With this 5 gallon fish tank, water flow can be controlled, which is a must for bettas! Extremely quiet, so you can relax and watch in peaceful bliss. Black backing hides the messy cables.
LED lighting could be a bit brighter. Heater must be purchased separately.
If you are looking for a great aquarium to start off in the wacky world of betta fish, then Marineland Portrait Aquarium Kit is a good choice. Actually, it’s a great choice even if you already have experience since it comes with most of the equipment that you need to get up and running in no time.
One of the features I like a lot about this tank is that you can control the water flow. Bettas are a little finicky when it comes to water pressure, compared to other freshwater fish. They aren’t huge fans of high-powered filtration systems so the fact that you can control the pressure with this one is a huge bonus.
The tank is very quiet, which is great if you keep it in your office and you are trying to get some work done because it won’t distract you. Regardless of where you decide to put it though, you can relax and gaze at your little tank buddies for hours, without any blaring noise in the background. Unless you have kids that is. 🙂 Another perk with this aquarium is the black backing, which is a great way to hide all the cables.
The one thing that is lacking with this kit though is a heater. I don’t understand why companies don’t just make it standard in these types of kits. Maybe because a lot of freshwater fish don’t need them? Possibly. In my opinion though, you are going to need one if you are going to have bettas living in yours. They are cheap enough, so you are not looking at a lot of extra cost. Aside from that, my only other comment is that the LED light could be a bit brighter. I’ve read other reviews and it looks like most people are happy with the lighting, so maybe it’s just me.
Marineland Portrait Product Demonstration
Here’s a great YouTube video that will give you an idea on what the tank looks like in action:
What People Are Saying About The Marineland Portrait
Here are some of the things people are saying about this aquarium:
“Love this tank. Its been two weeks with the betta. This is my second tank and I bought it for a betta..” (Amazon)
“I have had this for 8 or 9 months and it still works like a charm. The filter is very good, and the light is bright enough for live plants (including algae) but doesn’t give off any heat, even when on for long days!” (Amazon)”
“Many of the smaller aquariums are made of plastic. There are complaints for those aquariums of leakage, bowing and scratching. This one, though, while a little more expensive, is darn well worth it. I have no complaints, other than the fact that you have to remove the light and lid to gain access to the aquarium. This, though, is a minor concern, since many of the plastic ones have very small holes in the top for access.
Highly recommended.” (Amazon)”