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

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

DIfference between Portrait and Contour 5?

It looks like both aquariums are available in a 5 gallon unit. I'd like to use one for a saltwater tank. I haven't seen any real differences, but by the name I would assume the contour is bowed somewhat. Is there a difference in the components included with each kit (one better than another for saltwater) or is it just the tank is physically different? Thanks!
Asked by: scoobasteve
Actually, neither. The only difference is in the light style. The Portrait has a wider light that slants down in the front. The Contour has a much more narrow strip of a light. Although the shapes of the lights look much different, the leds are the same, 9 whites, 6 blues, Kelvin rating at 6000. Both are good tanks for low to moderate live plants, but while fine for saltwater tanks, not suitable for corals. Fish only or you could probably also add live rock. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-03-10

Pump cord

Hi Does the pump power cord route through the black back tank (in the water)?
Asked by: Betty2528
It routes up over the back left corner of the tank (if you are facing the front of the tank). There is a slot it slides over. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-02-02

what color are the white leds, kelvin

Asked by: kumba63
The kelvin rating on these lights is 6000K. They seem to grow both low and moderate light plants pretty well. They are not suitable for marine corals, etc. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-12-02

will the pump on the portrait 5g handle saltwater

Asked by: kumba63
Yes, you can use the Portrait for a salt water system. Just keep in mind the light is not appropriate for corals, etc. The pump will simply need cleaning more often like any other equipment used in marine water. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-01-30

Have the Silhouette 3 - any way to adjust intake of filter?

Our one betta keeps getting stuck against the intake holes for the filter; the suction is too strong and the betta is too young/small to be strong enough to keep themselves away from it. Right now we've unplugged the filter to avoid our betta getting hurt, but long term this is not a good option and defeats the purpose of having a filter in the first place. Is there a way to lessen the intake suction power for the filter, what would you recommend? thanks in advance.
Asked by: bettaQueen
Yes, there is a flow regulator on the pump itself. You will need to unplug it, pull it out, and move the slide towards the little marks. Minimum flow on this filter is 35 gph, maximum flow is 75 gph. Additionally, put a cluster of plants in front of the filter intake to help break up the flow. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-06-28

How do I adjust the flow of water coming out?

Just purchased a Marineland Silhouette 3 gallon for our new betta. There seems to be a lot of current for the fish. I can't figure out how to adjust the flow of water coming out of the pump. Read instructions multiple times, tried Googling- can't find an answer/how to. Please help.
Asked by: bettaQueen
On the pump itself is a little slide that you can move to decrease the flow rate. There are marks on this slide. In one direction they get smaller, for less air flow, in the other direction, they get larger, for more air flow. You will need to pull the pump out of the chamber in order to adjust the flow rate. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-01-25

i want a kit

where can i view your catalogue and do you ship to the UK?
Asked by: jockey 17
We do not sell direct, and no, we do not sell to the U.K. unfortunately. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-01-14

Is an air pump required for a Contour 5 Gallon Tank

I have 4 small fan tailed guppies. I actually have an air pump now but would like to get rid of it because the tank is on my desk and I want to get rid of the air pump noise. If I don't need an air pump should I set the pump discharge to make more turbulence on the surface to get more air in to the water? By the way, I have had this tank system for a year and absolutely love it! I am in a home office with no windows and it sure does relieve the boredom!
Asked by: Frosty
No, it is not required, and yes, we would recommend adjusting the pump for more agitation and more filtration. Glad to hear you love it! I may be biased, but I do think they make excellent desktop tanks. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-01-11

Marineland Portrait 5gallons

What are the dimensions of the Portrait 5 gallons Desktop Aquarium? Thanks
Asked by: Timothy007
10.6 x 10.6 x 20" BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-01-11

Stand for the Contour 5 Gallon

Hi there! I recently purchased my second contour 5 gallon, but later realized the laminate book shelf I have it on is really not as sturdy as I'd like it to be. Do you have a stand that you recommend for this tank? I love them, if I had more room, I'd have more (or a bigger Marineland tank!)
Asked by: HobbitFish
Unfortunately, no, these small tanks are considered desktop tanks or kitchen counter tanks, as the case may be. Therefore, we do not have stands for them. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-01-11

what size filter goes with the desktop silouette?

I bought 2 types of filters and had to return both because of size.....we have the marineland siloutte desktop kit
Asked by: Regina
Rite Size Z Cartridge is the correct filter cartridge. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-01-08
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