like smooth polish.
  • Unlike hermit crabs, these are fully aquatic and must live in an aquarium or vivarium. An internal or external pump, a heater, and a filter are needed (a canister and bio sponge filter is ideal).
  • The bulk of their diet in nature and in aquariums is algae, but it can be supplemented with extra assorted foods such as dry flakes or pellet foods, algae wafers and treats, calcium treatment, etc.
  • These crabs seek hiding places to feel safe, such as an aquatic plant, decoration, or some sort of enclosure with an opening, like a cave or pipe. They go great with Spongebob Crusty Crab décor!
  • Each Aquatic Arts brand plants and animals kit comes with a 100% live arrival guarantee, offer of replacement or return of DOAs, plus free email support!
  • Manufacture: Aquatic Arts
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 7 x 6 inches; 11.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aquatic Arts 10 Live
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Aquatic Arts 10 Live Final Thoughts

"Really beautiful tank."

I plan on plenty invertebrates and softies only so I may never need to upgrade. I didn't notice the dust on the glass until I reviewed the zoomed in pictures. Indeed the light did not illuminate at all but only flashed as seen in the video. Overall I'm pleased with the purchase. Just like the aquariums I saw in the aquascaping videos I watched on YouTube. I've got two of these tanks, one at home and one at work. Clean silicone lines and clear glass.

Overall Score
4.2


(57 Points)

9. BioCube Coralife Size 32 LED Aquarium & Stand (New Improved Version) Combo

User Ratings: 80 2

BioCube First Impressions

"Trying to contact vendor."

I've built a fresh nano planted tank using this. The pic is a bit cloudy since I just filled it up and its still cycling. I added a small circulation pump to get better water movement. Unboxing the inner package, with the tank itself was not difficult. My tanks cycled quickly, and I've had no problems with ammonia. I put in some white stones and it looks amazing. Most important though is the lighting issue.

  • BioCube Coralife Size 32 LED Aquarium & Stand (New Improved Version) Combo
  • This package combines the Coralife Size 32 LED BioCube Aquarium and the NEW AND IMPROVED BIOCUBE STAND. This NEW & IMPROVED VERSION features a solid back panel for added stability. No glue is required.
  • 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 21.5" X W 20.5" X H 29.5". Tank dimensions: 20.25" long X 21.875" Wide X 21.5" High.
  • Manufacture: BioCube
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BioCube Final Thoughts

"I inspected all seams."

It took less than 10 minutes to get a new light bar shipped out. I've got two of these tanks, one at home and one at work. After some experimentation And constant monitoring I found that the flat Aqueon 7. Bottom line is~28 hours after receipt this is one star. Please note that the tank is 100% clear. Keep up with water changes and testing and it'll be smooth sailing. I used an Aquatop Np302 and the tubing from the Portrait as my return pump.

Overall Score
4.7


(53 Points)

10. biOrb 46097.0 Sea Fan Medium Black Aquariums

User Ratings: 64 8

biOrb 46097.0 First Impressions

"Easy to assemble."

FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS THAT COME WITH IT. I will update if I have any issues. But even so, the tank is beautiful! I wanted to wait a little before reviewing so I could give a good and honest review. It's simple enough to put together. I added a small circulation pump to get better water movement. He is so happy and swims around all day instead of just sitting in a corner.

  • biOrb 46097.0 Sea Fan Medium Black Aquariums
  • Use these colorful Plastic Sea lilies to create coverage at the bottom of your Aquarium
  • Compatible with freshwater/Saltwater/Tropical Aquarium set ups
  • Fish friendly
  • Item Package weight : 0.31 pounds
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 2.95 x 2.95 x 14.18 inches; 4.96 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The biOrb 46097.0
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biOrb 46097.0 Final Thoughts

"Not a fan."

Indeed the light did not illuminate at all but only flashed as seen in the video. You must buy a special one they produce for marine tanks. Double the amount of ceramic media they give you. Please note that the tank is 100% clear. Glass was very well packaged and arrived in excellent condition. I will update if I have any issues. I think it will provide a good home and upgrade for my current aquarium inhabitants.

Overall Score
4.3


(49 Points)

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