Top Rated Large Aquarium Reviews
Sometimes you have to go big or go home and that’s never been more true than for a centerpiece home aquarium. There are many reasons you’d want to go for the bigger tank sizes that are available as pre-made products, and the main reason is usually the desire to keep fish species too large for typical starter or medium-sized tanks.
The size of the tank also needs to be right for the room it will be in. Tanks that are over 55 gallons in size need very special planning as to where you will put them, how you will light them, and where the plumbing will go. Once you fill one of those larger tanks with water and fish, it is going to stay in that spot for the foreseeable future.
These larger tanks are also usually designed for use with a secondary sump tanks that will contain all the filtration and temperature control hardware, which means that ports for that tank should be built in. There are a lot of tanks available on the market, but I’ve tried to narrow it down to the ones I think are the best three available for online purchase, so let’s check them out.
Best Large Aquarium: CAD Lights 60 Gallon True Cube
The CAD may not have the sheer size of some other tanks that I looked at, but it’s not tiny by any stretch of the imagination.
Although it’s not the biggest tank you can just order with the click of a button, it is one of the most complete sets for the money. If you are unsure about how to put together most of the bits for an amazing marine tank, this is a great direction in which to throw your money.
What they’ve done here is provide you with almost everything you need. First of all, the tank itself is cubical, which is a shape I personally really like, especially in a marine tank. You can buy this tank separately of course; it’s the Versa Starfire 60G. Sixty gallons is sizeable and there are many awesome marine species you can house in something this shape and size. It would be especially great as a cubical reef tank, aquascaped around a central coral.
You also get a cabinet that houses a lot of the stuff you don’t want in the tank. I’m not super keen on the glossy white myself, but there’s nothing inherently wrong with it.
That’s not all though – you also get an overflow box with all the plumbing and an 18-gallon 3-chamber sump with a 500 gallon-per-hour pump thrown in for good measure.
Finally there’s a rimless glass cover to help reduce evaporation.
In the Spotlight
That leaves it to you to get lighting, which is something most people want to customize, but other than that everything seems to be here. The glass is also an especially clear type that really shows off your aquarium occupants. It’s also wonderful that they’ve selected components that prioritize silence. I honestly think this is one of the best deals you can get today.
The Next Best Thing: Starfire Rimless 80 Gallon
Going with a big, serious tank is a complicated process that requires a lot of planning and installation effort. The less you have to do yourself, the better the chances that you won’t run into any serious issues or spend more time on the set up than you need to. That’s the main reason I like the Starfire tank we see here. There is very little that you need to do in order to integrate it into an aquarium setup.
This is a beautiful rimless tank that’s 32” long and stands at 24”. It has a center overflow built-in with pre-drilled drain and return holes in the overflow box. The package includes drain and return bulkheads that are compatible.
The glass is a very nice 2.5” in thickness and the panels have a lovely fit. I’d expect nothing less of something close to the thousand dollar price point. The simplicity and readiness for a sump tank means you can create whatever aquascape you want without being disturbed by artificial technology stuff in your water.
I also really like the fact that the back of the tank is blacked-out in order to hide the equipment that will be hanging off the back of the tank.
Of course, since this is a rimless tank you have to keep a few things in mind. The main reason to have a rimless rank is because they look stunning. The idea is basically that all you have on the tank is a light. Obviously, since this tank has no lid or canopy you have to either avoid having species of fish that tend to be jumpers or you have to have a lid made.
The good news is that you can ask for a special order glass top at the point of order according to comments from Star Fire.
The other main issue with a rimless tank is that it lacks braces to strengthen the joins between the glass panels. The normal water pressure should never be a problem, but it means that the tank is less resilient against knocks and bumps and if the glue does fail there’s no backup.
In practice however, if a rimless tank passes its first leak-test you are golden. So this tank gets full marks from me for being simple, beautiful, and huge.
While this is not a near-complete solution like the VERSA above, it’s a great start to an epic aquarium installation.
Something Different: Full Acrylic 360 Cylinder Aquarium
The other two tank setups that I have highlighted here are mighty, beautiful, and huge, but this is something a little more special than that.
At 55-gallons this cylindrical, acrylic tank is right on the edge of what I consider a “large” aquarium, but there is no doubt that this thing will draw attention to any business or home you place it in. It really looks great, although I would have preferred black instead of the chrome finish on the stand and top.
It’s all one slick package, however, and once you have it set up there is no need to remove the canopy for feeding, as there is a dedicated tube you can put food down.
The package is pretty much complete as well. There is an aquarium light, water filtration system, pump, bio ball, and air pump.
The base is quite high and the tank starts at the 22” mark, which means if you are seated in the room you’ll get a great view. Cylindrical tanks like these are great as free-standing tanks, so if you have an open plan area this can go somewhere people can look at it from all angles.
The downside is that putting an acrylic tank in a high traffic area may put it at risk of attracting scratches from passersby, but using acrylic is also the only way to make a tank this shape. A few scratches here and there will do little to take away from how awesome a seamless cylinder tank is in person.