Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Red Sea Aquariums

1. Red Sea DIY Aquarium Net Cover - 48"

User Ratings: 34 15

Red Sea 42082 First Impressions

"It's not bad."

I do enjoy how modern it looks with no rims. Not a single smear or excess silicon in any place, no bubbles, ymmv. Secondly, the up close picture of the logo and silicon work is VERY close. By using live rock and sand, you'll be able to cycle this tank within 3-4 weeks. I started the cycling process and it's holding water so far! I don't have plants in mine in the usual sense. That is a stand up person and one I will do business with again.

  • 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']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.7']

Red Sea 42082 Final Thoughts

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

I bought 2 more 1lb bags of ceramic material and I only needed one more. I have this aquarium for now a couple of weeks. DO NOT USE SAND OR ANY OTHER SUBSTRATE OTHER THAN WHAT THEY GIVE YOU. Just like the aquariums I saw in the aquascaping videos I watched on YouTube. It sits inside of styrofoam and is double boxed and wrapped once with bubble wrap. And my Midas Blenny and Cleaner shrimp are doing so well in it. Indeed the light did not illuminate at all but only flashed as seen in the video.

Overall Score
3.6

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

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2. 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)

3. Red Sea Max Nano Aquarium

User Ratings: 52

Red Sea R40002 First Impressions

"Don't overfeed!"

I rely very heavily on Amazon reviews for my online shopping, so here is mine. That is a stand up person and one I will do business with again. I put it opposite the return pump and it creates awesome flow. So far 2 fish and 1 water frog died this way in my aquarium within 6 months. Definetly get a small ato as it does allow considerable evap. Medium on the bottom, coarse on top. I do enjoy how modern it looks with no rims.

  • Red Sea Max Nano Aquarium
  • The Red Sea Max Nano Aquarium combines a contemporary, rimless design with state of the art technology
  • This system provides everything necessary in order to enable you to enjoy the beauty and diversity of your own piece of thriving coral reef, rather than worrying about component selection, suitability and compatibility
  • The Max Nano features the very latest in reef-keeping technology including the new Red Sea ReefLED 50 light with integrated Wi-Fi control, filtration and circulation systems, an automatic top-off unit and an easy access power center
  • Does NOT include the stand
  • Manufacture: Red Sea
  • Product Dimensions: 21.39 x 21 x 22 inches; 60.91 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea R40002
  • Quality [star rating='3.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Red Sea R40002 Final Thoughts

"Trying to contact vendor."

Beautiful tank, had a local glass co. It is bit expensive, but I don't think I will ever need to buy another tank again. This is my new favorite brand of aquariums. I have this aquarium for now a couple of weeks. Should survive the shipping process just fine! Overall I'm pleased with the purchase. It sits inside of styrofoam and is double boxed and wrapped once with bubble wrap.

Overall Score
4.2

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

4. Red Sea 42081 Net Cover, 36"

User Ratings: 50

Red Sea 42081 First Impressions

"My betta really likes it."

I will try to come back in a few months with an updated photo of this tank. Most important though is the lighting issue. I think it will provide a good home and upgrade for my current aquarium inhabitants. Live rock is where much of the filtering goes on,. Definetly get a small ato as it does allow considerable evap. To me I think it is worth it to have such a good tank. Mine loves lounging and swimming through ours.

  • Red Sea 42081 Net Cover, 36"
  • Suitable for most open-top aquariums
  • Extra strong, customized aluminum profiles
  • 8mm (5/16″) thin strand, transparent netting
  • Inside-rim or on-rim mounting options
  • Includes components for one customized cut-out for filters
  • Age Range Description: All Stages
  • Manufacture: Royal Aquatic LLC
  • Product Dimensions: 36 x 2 x 2 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea 42081
  • Quality [star rating='4.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

Red Sea 42081 Final Thoughts

"Filter finally gave out!"

I bought two of these tanks and the quality of them in just amazing. The aquarium came very well packaged and undamaged. Mine's sitting on the carpet, and it's completely silent that way. I used an Aquatop Np302 and the tubing from the Portrait as my return pump. The BioOrb does an amazing job keeping the tank clean and fresh. Also there is more floor space to spread out the live rock and create a cool scape. Double the amount of ceramic media they give you.

Overall Score
4.2

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

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5. Red Sea 42089 Replacement Spline, 26'

Red Sea 42089 First Impressions

"5 thats all I can say."

I added some privacy film to help hide the cords and the hang-on-back filter. That will make it easier to maintain the water temp and find a heater. Next is to cut your foams into donuts to fit snug around the bottom filter cartridge. Please note that the tank is 100% clear. You can see the pic and decide what's right for your needs. The Landen box is labeled fragile and inside an Amazon box. All in all it is packaged very well.

  • Red Sea 42089 Replacement Spline, 26'
  • Use when replacing Broken netting on diy Aquarium Net covers if original spline is damaged
  • Universal size fits all diy Aquarium Net covers
  • Maintains the sleek style of your Aquarium cover
  • This is a replacement part
  • Part Number 42088
  • This is an O. E. M. part
  • Manufacture: Royal Aquatic LLC
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.5 x 6 inches; 3.39 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea 42089
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Red Sea 42089 Final Thoughts

"5 years now."

FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS THAT COME WITH IT. I have this aquarium for now a couple of weeks. I find them very easy to keep clean. Clean silicone lines and clear glass. I had a coworker who also likes fish helping me and we had it together in 15 minutes. At least 30%, more if testing indicates a problem or if water is looking bad. I set this up just like I would have a big salt tank.

Overall Score
5.0

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

6. Lifegard Aquatics Crystal Ultra Clear Aquarium

User Ratings: 74 7

Lifegard Aquatics R460012 First Impressions

"Pretty bummed."

I have a lot of freshwater tanks, but this is my 1st attempt at saltwater. I grabbed the Sungrow Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Kit. Just like the aquariums I saw in the aquascaping videos I watched on YouTube. Final gripe and its not a big deal is that there isn't a lid over the feeding hole. It contains 8 styrofoam corner protectors on the tank. Medium on the bottom, coarse on top. I don't have plants in mine in the usual sense.

  • Lifegard Aquatics Crystal Ultra Clear Aquarium
  • 45° High Precision cut ‘Beveled Edge’ bonded with high quality Clear Silicone almost invisible glue joint makes it an exceptionally clear aquarium with none to match in the market
  • Bottom Insulation Pad
  • 5. 44 Gallons Ultra Clear Low Iron Aquarium 14.17" x 8.66" x 10.24"
  • Fresh water or salt water
  • 92% clarity - BEST in its class
  • 5mm thick Ultra Clear Glass
  • 14.17" x 8.66" x 10.24"
  • Manufacture: LIFMK - pallet ordering
  • Product Dimensions: 10.24 x 14.17 x 8.66 inches; 12.05 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lifegard Aquatics R460012
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.3']

Lifegard Aquatics R460012 Final Thoughts

"Absolutely gorgeous."

I started the cycling process and it's holding water so far! Clean silicone lines and clear glass. I will try to come back in a few months with an updated photo of this tank. Next is to cut your foams into donuts to fit snug around the bottom filter cartridge. It comes with everything you'd want besides a heater and protein skimmer. Overall I'm pleased with the purchase. I grabbed the Sungrow Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Kit.

Overall Score
4.3

[star rating="4.3"]
(45 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. BEGONDIS Rimless Low Iron Glass Aquarium Tank, 5mm Thickness Standard Jointed

User Ratings: 77 14

BEGONDIS First Impressions

"5 years in to ownership."

The standard filter doesn't work with a SALTWATER aquarium. It will help establish your good bacteria, and get the nitrogen cycle started. I picked this, because it was simple and had everything I needed. Definetly get a small ato as it does allow considerable evap. You can't even see the pushed in spots. Definetly get a small ato as it does allow considerable evap. You can't even see the pushed in spots.

  • BEGONDIS Rimless Low Iron Glass Aquarium Tank, 5mm Thickness Standard Jointed
  • 5mm crystal clear low iron optical glass, >91% Clarity.
  • Tank Dimensions: 17.7" L × 11" W × 11.8" H/ 45cm x 28cm x 30cm
  • Capacity: 8 Gal.
  • Standard 90° jointed seams.
  • Premium quality, invisible glue joints for perfect viewing.
  • Manufacture: BEGONDIS
  • Editor's Impressions Of The BEGONDIS
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.4']

BEGONDIS Final Thoughts

"I also used Fluval Cycle."

Next is to cut your foams into donuts to fit snug around the bottom filter cartridge. Overall I'm pleased with the purchase. The size is in the description is accurate. I grabbed the Sungrow Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Kit. Not a fan of the filtration sponge. It started to malfunction immediately upon being plugged in. Clean silicone lines and clear glass.

Overall Score
4.3

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

9. Ultum Nature Systems Nano Clear Rimless Aquarium Tank 16cm

Ultum Nature Systems First Impressions

"Big mistake."

Wanted the ADA look but on a budget and this fits the bill. You can see the pic and decide what's right for your needs. After some experimentation And constant monitoring I found that the flat Aqueon 7. The instructions are maybe two pages. Put in small fish at 1 inch per gallon. It comes with everything you'd want besides a heater and protein skimmer. Both my fish are doing well with this setup.

  • Ultum Nature Systems Nano Clear Rimless Aquarium Tank 16cm
  • 45° Mitered Edges
  • 91% Clarity with Diamant Glass
  • High Quality German Silicon
  • Includes black nano foam leveling mat
  • 6.29 inches x 6.29 inches x 9.45 inches
  • Manufacture: Ultum Nature Systems
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Ultum Nature Systems
  • Quality [star rating='4.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

Ultum Nature Systems Final Thoughts

"Looked good."

I will try to come back in a few months with an updated photo of this tank. Also have live sand on the bottom, about 1plus inches. Highly recommend this for beginners. I would like a heater, but it costs more than the tank. They look the same as the ADA ones which cost a fair amount more. Just do your homework and don't overload this tank. You can see the pic and decide what's right for your needs.

Overall Score
5.0

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

10. SevenSeaSupply 3 Zebra Nerite Fresh Water Aquarium Snails

User Ratings: 65 13

SevenSeaSupply First Impressions

"Absolutely luv it."

I will try to come back in a few months with an updated photo of this tank. I used a binder clip to clamp the tube down and decrease the air entering the tank. Mostly I just love looking at this tank. I don't have plants in mine in the usual sense. I added some privacy film to help hide the cords and the hang-on-back filter. Mine loves lounging and swimming through ours. It contains 8 styrofoam corner protectors on the tank.

  • SevenSeaSupply 3 Zebra Nerite Fresh Water Aquarium Snails
  • USPS announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on transportation availability, USPS fulfillment facilities, local mail residential delivery, all services area will experience delays delivery or take longer in transit. We’ re now only do livestock shipping on Sunday and expecting delivery 3 – 4 business days by Thursday or Friday of the same week and still offer live guarantee at delivery. Orders receive after cutoff time on Sunday will be pack and ship out the following week.
  • Shipped Monday and Tuesday only via USPS Priority 2 - 3 Business days. Packed with insulated box and ice pack during Summer. Satisfaction Guarantee 100%
  • Pictures are for references only. Each snail's shells and color are diverse and totally unique!
  • Manufacture: SevenSeaSupply
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SevenSeaSupply
  • Quality [star rating='4.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

SevenSeaSupply Final Thoughts

"I absolutely love it."

Nothing to complain about with this tank at all. The multi colored LED lights cost more than the tank itself too. I will usually slow it down more at night so he can sleep undisturbed. And my Midas Blenny and Cleaner shrimp are doing so well in it. My sponge, duster worms, snails and crabs, porcelain and emerald are doing well. I think it will provide a good home and upgrade for my current aquarium inhabitants. Wanted the ADA look but on a budget and this fits the bill.

Overall Score
4.1

[star rating="4.1"]
(303 Points)

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