Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Saltwater Aquariums

1. Fluval Sea Evo Saltwater Fish Tank Aquarium Kit

User Ratings: 74 7

Fluval 10531A1 First Impressions

"Hope this review helps!"

The most serious issue thus far is the light bar. My tanks cycled quickly, and I've had no problems with ammonia. To me I think it is worth it to have such a good tank. Highly recommend this for beginners. Secondly, the up close picture of the logo and silicon work is VERY close. I have been an active fish keeper for years. Clean silicone lines and clear glass.

  • Fluval Sea Evo Saltwater Fish Tank Aquarium Kit
  • 13.5 gallon glass aquarium for saltwater fish
  • Stylish honeycomb design conceals rear aquarium filter compartment and aquarium water line while looking ultra modern
  • Powerful 3 stage filtration with oversized mechanical, chemical, and biological Fluval filter media
  • Multifunctional canopy with easy feed door
  • Sleek, all aluminum waterproof casing; convenient LED aquarium light touch start day & night illumination
  • The 13.5 gallon (52 L) fish tank is 22 L x 11.5 W x 15 H inches (56 x 29 x 38 centimeter); Wattage: 16 W; Lumens: 1383 lm
  • Manufacture: Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 15 x 11.5 inches; 28 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval 10531A1
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Fluval 10531A1 Final Thoughts

"I love this tank."

It really makes it easy to keep the outside surface clean and shiny! That will make it easier to maintain the water temp and find a heater. They are affordable and beautiful and well made. Also very important for filtration. I rely very heavily on Amazon reviews for my online shopping, so here is mine. I put it opposite the return pump and it creates awesome flow. I don't have plants in mine in the usual sense.

Overall Score
4.5


(607 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Saltwater Aquariums

2. 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)

3. 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)

4. biOrb 46093.0 Sea Fan Small Black Aquariums

User Ratings: 61 6

biOrb 46093.0 First Impressions

"I have used the h."

I wanted to wait a little before reviewing so I could give a good and honest review. I think I am going to get the 28 gallon also for my office area in the loft. An Eco Bio block is a good idea to. I do 1 drop per two gallons 3x a week for first few months. I put in some white stones and it looks amazing. An Eco Bio block is a good idea to. Just do your homework and don't overload this tank.

  • biOrb 46093.0 Sea Fan Small 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 : 0.22 pounds
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 2.95 x 2.95 x 10.24 inches; 3.52 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The biOrb 46093.0
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biOrb 46093.0 Final Thoughts

"Not a fan."

Wanted the ADA look but on a budget and this fits the bill. Also have live sand on the bottom, about 1plus inches. I rely very heavily on Amazon reviews for my online shopping, so here is mine. Not a fan of the filtration sponge. I will usually slow it down more at night so he can sleep undisturbed. You can see the pic and decide what's right for your needs. I didn't notice the dust on the glass until I reviewed the zoomed in pictures.

Overall Score
4.2


(38 Points)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Saltwater Aquariums

5. BioCube LED Tanks and Combo Kits

User Ratings: 78 11

BioCube First Impressions

"I love this tank."

I purchased one of the biOtube plant sets also. I didn't wipe this tank down after unboxing it, those aren't scratches etc. I don't have plants in mine in the usual sense. I started the cycling process and it's holding water so far! I started the cycling process and it's holding water so far! The pictures are from day 4, note the crystal clear water. Both my fish are doing well with this setup.

  • BioCube LED Tanks and Combo Kits
  • Authorized Retailer w/ Full Manufacturer's Warranty: 32 Gallon Biocube, Biocube Stand, Biocube Hydrometer and Biocube Algae Magnet
  • Sleek modern hood with vibrant LED lighting for freshwater to saltwater environments
  • Integrated 24-hour timer with three independent channels: bright white, sparkling blue and color enhancing LEDs
  • Automatic 30 minute sunrise/sunset and 60 minute moonrise/moonset functions to replicate natural day cycle
  • Compact and customizable built-in filtration – easy to setup and maintain
  • Manufacture: BIOCUBE
  • Editor's Impressions Of The BioCube
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BioCube Final Thoughts

"Big mistake."

It contains 8 styrofoam corner protectors on the tank. Should survive the shipping process just fine! That is a stand up person and one I will do business with again. Seriously, it doesn't even cover the filter, and it looks pretty bad. They look the same as the ADA ones which cost a fair amount more. It started to malfunction immediately upon being plugged in. At least 30%, more if testing indicates a problem or if water is looking bad.

Overall Score
4.3


(30 Points)

6. SeaClear Acrylic Aquarium Junior Executive Kit

User Ratings: 51 19

SeaClear X1010017123 First Impressions

"Not a fan."

Both my fish are doing well with this setup. Definetly get a small ato as it does allow considerable evap. The pictures are from day 4, note the crystal clear water. Seriously, it doesn't even cover the filter, and it looks pretty bad. He is so happy and swims around all day instead of just sitting in a corner. All in all it is packaged very well. I had a coworker who also likes fish helping me and we had it together in 15 minutes.

  • SeaClear Acrylic Aquarium Junior Executive Kit
  • Kit Includes:
  • Hood and Fluorescent Fixture (12" Light Bulb not Included), Aqua Clear 30 Gallon Power Filter, Natural Lava Rock with Plastic Plants, Thermometer, Fish Net
  • The Executive Aquarium is a great starter aquarium for a beginner or hobbyist; Safe for freshwater and saltwater fish, turtles and reptiles
  • Efficient and economical to run
  • Cobalt Blue; means the Acrylic color on the back of the aquarium is Cobalt Blue. Brings out the color of your fish and decorations
  • Manufacture: Pet Partners dba North American Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 15 x 24 inches; 20 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SeaClear X1010017123
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SeaClear X1010017123 Final Thoughts

"Fantastic aquarium!"

5 watt works well and keeps it between 78-80 degrees if the room air is around 70–71. The purple coralline algae is growing well. It will help establish your good bacteria, and get the nitrogen cycle started. An Eco Bio block is a good idea to. 1 gallon puts my other 7 tanks to shame. Mine loves lounging and swimming through ours. Use seachem prime and stability with every water change and as needed by directions.

Overall Score
3.9


(24 Points)

7. biOrb 46091.0 Sea Fan Small Blue Aquariums

User Ratings: 87 5

biOrb 46091.0 First Impressions

"I am in love with it!"

I am especially fond of the raised base. Still waiting for the silicone to cure. I will try to come back in a few months with an updated photo of this tank. I would like a heater, but it costs more than the tank. This is my new favorite brand of aquariums. I didn't even add the skimmer, and it has be perfect. Medium on the bottom, coarse on top.

  • biOrb 46091.0 Sea Fan Small Blue 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 : 0.22 pounds
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 2.95 x 2.95 x 10.24 inches; 1.41 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The biOrb 46091.0
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biOrb 46091.0 Final Thoughts

"Absolutely gorgeous."

Most important though is the lighting issue. It's simple enough to put together. I think it will provide a good home and upgrade for my current aquarium inhabitants. I bought two of these tanks and the quality of them in just amazing. It sits inside of styrofoam and is double boxed and wrapped once with bubble wrap. The pictures are from day 4, note the crystal clear water. I bought two of these tanks and the quality of them in just amazing.

Overall Score
4.6


(19 Points)

8. Aquatop Pisces Moden Bullet-Shaped Glass Aquarium, 5 Gallons

User Ratings: 63 13

AquaTop First Impressions

"Crystal clear viewing."

I also add seachem pristine per direction once a week for first few months. I picked this, because it was simple and had everything I needed. That is a stand up person and one I will do business with again. That is a stand up person and one I will do business with again. Put in small fish at 1 inch per gallon. So far 2 fish and 1 water frog died this way in my aquarium within 6 months. I used a binder clip to clamp the tube down and decrease the air entering the tank.

  • Aquatop Pisces Moden Bullet-Shaped Glass Aquarium, 5 Gallons
  • The AquaTop Pisces Bullet Shape 5 Gallon Glass Aquarium features seamless curved corners. Each unit includes an innovative and unique multi-stage internal filter box system which comes complete with a submersible pump and an easy-change drop-in filter cartridge filled with premium activated carbon and ceramic rings for biological filtration. Pump flow rate: 53 GPH.
  • Includes a super bright touch sensitive 8.2W LED light complete with a moonlight setting, and a tank lid with mounting clips. These space-saving desktop aquariums are perfect for fresh or saltwater set-ups.
  • Dimensions: 16”(W) x 7.2”(D) x 10.2”(H)
  • Perfect for shrimp & other small invertebrates
  • For fresh or saltwater
  • Manufacture: Aquatop
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AquaTop
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AquaTop Final Thoughts

"I inspected all seams."

I've got two of these tanks, one at home and one at work. You must buy a special one they produce for marine tanks. I've built a fresh nano planted tank using this. I don't have plants in mine in the usual sense. That will make it easier to maintain the water temp and find a heater. 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.

Overall Score
4.2


(17 Points)

9. Aquarium Masters Aquarium Lid - Glass Canopy Two Piece Set for 80 Gallon, 120 Gallon, 150 Gallon Aqu...

User Ratings: 36 16

Aquarium Masters AM13521 First Impressions

"My betta really likes it."

It started to malfunction immediately upon being plugged in. I didn't even add the skimmer, and it has be perfect. I could not put water in it as shipped because the return pump was compromised. All in all it is packaged very well. I purchased one of the biOtube plant sets also. Final gripe and its not a big deal is that there isn't a lid over the feeding hole. I could not put water in it as shipped because the return pump was compromised.

  • Aquarium Masters Aquarium Lid - Glass Canopy Two Piece Set for 80 Gallon, 120 Gallon, 150 Gallon Aquariums 48" Long x 24" Wide (48x24) with A Center Brace Aquariums, Deep Blue & More, AM34824
  • Please measure your tank opening to the closest 1/16 of an inch before purchasing. Each aquarium brand has a different size frame and opening for canopies
  • New Aquarium Glass Canopy for 80 gallon, 120 gallon, & 150 gallon aquariums 48" long x 24" wide by Aquarium Masters Aquariums, Deep Blue & more, AM34824.
  • Contains Two non-tempered 22-13/16 inch by 22-7/16 inch glass canopies, making it safer for your fish. 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 the following framed standard and reef ready aquariums: 80, 120, 150 Gallon Aquarium Masters Aquariums, Deep Blue Aquariums and Seapora Aquariums
  • Before purchasing, please see our video on "How to determine the canopy you need", located in the photos section of this listing!! Aquarium Masters glass canopies include diamond polished edges, handle, hinge, and backstrip on most standard models. 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: 24 x 24 x 2 inches; 10 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aquarium Masters AM13521
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Aquarium Masters AM13521 Final Thoughts

"Great tank."

I set this up just like I would have a big salt tank. Mine loves lounging and swimming through ours. I grabbed the Sungrow Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Kit. But even so, the tank is beautiful! This is my new favorite brand of aquariums. I wanted to wait a little before reviewing so I could give a good and honest review. I have been an active fish keeper for years.

Overall Score
3.6


(13 Points)

10. biOrb 48441.0 Maintenance Kit Aquariums

User Ratings: 63

biOrb 48441.0 First Impressions

"It's so sleek!"

DO NOT USE SAND OR ANY OTHER SUBSTRATE OTHER THAN WHAT THEY GIVE YOU. This arrived a little over 24 hours ago and I will update as a resolution comes. Glass was very well packaged and arrived in excellent condition. I would like a heater, but it costs more than the tank. The Landen box is labeled fragile and inside an Amazon box. It is bit expensive, but I don't think I will ever need to buy another tank again. I think I am going to get the 28 gallon also for my office area in the loft.

  • biOrb 48441.0 Maintenance Kit 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
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 5.7 x 6.9 inches; 1.04 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The biOrb 48441.0
  • Quality
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biOrb 48441.0 Final Thoughts

"Still loving this biorb!"

I'm really liking the Landen line of aquariums. If you are looking for a good quality aquarium with a great look this is it! It sits inside of styrofoam and is double boxed and wrapped once with bubble wrap. Most important though is the lighting issue. I started the cycling process and it's holding water so far! Mine loves lounging and swimming through ours. My only comment is that Amazon should label their box fragile.

Overall Score
4.5


(13 Points)

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