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 4.0 out of 5 by 27.
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
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
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The strip led lights have gradually fizzled out and now stopped working all together.  I cannot seem to find a replacement on the site.  (Contour). 

Asked by: Andy H
Just call 1-800-322-1266 and we'll send a replacement to you. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-06-11

What is a good air pump for the Contour 3 gallon tank?

Asked by: jkur123
The Contour has a submersible pump in the filter chamber with flow adjustment and it moves the water at a pretty good rate, so you shouldn't need an air pump, but if you want one for an ornament or something, we would recommend the Whisper 10 Air Pump. Be sure to buy check and flow valves, along with your tubing. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-06-07

I have Product No. ML90610-00, the three gallon for about 2-3 months and the filter pump has stopped working. I can't find a replacement for purchase anywhere. Where can I buy a new pump??

Asked by: MrsCt
You do not need a new pump. It just needs cleaning. Unplug it, take it out, and remove the front cover. Once this is off, pull out the tiny impeller from inside of it. Clean this part, and take a q tip to clean out the inside of the pump. If you tend to have hard water, use white vinegar to clean them. If it still will not run, you have a warranty so call 1-800-322-1266. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-05-31

The water level where the pump is is extremely low. I’ve changed the cartridge and also took the pump apart and cleaned it. The water level was fine while the pump was removed but as soon as I turned it on it plummeted again. 

Asked by: Bekah924
That is an indication water is not pulling in as it should. If the cartridge is new, and the pump's impeller and motor are clean, did you rinse out the foam cartridge or check the inlet area of the back panel for any debris? BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-05-30

I've had a 3g contour since February, and the pump has suddenly stopped working. No gunk in tubes, impeller, or box. I have live plants coming in two days. Where on your website can I buy a new pump ASAP?

Asked by: marie25
We are sorry to hear the pump isn't working. Please call Marineland at 1-800-322-1266 for warranty help.
Answered by: Customer Service
Date published: 2018-05-15

Do these tanks have suitable fitration for salt water set ups?

Asked by: Seahorsejack
We have customers use them for nano environments all the time, but you need to upgrade the lighting to do so, remove the carbon and add more biological media. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-05-07

I just noticed that my water level was unusually high. I removed the filter to cover to find the entire chamber almost empty of water, though enough water is getting through that the filter output is still expelling water and the tank is clean. Help?

Asked by: SteveLunny
Most likely your pump is clogged. Unplug it, remove it, and take it apart. Clean out the tubing, and remove the front plate to take out the impeller and clean it, as well as inside the pump. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-04-30

I bought a 5 GL glass aquarium from Petco end of January. The light led just stop working. I verified power from the transformer into the DC jack. How do I apply the warranty?

Asked by: mel87
Simply call 1-800-322-1266. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-04-24
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