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Marineland 5 Gallon Tank Comparison: ML90609 (Portrait) vs ML90611 (Contour)

MarineLand offers a great selection of beginner all-in-one nano tanks (2.5 gallon and 5 gallon) for consumers looking for a gateway tank into the fish keeping hobby.

Whether you are a casual keeper or a hardened aquarist, these two flagship 5 gallon tanks have lead many a hobbyist puzzled with the true differences between them, despite the average pricing disparity ranging from $7 to $20.

The MarineLand 5 Gallon Portrait Glass LED Aquarium Kit has ranged from $53.99 to $59.99 in the past year.

The MarineLand Contour Glass Aquarium Kit with Rail Light has ranged from $55.99 to $79.98 in the past year.

One Question Remains: Is This Up-Charge For The Latter Tank Worth It For You?


The Similarities

The Physical Tank/Aesthetics

  • 14" x 9.5" x 9.5" glass tank

  • 3/16" thick glass

  • 5 gallon volumetric hold

  • Rounded corners

  • High quality glass cover to combat water evaporation

  • Filter cover

  • A plastic base to place the tank on for aesthetic and functional needs


  • 3-stage filtration

  • Mechanical filtration via (1) filter cartridge floss

  • Chemical Filtration via (1) activated carbon filter cartridge

  • Biological filtration via (1) Bio-Foam sponge block

  • Adjustable flow filter pump


  • Separate plugs for the light and the pump, giving consumers the option to use timers for the lighting

The Differences


In Conclusion...

When choosing between the cheaper Portrait 5 Gallon Starter All-in-One Tank or the Contour 5 Gallon Starter All-in-One Tank, it ultimately comes down to 2 things:

  1. Current pricing

  2. Personal preference

You can't go wrong with either!

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