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 4.1 out of 5 by 13.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING CUSTOMER SERVICE I've had my 3 gallon Contour for probably 2.5 years. It was an upgrade for my zany Betta, Vincent. Never had a problem, it's easy to clean, very nice to look at, I've always been happy with it. My Pump Tube and Elbows just recently were having problems. The elbows no longer were keeping a seal on the pump tube. I checked with all local big name stores, and couldn't find replacements. I finally called the 800 number on my original paperwork, and a guy named STEVE answered. Talk about AMAZING AMAZING service! I don't know why I'm so surprised about getting the best service in FOREVER for my little 3 gallon Betta tank! Wow. Just wow!I have no clue where he was located, and shame on me, I should have asked for his supervisor to let her/him know the guy was off the hook wonderful!He even knew about My Neighbor Totoro, which puts his rating at 15 on a scale of 1 - 10!Floored In Valley Springs!Kimberly
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy Customer Bought the Contour 3 year and a half ago and we've been very happy with it. Easy to setup easy to care for.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Pump not working I bought the marineland silhouette 3 gallon. The air pump that filters the water did not turn on at all, so I had to purchase a new pump.I got a corallife pump and now the water pressure is to hard.If the air pump worked I would've given it more stars
Date published: 2016-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy I love it ! Easy to set up, quiet, big enough & small enough. Looks stylish in my living room .
Date published: 2016-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful tank I only had issue with the directions. I am usually quite tech savvy, and tried the website basically it was promotional only. I scanned You tube and it listed the contore model only. Between all the same size tanks currently available (different brands)i eventually figured it out, but they all have major differences in instillation techniques...a more detailed instillation manual / Video available on the actual products you bought on the website (listed on the box as "help") would be better served. But once it was all squared away. I love it, it's well made, sturdy, and attractive, as well as my fish seem to be really enjoying the extra space. If they revamp their installation manual I will be sure to upgrade to a larger one when needed.
Date published: 2016-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 gallon Portrait tank I have this tank as my first tank and it is beautiful. Everything works how it should and I love the filtering set up in the back. The water stays crystal clear and there is plenty of movement and water ciculation. The seamless curved front design is the best too. Only problem is that I want more fish and I am already looking to go up to a bigger tank ,but I can't find something similar in a larger size. I would urge Marineland to produce the same tank in 10, 15, 20 and 25 gallon sizes. I would be buying one tomorrow if they existed.
Date published: 2016-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Customer service I purchased this tank a few days ago. I was not sure how the pump was to work as it was making a very loud noise. I contacted customer service and the lady was very nice and knowledgeable. Now my aquarium is up and running and the apperance is very nice.!
Date published: 2016-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 3 Gallon Contour Tank Kit I have had this system for about 1 year now and can't say enough about how much I enjoy it. Everything has worked wonderfully with no failures. I put my light on a small timer and it turns on at 7 am and goes off at 9 pm.Keep up the good work with the wonderful small kits like this to help improve our work areas!
Date published: 2016-01-05
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Where do you find replacement parts especially the bio-foam for the 3gal contour marineland tank? ML 90626.........

Asked by: kevbrew
Such parts are typically sold through locally owned, and operated fish stores. You can also call us at 1-800-322-1266.BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-01-16

Just bought a Contour 3 and was wondering if it can be used without the base, or some other suggested alternative. Need to keep it low due to size constraints.

Asked by: Stroomer
Yes, you can use it without the base if you prefer. That will not be an issue as it is there basically for aesthetics.BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-01-09

Just purchased the Contour 5 and was wondering what Kelvin the LEDs were. Also I opened my box and the filter cover is warped and will not sit flat on top of the tank. Is a replacement available?

Asked by: Betta Newbie
Congratulations no your new aquarium kit! The kelvin rating is only 5900. Low light plants like anubias, java fern and crypts seem to do fine in this kit, but other moderate to high light plants will not. Neither will coral, etc. No, the filter cover is the only piece not available separately. We would need to replace the entire kit for you. I will reach out to you directly or you can call 1-800-322-1266.BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-01-09

What does the bio-foam do? I'm not exactly sure what it is or what it's for and it doesn't say anywhere. Also, why would you replace the cartridge? I know the carbon has to be refilled but wouldn't replacing it spike the ammonia and could kill the fish?

Asked by: Rennie
Thank you for your interest in this Marineland kit Rennie! The bio foam is your biological filter. You don't replace this, you only rinse it in aquarium water that you remove during water changes, and it houses a lot of your beneficial bacteria that prevent the ammonia spike you are referring to in your question. The cartridge becomes clogged, and will no longer catch debris, and the carbon is no longer effective after 3-4 weeks so you throw the cartridge away and put a new on in. Because the bacteria are housed on the foam, and throughout your gravel, no ammonia spike occurs, hence, no fish loss.BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-01-05

what are the dimensions of the 5 gallon contour tank

Asked by: BarbJ971
11.5 x 11.5 x 16.5 inches.BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-01-03

Holes on baffle toward bottom of the tank between tank and filtration chamber. Can they be blocked so unit will operate similar to sump overflow to get more "skimming" action? Trying for that "Waterfall" action through a weir.

Asked by: Bradley1978
Thank you for your interest in this product! Yes, you could block the lower opening for the filter, however, you must be diligent in keeping the water level high enough that it continues to flow over the weir. Having the openings below ensures circulation even for low water situations. As well, there is a value to drawing water from down low and bringing it to the surface as it improves the overall mixing of the water. The lower reaches will natural have less dissolved oxygen than at the surface.BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-01-03

I purchased the Marineland Silhoutte and was wondering, how many watts are the leds? Im trying to figure out what all i can grow with them. Also, where can i get a lid for it?

Asked by: awmullis
Thank you for purchasing this Marineland product! Wattage does not relate to the amount of light that live plants require. You want a light that provides 6500 Kelvin. This lighting system is only 5500 Kelvin. Some low light plants, such as anubias, may do okay with it, but it is not recommended for moderate to high light plants.In regards to the lid, we do not provide one for the Silhouette, but it will take the same lid as that on the Contour and Portrait kits. I will email you directly.BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-01-03

Hi, does it matter which side of the cartridge carrier that the bio foam goes in? I don't think its very clear in the instructions. Currently, I have the bio foam on the tank side of the carrier.

Asked by: tbiird
Yes, it does make a difference, to some degree. The bio foam should be on the tank side, up against the bottom inlet.BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-12-28
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