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 21.
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
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Tank Portrait 5 gal I've had this tank for about 2 months. I ordered it from Big Al's. I am new to fish keeping and had questions about the tank. The help desk was happy to walk me through things. I was wondering if there were accessories for this tank. It would be great if there were a media basket that fit the sump. I wanted to use the Marineland activated carbon and the Marineland bio balls. I would have given it 5 stars if there were accessories that allowed me to extend and enhance the tank.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 3 gallon reef tank I have my tank for 7 months and its a great nano reef tank. I'm making a plexiglas hood with custom leds and cooling fan. I'll post a updated picture in about a week with the hood on it.
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loving it I just recently bought the Contour 5 and it is beautiful, it is very sleek and not bulky looking, the design is very pretty. The filter is silent and works well but the instructions on how to set it up wasn't very clear because I didn't know if I was supposed to keep the filter pump in the back. Although it is very simple and easy to set up which I like. It is the perfect desktop tank because it doesn't take up much room and is perfect for Bettas and small fish. The only question I have is where do I get a replacement lighting once it dies?
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 gallon Portrait We love our 5 gallon Portrait aquarium! Beautiful design, love the LED lighting, and the filtration system is super quiet. Our male Betta and African Dwarf Frog couldn't be happier! Thanks Marineland!
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I can't complain I love my tank I've had my tank, portrait, for less then a year, I love having this tank in my bathroom. Our blue lights stopped working and costumer service has been kind enough to replace it under warranty. I am a second generation MarineLand buyer, and I will keep buying from MarineLand. This tank is very easy for set up and cleaning.
Date published: 2017-03-17
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What are the "overall" dimensions for the 5 gallon portrait & contour?

Asked by: Wildmutant
9.5 x 9.5 x 16 inches. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-10-12

Can you use the contour 5 as a saltwater tank?

Asked by: GiddyUp
Yes, although the light is not suitable for reef style tanks. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-10-12

We just got our portrait tank all set up and it’s gorgeous. However, the pump is on the lowest setting and it still seems to harsh for our betta. Is there a sponge cover I could get for where the water comes out to soften the flow a bit? Any tips? Thanks!

Asked by: AmyR
We do not make a sponge cover for it, no, but the diffuser is also adjustable. You can change the direction of it which may help. Also, place some tall plants in front of the diffuser or a large piece of decor to interrupt the flow rate. At the lowest setting it is only moving water at a rate of 35 gph, your betta really should not have an issue with this flow, so you may also want to test the water quality in case he is stressed for some reason. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-10-12

I recently purchase the 5 Gallon portrait. Unfortunately the filter does not do a good job. I put new filters weekly clean sponge.. Is their a bigger filter I can replace it with? or warranteed larger filter..

Asked by: tina scavron
The filter that comes with the tank is appropriate for such a small tank, and has a flow rate that can be adjusted between 35 and 75 gph. It does need to be taken apart periodically to clean the impeller like any other filter, in order to keep maximum flow. This small of a tank also requires a small, weekly water change, and can only house a couple of small fish, maybe 4 maximum, such as neon tetras. If your filter is clogging rapidly, this is a sign of either an over stocked or possibly over fed tank. Feed twice a day, but feed only one piece of food per fish in general. This is the only filter available specifically for this tank, but you can also use a hang on the back power filter, you just have to remove the back cover. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-10-11

Is the LED on the Marineland portrait 5 gallon marine suitable ... If not do you sell one that is . The light kit to be more specific ...

Asked by: JustJason
No, and unfortunately, no. We discontinued our Reef LED, but have some new innovative products we will be bringing to market soon. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-10-06

I'm looking at either the Portrait or Silhouette tank to replace my daughters starter betta tank. Is there a spot for a heater in these tanks? Is it necessary? We're new to betta ownership but I want to make sure we get what we need but not overspend.

Asked by: AmyR
You can put the heater in the front portion of the tank, do not put it in the filter area. If you are facing the tank, on the left hand back wall there is an area where you can pull the cord through. You do indeed need a heater as bettas require warm water of 76-80 degrees. The pump in either of the ones you are looking at allows you to adjust the flow rate too, which is good as some bettas are not the best swimmers. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-10-08

Is the back glass of the Contour 3 tempered? I'd like to drill the back panel to tie this into another system.

Asked by: JohnJohnJohn
No, it is not, but any drilling will void the warranty on any part of the tank. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-09-28

I need a replacement glass top for the 5 gallon...

Asked by: Mattchu
No problem! Simply call 1-800-322-1266 to order one under warranty. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-09-20
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