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

Can we get a replacement for the top cover?

Asked by: Ownedbycats
Let me guess - one of the cats is why you need a lid? Yes, we have replacement ones available. I will email you directly for your information. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-10-12

I have the 5 gal setup..i want to know what it would require for me to put an animated air bubble figure eg. treasure chest? Do i need seperate equiptment? Please let me know if you can help me on this. Thanks

Asked by: Theodore853
Besides the treasure chest, you would need to buy about 2-4 feet of airline tubing, a check valve, and a Whisper 10 Air Pump. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-05-15

I've had my Contour 3 tank for 6 months and the pump just went out. Is there a common fix? If not, where can I get a replacement?

Asked by: JanetJ2
Hi JanetJ2, Yes, usually when they stop, they need to have the cover removed, and the impeller pulled out for cleaning. Swab out the inside of the pump with a q tip, hot water and vinegar. Clean the impeller with vinegar, hot water and a soft cloth. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-05-01

What size filter cartridge is used for the Portrait 5 gal aquarium?

Asked by: Anonymous
That would be the Rite Size Z filter cartridge. It is currently out of stock on our site, however, so try Petsmart or Amazon. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-04-25

Good day! Today a transformer blew up at my residence and also blew out my Marineland 5 gallon tank lighting! I need to order a new light bulb asap. Thanks for your help!

Asked by: Rita P
These kits have LED lighting with several bulbs. We will reach out to you directly. In the future it is highly recommended to have all aquarium products plugged into power strips with surge protection. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-04-17

I have absolutely no clue how to assemble the filter. The directions aren't helping me. I know the pump goes in the water, but where does the plastic tube that attaches to the pump go to? I think I need more explicit directions.

Asked by: manders
The pump sits on the right side of the filter chamber, to the left of the cartridge holder. The tube comes straight up and towards the left end of the tank, assuming you are facing the tank. The tube turns towards the front of the tank, and connects to the outlet diffuser. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-06-20

How do I change the LED light from night to day? Also I'm really irritated because my kit came without a pump for the filter, so I can't work the filter. I currently have another filter running in the tank. How can I get the pump?

Asked by: manders
The toggle switch allows you to have blue only or blue/white combined or off. Just toggle it over to the blue/white combination. We will email you directly to assist you with the pump. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-04-12

How do I get the led lighr replacement

Asked by: Judi52
We will reach out to you directly, but you can also call 1-800-322-1266. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-04-10

I purchased 3 Marineland ML90609 Portrait Aquarium Kit, 5-Gallon on 3/24, where can I buy replacement filters for the future.

Asked by: Juan Q
You can order them here or purchase them through various fish stores, and online vendors. They take the Rite Size Z cartridge. Petsmart, and Petco carry them, I think. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-04-03

Hello, I have the Contour 3 gallon tank and it is beautiful! But can you please tell me how does the water flow in the filter media? It enters first through the sponge? And then, which is the direction of flow?

Asked by: Bibi RM
It flows through the openings into sponge area, then upwards and over the divider into the pump chamber. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-03-29

It is possible to place a submersible 25 watt heater in the back of the aquarium with the filtration and pump?

Asked by: gtm1226
No, never place any heater in the back compartment at all as this can be risky. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-03-21

I wanted to ask if you sell the glass lid for the marineland contour 3 (5 gallon)?

Asked by: Chichy
Hi Chichy, Unfortunately, no, we sure don't, not at this time. However, we would be happy to reach out directly via email, and send one to you at our expense. You can also call us at 1-800-322-1266. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-10-12

I've had my tank for almost a year. My blue leds aren't working anymore. Is there a way to change them or do I have to buy a new hood? Or deal with no night time light?

Asked by: acrisafulli321
None of the above. They are under warranty, but are not sold separately at this time. We will reach out to you via email, but you can also call us at 1-800-322-1266 for assistance. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-03-15


Asked by: YUKEE
Yes, we do have replacement tops for these tanks. We will email you. You can also call 1-800-322-1266. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-03-15

I have a Marinland 5 gallon tank. The instructions are NOT very clear and it does not tell you where to put the Biological Filtration (Black sponge block) specifically around the tank. Can someone please explain to me where this block goes specifically ??

Asked by: supersupau
On the right hand side of the filter chamber is the cartridge holder. The sponge goes in the bottom of it on the side closest to the back wall. Cartridge goes up top, in front, with the black plastic facing the tank. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-03-14

What is the glass tank size for 5 gallon contour? I see the the below product dimensions. 16.8 inches including led light? I would like to know glass tank dimensions. Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 11.8 x 16.8 inches

Asked by: Kumi
9.5 x 7.5 x 14. These dims are for the glass only, not including the filter compartment. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-05-31

Hello! I have been enjoying my 5 gallon portrait for almost three years! Recently my water pump started to make rattling noise, probably worn impeller bushing. So i was wondering how can i order a new water pump along with rubber elbow connectors. Thanks

Asked by: Igor
We would first recommend taking the pump apart to clean it with some white vinegar. Soak the impeller for about 10-15 minutes, and swab out the motor itself with a q tip and vinegar. If this does not correct the issue, please give us a call at 1-800-526-0650. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-04-05

I have a 5 gallon half moon aquarium. What kind of fish should I put in it,and how many?

Asked by: Kandi
Stick with small fish that will not grow more than an inch and a half, and start with only one for the first week or so to help get the biological filter started. Some good species for a 5 gallon tank include: betta white clouds tetras like von rio, phantom, rummy nosed or neons (neons can be hard to keep so be aware) pygmy corydoras catfish platy Depending on which species you pick, you can keep 2-4 fish in the tank, overall. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-03-06

What is the difference between the Contour 5 and the Portrait 5?

Asked by: S10kittty
The only difference is the light. One has the blade (Portrait) and the Contour has a rounded light fixture. LEDS are the same, and everything else is the same. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-03-06

Some how lost the black sponge for one of my 5 gallon portrait tanks how or where I can find more ?

Asked by: ValS
ValS, Thank you for your inquiry. We are sorry to hear this and would be happy to help you as a courtesy. We will email you directly for more information in regards to the replacement of the foam. Thank you, Christina
Answered by: MINI
Date published: 2017-03-03

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: 2018-02-10

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: 2017-02-28

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

Hello, I just purchased a Marineland Contour 5 Aquarium Kit and noticed a scratch in the front glass in the upper half of the aquarium. The scratch is more noticeable with the light on, is there a way to get rid of it? Thanks

Asked by: Suzi N
Unfortunately, no, there is no easy way to get rid of it, if at all. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-02-02

I love my tank but my cat went fishing today and broke the glass lid. Anybody know where I can get a replacement or at least the side strips so I can have glass cut?

Asked by: Dana C
We do not sell the lid separately, but will contact you via email to assist you. You may also call 1-800-322-1266 for assistance. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-10-12
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