Marineland ML90609 Portrait Aquarium Kit, 5-Gallon
- Advanced 3-stage hidden back panel filtration with adjustable flow filter pump.
- The white LEDs create a shimmering light in the water.
- The blue LEDs produce a relaxing moonlight glow.
- Includes a hinged light and sliding glass canopy for easy access to tank.
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Marineland(R) Portrait Aquarium
The Marineland(R) Portrait Aquarium creates a great feature piece for any home. With hidden filtration and an LED lighting system your tank can come to life with the natural daylight and moonlight settings. Rounded corners and advanced filtration give you a beautiful view of your fish from many sides.
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The Marineland 5 Gallon Portrait Kit is a five gallon curved glass aquarium. The kit includes Marineland's 3-stage hidden filtration with a Rite-Size Z Cartridge, Marineland Bio-Foam, and an adjustable flow filter pump. The bright white and blue energy-efficient LED light is hinged for easy access to the tank, and features a 3-way switch to toggle between white and blue, off, and blue-only settings. The white LEDs create a shimmering light in the water that mimic the underwater effect of sunlight, and the blue LEDs produce a relaxing moonlight glow. Also included is a base and a unique glass canopy that slides to the back of the aquarium for easy feeding and water care dosing. This easy-to-assemble kit is beautifully designed and easy to maintain.
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I would first like to provide the actual measurements, since those listed in the product info are actually of the package, not the aquarium itself: 9.625 in. L x 9.625 in. W x 17.2 in. H (with base). Keep in mind the rear filter compartment is included in those measurements, and takes away about 2 inches from the actual space for your fish, plants, etc.
Since I was disappointed there weren't more reviews with pictures when I was shopping, I have added as many as I thought would be helpful.
And now, the pros and cons in my opinion.
First, the Pros:
- The contoured glass corners and solid glass cover look very nice, as does the black stand. Also, the tank is easy to clean (except in the filter space--more on that later).
- Though the base is plastic, it's sturdy. It does not attach to the aquarium, but the sheer weight of the full aquarium sitting on it means it isn't going anywhere (I tried to budge it before I added my fish--it's solid).
- The "portrait" orientation of the aquarium means I can put tall ornaments or plants in it, and still have plenty of room for my floating betta log at the surface. The aquarium also takes up less space where it sits since it isn't laying horizontally.
- The filter motor is virtually silent, and the required filter cartridges are easy to find at virtually any pet store with fish supplies. The motor has four little suction cup feet for stability.
- There is one cord notch in the back wall near the filter spout, which is helpful since the covers won't fit properly with cords sticking out of the tank. I use it for the cord to my heater (which I have moved to the filter side since I took the full-tank picture). I don't have any air stones, so I'm not sure if/how this will affect those who use "bubblers."
- The light construction does flip up for easy tank access, without folding all the way back or falling forward again. The switch plug is very secure and leaves me with little worry of water getting into the connection; I still didn't want the switch hanging though, so I tacked it to my wall above the water level.
Now the Cons:
- The separate area at the rear for the filter is very narrow, and the horizontal supports have sharp edges; it's impossible to clean by hand back there. Advanced aquarium owners might find this space annoying.
- The LED lights are very bright (as advertised), which some owners might find to be a pro. I modified my light setup a little to take the light intensity down a few notches because my betta went nuts when I had them on before. Also, the light construction is obviously plastic, though it doesn't look horrible overall.
- The filter does work very well: Though I keep the motor turned down as low as possible and use the provided fan-shaped baffle, the filter still creates a strong current, which is a downside for me since I have a betta; I am currently devising my own solutions to this problem.
- The glass cover leaves tiny gaps in the front corners and the length of the back wall, which may allow small, crafty critters to escape, so be aware. Also, the black plastic cover for the filter area is flimsy and it doesn't leave much room for cords. It's rather a nuisance, but it does help keep stray debris on the air from drifting into the water and slow the water evaporation.
Overall, I'm pleased with this tank so far, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a simple yet classy-looking 5-gallon tank. I plan to keep it for some time.
The filter caddy and pump are nicely hidden in the rear compartment and there is just enough room to squeeze a small submersible heater as well (not included). The rear compartment is a really nice feature in that it hides all of the wires and accessories from the viewing area of the tank – a very clean and minimalist look. The current from the filter is strong as other reviewers have noted, but it can be dialed down or redirected away from the surface as needed. I personally like the strong current because it evenly distributes the nutrients I add for my plants throughout the tall aquarium without creating dead spots.
The filter is actually a pretty nice design. It has an inlet on the lower right of the divider as well as a surface skimmer at the top right. A 3" wide filter caddy sits in the rear compartment and reroutes flow from the inlet to the pump on the left side. The pump recirculates the water into the main tank compartment through a spout in the top left of the divider. As I mentioned above, there is room in the rear compartment between the pump and filter caddy that can accommodate a smaller heater, just make sure to put it low because the rear compartment tends to have a lower water level than the front compartment.
The aquarium came with an LED light source that includes a day and night toggle switch. The light is fairly bright but insufficient for growing any decent live plants. I replaced it with a Finnex Planted+ Cliplight and have been very happy with the illumination and growth rates of this tallish tank.
I have only two complaints about the build of this tank, but neither are deal breakers.
1) The rear compartment provides plenty of room for a multi-stage filtration system but is instead restricted to standard carbon cartridges. I would have liked to see a basket system where sponges, floss, bio media, Purigen, etc. could be used. I ended up remodeling the filter caddy with a 1/8” acrylic sheet and some acrylic cement and now I can use whichever medias I choose.
2) The plastic cover for the rear compartment is flimsy and ill-fitting. It’s raised at the edges and just looks bad. I had some extra acrylic from my filter modification so I ended up replacing this too. Considering the quality of the rest of the tank, I’m not sure why they would cut corners here.
Despite these two minor complaints, the aquarium is very high quality overall and definitely worth the price. With my filter modification and some heavy planting, I’ve been able to keep a male Betta, three Otos, several ghost shrimp, and a couple Nerite snails without issue. I think it’s a great looking tank and I would definitely recommend it to others.
- beautiful tank design and dimensions
- filter is SILENT
- movable output nozzle from filter
- all lines and cords are hidden
- white and blue moonlight LED settings
- small footprint on table/desk
- base is cheap plastic and is not attached to tank
- filter flow needed to be modified for a betta: lowest setting was too high for my female veil tail. I simply cut a triangular piece of sponge and shoved it in the output nozzle and arranged my plant so the waterfall would fall onto a leaf (see photos - sorry they're rotated), and now it's perfect!
- heater needs to be placed in the top left corner to allow the cord to be put into their cut out notch. The pictures in the instruction booklet say to put your heater horizontally, but it's easier and eats less cord length as shown in my photos.
- it really only holds 4 gallons after you add gravel and decorations. I'm sure if it was filled to the brim with nothing in it, it would be 5 gal, but realistically it's 4.