Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Generic Aquariums

1. Aqua Culture Aquarium, 10 gallon

User Ratings: 70 14

Generic First Impressions

"Is like a decor piece."

I've got two of these tanks, one at home and one at work. The aquarium came very well packaged and undamaged. It started to malfunction immediately upon being plugged in. 5 watt works well and keeps it between 78-80 degrees if the room air is around 70–71. I grabbed the Sungrow Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Kit. The Landen box is labeled fragile and inside an Amazon box. Overall I'm pleased with the purchase.

  • Aqua Culture Aquarium, 10 gallon
  • The perfect starter aquarium or terrarium for a wide variety of fish and reptiles
  • Manufacture: Generic
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Generic Final Thoughts

"I was worried about that."

I immediately noticed that the glass moves slightly in the corners when pressed on. I do enjoy how modern it looks with no rims. I've wanted this tank for a LONG time, and I love it. I immediately noticed that the glass moves slightly in the corners when pressed on. I could not put water in it as shipped because the return pump was compromised. I will usually slow it down more at night so he can sleep undisturbed. The BioOrb does an amazing job keeping the tank clean and fresh.

Overall Score
4.2


(1008 Points)

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2. ShrimpRack 10 Mixed Color Neocaridina Shrimp Skittles Pack Freshwater Aquarium Shrimps 1/4 to 1/2 in...

User Ratings: 80 13

Generic First Impressions

"Big mistake."

I bought 2 more 1lb bags of ceramic material and I only needed one more. This arrived a little over 24 hours ago and I will update as a resolution comes. I do 1 drop per two gallons 3x a week for first few months. I have a lot of freshwater tanks, but this is my 1st attempt at saltwater. I have a lot of freshwater tanks, but this is my 1st attempt at saltwater. A little piece of foam in the bubble tube keeps gravel out while putting it in. After the foam is in I put the gravel in.

  • ShrimpRack 10 Mixed Color Neocaridina Shrimp Skittles Pack Freshwater Aquarium Shrimps 1/4 to 1/2 inch Long.
  • 10 MIXED COLOR FRESHWATER NEOCARIDINA SHRIMPS
  • RANDOMLY PICK (AT LEAST 4 DIFFERNTLY COLORS GUARANTEE (Red, Orange, Blue, Yellow, Black, Orange Rili, Red Rili, Light Blue, Brown, Black, SnowBall, Green)
  • Size: Juvenile shrimps 1/4" - 1/2" .Healthy and Active.
  • Free Sample of Food.
  • Live Guarantee Arrival. We take loss, so our customer don't have. Shipping on live good Mon, Tues and Sat.
  • Manufacture: ShrimpRack
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Generic Final Thoughts

"I am in love with it!"

Wanted the ADA look but on a budget and this fits the bill. Medium on the bottom, coarse on top. My ammonia is undetectable including the N2 and N3. I used a binder clip to clamp the tube down and decrease the air entering the tank. I will definitely be purchasing a Landen tank for all future purchases. Seriously, it doesn't even cover the filter, and it looks pretty bad. Overall I'm pleased with the purchase.

Overall Score
4.3


(20 Points)

3. ShrimpRack 5 Blue Dream Neocaridina Freshwater Aquarium Shrimps 1/4 to 1/2 inch Long.

User Ratings: 70 30

Generic First Impressions

"It's gorgeous."

My sponge, duster worms, snails and crabs, porcelain and emerald are doing well. Beveled edges all around and the silicon work is really nice. If you are looking for a good quality aquarium with a great look this is it! I didn't notice the dust on the glass until I reviewed the zoomed in pictures. Maybe a larger BiOrb for the future when I want more fish again. Seriously, it doesn't even cover the filter, and it looks pretty bad. Maybe a larger BiOrb for the future when I want more fish again.

  • ShrimpRack 5 Blue Dream Neocaridina Freshwater Aquarium Shrimps 1/4 to 1/2 inch Long.
  • 5 BLUE DREAM FRESHWATER NEOCARIDINA SHRIMPS
  • Mixed Grade
  • Size: Juvenile shrimps 1/4" - 1/2" .Healthy and Active.
  • Free Sample of Food.
  • Live Guarantee Arrival. We take loss, so our customer don't have to.
  • Manufacture: ShrimpRack
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Generic Final Thoughts

"Easy to clean."

I used a binder clip to clamp the tube down and decrease the air entering the tank. Not a single smear or excess silicon in any place, no bubbles, ymmv. I still keep it as a hospital tank. You can see the pic and decide what's right for your needs. 5 watt works well and keeps it between 78-80 degrees if the room air is around 70–71. My biggest gripes about it are the lack of room in the back. I added a small circulation pump to get better water movement.

Overall Score
3.8


(4 Points)

4. ShrimpRack 10 Amano Shrimp | Live Freshwater Aquarium Algae Cleaner | Real Living Nano Fish Kit | Na...

Generic First Impressions

"5 years in to ownership."

Next is to cut your foams into donuts to fit snug around the bottom filter cartridge. The stock pump is high quality but opted to use it in the tank to circulate water. I do enjoy how modern it looks with no rims. I would like a heater, but it costs more than the tank. I will most definitely be sticking with Landen for future aquarium purchases. They look the same as the ADA ones which cost a fair amount more. But even so, the tank is beautiful!

  • ShrimpRack 10 Amano Shrimp | Live Freshwater Aquarium Algae Cleaner | Real Living Nano Fish Kit | Natural Glass Cleaning Dwarf Caridina | Live Shrimp
  • Amano Shrimp are known as the single best algae eating shrimpin the world and are great at keeping aquatic plants and décor clean ofbiofilm and wastes.
  • Easy to care. Their food can be supplemented with shrimp pellets, fish flakes, algae wafers, etc.
  • Can live with other type of freshwater shrimps
  • Free Sample of Food.
  • Live Guarantee Arrival. We take loss, so our customer don't have. Shipping on live good Mon, Tues and Sat.
  • Manufacture: ShrimpRack
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Generic Final Thoughts

"It's just beautiful!"

The Evo has the same capacity but seems like a much bigger tank than the Portrait. 1 gallon puts my other 7 tanks to shame. I added a small circulation pump to get better water movement. I don't have plants in mine in the usual sense. It comes with everything you'd want besides a heater and protein skimmer. All in all it is packaged very well. I started the cycling process and it's holding water so far!

Overall Score
5.0


(3 Points)

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5. ShrimpRack 10+1 Crystal Black Shrimp CBS Grade S-SSS Live Freshwater Aquarium Shrimps 1/4 to 1/2 inc...

User Ratings: 83

Generic First Impressions

"Not a fan."

Both my fish are doing well with this setup. My sponge, duster worms, snails and crabs, porcelain and emerald are doing well. The multi colored LED lights cost more than the tank itself too. I picked this, because it was simple and had everything I needed. Also very important for filtration. I added a small circulation pump to get better water movement. 5 watt works well and keeps it between 78-80 degrees if the room air is around 70–71.

  • ShrimpRack 10+1 Crystal Black Shrimp CBS Grade S-SSS Live Freshwater Aquarium Shrimps 1/4 to 1/2 inch Long.
  • 10 + 1 CRYSTAL BLACK SHRIMP CARIDINA FRESHWATER SHRIMPS
  • Juvenile Shrimps 1/4" - 1/2"
  • Mixed Grade/Pattern ( S-SSS)
  • Free Sample of Food.
  • Live Guarantee Arrival. We take loss, so our customer don't have to.Shipping on live good Mon, Tues and Sat.
  • Manufacture: ShrimpRack
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Generic Final Thoughts

"First go to Greatwaveeng."

It came quickly, and was easy to set up. The Landen box is labeled fragile and inside an Amazon box. I started the cycling process and it's holding water so far! I do 1 drop per two gallons 3x a week for first few months. I've built a fresh nano planted tank using this. Mine loves lounging and swimming through ours. Maybe a larger BiOrb for the future when I want more fish again.

Overall Score
4.7


(3 Points)

6. ShrimpRack 10+1 Crystal Black Shrimp CBS Grade S-SSS Live Freshwater Aquarium Shrimps 1/4 to 1/2 inc...

User Ratings: 83

Generic First Impressions

"Still loving this biorb!"

Still waiting for the silicone to cure. I set this up just like I would have a big salt tank. 1 gallon puts my other 7 tanks to shame. Should survive the shipping process just fine! Should survive the shipping process just fine! If you upgrade your filter situation this BiOrb is really neat. Mostly I just love looking at this tank.

  • ShrimpRack 10+1 Crystal Black Shrimp CBS Grade S-SSS Live Freshwater Aquarium Shrimps 1/4 to 1/2 inch Long.
  • 10 + 1 CRYSTAL BLACK SHRIMP CARIDINA FRESHWATER SHRIMPS
  • Juvenile Shrimps 1/4" - 1/2"
  • Mixed Grade/Pattern ( S-SSS)
  • Free Sample of Food.
  • Live Guarantee Arrival. We take loss, so our customer don't have to.Shipping on live good Mon, Tues and Sat.
  • Manufacture: ShrimpRack
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Generic Final Thoughts

"Absolutely beautiful."

The most serious issue thus far is the light bar. The instructions are maybe two pages. He is so happy and swims around all day instead of just sitting in a corner. I had a coworker who also likes fish helping me and we had it together in 15 minutes. 5 watt works well and keeps it between 78-80 degrees if the room air is around 70–71. This is my new favorite brand of aquariums. I still keep it as a hospital tank.

Overall Score
4.7


(3 Points)

7. ShrimpRack 10 +1 Crystal Red Shrimp CRS Grade S-SSS Live Freshwater Aquarium Shrimps 1/4 to 1/2 inch...

Generic First Impressions

"Filter finally gave out!"

5 watt works well and keeps it between 78-80 degrees if the room air is around 70–71. At least 30%, more if testing indicates a problem or if water is looking bad. I'm really liking the Landen line of aquariums. I don't have plants in mine in the usual sense. My sponge, duster worms, snails and crabs, porcelain and emerald are doing well. 5 watt works well and keeps it between 78-80 degrees if the room air is around 70–71. I really like the ceramic media as it provides a great home for the'good' bacteria.

  • ShrimpRack 10 +1 Crystal Red Shrimp CRS Grade S-SSS Live Freshwater Aquarium Shrimps 1/4 to 1/2 inch Long.
  • 10 + 1 CRYSTAL RED SHRIMP CARIDINA FRESHWATER SHRIMPS
  • 1/4" - 1/2" Juvenile
  • Shrimps Mixed Grade/Pattern ( S-SSS)
  • Free Sample of Food.
  • Live Guarantee Arrival. We take loss, so our customer don't have to.Shipping on live good Mon, Tues and Sat.
  • Manufacture: ShrimpRack
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Generic Final Thoughts

"I really love it."

I find them very easy to keep clean. I didn't even add the skimmer, and it has be perfect. Unboxing the inner package, with the tank itself was not difficult. I grabbed the Sungrow Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Kit. Highly recommend this for beginners. I bought an additional 2 Lb Bag Ceramic Media, and that does the trick. It took less than 10 minutes to get a new light bar shipped out.

Overall Score
5.0


(3 Points)

8. ShrimpRack 10 Red Cherry Neocaridinap Freshwater Aquarium Shrimps 1/4 to 1/2 inch Long.

Generic First Impressions

"I've had this tank for 1."

If this goes well I have a spare 75g at home I'll probably convert into a reef tank. I immediately noticed that the glass moves slightly in the corners when pressed on. It will help establish your good bacteria, and get the nitrogen cycle started. Unboxing the inner package, with the tank itself was not difficult. The Landen box is labeled fragile and inside an Amazon box. I could not put water in it as shipped because the return pump was compromised. He is so happy and swims around all day instead of just sitting in a corner.

  • ShrimpRack 10 Red Cherry Neocaridinap Freshwater Aquarium Shrimps 1/4 to 1/2 inch Long.
  • 5 RED CHERRY NEOCARIDINA SHRIMPS
  • Mixed Grade.
  • Size: Juvenile shrimps 1/4" - 1/2" .Healthy and Active.
  • Free Sample of Food.
  • Live Guarantee Arrival. We take loss, so our customer don't have. Shipping on live good Mon, Tues and Sat.
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Generic Final Thoughts

"This tank is amazing!"

Beautiful tank, had a local glass co. It started to malfunction immediately upon being plugged in. Also have live sand on the bottom, about 1plus inches. Clean silicone lines and clear glass. Use seachem prime and stability with every water change and as needed by directions. By using live rock and sand, you'll be able to cycle this tank within 3-4 weeks. The purple coralline algae is growing well.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

9. Lifegard Aquatics Ultra Low Iron Glass Crystal Aquarium with Built-in Back Filter, 24 Gallons

User Ratings: 39 22

Lifegard Aquatics R460005 First Impressions

"Is like a decor piece."

Both my fish are doing well with this setup. Glass was very well packaged and arrived in excellent condition. He is so happy and swims around all day instead of just sitting in a corner. Indeed the light did not illuminate at all but only flashed as seen in the video. DO NOT USE SAND OR ANY OTHER SUBSTRATE OTHER THAN WHAT THEY GIVE YOU. I've got two of these tanks, one at home and one at work. Looks very similar to more expensive tanks for much less.

  • Lifegard Aquatics Ultra Low Iron Glass Crystal Aquarium with Built-in Back Filter, 24 Gallons
  • Includes a back filter complete with quiet one submersible pump, Bio balls, carbon media, Sponge filters, top drain, bottom drain or plug, adjustable return fitting, bottom insulation pad
  • Ultra clear 45° precision cut edge tanks with invisible glue joints
  • 24. 09 Gallons Ultra Clear low iron Aquarium
  • Adjustable directional flow, bottom drain or plug
  • Built-in back filter with pump
  • Manufacture: Lifegard Aquatics
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 15 x 16 inches; 39 Pounds
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Lifegard Aquatics R460005 Final Thoughts

"Fantastic aquarium!"

It took less than 10 minutes to get a new light bar shipped out. Please note that the tank is 100% clear. Not a single smear or excess silicon in any place, no bubbles, ymmv. I will usually slow it down more at night so he can sleep undisturbed. If you upgrade your filter situation this BiOrb is really neat. I had a coworker who also likes fish helping me and we had it together in 15 minutes. I really like the ceramic media as it provides a great home for the'good' bacteria.

Overall Score
3.4


(32 Points)

10. SOUTH SHORE RETAIL, LLC 5 pcs - LongLife Aquarium Fish Breathing Bags ~Kordon Breather Substitute - ...

SOUTH SHORE RETAIL First Impressions

"Absolutely beautiful."

DO NOT USE SAND OR ANY OTHER SUBSTRATE OTHER THAN WHAT THEY GIVE YOU. I had a coworker who also likes fish helping me and we had it together in 15 minutes. Glass was very well packaged and arrived in excellent condition. Next is to cut your foams into donuts to fit snug around the bottom filter cartridge. Also there is more floor space to spread out the live rock and create a cool scape. The Evo has the same capacity but seems like a much bigger tank than the Portrait. Both my fish are doing well with this setup.

  • SOUTH SHORE RETAIL, LLC 5 pcs - LongLife Aquarium Fish Breathing Bags ~Kordon Breather Substitute - Long Life- Breather Fish Bag
  • Gone are the days of hoping your fish will make it to their destination with enough oxygen in the bag!
  • This premium fish bag is designed for the transportation of live fish, shrimp, snails, aquatic plants and other organisms requiring oxygen exchange. The special molecular structure of plastic film generate constant O2 and CO2 exchange.
  • Curved Seal to prevent fish from being trapped! No air gaps in bag recommended. This allows more water in the bag and no water sloshing around. This makes for a happier and healthy transport of fish. :)
  • Can tie/rubber band bags or use heat sealer to close bags. Heat sealer makes a nice neat presentation.
  • No need to double bag! Bags have been quality tested not to leak or break on impact from dropping! In fact double bagging is not recommened at all as it can lower the exchange of oxygen and CO2.
  • Manufacture: Long Life
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 7.5 x 0.2 inches
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SOUTH SHORE RETAIL Final Thoughts

"5 years now."

But even so, the tank is beautiful! I didn't even add the skimmer, and it has be perfect. I spoke to a gentleman in customer service named Julio this afternoon. I didn't want to cover the filter because it would make cleaning harder. They are affordable and beautiful and well made. I am especially fond of the raised base. The standard filter doesn't work with a SALTWATER aquarium.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

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