Mini Saltwater Aquarium Kits Reviews

Mini aquariums, sometimes called "nano" aquariums, are small (usually under 10 gallons) aquarium kits complete with lighting and filtration systems. Science and engineering have advanced over the years to the point that you can now successfully keep a very small saltwater aquarium complete with fish, invertebrates, and corals that are thriving. 

Mini aquarium kits often include the aquarium, a hood or cover with integrated lighting, a filter unit, and a heater—essentially, everything you...MORE need for a complete, if simple, setup. This makes kits particularly desirable for beginners who are just getting started and want to learn more about aquariums. 

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    Aqueon 10g LED Aquarium Kit
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    The Aqueon 10 Gallon LED Aquarium Kit is a quality-made aquarium kit with LED lighting. It can be used for keeping soft mushroom corals as well as saltwater fish and invertebrates. It comes complete with an aquarium, LED lighting, a preset heater, and a power filter.

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    Picotope 3g Aquarium Kit
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    The JBJ Picotope Curved Glass Nano Aquarium Kit is the perfect FOWLR desktop display. The kit includes a 9-watt 50/50 clamp-on light and a Slimline Pico Power filter. The curved front of the aquarium makes the unit seem a little larger than it really is. 

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    Fluval Edge Aquarium with LED Light
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    The Fluval Edge 6g Aquarium with LED Light kit is the modernist's answer to aquarium design, with its all-glass construction and a tidy box that hides the lights and other equipment. The kit comes complete with 18 bright-white 7600K LED lights with three deep blue night-time LEDs. It also has a three-position switch and an easy-to-use Edge filter with Cycleguard. Fluval Edge also offers a similar kit with a 12-gallon tank and 42 LED lights.

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    JBJ Lighting Nano 180° 8 Gallon Half Moon Biotope
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    The JBJ Half Moon Biotope Nano 180 8 aquarium offers a unique 180-degree panoramic view of the tank's occupants. This aquarium employs state-of-the-art, 11-watt, daylight compact fluorescent lighting and a 77-gph three-stage filtration system.

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    Marineland 6g Pillar Aquarium Kit
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    The Marineland 6g Pillar Aquarium Kit includes a low-voltage Penguin 100 BIO-Wheel filter. The lighting system includes 15 0.3-watt white LEDs and three 0.33-watt blue LEDs. The Pillar Aquarium measures 15.25 x 12.52 x 17.38 inches.

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    Marineland Contour Desktop Aquarium
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    The Marineland Contour Desktop Aquarium is an all-in-one rimless glass aquarium kit and is available in 3- and 5-gallon sizes. The hidden three-stage filtration system is powered by an adjustable-flow pump. The aquarium has a three-sided glass front made from a single piece for a seamless view. 

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    Innovative Marine NUVO Aquarium Fusion Nano Aquarium Kit
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    The Innovative Marine 10 Gallon NUVO Fusion Nano Aquarium kit consists of a rimless 10-gallon glass aquarium with an 18-watt LED SKKYE lighting system and a concealed customizable filtration system with a three-stage filter basket. The aquarium measures 12 x 15 x 13 inches.

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    Aqueon LED Widescreen Aquarium

    The Aqueon LED Widscreen kits come in 13- and 16-gallon sizes and offer exceptional viewing area with an extra-wide and tall aquarium shape. According to Aqueon, the 13-gallon tank offers 60 percent more viewing area than a standard 10-gallon tank.