Marineland Desktop Kits

Product No. ML90610-00
Find a Store In Stock

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 4.0 out of 5 by 26.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Out of this world customer service! I bought the contour 5 desktop fish tank about a year ago and established a fresh water tank. About a month ago I realized the filtration system took a dump on me.. I reached out to customer service (that was very helpful through the cleaning process) and even after it wasn’t working.. well instead of just sending the new filtration system like I had anticipated, they were gracious enough to send me a whole new fish tank! I cannot thank you enough for all of your help Marineland!
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Axolotl Condo Hi there, I bought this awesome 3 gallon Contour tank 4 days ago, just got it set up on day 5. LOVE IT and it is perfect for my daughter's Axolotl ( no heavy filter flow, etc. ). But I would like to suggest better directions for setting up the filter. I had to go to some guy's YouTube to figure out what the heck was I doing wrong. Number 1, I got confused because the 3 gallon tank and 5 gallon tank parts and pieces were on my 3 gallon assembly paper, it only said 3g or 5g with model number ( I didn't know what the heck that was until I did research online). I thought I was missing a part so instead of bugging the guy at the fish store a second time, I tried to be creative and went to the hardware store for longer tubes ( photo number 1 where it says pump tube I was looking for a hard plastic tube). Number 2, I didn't know that the pump was to actually be submerged INTO the back water compartment or anywhere in the water, number three, I had no idea what to do with the elbows. All and all I am HAPPY AND THRILLED with my purchase, but the directions need to be a little clearer. I have had TONS of aquariums throughout the decades with many different pumps and filters, but I have never been so confused before. Totally would recommend to a friend, but I would have to help them now that I know.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Filter trouble My only complaint is the filter was silent the first few minutes I turned it on, but then it starts making a strange noise (it still runs when it does this, but it's annoying). Is there any way I can fix this?
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Pump has failed twice. I bought this tank less then 6 months ago. With in the 1st month the pump pushed all the water into the front of the tank and stopped working the store replaced the pump. Today we found the pump hardly moving water and then it stopped agian..
Date published: 2017-08-09
  • y_2018, m_4, d_24, h_4
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvrr, vn_bulk_2.0.8
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasreviews, tv_0, tr_26
  • loc_en_US, sid_ML90610, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=SUBMISSION_TIME, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_marineland

I have the 5g portrait and was wondering what the flow rate is on the lowest setting and on the highest? I'm trying to use aqadvisor wondered if this tank or filter are listed there? Thanks.

Asked by: mhmfish
The lowest flow is 30 gph, and the highest is 75 gph. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-04-12

Got the Portrait 5g back in November. The pump has quit working. Went through these Q&A post and cleaned it with White Vinegar, removing the face plate and impeller as suggested. Nothing. Need some info on how to get a new pump.

Asked by: Dethkrik
Sorry to hear your pump is not working! Call 1-800-322-1266 and request warranty on it. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-04-12

I would like to put adf's in my 5-gallon portrait Aquarium. Do I need something to aerate the aquarium?

Asked by: Dicedpeaches
You shouldn't need anything if the pump is kept on maximum. It has some pretty good movement. If the frogs don't like the flow, then reduce it and add a small air stone near the bottom with fine bubbles. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-04-10

Does anyone have any suggestions for fixing the flow of the current for betta fish? I have mine on the lowest setting but it still seems too strong for my little guy. 

Asked by: Natalieeee
The lowest setting is barely 30 gallons per hour. If he cannot handle this flow rate, we recommend testing the water quality, and carefully inspecting him for illness. My own personal betta is handling 150 gph without any issues at all. You can also move the diffuser so the water is directed in different directions, that may help, and place a large cluster of plants in front of the diffuser. Bettas need a good sleeping place, and they prefer a cluster of plants or a cave like piece of decor. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-04-09

Woops, in my question where I asked about lessening the flow, I forgot to mention that I have the Portriat 5 gallon tank. I have tried using a sponge already but that didn't seem to work. 

Asked by: Natalieeee
The pump itself has a flow control on it. Simply push the lever to the minimum or ( - ) sign for the slowest flow rate. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-04-09

I have a 3 gallon contour. I know not to replace the black biological filter, but should I ever clean it?

Asked by: Bah5127
Yes, you rinse it out whenever you replace your cartridge or it becomes clogged. You can rinse it in a bucket of fish water during a water change or with cool water. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-04-18

I need to put a heater in my 5 gallon Portrait. How can I run the cable of the heater in the aquarium?

Asked by: ItsInTents
It is best to place it in the back left hand corner of the tank portion, and then the cord folds over the back slot of the back wall and goes out the slot in the pump chamber cover in the left back corner. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-04-02

The instructions omit critical statements regarding pump placement: does it go in the back near the filter? Is it able to me submersed?

Asked by: Taxsmith
Yes, as indicated in the diagram, it goes into the filter chamber. This is the back chamber of the tank. The diffuser and elbow will exit that chamber on the far left side of it (when you are facing the tank). And yes, the pump is most definitely fully submersible and will burn up if not submerged at all times. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-03-28
  • y_2018, m_4, d_24, h_4CST
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvqa, vn_bulk_2.0.8
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasquestionsanswers, tq_243
  • loc_en_US, sid_ML90610, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=LAST_APPROVED_ANSWER_SUBMISSION_TIME, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_marineland