Marineland Desktop Kits

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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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I need to know the thickness of the portrait aquarium glass thank you also lost my paper, can you send me a parts ordering list for the Portrait tank?

Asked by: avariss41
5 mm. The parts list is in the instruction manual which is downloadable from the product page:, BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-02-21

The waterflow coming out is too fast for my betta and the overflow is sucking the betta fins into it when it comes up for air. We had to unplug the filter pump to resolve the issue. How do we adjust the speed of the pump?

Asked by: JAXZ
Pull the pump up out of the back compartment, and turn the knob on the end of it. Turn it towards the - sign to reduce it. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-02-21

I need to get an algae magnet for the glass. What is the glass thickness? Thank you!

Asked by: MT2017
It is 5mm. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-02-15

can these tanks be drilled for a feed to a sump.

Asked by: BruceC
They are not tempered, but any drilling voids all warranty. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-02-13

Can you use live plants in the 5 gallon portrait with the led lighting that comes with the kit? Thanks

Asked by: Darwood
Yes, we have seen great success with java fern, java moss, anubias, cryptocorynes, and some minor success with Amazon swords. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-02-10

i have the contour 3 gallon kit, i have a stupid question, where does the pump go, insde the tank or outside

Asked by: eclaireb
The pump actually goes into the back chamber. The outlet diffuser will come out over the back, left hand corner and into the front part of the tank. The pump should always be submerged. I will email directions to you. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-02-10

I have the 5 gallon tank and decided to turn it into a shrimp tank. I noticed that 2 or 3 of the shrimp got stuck behind the plastic thing and now I can't reach them. Is there a way to to cover the holes in the plastic or get the shrimp out?

Asked by: Hello There
Yes in answer to both questions. First, to remove them, unplug the pump and take it out. Also take out the cartridge/foam holder as well. Now to remove the shrimp, you can either use a shrimp net (there are some nets on the market for these animals) or probably the simplest thing to do is take a basic gravel vacuum (with no battery or power of any sort) or piece of vinyl tubing, and create a siphon that would siphon them out and into a bucket, then use a normal net and put them back in the tank. So if you use a standard, basic gravel vac for your water changes, do a normal water change, and then place the vacuum back in that area and siphon them out. In regards to preventing them from being pulled in again, you can cut out a piece of nylon stocking and silicone it inside the panel or cut a piece of foam media and place it in the cartridge/foam holder so it would be up against the holes. The shrimp would enjoy the latter suggestion because they could nibble on the plankton, etc., that form on the foam through the openings. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-02-10

Can the Marineland Silhouette Glass 3 Gallon LED Aquarium Kit be used for saltwater setups?

Asked by: NCCraig919
Yes, it can. The light is not suitable for live corals or anemones, etc., however, so you would need to supplement that part of it, but it can be used, otherwise. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-02-09
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