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

Protein skimmer

Is there a skimmer to add to this set up?
Asked by: kally
No, we do not make one nor know of one small enough for desktop kits like this. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-01-04


What kind of replacement filter cartridge do I need for the 3 gallon silhouette?
Asked by: Autumn
Rite Size Z BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-12-21

What are the dimensions of the Contour 3 Desktop Aquarium? Thanks!

Asked by: KAT58
10.5 x 10.5 x 15 BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-11-09

Filter running slowly, clogged way down out of to clear?

The water from the 3 gal Silouette filter pump is only trickling out now. Tank is about 1 1/4 yrs in use but only recently clogged badly. I have cleared what i can reach with a tube brush but obviously am not getting down to the clog. How can i clear it out?
Asked by: nhbos
You need to open up the pump, pull out the impeller and clean it by soaking the impeller in distilled white vinegar. Use a q tip with vinegar to clean out the tiny reservoir the impeller resides in. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-07-30

Have the Portrait and Contour 5 gallon tanks been discontinued?

I can't find these tanks anywhere! Are you replacing them with something similar? I have just discovered these beautiful tanks, and during the last week while researching them, everyone seems to mysteriously gone out of stock. Please advise.
Asked by: bitz
No, they have not been discontinued. was showing they had a couple in stock. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-10-26

is the power cord to the pump supposed to get wet in the back panel?? thanks and sorry for the dumb question

countour 3 gallon
Asked by: jessgos
Not a dumb question at all, actually, it is relatively common. Yes, it can get wet, but you still need a "drip loop" so water will not trickle down it to the outlet. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-10-25

where do i place the biofoam

I just bought the marineland 5 gallon contour and dont know where the biofoam is to be placed or facing.. i see the intake with the holes on the bottom right side and dont know if the biofoam has to be facing towards the front of the tank or the back facing the black part of the tank. It looks like there is only one way to put it in but not sure. really confused on such a simple matter.Im looking at it now and the blue cartridge is facing the front and the biofoam is behind it on the bottom facing the back of the tank. Have it running now for three days and using fluval Cycle to boost the tank. Have no fish in there yet. Have decided to wait. have a Aqueon 10 watt heater in there also..But my main concern is the facing and placing of the biofoam. Thank You
Asked by: Netster2
You have it correct. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-10-19

Where can I get a replacement pump/motor for the Contour 3?

The motor for one of my Contour 3s stopped working this weekend. I've only had it for 10 months, but I need a replacement ASAP.
Asked by: TrilliumFalls
I'm sorry to hear this. Have you opened it, removed the impeller and cleaned both it and the motor? Most likely, this is all that it needs. Please call or email us directly for further assistance. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-10-12

what size and brand pump fits the 5 gal marineland aquarium

I have seen frquent suggestions for a bit stronger pump, especially if I try a few fish. Also have been told I should use the smaller than 50 watt heater. Please advise, Thanks, Cindy
Asked by: eileen48
Hello Cindy, The pump that comes with it is ML90625. There is no need for a larger pump in this system. You need to keep the water levels properly balanced between the front and the back of the tank. We recommend a 10-25 watt heater. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-09-16

What's the difference between contour 5 and portrait 5?

Asked by: Travis1983
The only difference is the shape of the light itself. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-09-15

where can i buy replacement filter cartridges for this tank?

5g gallon portrait tank
Asked by: williamg
You can purchase the replacement cartridges on Just type in the search box (at the top right hand corner of the webpage): Rite Size Z, and the cartridges will become availble. They will be listed as the Eclipse cartridges, but they are universal for the smaller kits as well. MINI
Answered by: MINI
Date published: 2015-09-14


I have a 5 gallon portrait tank. I've had to replace the filter every 5 to 7 days. The water is crystal clear thanks to a UV sterilizer that works very well. There are only 2 goldfish about 3 inches in length. I turn the pump off while feeding and do not turn it back on until all the food is consumed so the pump wouldn't suck in the floating food. A brown film is what appears to collect on the filter and eventually clog it causing the water in the pump chamber to fall at levels nearly below the pump which could cause a pump to burn out. Any suggestions?
Asked by: Kruebbe
Goldfish require 3 gallons of water, minimum per inch. You have two goldfish that require at least 9 gallons each in 5 gallons of water, so there is a lot of waste being produced and the filter is handling it but clogging quickly. If you wish to continue keeping them in this tank, make sure you vacuum the tank weekly and replace 1/4 of the water each time with new water. Otherwise, I would recommend a minimum of a 20-30 gallon aquarium as the goldfish will continue to grow to a size of 6-12 inches, depending on the species. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-09-11

Is it possible to get a replacement filter cover?

The filter cover on my 5 gal. Portrait Aquarium is warped and doesn't allow the aquarium cover to slide back easily. The cover is bowed in the middle and curves down.
Asked by: astamm
Yes, please email us direct with your information or call 1-800-322-1266. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-08-24

What about algae build up

I have a magnetic algae remover, and a brush. So I don't scratch the glass, which do you suggest? I do have an algae eater species in the tank. This is a fresh water tank.
Asked by: motourpro
If you have one of the kits in the link, they are made from glass and won't scratch unless you accidentally pick up gravel with the magnetic remover. I'm not sure what type of brush you have so don't know how to respond to that portion. I use an algae pad, which is stiff, but not very abrasive, again, as long as you don't pick up any gravel. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-08-08

Contour 5 gal pump flow?

I'm curious how many gph the pump puts out on the max setting and minimum setting, more so I'd like to know the max setting gph because I want to make the tank a pico reef and need good flow. This would make my decision to purchase a new pump or keep the stock one much easier, thanks.
Asked by: Pgoy
The maximum flow is 80 gph. Minimum would be 35 gph. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-08-06

Is the filter cover necessary?

I have the 5 gallon portrait aquarium, and the filter cover doesn't sit right on top of the aquarium, I need to remove it everytime I want to slide the cover back as it will get in the way. Is it necessary to use the cover?
Asked by: astamm
It will reduce evaporation, and keep unwanted stuff out of the filter chamber, but otherwise, no, it is not absolutely necessary. Sounds like you do not have it installed correctly. Make sure your heater cord is not interfering with it. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-08-03

What are good light upgrades for the portrait?

I'm thinking of planting low to medium light plants on my tank like amazon swords. Are there any options where I can upgrade the lighting?
Asked by: Bogart
No, we do not offer different types of lighting for the small desktop kits. They already offer a fair amount of light and are suitable for low to moderate light plants, like your Amazon sword. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-07-20


Please advise kelvin and wattage of the five G contour led light.t?
Asked by: Ronan
Total power draw from the transformer is 1.5W @ 190mA. Color temp for the white only led’s is 9100K. We do not measure the color temp of the blue leds. This kit is intended for fish only. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-06-26

I have a 3g Nook Aquarium Kit that uses Rite Size P cartridges

I can find no reference to either that Aquarium kit or filter size on this site - where can I find them?
Asked by: Melissaz
Those are specifically Petsmart products, so Petsmart is where the cartridges are sold. However, the Whisper Medium sized Bio Bag will also fit that filter, and is available at Wal-Mart, and most fish/pet stores. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-06-22

How many white and blue LEDs are on the 5 gallon Portraits light fixture?

Just wanted to know if it had 9 white and 6 blue like the 5 gallon Contour. I like the styling of the Portrait better, but if the Contour has more lights, I will likely buy that one.
Asked by: Kweazy
They are exactly the same other than the one has a flat "blade" light, the other has a curved light. Both have 9 white, 6 blue led bulbs. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-06-16

Is the stand functional or decorative?

I found the perfect spot for my aquarium (under a kitchen cabinet), but when it is on the stand it won't fit. Is it ok to use the aquarium without the stand?
Asked by: Bettamax
The stands are a requirement. I am not sure which one you actually are referring to, but some of them have to be used in order to have a light on the tank. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-06-10

I have a Marineland 3 gallon portrait tank kit, my pump/filter has quit working. Is there a replacemnt pump available for purchase.

Asked by: WLind
We would recommend removing the pump, opening it, and removing the impeller for cleaning. You may need to soak it in distilled white vinegar for 15 minutes. If it still does not work, the pump is sold separately through local fish stores. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-05-08

Is it essential to keep gravel and decor in the aquarium while cycling?

I just got my Marineland Contour 3 in the mail, and I love it! I just want to know that if I am cycling my aquarium fishlessly with pure ammonia, do I need to have the gravel and decor in there? I want to wait to get the gravel until I pick out my Betta when the cycling is done to pick colors that compliment his.
Asked by: Kristamars
I am not a big proponent of fishless cycling myself, especially with Bio Spira and Safe Start on the market, but no, you don't have to have the decor. I would suggest having the gravel since that is the largest area for bacterial growth. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-05-19

Do any of your 5 gallon desktop Aquarium kits have enough lighting for fresh water plants?

I need at least 2 watts per gallon.
Asked by: Rand
All of the current ones will grow low light plants like anubias, java fern, etc. Watts are merely a measure of energy and do not tell you what the light does in regards to spectrum. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-05-06

Does an air pump come with the 3gal contour?

I recently purchased a 3gal contour, and it is shipping to my house still, but I would like to know if it comes with an air pump and heater also, since I'm not quite sure which things are what since this is my first tank. I just wanted to know so that I can go out and buy them if I need to while I wait for it to arrive.
Asked by: Kristamars
Nevermind this, after further research I realized neither do, and air pumps aren't necessary for a single betta anyway, and I'll go and get a heater when my tank arrives. Please disregard this question.
Answered by: Kristamars
Date published: 2015-09-05

Loach getting in back filter area

I have two panda loaches and all of a sudden one disappeared. To my dismay he somehow got into the back section of the tank. It took me about 30 min to coax him into my Net (there isn't enough room back there to move a net around and he's too quick) but I got him out eventually unharmed. Do you have any suggestions how to stop this from happening again. He either squeezed through the flower looking filter opening slots or out of the water and over the rim into that section.
Asked by: KayleeinLA
You can put some filter floss inside the little compartment behind the "flower" cut out area. As for the top area, lowering the water level a little bit may help prevent him from going over. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-03-24

How do I keep my fish out of the back filter compartment. It is a regular occurrence and is very difficult to get them out

Very frustrating. Want to unload tank. Have tried to block with foam
Asked by: Edel
This has happened to me also and it's horrible! I have panda loaches. I just tried lowering the water level to see if they're going over the top. Otherwise they're sneaking through the filter opening slots in the middle of the barrier.
Answered by: KayleeinLA
Date published: 2017-03-19

how many and what kind of fish/ shrimp can i put in the tank.

i want small fish/ shrimp. and will they get sucked into the filter? just courious as too how many can live in the tank if they are really small
Asked by: eemia87
I would only be careful with the shrimp because they can easily fit through the filter openings to the back section of the tank.
Answered by: KayleeinLA
Date published: 2015-07-25

Set up, etc.,

I bought the 3 gallon Marineland contour aquarium kit and I'm a bit surprised at how small it is. Are you counting the back area that's used only by the filtration system as part of the 3 gallons total? Is the pump submersible? The instructions don't say it is. Of course I will unplug before anything but still want to know. I also noticed a notch on the back panel where the flow nozzle is attached. It looks like this is where the electrical cord should slide thru so that it doesn't interfere with the cover. Is this an oops? I've read your instructions, searched you tube and your videos. None show an actual set up from a-z. Would like to know before I fill the tank up, thanks.
Asked by: Helia
No, we are not counting the back area. 3 gallons IS very small. Yes, the pump is submersible, that's kind of a given, considering it has to sit in water for it to pull water through the intake and back out the tubing. If I understand correctly where you are referring to then yes, this is where the power cords are pulled through. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-03-16

Which side does the Biofoam face does it go right behind the intake opening?

Asked by: Gramps
Yes, right behind that opening and facing the tank water. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-03-17
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