Fish are a great low matinance pet that double as beautful decoration pieces when in the right tank. If you are a first time fish buyer the prospect of finding a good reliable tank is a daunting task. To make this process easier for you we have gone ahead and ranked the “objective” best fish tanks in a variety of categories to fit your needs and budgets.

“Objective” Overall Best Fishtank

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Marineland Portrait Glass LED aquarium Kit, 5 gallons

Price: $63.74

Rating: 9/10 based on 5,000+ reviews


  • Sleek design.
  • Good starting size for a first-time fish tank owner.
  • Light is dimmable.
  • Hidden 3 stage filtration system in the back.
  • Easy access to the fish tank top.
  • Good price point for the size.


  • Filter opening to large to keep anything the size of dwarf fish in the tank.
  • Light is not good enough to grow many marine plants.
  • The glass cover does not compeltely seal so small critters may be able to escape.

Best Fish Tank For glow Fish

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GloFish Aquarium Kit

Price: $34.99 – $118.86

Rating: 8.6/10 based on1,900+ reviews


  • Multiple tank sizes to fit your needs.
  • Comes with LED hood, heater, filter, blue light, decorations, and water conditioner.
  • Easy setup.


  • Includes a blue light, not a true black light so results may not be exactly what you think.
  • Does not come with gravel.
  • Glofish are naturally schooling fish so idealy you would have 5+ of the same fish in a tank together. To this end it is recommended to purchas either the 10 or 20 gallon tank if you are planning on putting true glowfish in your tank.

Best Budget Fish Tank

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Tetra Bubbling LED Aquarium Kit

Price: $23.13

Rating: 8.4/10 based on 2,600+ reviews


  • LED changes colors.
  • Includes filter and air pump bubbler.
  • Top hole for easy feeding.


  • No decorations.
  • Tough to install initially.
  • Not much room to install additional equipment.

Best High-End Fish Tank

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Tetra 55 Gallon Aquarium Kit

Price: $379.99

Rating: 9.2/10 based on 164+ reviews


  • Large environment to house more fish.
  • Comes with pretty much all the auxilary equipment you would need to start a fish tank.
  • LED lighting.


  • You may want to eventually replace some of the parts (for example the filter is a bit noisy compared to others).
  • No substantial decorations or rocks in the kit.
  • Very heavy when full of water so make sure it is on a sturdy surface.

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