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 AMAZING CUSTOMER SERVICE I've had my 3 gallon Contour for probably 2.5 years. It was an upgrade for my zany Betta, Vincent. Never had a problem, it's easy to clean, very nice to look at, I've always been happy with it. My Pump Tube and Elbows just recently were having problems. The elbows no longer were keeping a seal on the pump tube. I checked with all local big name stores, and couldn't find replacements. I finally called the 800 number on my original paperwork, and a guy named STEVE answered. Talk about AMAZING AMAZING service! I don't know why I'm so surprised about getting the best service in FOREVER for my little 3 gallon Betta tank! Wow. Just wow!I have no clue where he was located, and shame on me, I should have asked for his supervisor to let her/him know the guy was off the hook wonderful!He even knew about My Neighbor Totoro, which puts his rating at 15 on a scale of 1 - 10!Floored In Valley Springs!Kimberly
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy Customer Bought the Contour 3 year and a half ago and we've been very happy with it. Easy to setup easy to care for.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Pump not working I bought the marineland silhouette 3 gallon. The air pump that filters the water did not turn on at all, so I had to purchase a new pump.I got a corallife pump and now the water pressure is to hard.If the air pump worked I would've given it more stars
Date published: 2016-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy I love it ! Easy to set up, quiet, big enough & small enough. Looks stylish in my living room .
Date published: 2016-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful tank I only had issue with the directions. I am usually quite tech savvy, and tried the website basically it was promotional only. I scanned You tube and it listed the contore model only. Between all the same size tanks currently available (different brands)i eventually figured it out, but they all have major differences in instillation techniques...a more detailed instillation manual / Video available on the actual products you bought on the website (listed on the box as "help") would be better served. But once it was all squared away. I love it, it's well made, sturdy, and attractive, as well as my fish seem to be really enjoying the extra space. If they revamp their installation manual I will be sure to upgrade to a larger one when needed.
Date published: 2016-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 gallon Portrait tank I have this tank as my first tank and it is beautiful. Everything works how it should and I love the filtering set up in the back. The water stays crystal clear and there is plenty of movement and water ciculation. The seamless curved front design is the best too. Only problem is that I want more fish and I am already looking to go up to a bigger tank ,but I can't find something similar in a larger size. I would urge Marineland to produce the same tank in 10, 15, 20 and 25 gallon sizes. I would be buying one tomorrow if they existed.
Date published: 2016-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Customer service I purchased this tank a few days ago. I was not sure how the pump was to work as it was making a very loud noise. I contacted customer service and the lady was very nice and knowledgeable. Now my aquarium is up and running and the apperance is very nice.!
Date published: 2016-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 3 Gallon Contour Tank Kit I have had this system for about 1 year now and can't say enough about how much I enjoy it. Everything has worked wonderfully with no failures. I put my light on a small timer and it turns on at 7 am and goes off at 9 pm.Keep up the good work with the wonderful small kits like this to help improve our work areas!
Date published: 2016-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great customer service! I have the 5 gallon Portrait kit and love the way it looks, the ease of setting it up, and how clean it keeps my Glo fish tank! I absolutely feel that this is THE tank for Glo fish because of the lighting!Recently tho had a problem, contacted the Marineland Company, and, just like that it was taken care of! I am so pleased with the tank and the Customer Service that I am going to purchase a Marineland 3 gallon Contour for a desktop shrimp tank!Thank you Marineland for a great purchase!
Date published: 2016-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very nice looking tank I own the contour 3 gallon and yes mine came with the sliding glass lid which is very necessary due to water evaporation and dust etc. The filter is just about slow enough to keep my beta happy and filter was tricky at first wondering which way the bio -foam went front or back. Well it fits better in the back so I guess that's the correct way. Other then that perfect starter tank. I'm going buy the 5 gallon next because this is smaller then I thought.
Date published: 2015-09-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from LED light stopped working right away I recently purchased the three gallon and after taking 3 hours to set it up, discovered the next day that the LED lights quit working. I figured if problems were going to start this early that I had a lemon. So I returned it to the store. I had to tear the tank down, box it back up and take it back to the store. What a pain this was. No thank you, going forward I am trying a different brand.
Date published: 2015-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Im indifferent on the products, i have both the five and three gallon. Only the five gallon comes with a lid. This is a make or break for me as I have a cat. I would give five stars if t had a lid. And you cant even buy it separately. That should be an option.
Date published: 2015-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from New breed of tank! Well after calling the Marineland support group for my EclipseSystem 6 I was sadden by the news that this line of products has been discontinued. So much for my Eclispe 3 also. Grhhhhhhh:(All was good once I was steered me towards the new line in the Contour 5. Now I don't actually own this product...yet but I'm going to make sure once I upgrade this becomes my new tank. Thanks Keely!!!Sleek, glass nano tank with LED lighting and hidden filtration w/ flow adjustment makes this a winner for me. Marineland products along w/superior customer care surely makes them a leader favorite in this industry.
Date published: 2014-11-21
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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


Asked by: BONK
Hi Bonk, You most likely do not need a new pump, you simply need to clean the current one. Unplug it, remove it from the tank, and pull the front cover off it then take out the impeller assembly. Remove all hair, debris, sludge, algae, etc., and swab out the inside of the pump with a q tip. This should get you back to a full flow, but if not, call 1-800-322-1266. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-09-12

After about 4 months, I sadly need a new pump for the 5 gallon tank. Where can I get a new one?

Asked by: Kulaas
Hi Kulaas! We are happy to help you with this. Have you tried removing the impeller from your current pump for cleaning. That may get it working again. If it doesn't please call support at 1-800-526-0650.
Answered by: Customer Service
Date published: 2017-09-11

All the water keeps pushing into front of tank. Replaced cartridge. Removed pump and impeller, cleaned both with vinegar, rinsed and reinstalled but only helped for a few hours. Had tank 1 month with 1 danio. How can I fix it?

Asked by: Erin S
So the water drains out of the back chamber? When you cleaned everything, was there any debris? Usually, this is caused by clogging of the pump. Did you clean out the filter chamber itself? Call us to discuss - 1-800-322-1266. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-08-30

How do I go about ordering replacement parts for the 5-Gal Contour Aquarium Kits? Purchased mine a couple years ago and need 5g pump-Tube ML90625 and the Sliding Glass Canopy ML90632 HELP!

Asked by: MaryP
Just give us a call at 1-800-322-1266. The pump may only need cleaning so remove the front cover and pull out the impeller first. Clean it and inside the pump. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-08-15

my filter pump on my 5 gallon desktop kit is not working... do you have a replacement part?

Asked by: Naia
Remove it from the tank, and take off the front cover, pull out the impeller, and clean it, and inside the pump. This should start it right up again. If not, call 1-800-322-1266. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-08-11

i have the countour 5 gallon tank, i bought on a garage sale but unfortunately come without the plastic box for slides in the refill filter and the bio-foam. Of course i didnt know it So where can i buy this piece for my tank?Thanks i really love the tank

Asked by: AngelaR
Unfortunately, that is not available separately so you would need to make something of your own. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-08-10

Where can i get the black bio foam filter fir a marineland 5 gallon tank that goes with the z filters in the back side of the filters holder

Asked by: Frogmoma
That is available by calling us at 1-800-322-1266. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-07-28

How many amps does this aquarium draw?

Asked by: scrodz
It uses only 4 watts, and is 60 hz. so .066. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-07-26

We have the portrait 5 gallon and are trying to use fresh plants.  Is the LED light that comes with the aquarium full spectrum and sufficient to be the only light source for live plants? If not what light would you recommend we switch to?

Asked by: Kowe
If they are low light plants like anubias, java fern or java moss, yes. High light plants, no. You would need to supplement with one of our shorter LED stick lights for up to 5 gallons. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-07-25

Contour 3 gallon return line loc line size? Is it 1/4" or 1/2"

Asked by: Cubanpete
1/2" BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-07-19

What are the specs on the 5G Portrait LED light? (CCT, wavelength, etc)? Thanks!

Asked by: cw86
It is a total of 1.5 watts, and has a kelvin rating of 6000 K. It is not suitable for corals, and works well with low light freshwater plants such as anubias. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-07-18

I have a portrait 5 gallon glass tank, and I love it. But after a year, the tube and elbow coming from the filter pump have started to wear. The tube either pops out of the pump assembly, or comes out of the elbow. how can I get replacements?

Asked by: MarcV
Hi MarcV, We send them out upon request. Just give us a call at 1-800-322-1266. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-07-18

Just like others, I would also like to purchase a backup pump for my 5 gl Portrait aquarium. Currently using this as a hospital tank for my clownfish. They have ick! I find it odd that you don't sell essential replacement parts such as a pump.

Asked by: Ick Fighter
Nope, we don't, not at this time. These pumps tend to last a long time. Just call us if you are ever in need of one. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-07-17

How do I purchase a 5g Pump model 90625?  The kit I just purchased has a rattling pump and the cover that has the dial for controllng the flow causes the pump to not work at all.  It wouldn't hurt to have a spare pump.

Asked by: xhelenahandbasketx
Thank you for asking! Though I'm sorry to hear the pump is having some issues. I suggest cleaning the impeller and impeller housing with distilled white vinegar. There may be a piece of debris in there causing the rattle. The pump isn't available separately but we're happy to help. Just give us a call at 1-800-526-0650.
Answered by: Customer Service
Date published: 2017-07-14

Hi, Could you please let me know whether the power adapter supports 220V voltage (Australia). I'm interested in Portrait Aquarium Kit model in particular. Thank you very much!

Asked by: Vitaliy
Thanks for asking! This aquarium does not support 220V.
Answered by: Customer Service
Date published: 2017-07-13

I just accidentally dropped and shattered the glass cover for my 5 gallon portrait aquarium. Can I buy a replacement? I have 3 cats who are very interested in my aquatic dwarf frogs and NEED a replacement cover ASAP.

Asked by: Kris10
We actually do not sell it separately, but you can call and order one at no charge. 1-800-322-1266. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-07-08

What is the diffrence between the portrait and contour?

Asked by: AC27
Everything is exactly the same, except for the lighting. One is a blade shape (Portrait), one is more rounded (Contour). BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-07-17

My pump included in this tank is rattling/buzzing and I purchased this tank only about 8 weeks ago. Can I get a replacement?

Asked by: Cera
Most likely you need to open it and maintain it. Pull the front cover off of the motor, and pull the impeller out of it. Clean it well with vinegar and hot water, remove any detritus as well. Take a q tip to the inside of the motor with vinegar and hot water to clean it too. If you are unable to resolve this, please call 1-800-322-1266. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-06-21

Hi I have the marineland ml90609 5 gallon portrait aquarium. The filter is placed at the top despite water entering from the bottom. Should I place another filter medium in the inlet or have I placed it wrong. There are small particles in the water

Asked by: Saad Maw
The sponge goes in the bottom on the back side of the cartridge holder, the filter cartridge goes up top. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-07-07

I have the Contour 5 gallon aquarium I believe about 5 months. I recently noticed water is not flowing into the chamber with the filter and the pump. I even scooped water into the chamber but, it goes back into the tank which causes high water level.

Asked by: askjam
Unplug and remove the pump. Take the front cover off, and pull out the impeller. Clean inside the pump and clean the impeller. Most likely it is not pulling fast enough because it is too clogged. You can also clean out the tube and elbow, and the filter cartridge chamber. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-08-11

I have a portrait 5 gallon glass tank, and I love it. Recently the tube and elbow coming from the filter pump have started to wear. The tube either pops out of the pump assembly, or comes out of the elbow. do you have replacements? or dimensions?

Asked by: bitz
Yes, we have replacements, and will reach out to you via email. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-06-13

I have a marine land brand 3 gallon tank that looks like the first ones pictured. The filter recently stopped working (buzzed on and off for a few days and now doesn't run) and I need to replace it. What exactly are the parts I will need to replace?

Asked by: calin
Thank you so much! I cleaned it out and it started working just fine!
Answered by: calin
Date published: 2017-06-12

I have found a Marineland 5 Gallon Escape Hexagon Aquarium at Petsmart, and am interested in this tank, however I cannot find dimensions of this product anywhere, and need to know its dimensions before I can buy it. What are they?

Asked by: ehesse
It is 15" high by 12" across. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-06-07
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