Editor's Choice - Our Favorite OCEANIC SYSTEMS INC. Aquariums

1. 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
  • Quality [star rating='4.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

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

[star rating="4.3"]
(172 Points)

2. Python Hands-Free and Spill Free Aquarium Hook, Green

User Ratings: 85 2

Python 940044 First Impressions

"It's beautiful."

Mine loves lounging and swimming through ours. All in all it is packaged very well. Mine's sitting on the carpet, and it's completely silent that way. Mostly I just love looking at this tank. I will definitely be purchasing a Landen tank for all future purchases. Also there is more floor space to spread out the live rock and create a cool scape. I would like a heater, but it costs more than the tank.

  • Python Hands-Free and Spill Free Aquarium Hook, Green
  • Designed for use with Python No Spill Clean and Fill Systems
  • Simplifies routine water changes and provides peace of mind
  • Ensures a hands-free, spill-free experience every single time!
  • User-friendly design - virtually effortless to install and operate
  • Features ultra-durable High Density Polyethylene construction
  • Manufacture: Python Products Inc.
  • Part Number: 940044
  • Item Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 10.25 inches
  • Size: 10.25 x 1.50 x 5.50
  • Color: Green
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Python 940044
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

Python 940044 Final Thoughts

"This tank is super small."

I had a coworker who also likes fish helping me and we had it together in 15 minutes. I added a small circulation pump to get better water movement. The longest delay was my downloading invoice. To me I think it is worth it to have such a good tank. Both my fish are doing well with this setup. Highly recommend this for beginners. I plan on plenty invertebrates and softies only so I may never need to upgrade.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(1478 Points)

3. Sterilite 1962 Medium Clip Box with Blue Aquarium Latches - 1 Pack

User Ratings: 67 5

Sterilite 19628604 First Impressions

"Easy read."

Not a fan of the filtration sponge. The aquarium came very well packaged and undamaged. It took less than 10 minutes to get a new light bar shipped out. It came quickly, and was easy to set up. It started to malfunction immediately upon being plugged in. Maybe a larger BiOrb for the future when I want more fish again. You must buy a special one they produce for marine tanks.

  • Sterilite 1962 Medium Clip Box with Blue Aquarium Latches - 1 Pack
  • Manufacture: Sterilite
  • Product Dimensions: 10.75 x 6.5 x 5.25 inches; 12 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sterilite 19628604
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

Sterilite 19628604 Final Thoughts

"Very well made."

Just do your homework and don't overload this tank. Looks very similar to more expensive tanks for much less. Mine's sitting on the carpet, and it's completely silent that way. That is a stand up person and one I will do business with again. I have a lot of freshwater tanks, but this is my 1st attempt at saltwater. Both my fish are doing well with this setup. Also there is more floor space to spread out the live rock and create a cool scape.

Overall Score
4.3

[star rating="4.3"]
(26 Points)

4. LDEXIN Acrylic Rectangle Shaped Betta 3-Compartment Aquarium Tank for Fish Tank Aquarium Clear,16.5x...

User Ratings: 46 37

LDEXIN First Impressions

"And it functions great."

I would like a heater, but it costs more than the tank. Also very important for filtration. Also very important for filtration. Nothing to complain about with this tank at all. I bought an additional 2 Lb Bag Ceramic Media, and that does the trick. Also very important for filtration. So far 2 fish and 1 water frog died this way in my aquarium within 6 months.

  • LDEXIN Acrylic Rectangle Shaped Betta 3-Compartment Aquarium Tank for Fish Tank Aquarium Clear,16.5x7.5X 8.5cm
  • The Twin Betta tank has 2 opaque tank dividers shield which visually separates the two fish
  • Three fighing fishes can be kept in this tank,and be sparated by the partition.
  • To enjoy the sight of two fighting fishes competing each other,simply remove the partition.
  • Size:16.5x7.5X 8.5cm /6.5" x2.9" x 3.3"(L*W*H), Customize with your own selection of plants, décor and gravel
  • Warranty: 30days free exchange/return/refund. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee: Dear customers, as our products are Fulfillment by Amazon, they can be returned absolutely.
  • Manufacture: Guanghzoujiajimaoyiyouxiangongsi
  • Product Dimensions: 8.31 x 4.69 x 3.74 inches; 5.29 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The LDEXIN
  • Quality [star rating='2.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

LDEXIN Final Thoughts

"Um yes please!"

You must buy a special one they produce for marine tanks. Given the price I paid, I am hoping it will continue to hold water! The BioOrb does an amazing job keeping the tank clean and fresh. At least 30%, more if testing indicates a problem or if water is looking bad. Seriously, it doesn't even cover the filter, and it looks pretty bad. It is awesome for a very small amount of water. My other gripe would be with the lid.

Overall Score
3.4

[star rating="3.4"]
(7 Points)

5. Red Sea DIY Aquarium Net Cover - 48"

User Ratings: 34 15

Red Sea 42082 First Impressions

"It's so sleek!"

I used an Aquatop Np302 and the tubing from the Portrait as my return pump. I bought 2 more 1lb bags of ceramic material and I only needed one more. It started to malfunction immediately upon being plugged in. The Evo has the same capacity but seems like a much bigger tank than the Portrait. Glass was very well packaged and arrived in excellent condition. It comes with everything you'd want besides a heater and protein skimmer. Next is to cut your foams into donuts to fit snug around the bottom filter cartridge.

  • Red Sea DIY Aquarium Net Cover - 48"
  • Red Sea Diy Aquarium Net Cover Is A Sleek And Minimalist Aquarium Cover That Looks Great And Keeps Your Fish Safe. Low-Profile Hangers Make Sure That This Net Cover Blends In Excellently With Your Aquarium, Even With Ultra-Clear, Rimless And Open-Top Designs. An Extra Strong Aluminum Frame Combined With Individually Designed Components Ensure That This Thin And Minimalist Hood Does Not Sacrifice Strength Or Versatility. Lighting Arms, Auto-Feeders And Overflow Boxes May All Be Installed On Top Of The Net. Though It'S Been Designed With Rimless Models In Mind, This Diy Aquarium Net Cover Is Also A Great Fit With Braced Aquariums
  • The Package Length Of The Product Is 5.0 Inches
  • The Package Width Of The Product Is 48.0 Inches
  • The Package Height Of The Product Is 5.0 Inches
  • Included Components: Item Listed In Description
  • Manufacture: Red Sea
  • Product Dimensions: 48 x 2 x 2 inches; 1.1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea 42082
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

Red Sea 42082 Final Thoughts

"My betta really likes it."

Final gripe and its not a big deal is that there isn't a lid over the feeding hole. I spoke to a gentleman in customer service named Julio this afternoon. Overall I'm pleased with the purchase. Seriously, it doesn't even cover the filter, and it looks pretty bad. My sponge, duster worms, snails and crabs, porcelain and emerald are doing well. The pictures are from day 4, note the crystal clear water. That is a stand up person and one I will do business with again.

Overall Score
3.6

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

6. Penn-Plax Cinderella W/Clock T Aquarium

User Ratings: 63 8

Penn-Plax DPR5 First Impressions

"They sent a replacement."

I bought 2 more 1lb bags of ceramic material and I only needed one more. My sponge, duster worms, snails and crabs, porcelain and emerald are doing well. That will make it easier to maintain the water temp and find a heater. Not a fan of the filtration sponge. Indeed the light did not illuminate at all but only flashed as seen in the video. This is my new favorite brand of aquariums. Overall I'm pleased with the purchase.

  • Penn-Plax Cinderella W/Clock T Aquarium
  • Bring Disney'S Favorite Princesses To Your Aquarium! Authentic Disney Ornaments Are Made From Non-Toxic Polynesian Material And Are Safe For Your Fish Tank
  • 5" High Rock Stack Aquarium Ornament
  • The Package Weight Of The Product Is 0.16 Pounds
  • Cinderella And Clock Tower Design
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax, INC.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.75 x 3 x 3.5 inches; 0.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax DPR5
  • Quality [star rating='3.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.4']

Penn-Plax DPR5 Final Thoughts

"Tank still usable!"

The longest delay was my downloading invoice. I have a lot of freshwater tanks, but this is my 1st attempt at saltwater. Keep up with water changes and testing and it'll be smooth sailing. If this goes well I have a spare 75g at home I'll probably convert into a reef tank. A little piece of foam in the bubble tube keeps gravel out while putting it in. My sponge, duster worms, snails and crabs, porcelain and emerald are doing well. I picked this, because it was simple and had everything I needed.

Overall Score
4.2

[star rating="4.2"]
(9 Points)

7. GloFish Aquarium Kit Fish Tank with LED Lighting and Filtration Included

User Ratings: 68 8

GloFish 29045 First Impressions

"I shut mine off."

I'm really liking the Landen line of aquariums. Both my fish are doing well with this setup. They look the same as the ADA ones which cost a fair amount more. I bought two of these tanks and the quality of them in just amazing. To me I think it is worth it to have such a good tank. The pic is a bit cloudy since I just filled it up and its still cycling. At least 30%, more if testing indicates a problem or if water is looking bad.

  • GloFish Aquarium Kit Fish Tank with LED Lighting and Filtration Included
  • INCLUDES ALL THE ESSENTIALS: This 5 gallon kit includes a seamless, crescent-shaped tank, Tetra Whisper Bio-Bag Filter Cartridge, black canopy with convenient feeding hole and energy-efficient blue LED lighting.
  • BLUE LED LIGHTS: Hidden blue LED lights are incorporated into the hood, giving your GloFish fluorescent fish an exciting and uniquely fluorescent look.
  • INTERNAL FILTRATION: The filter pulls water from the aquarium and pushes it through the filter cartridge, where the dense, dual-sided mesh catches debris and waste.
  • INCLUDES HOOD: Sleek black hood reduces evaporation and helps keep fish from jumping.
  • EXPERIENCE THE GLO: GloFish fluorescent fish and products create a complete underwater fluorescent experience.
  • Crescent shaped seamless plastic aquarium
  • Clear plastic canopy Blue LED overhead light with Primary Material being Acrylic.
  • Medium size filter cartridge.
  • Manufacture: GloFish
  • Product Dimensions: 11.25 x 16.56 x 6.71 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The GloFish 29045
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

GloFish 29045 Final Thoughts

"Very sturdy."

It really makes it easy to keep the outside surface clean and shiny! The Evo has the same capacity but seems like a much bigger tank than the Portrait. Double the amount of ceramic media they give you. Clean silicone lines and clear glass. Nothing to complain about with this tank at all. Maybe a larger BiOrb for the future when I want more fish again. Not a fan of the filtration sponge.

Overall Score
4.3

[star rating="4.3"]
(1873 Points)

8. Cobella Fish Egg Incubator Aquarium Cichlids Tumbler Hatchery Breeding Mouth-Brooding

Cobella First Impressions

"I sometimes have diatoms."

Also there is more floor space to spread out the live rock and create a cool scape. I rely very heavily on Amazon reviews for my online shopping, so here is mine. I have been an active fish keeper for years. Given the price I paid, I am hoping it will continue to hold water! I have this aquarium for now a couple of weeks. I set this up just like I would have a big salt tank. I find them very easy to keep clean.

  • Cobella Fish Egg Incubator Aquarium Cichlids Tumbler Hatchery Breeding Mouth-Brooding
  • Made of high quality plastic material, durable and effectively prevent the baby fish from the adult fish's attack, improve the survival rate of the baby fish
  • Making egg incubate in same tank as fish are breeding in to provide identical water conditions during incubation period.
  • The theme of hatching tube wall thickness, good light transmission, nozzle smooth mouth, easy to observe the process of hatching fish eggs.
  • Suction tube clamp soft, easy to install, not easy to scratch the incubator director, mesh uniform and dense to ensure smooth flow of water and improve hatchability.
  • The gentle rolling action caused by the egg tumbler can simulate the normal incubation of these fish, suitable to be used on non-adhesive fish eggs, like cichlid.
  • Manufacture: Cobella
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Cobella
  • Quality [star rating='4.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.1']

Cobella Final Thoughts

"5 years now."

I am especially fond of the raised base. It's simple enough to put together. Looks very similar to more expensive tanks for much less. I didn't even add the skimmer, and it has be perfect. I bought an additional 2 Lb Bag Ceramic Media, and that does the trick. I think it will provide a good home and upgrade for my current aquarium inhabitants. The stock pump is high quality but opted to use it in the tank to circulate water.

Overall Score
4.0

[star rating="4"]
(1 Points)

9. Brightwell Aquatics Erase-Cl - Removes Chlorine, Chloramines & Ammonia in All Marine and Freshwater ...

User Ratings: 75 5

Brightwell Aquatics ERA1L First Impressions

"It's beautiful."

After some experimentation And constant monitoring I found that the flat Aqueon 7. Nothing to complain about with this tank at all. I set this up just like I would have a big salt tank. The pictures are from day 4, note the crystal clear water. Highly recommend this for beginners. Highly recommend this for beginners. I will most definitely be sticking with Landen for future aquarium purchases.

  • Brightwell Aquatics Erase-Cl - Removes Chlorine, Chloramines & Ammonia in All Marine and Freshwater Aquariums
  • Removes chlorine, chloramines, ammonia & nitrates present in tap water and aquarium water
  • May be used to neutralize iodine in the event of an aquarium overdose
  • Safe for use directly in all marine and freshwater aquariums when used as directed
  • Made in the USA
  • Manufacture: Brightwell Aquatics
  • Product Dimensions: 3.25 x 3.25 x 9.5 inches; 2.4 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Brightwell Aquatics ERA1L
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

Brightwell Aquatics ERA1L Final Thoughts

"It's not bad."

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. So far 2 fish and 1 water frog died this way in my aquarium within 6 months. It will help establish your good bacteria, and get the nitrogen cycle started. At least 30%, more if testing indicates a problem or if water is looking bad. Overall I'm pleased with the purchase. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS THAT COME WITH IT.

Overall Score
4.4

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

10. Brightwell Aquatics FerroxiPhos G – Ferric Oxide for Phosphate Control in Marine Saltwater and Fre...

User Ratings: 55

Brightwell Aquatics FOXG300 First Impressions

"They work well for algae."

At least 30%, more if testing indicates a problem or if water is looking bad. Both my fish are doing well with this setup. Live rock is where much of the filtering goes on,. My ammonia is undetectable including the N2 and N3. After the foam is in I put the gravel in. Nothing to complain about with this tank at all. The stock pump is high quality but opted to use it in the tank to circulate water.

  • Brightwell Aquatics FerroxiPhos G – Ferric Oxide for Phosphate Control in Marine Saltwater and Freshwater Aquariums
  • Granular ferric oxide that directly and efficiently removes reactive phosphate from aquarium water
  • Removes silicate and phosphate-based organic material from aquarium water resulting in improved water clarity (particularly in aquaria with heavy bioloads)
  • Safe for use in all freshwater and marine aquaria including planted and reef systems
  • Included components: FerroxIPhos G
  • Manufacture: Brightwell Aquatics
  • Product Dimensions: 3.25 x 2.75 x 2.75 inches; 12 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Brightwell Aquatics FOXG300
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

Brightwell Aquatics FOXG300 Final Thoughts

"My betta really likes it."

Final gripe and its not a big deal is that there isn't a lid over the feeding hole. Put in small fish at 1 inch per gallon. Mine's sitting on the carpet, and it's completely silent that way. Looks very similar to more expensive tanks for much less. It really makes it easy to keep the outside surface clean and shiny! I could not put water in it as shipped because the return pump was compromised. I do enjoy how modern it looks with no rims.

Overall Score
4.4

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

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