The Best Fish Tanks For Your Goldfish For 2018

The Best Fish Tanks For Your Goldfish For 2017

What are the best fish tanks out there for your new fish?

Is it Sea Clear tanks?

Or maybe Aqueon?

Let’s face it, we all want to make our goldies happy and healthy and giving them the perfect home is the first step.

When I got my first goldfish the tank I had was nowhere near as big as it should have been. It was my first tank, I hadn’t done the research and the pet store was just happy to get the sale.

It’s shocking these are living creatures!

Pet stores really should educate more.

Needless to say, my fish lasted about 72 hours… I was devastated!

What did I do wrong when I was setting up my tank?

The death of my first goldie wasn’t all down to a small tank. It was a contributing factor, though. I actually think I made every mistake in the book.

When browsing the best fish tanks for your new fish you really have to consider a few things first…

NameImageRatingValue For Mone ($ = Best $$$$$ = Worse)Check It Out
Sea Clear 20 gal Acrylic TankSeaClear 20 gal Acrylic Aquarium reviewSuccessful Aquarium give this tank 3.5 out of 5 stars$$$Check It Out Here
Fluval 45 Gallon Bow Front Aquarium KitFluval 45 Gallon Bow Front ReviewSuccessful Aquarium give this tank 4 out of 5 stars$$Check It Out Here
Aqueon Aquarium Fish Tank Starter Kit with LED Lighting 55 GallonAqueon Aquarium Fish Tank Starter Kit with LED Lighting ReviewSuccessful Aquarium give this tank 3.5 out of 5 stars$$$$Check It Out Here
CAD Lights 60 Gallon True Cube Versa Series AquariumCAD Lights 60 Gallon True Cube Versa Series Aquarium ReviewSuccessful Aquarium give this tank 4 out of 5 stars$$Check It Out Here
80 Gallon Starfire Aquariums with Center Overflow80 Gallon Starfire Aquariums with Center Overflow ReviewSuccessful Aquarium give this tank 5 out of 5 stars$$Check It Out Here

Now that you know what to avoid and what to consider it is time to actually choose the best goldfish tank.

Remember size is the most important thing to consider. Choose the fish you want to keep and then buy a tank that will satisfy their needs.

If your fish get’s too big for your tank then this hobby could get a lot more expensive.

Here are my top 5 home aquarium reviews…

Sea Clear 20 gal Acrylic Tank

SeaClear 20 gal Acrylic Aquarium review

First up on the list is the SeaClear 20 Gallon Acrylic Aquarium and you can find it here. SeaClear is known for creating super lightweight tanks and have really made a name for themselves when it comes to quality fish tanks amongst aquarists.

This tank is super durable and a lot stronger than it’s glass counterparts. It is made from a sturdy acrylic making very resistant to impact. If you have other pets or children you can sleep easy knowing that your fish will be safe. Being made from acrylic makes it the perfect choice to protect your family. The rounded edges makes it a safer alternative to the sharp corners you will find with glass.

The SeaClear 20-gallon tank comes in a range of different shapes such as rectangular, show and hex. All the tanks in this range are made from the finest acrylic and they come with invisible seams which will help to prevent leakage.

You can choose from a clear, black or cobalt blue finish making it a flexible choice to suit the decor for most homes. The tank measures in at 24 x 13 x 16 inches and weighs about 20 pounds without water.

This range is safe for freshwater and saltwater fish but it is on the small size. If it were me I would stock this aquarium with guppies or mollies. If goldfish are more your thing then it could house one of the fancy fan tailed goldfish.

Fluval 45 Gallon Bow Front Aquarium Kit

Fluval 45 Gallon Bow Front Review

For a bigger variety of goldfish or 2 smaller varieties then you need a bigger fish tank. One that can handle the copious amounts of waste that goldfish deliver. I turn to the premium Fluval brand for this one, so the next on my best fish tank list is the Fluval 45 Gallon Bow Front Aquarium Kit.

This aquarium is made from a durable acrylic and measures in at 36 inches long, 16 inches wide and 20 inches tall. Fluval also offers a stand that compliments the design of this bow front aquarium.

As this is a kit you are also blessed with a power filter that is quiet and a breeze to install. A filter is a must for both freshwater and saltwater aquariums. It is capable of cycling 264 gallons of water per hour helping to keep your water crystal clear. If you want more power you can check out my AquaClear 70 review here.

A heater is also supplied in this kit. Not a big deal for goldfish as they thrive in a cooler temperature. However, if you want to stock your tank with a tropical fish then a heater is imperative.

It is kitted out with a sleek hood that has low profile LED lights, these give your tank a stunning glow and feel. They really add to that clear natural look that so many aquarists crave.

Goldfish don’t care too much about lighting but remember to turn it off so you don’t mess with their circadian rhythm.

The kit has everything you need and if you did want to add extra filters like a canister filter the hood is flexible enough to do so. Same with the LED lights. There is space in the hood to upgrade them if needed.d.

Check Out My Full Fluval 45 Gallon Bow Front review.

Aqueon Aquarium Fish Tank Starter Kit with LED Lighting

Aqueon Aquarium Fish Tank Starter Kit with LED Lighting Review

Aqueon is another well-known brand amongst aquarists and the Aqueon Starter kit is the next tank on our list. This is not just a tank though it is a full starter kit. So you can set this up when it arrives. This tank has pushed above its predecessor on the deluxe list and has made the grade as a premium kit.

The 55-gallon tank stands at 48.25” Long x 12.75” Wide x 23.75” High and is made from a highly durable glass which makes it pretty sturdy. An ideal choice for freshwater or saltwater aquariums.

When you open its eye-catching packaging you find all the essentials to get your large aquarium started including water conditioner, fish food, accessories and a comprehensive setup/start guide. It also has an LED lamp fitted to the hood to light your aquarium.

In my eyes, the LED light gives it the edge with so many other brands only offering a fluorescent lamp.

Come on guys it’s 2018!

Next in the kit is the QuietFlow Power filter that simply hangs on the back. No swim space is lost and no dangerous obstacles added. The model the tank comes with can handle the filtration for a 90-gallon tank so you can be sure your 55 gallons will be ultra clear.

If you are looking to house goldfish you could comfortably house one common or two of the fancy variety.The tank size adds a lot of flexibility when choosing the fish for your new aquarium.

CAD Lights 60 Gallon True Cube Versa Series Aquarium

CAD Lights 60 Gallon True Cube Versa Series Aquarium Review

The CAD Lights 60-gallon True Cube has become a firm favorite amongst the saltwater enthusiasts. The true cube measures at 23.5 inches long, 23.5 inches wide and 23.5 inches tall making it the perfect nano reef tank.

Is that to say it can’t be used for freshwater?

Not at all!

This is a very versatile tank and could house two common goldfish or a selection of tropical fish. With bigger tanks, you definitely have more options but try and keep to the 1 gallon of water for 1 inch of fish.

It isn’t a perfect calculation but it will give you a rough idea of what to stock your tank with.

The CAD Lights Cube is made from a beautiful clear glass and has a compartment for a filter that is blacked out. I feel the black paint makes it look and feel more natural.

In deep waters there isn’t much light and visibility would be reduced. The black paint gives this feel.

The glass used in this tank is ionized to boost clarity and reduce tinting. Not to mention it has polished edges to make it seamless and to boost clarity even more.

The cube comes with a fitted canopy which helps stop jumping fish but it will also slow evaporation. Just remember to keep the tank away from direct sunlight.

If you are looking to explore more advanced filtering options you then you are in luck as this tank comes with a sump. It is located in the cabinet and has chambers so that you can use other components from other brands.

Whether you want to stick to freshwater or move to a marine setup this tank gives you that versatility.

80 Gallon Starfire Aquariums with Center Overflow

80 Gallon Starfire Aquariums with Center Overflow Review

We are getting into the types of tanks where size isn’t your main issue. It is also easier to manage water quality and maintain the temperature. This brings us to the 80-Gallon Starfire Aquarium that measures 32 inches long by 24 inches wide by 24 inches tall.

This aquarium is made from a 10mm thick glass to deal with the water pressure. The glass is super clear and the edges are polished.

It has a built-in overflow that comes with a pre-drilled drain and return holes that you can connect to your sump. Not to mention a 1-inch drain bulkhead and a half inch return bulkhead are included too. 

It also comes with 1 inch Drain Bulkhead and half inch return bulkhead and return T Pipe and Loc Lines, Durso Stand Pipe.

You can get straight to raising most species of fish with this sturdy and durable tank.

This tank is popular amongst saltwater aquarists but could easily house a few common goldfish. Just remember to really focus on the filtration system. Commons are big fish and they are mega waste producers.

I do like easy to go systems and this definitely is worth a look. This is a big tank and when loaded with water it will be too heavy for most home surfaces. 

A stand has to be considered with this one.

Choosing The Best Fish Tank – The Ultimate Buyers Guide

Choosing your first fish tank can be a daunting task.

Will your new fish love it or will they hate it?

Will it satisfy their needs or will it ruin their sanity?

It is imperative that you do your research and understand what your new fish will need. When you know what your new fish need to survive your job of maintaining the tank will be a lot easier.

You would think that it be easy to choose a big tank but you have to be aware that not all tanks are created equally. Some are made from the best materials and other have a lot to desired.

For example, some aquariums have ionized glass which will boost clarity.

If you want to know how to choose a good fish tank then you have to know what to look for. By understanding what the features are you can make a better decision for you and your fish.

Consider The Fish Before You Buy Your New Tank

So you have made a decision to buy your first fish tank. The only problem is there are loads out there. Some are good, but some are pretty awful. To help whittle it down you have to consider the needs of the fish inside.

When you understand what your fish need you can choose the best tank for them.

If you plan to start a mini ecosystem of freshwater or saltwater fish then it might be best to start with the biggest tank you can afford. Doing this will give you options to add more fish.

If this is your first tank though I would pick one or two species and master aquarium care.

Let’s bring in an example…

You decide you want to keep two fancy goldfish. To comfortably house these you are going to be looking at around a tanks size of 30-40 gallon. Goldfish love to hide and play, the more room you give them the more satisfied they will be.

Would you like a more tropical example?

You decide you want 4 guppies and an angelfish. Angelfish can get quite territorial in small tanks. Not great for these little dudes. For the angelfish you need 10 gallons, for the 4 guppies you will need 2 gallons per guppy, that’s 8 gallons.

So would an 18-gallon tank be enough?

Well like I said, angelfish can be territorial, I would add an extra 10 gallons for safety.

For this example, I would recommend a 30-gallon tank or more.

Now you know what kind of fish you will keep it is time to look at the actual tanks.

Fish Tank VS Fish Bowl or Condo VS Insane Asylum

Yeah, I get it fish bowls and crazily shaped tanks look cool, all retro and that! What if I told you that you were causing the fish in question mental distress.

Would you still want that cool bowl?

You are disturbing your little goldfish, in a jail cell.

There are a lot of sleek-looking tanks that are practical and a lot more suitable for the fish that they choose.

In case I haven’t put you off fish bowls yet, here are a few reasons I don’t recommend fish bowls.

Less Oxygen: Oxygen has to get into your fish tank. Now let’s look at a bowl… the top is very narrow. A tank, on the other hand, has a large opening. This is where oxygen will get in. With a bowl, your fish will not get as much oxygen.

Smaller Size: In shallow water, it is a lot harder to maintain stable water conditions. The temperature will change quicker in small bowls. Fish waste will contaminate the water faster. Choosing a tank will give you a deeper tank that will keep a more stable environment for your fish.

Further Reduced Swim Space: Filters are always required but for some fish so is a heater. These are quite bulky and adding these to a bowl will seriously reduce swim space. So the advertised size may be reduced when you add decor and necessary equipment.

Distorted Environment: Think of the last time you went to a funfair. Do you remember those mirrors that made you look all distorted? This is how the glass portrays you to your new fish. Scary… right?

Circular Swim Pattern: As bowls tend to be circular in shape this means the fish will develop a circular swimming pattern. This can lead to a curved spine for your fish.

So you might think these look great and quirky but this is not how the fish feels. At the end of the day would you like to live with these problems?

I most certainly wouldn’t!

Should You Choose A Glass or Acrylic Aquarium?

Once you have chosen the size of tank you can narrow down your selection even further. Fish tanks do not only come in all different sizes. Some are made from glass and others are made from acrylic.

But what is best for you?

This decision comes down to personal choice the majority of the time. Which style best suits your needs. Having said that there are some things that you should consider when choosing a glass or acrylic aquarium.

I have always favored glass myself. It has a that sleek, sexy and luxurious feel. Yeah, I just called a fish tank sexy. Glass, in my opinion, is the Hilton of the aquarium world.

But nowadays acrylic is still a pretty looking option too.

Here are some things that you should consider when choosing your next tank.

Scratches: With an aquarium, you want a clear viewing experience but scratches can occur. If these occur with glass they will be permanent but it is much harder to scratch glass. With acrylic, on the other hand, it scratches easily but can be easily fixed with an acrylic polishing kit.

The inhabitants of your tank may scratch your tank themselves especially if they have teeth or claws. This tends to affect acrylic more than glass.

Weight: You might think weight is irrelevant but if you move house or re-design your room you may have to move the fish tank. If you have glass this is going to be a lot heavier especially with water, decor and the fish.

Acrylic is lightweight in comparison

Breakages: Do you have young children or a big heavy dog? Is there a chance that they could knock the tank over? With glass, this will more than likely smash all over the place. Acrylic is a lot sturdier!

Pressure: When your tank is full of water there is a lot of pressure pushing on the tank walls. Glass is will be strong enough to take this pressure. Acrylic will more than likely bow over time.

With a higher quality acrylic, this could be a matter of years. You may also like the bow front look!

Light Refraction: Glass is normally thicker than acrylic so that in can support the water inside. This increases the refraction index meaning light will distort our view. This can cause the fish to look bigger than normal, misplaced or maybe a color to be slightly distorted. The thicker the glass the more noticeable the problem will be.

This is normally not an issue for a home or office aquarium

With acrylic the refraction index is the same as water meaning the light hasn’t bent the image as much. The only distortion would be to the location of your fish within the tank. The size and color of fish are normally true.

Clarity: Glass will hold it’s clarity over time. Need a panel replaced? You won’t notice the difference between old and new too much. Just the scratches on the older pieces. With acrylic on the other hand it can yellow over time. This is caused by a chemical reaction within the acrylic.

It is getting better in new tanks but it is still worth mentioning.

Creative: With glass, you are going to have to stick to cube or rectangle shapes. Acrylic is a lot more flexible you can create so many weird and wonderful shapes.

Cost may be the deciding factor and in most cases, a glass tank will be cheaper in some cases. It does depend on the quality of the material used.


Best Glass Aquariums

Other Equipment You Will Need For Your New Aquarium

So now that I have shown you my recommendations, you have to realize there are a few other things you will need. Starting your own little ecosystem is not a cheap business.  The good thing is once you are up and running it is a pretty low-cost operation to maintain the tank.

So let’s take a look at other things you will need to get for your fish.

Picking A Stand For Your Fish Tank

Now that you have the tank decided upon it is time to think about where it will live. If you plan to place it on a table you might have to reconsider.

Goldfish tanks are heavy… if it’s a glass aquarium an empty tank could make a table buckle.

If this is what an empty tank could do think of the difference when it is full of water, gravel, and decor.

You need to choose a stand that is able to hold the weight.

The good news is that these are pretty easy to find.

In fact, most tanks will come with a custom stand and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Whatever stand you chose you need to make sure it can withstand the weight of the finished tank.

CAD Lights 60 Gallon True Cube Versa Series Aquarium ReviewSome tanks like the CAD Lights 60 Gallon True Cube Versa Series include a nice cabinet can fit the decor of your house. This way it will blend with your decor.

Another selling point for cabinets is that you can hide your fish gear. All the pipes, cleaning materials, foods, sumps or whatever else you want to hide out the road.

Do not underestimate the stand… it is very important.

The biggest factor when choosing one is will it hold this goldfish tank.

The last thing you want is for the stand to buckle and your tank inhabitants to end up all over the floor.

Massive leak!

Do You Need Lights For Your Goldfish?

Most freshwater fish including goldies don’t really give a crap about lighting.

It is more for you and me.

So we can see these little guys.

If you are considering a saltwater aquarium then you will have to get fancy lighting but for goldies.

Any light will do.

I think that LED lights are so much nicer looking than fluorescent tubes but again it’s all down to personal preference.

One thing to remember is that you have to get your fish into a routine. If you just turn your lamp on when it suits you, well, you are going to screw up their day/night rhythm.

Pick a schedule to keep your light on and then turn it off at night time.

Don’t screw with their minds.

Protect Your Fish & Save Your Time With An  Aquarium Hood

If possible I always say get a hood.

It stops little fingers getting in and stressing your fish out. Kids might not understand that fish don’t like cuddles.

If you have a cat then a hood is a must… I have seen this first hand but look at these badass kitties tormenting the fishes…

If you don’t have a lid you will need to be more efficient with your water changes as dust can get in the tank and more sunlight too.

The last thing to consider is jumping fish.

I have never experienced this but I have seen it in videos and have heard from other aquarium lovers.

Your fish may become suicidal and try and jump the tank.

If you keep them happy though and give them lots of oxygen this should help reduce jumping.

Having said that some breeds of goldfish and other breeds like to jump.

The Best Fish Tanks Are The First Step To A Successful Habitat For Your New Fish

Now that you know what to consider when choosing the best goldfish tank you have the knowledge that I lacked. The knowledge that could have bought my little goldie a longer life.

Size really is the most important thing and I would always suggest that you buy the biggest fish tank that you can afford. This gives your fish plenty room but also gives you more options.

Want to add another goldfish?

Not a problem if you have the room to spare.

I get it bigger tanks are more expensive but goldfish love to swim, hide and dig about the bottom.

Check out the best fish tanks out there and your fish will have the best start in its new home and new life.


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