Marineland Desktop Kits

Product No. ML90610-00
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Marineland’s newest kits are available in either three or five gallon glass aquarium sizes.  All kits feature Marineland 3-stage hidden filtration with a Rite-SizeTM Z Cartridge and Marineland Bio-Foam® (included in the kit), and include an adjustable flow filter pump.  Bright white and blue energy efficient LED lights feature a 3-way switch (toggle between white and blue, off, and blue-only settings).  The white LEDs create a shimmering light in the water that mimics the underwater effect of sunlight, and the blue LEDs produce a relaxing moonlight glow.  The kits feature either a hinged or sliding glass canopy for easy feeding and water care dosing.  These easy-to-assemble kits are beautifully designed and easy to maintain.


  • Available in 3 gallons
  • Canopy is hinged for easy access to tank

Contour and Portrait

  • Portrait available in 5 gallons
  • Contour available in 3 and 5 gallons
  • Glass Tank with Curved Glass and base
  • Light is hinged for easy access to tank
  • Sleek, sliding glass canopy
Marineland Desktop Kits is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 30.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I adore this tank I’ve had this tank for months and couldn’t ask for a more beautiful set up. It works perfectly and I have a very happy betta and nerite.
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I had such high hopes for this tank !! I bought this over a month ago for a Betta and Alge eater i have together in a tank, i wanted something more modern and glass! I saw a handful of reviews that it was ok with a Betta. From go we had issues the filter has an adjustment that changes the Flo.... well it was only working on HIGH so much that it was slashing outside of the tank. Betta was not happy at all, I called C/S they said maybe the filter system was too strong ( even tho i explained the adjustment knob for flo was not changing the flo at all ) so i waited a week they send me a new smaller system that is frankly not enough for this tank. While i appreciate the c/s maybe sending a replacement of the system that goes with this tank would of been better.... now my tank is cloudy within a week .... very disappointed because i love he style of this tank. I think I’m going to have to find another tank system altogether.
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Beautiful but not safe for fish The fish can somehow get over the filter wall divider and I just got fish yesterday and it's happened twice. They are guppies. The tank is beautiful but this is not fish friendly.
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Short Light Life I bought this in November but it sat unused until January. I have live plants in my tank so I used the lights around 6 to 7 hours a week day and I came in to the office Monday and the lights no longer work. Three months seems to be a very short lifespan for LED lights, especially when compared to my Tetra fluorescent light that still works and has been for the last 6 to 7 years.
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I bought this about a year ago as my first fresh water tank and it works grate it has all the things I needed to start it all I needed to bye on the side was rocks,plants and big rocks so my fish can swim in. It has a white light and a blue light with a filter. It has been about 6 months since I bought it and I just cleaned it and it was fine all those six months i have no heater in the tank right now and it is 25 degrees and now that my fresh water fish have passed I will lots of years to come with this fish tank.
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little set up I have had my aquarium for about a year now and it came with everything I needed to set up a tank. I started with about 10 small fish like neon tetras and danio's. I set up a second tank and moved the danio's over and now have a beta in the tank. 8 months ago while cleaning the tank, I dropped lid that comes with the kit and broke it. I recently called to have a new one ordered, I was informed that they would replace the canopy at no charge to me, which included shipping. I received the new one within about a week but sadly, shipping had damaged a corner of the lid. I called back and with zero issues, they informed me that a new lid would be on its way and they didn't even require the damaged lid to be mailed back to them nor did they require photos. It was completely hassle free and I am amazed at the customer support they provided. By far the best I have ever received from anywhere.
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed I’ve really been looking forward to this aquarium for a while now. After setting everything up I was surprised to hear a loud popping noise. It turns out the tank had cracked down the side after not even having it set up for 24 hours. Thankfully I was home because the water that spilled out was splashing on to an electrical outlet. Didn’t buy any fish or plants yet so that was good. Very disappointed in the product.
Date published: 2017-12-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful tank, but needs options for bettas Beautiful tank! But the flow is too strong for bettas and they can see their reflection in the glass. An optional attachment to the filter flow would help (right now I have a cut up piece of sponge shoved in there) and optional backdrop wrap to diffuse the reflection would help a lot.
Date published: 2017-12-12
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I just purchased your Marineland Contour 3 aquarium kit. Item #ML90610 Before I had a chance to use it my cat chewed the cord to the light. Can I get a new light system? Please say yes and how, Where. Thank you.

Asked by: MemaDeb211
It's not sold separately, no, but we'll shoot you an email. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-08-07

Does the Portrait 5 gallon kit include a heater?

Asked by: johnbasenji
No, that would need to be purchased separately. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-07-27

What's the wattage for the contour portrait light?

Asked by: Caden
The light is 1.5 watts. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-07-23

I have the contour 5 and was curious if the LEDs can grow plants. I know for corals will need stronger. Running it as saltwater tank but only trying to grow photosynthetic plants like calurpa. 

Asked by: Timbur3281
Not really, no. That light works okay for low light plants in freshwater tanks like java fern, but is not bright enough for a macro algae, most likely. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-07-16

I have the 3 gallon Marineland silhouette aquarium.  The led light and the pump has quit. Is there anyway to get replacement parts for these items?

Asked by: Tonia
Yes, of course. With the pump though, have you removed the cover to pull out the impeller and clean it? If not, try that first, and then call 1-800-322-1266 to speak with a member of the Care Team about both the light and the pump, if you need it. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-07-05

I’ve had the 3gal contour tank for about 10 days.  I’ve noticed in the back chamber where the pump is, the water has a horrible smell.  The main chamber does not smell.  Should it be like this?  My first aquarium.

Asked by: JanS
As the water is pulled through the back chamber several times an hour, no, there should be no difference in odor in either area. Make sure a fish hasn't died and been pulled into the back chamber, where it may be decaying. We would also recommend checking the cartridge and foam and rinsing them out. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-07-03

Recently bought this tank. Our betta is being sucked into the water intake and getting stuck there. We are already on the lowest flow setting. Ideas to prevent betta from getting stuck at the intake that won't ruin the pump would be great.

Asked by: Susannskyler
Your betta should not be having issues with a flow rate of only 35 gph. We would recommend testing the water quality for ammonia, nitrite, ph, and nitrate. Do a small partial water change. If the water is okay, place a thick cluster of plants directly in front of the intake, and very close to it, to block the betta from being able to swim directly in front of it. My own betta has no issue with a large filter doing 150 gph, and an air pump producing a heavy stream of bubbles in a small tank. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-06-26

Which marineland filter cartridge should I use for the 5 gal portrait tank? Thx!

Asked by: MOHQ
Thank you for asking! This kit uses the Rite Size Z filter cartridges. For more help call Marineland at 1-800-322-1266.
Answered by: Customer Service
Date published: 2018-06-18
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