Aquariums for Beginners

This category includes aquarium sets, which provide a thorough introduction into the world of fresh water aquariums and they are also interesting for advanced users.
Particularly the aquariums with a volume of at least 80 liters already allow the keeping and care of fish (and even more mature plants), which would have too little space in smaller basins or must be kept in as a swarm.
For example red neons, who like to move in a bigger swarm and are very suitable for an Amazon themed tank (also suitable for beginners).
Notice that the principle here is that less is more – so rather few species of fish than too many so that it will get too narrow quickly or even they would not be well tolerated by each other!

“Beginner Aquarium” is not, of course, a generally defined term, but a category I would think is very suitable for beginners.
These are aquariums with a volume of over 50 to 130 liters. Regarding the so-called “Aquarium Starter Kits” with a volume smaller than this one has to say that the limitation to this amount of water would be way too small in order to feel comfortable for many fish and that aquarium sets of this size are technically usually not particularly well equipped.
So I would recommend to you a volume of more than 80 liters, upwards limits of course would only be in your budget or the maximum size, which is possible at the intended location.

a quick recommendation

(based on my experience through the years of fishkeeping and considering simplicity and economy for a beginner)

  • In the category of Beginner-Level aquariums with 100-130 liters volume, I would like to introduce the Fluval Fresh (v.a. the F60 and F90) which convinced me most because it comes as a complete including all major parts like a base cabinet, external filter and a very good lighting.
  • A recommendation in financial regards would be the Tetra 20 Gallon Kit, since it much cheapers then both other Options. But make sure you have something which it can rest on that is capable of carrying at least 270 pounds.
  • The bestseller Juwel Rio 125 can be interesting for you, but it has its filter fixed inside, so that may not bother you.

Pros:

  • Good quality
  • Beautiful design
  • Bright lighting
  • Relatively cheap
  • Heating element in the filter housing
  • Well-known brand manufacturers

Cons:

  • Internal filter large, firmly glued
  • No reflectors for fluorescent tubes
  • No external filter
  • No moonlight


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Pros:

  • High quality set
  • Bright LED lamps
  • External filter, integrated in the cabinet
  • Filter connections in the basin floor, no hoses in the outside
  • Quiet

Cons:

  • Backwall more difficult to mount
  • Moonlight can only be activated manually
  • No different color variations


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Pros:

  • Well-known brand manufacturers
  • Different Lightings available
  • Bright lighting
  • Quiet internal Filter
  • Installed quickly

     

Cons:

  • No Cabinet included
  • No external filter
  • Needs special Filter Catridges


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