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

I purchased the 3 gallon tank on July 2/16 and the light just stopped working. Is the light covered by warranty since this happened less than 2 months after I bought the tank? How can I get a replacement? Thank you!

Asked by: JulesJoy
Yes, it would be covered under warranty, we would just need to know which 3 gallon you own, and of course, your information. Someone will contact you directly. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-08-22

I purchased the marineland nook 3 kit.  I'm in the process of putting it together.  Do I submerge the motor that is attached to the filter?  

Asked by: chelle808
Yes, you sure do! It attaches to the inside of the tank, and the cord also goes in the water. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-08-27

I own the silhouette tank. Filter is making a loud sucking noise. Back of the tank doesn't seem to be holding water like it should be. Any suggestions?

Asked by: sryan
Water should be able to just move through the two intake areas to fill the back, even without the pump working. As it is not, it sounds like there is a clog of some sort. Perhaps the cartridge and the foam both need replacing/or cleaning. Check to make sure nothing is blocking the two intake areas such as plant matter or gravel. The pump should be opened, and the impeller pulled out for cleaning. If you tend to have hard water, remove the impeller and soak it in white vinegar for about 15 minutes. Please give us a call if you cannot resolve the issue. 1-800-322-1266. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-08-11

i have two of our 3 gallon contour desktop tanks and one of them, the led lights has four (4) white lights out .i ask the store where i bought it about a replacement light .they said they cant get one .

Asked by: tenny
We do not sell parts to this unit at this time, however, we have them to send out upon request. We will contact you directly. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-08-08

Where can I find a replacement impeller for the contour 5 gallon pump? Mine came broken but I didn't realize it for quite some time (since it was always missing a prong, I didn't realize it should have 3 instead of 2 until I inspected it closely).

Asked by: Ravenshadow861
That would be replaced by us, under warranty. Someone will be in touch directly. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-08-04

3 gallon Contour. I understand that the pump is submergable but it's not clear how it should be placed in the back chamber. Does it sit with the suction cups on the bottom of the tank? I want to make sure it is safe to have a foot of cord in the water.

Asked by: Jenpurl
Yes, the feet go on the bottom of the chamber, and yes, the cord is safe to go in the water. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-01-27

I purchased the marineland portrait glass 5 gallon led aquarium kit less than a year ago and the led lights began flickering before going out. Now my tank has no functioning light. Is there a replacement option? How do I resolve the issue?

Asked by: Raziel
Good morning, Thank you for your inquiry and we are more than happy to help you replace the light that is no longer working on your tank. We will be emailing you directly for more information. MINI
Answered by: MINI
Date published: 2017-01-30

I just purchased the Nook 3. Does the blue mesh on the filter cartridge face forward to the front of the filter, or towards the back? 

Asked by: B8SB8S
Towards the back of the filter. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-07-25

I have a 5 gal model. WHERE do I BUY new sponge filter? the unit has 2 filters. one carbon that I CAN FIND but I can't find a replacement for the sponge/foam filter. it's old and ratty

Asked by: Dale larsen
Petco and Petsmart would be your best bet. We'd be happy to send one to you though, free of charge. I will email you directly. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-07-20

I just purchased the Portrait Glass 5 Gallon LED Aquarium Kit and I can't seem to find replacement filter cartridges. Am I missing something? What should I be using as replacement filter cartridges

Asked by: claireb2
Good afternoon, Thanks for your inquiry. Currently the Rite-Size P filters are sold exclusively at PetSmart. If you can’t find them at a local store, they are sold at, as item #36-5230301. Thank you, MINI
Answered by: MINI
Date published: 2016-07-12

Are the tank dimensions of the contour 5 and portrait 5 both the same? Petco has the portrait listed as being 11.8" L X 11.8" W X 16.8" H while Dr. sfostersmith has the contour listed as being 9-5/8"L x 9-5/8"W x 14" H

Asked by: Tyson
Yes, they are the same. Drs. Foster and Smith would be correct, Petco's are off just a bit. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-12-02

Is this blue LED suitable for plant growth?

Asked by: WTang
Low light plants tend to do well in these set ups, although I would not recommend them for higher light needy plants. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-12-02

Do I put in the entire filter with motor inside the water?

Asked by: Yvett
Yes, the pump is submersible. The entire thing will go in the water. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-06-27

Can I use it as a saltwater tank 

Asked by: vill2283
Yes, it is suitable for a nano fish only marine tank. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-06-27

How do I get the spout to be silent but not spew water out the back? If I point it downward, it is silent, no trickle sound, but water sprays out the back of the spout. If I point upwards, there is no spraying but loud trickling. Thank you.

Asked by: deebs
It requires fine tuning. You don't just point it straight downward. Gradually move it into a position where it is downward, perhaps not as far as what you are doing now, and water is not spraying out. Your water level should be about 1.5-2" below the top edge of the tank as well. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-06-06

Can you tell me what the GPH is on the pump for the 5 gallon model? I plan to use this with a different light and make it saltwater. Thanks!

Asked by: zeekthegeek
30-75 gph and is fully adjustable. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-05-31

My power filter continues to "die".  My fish store people have helped me in the past. However, they are 1 hour away.  How can I get replacement parts for the Contour 3?

Asked by: Elveness
With this filter, all you need to do is slide the bottom cover off of the pump, pull out the impeller, clean it, and take a q tip to the inside of the pump as well. If you continue to have issues, just give us a call, and our Consumer Relations Team will be happy to assist you with a replacement. 1-800-322-1266. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-05-25

I purchased a 3 gallon Silhouette 6 months ago. The light stopped working and I was sent a replacement. It's the wrong light. I was sent a contour 5 light. Now my filter isn't working properly, even though the tank has been meticulously maintained. 

Asked by: Jamieliz83
Apologies for the wrong light, but we would be happy to correct that issue for you by sending the correct one. In regards to the filter, you most likely need to open the pump up, remove the impeller, and clean it. I will email you directly so that I may be able to assist you. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-05-13

I purchased a Silhouette square glass 3 gallon aquarium six months ago and the white light has burned out. How can I replace it?

Asked by: Jamieliz83
I'm sorry to hear this. I will contact you directly for your information so we can send you a new one. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-04-21

I purchased a Portrait July of last year.  The LED lighting has burned out.  Is there a replacement unit available for it.

Asked by: Alex Alamo
Yes, I will email you directly for your information. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-04-19

Contour 3g: Can I purchase a replacement light-fixture for the tank?  Some of the LEDs are "dead".  Thank you!

Asked by: Kalo82
We do not sell the light to it separately. I will email you directly for your info and we can send one to you. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-04-15

was wondering what the light spectrum on the led white lights were for the portrait and contour desktop kits.  thank you.

Asked by: LauraH
Good morning, Thank you for your inquiry. The light would be a cool white LED light. MINI
Answered by: MINI
Date published: 2016-12-02

I have a 5 gallon portrait. I want to build a refugium to keep algae down. What is the dimension of the filter chamber? I need to this to order cut-to-size plastics to do this project.

Asked by: Sullest
9.5" long x 2.25" wide BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-03-15

I have the 5 gallon portrait tank. Can I use a bag of Purigen in the filter compartment? Would it replace the cartridge?

Asked by: eohippus
You can use it, yes, but I would probably place it over in the pump chamber instead, for space reasons. And no, that does not replace the filter cartridge. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-03-14

I have the 5 gallon tank and can't figure out which replacement filters to buy. Can you send me a link to the correct size?

Asked by: jjtaylor
These take Rite Size Z. Click on the size box for the drop down menu and select Rite Size Z. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-03-11

I have the Contour 3 and am looking for an automatic feeder.  Do you have any recommendations of one that will work with the glass cover?

Asked by: beckyv
Unfortunately, no, we sure don't. We don't make one that is battery operated or electrical. We do make some vacation gel blocks you drop into the tank. Those are under our Tetra brand name. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-03-10

I  purchased the 5 gallon portrait on from Amazon.  The pump was making a horrible noise. I finally opened the pump and noted that there was no impeller.  I checked the box and still found no impeller.  Where can I purchase one?

Asked by: Margaretb
The pump itself is silent; it makes no noise as it is only a magnet. The sound you heard would have been the impeller. Please contact us directly so we can gather some more information from you. 1-800-322-1266. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-03-09

Do you ship to the United Kingdom

Asked by: jockey 17
Unfortunately, no, we do not. For information on our products over there, visit our global site at, and click on the link to your country. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-03-01

I have the contour 3 for my betta fish. So far loving it, looks great and he's super happy! Wish I had gotten the 5 now for him. My question is I didn't receive a bio foam in the kit and was wondering if I can buy one and where it should be placed?

Asked by: JaneJohnson
If you will call our Consumer Relations Team directly at 1-800-322-1266, they would be happy to send a foam to you, free of charge. The foam goes in the bottom chamber of the cartridge holder, and on the side facing the inside of the tank. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-03-01

I just bought a Portrait 5 gallon, and it seems very turbulent for my beta. I've turned the pump down all the way, but it doesn't seem to have reduced the water flow back into the tank.what else can I do? 

Asked by: Flyntiggr
Thank you for your inquiry. You might need to raise the water level in the tank so that the water that is coming out of the diffuser is not punding the water surface in the tank. This will make the water flow rate a little calmer as it is being release into your system. We have several of these with Betas in them here at the office with no issue. MINI
Answered by: MINI
Date published: 2016-02-24
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