Marineland Portrait Aquarium Kit Review

Marineland Portrait Aquarium Kit Review - 5 gallon

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. Before we get into our review, here’s a little bit of information of the company.

About Marineland

You may not know this, but the Marineland company has been in business since the 70s. They started off small like most companies but they grew quickly and are constantly expanding their product line. These days, they pretty much have everything you’ll ever need, whether you are just starting out or you are a more advanced aquarist. Here are a few useful links in case you are interested in learning more about this great company:
About Marineland:
Marineland Product Line:

What’s Included?

Let’s start with what is included with this tank and some of it’s specs:

  • Aquarium: Made of glass, capable of holding 5g of water
  • Size: 9.625 in. L x 9.625 in. W x 17.2 in. H (with base)
  • Marineland 3-stage hidden filtration with a Rite-Size Z Cartridge and Marineland Bio-Foam (included in the kit)
  • Adjustable flow filter pump.
  • Bright white and blue energy-efficient LED light, featuring a 3-way switch (toggle between white and blue, off, and blue-only settings).


Marineland Portrait Aquarium Kit Review

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:

Marineland Portrait Aquarium Desktop Kit


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6 thoughts on “Marineland Portrait Aquarium Kit Review

  1. Love this tank! I accidentally broke my first one during a move so I ended up buying a 2nd one. No regrets at all.

  2. This is a great tank for a Betta. After much research I decided on this tank and have had it for 2 months. It was a little cloudy when first set up and I waited a week before I transferred my Betta into it; now that it has cycled it looks great. My Betta has been happy and energetic from the minute I moved him from his heated but unfiltered 1 gallon bowl to his new heated and filtered 5 gallon tank. The entire setup is unbelievably quiet and so far the light seems to be bright enough to keep the plants alive. I have the pump on the lowest flow level; I’m still able to feed him without having to turn it off and he even likes to swim in the low flow. He has long fins and has not had a problem getting stuck on the intake. The glass cover is a fantastic feature and slides back for easy feedings.

    1. Thank you for the feedback. Very much appreciated.

      I’m glad you like the tank and that your betta is happy with its new home. He must be loving all the extra room now! 🙂

  3. My beta died within hours of transferring him to the portrait tank. Unfortunately i think the filter suction caught him when he was swimming past and he was stuck. 🙁

    1. Hi Angela – I’m so sorry to hear that. I haven’t had that issue before. Did you reduce the flow on the adjustable pump? If you aren’t sure how, here’s a YouTube video that shows you how:

      That might help for next time. I hope this helps and I’m sorry for your loss.

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