I get it:

If you’re new to having fish, things can seem a bit overwhelming.

Not only that…

Sometimes trying to piece everything together can be more expensive than just buying a fish bowl starter kit that includes stuff like filters and lights.

After all, goldfish and betta fish alike need special care, which requires more than just a container to hold water.

That’s why I’ve made this list of the very best pre-made packages.

Let’s have a look!

Our Picks of the Top Fish Bowl Starter Kit Combos


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This is the only globe-style bowl on the market that comes with a light and filter included. Designed with soothing waterfall power filtration to keep the water safe for your fishy friend. Beautiful LED lights illuminate the bowl, also making it possible to grow live plants if desired. It holds nearly 2 gallons and is ideal for 1 or 2 small goldfish or a betta fish. Easy to set up kit and at a great price.

Why We Love it:

  • Comes with waterfall filter & LED light

  • Great value for what you get

  • Simple, no-hassle setup and maintenance

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This unique half moon shaped bowl has a sleek, contemporary design designed specifically for betta fish and their needs, though it can also function nicely for goldfish. Plastic canopy has a feeding access hole at the front and prevents jumping fish from harm. Includes LED light that can be positioned at the top or bottom by the removable black base – depending on your preference – for versatile setup options.  Holds 1.1 gallons of water.

Why We Love it:

  • Flexible setup options to suit your preferences

  • Protective lid includes convenient feeding hole

  • Sleek appearance makes a great focal point for a room

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This beautiful cube holds the same amount of water as a 3 gallon fish bowl but takes up less space. It’s a great starter kit for those looking for a home for their goldfish. It’s actually a very cost-effective option because it comes with the filter, lid and light included. The lid also helps prevent jumping antics common with bettas and fair fish/slim-bodied commons and comets.

Why We Love it:

  • Space saving, attractive cube design

  • Good value thanks to the included supplies

  • Perfect for those getting into the fish hobby

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Get a 360 degree view of your underwater world with the 2 gallon AquaView! This complete kit comes with a lid, built in color changing LED light and separate power filter, all at an affordable price. Roomy yet space saving, upright design has minimal footprint. Seamless design means not having to worry about any leaks for additional piece of mind.

Why We Love it:

  • All-inclusive, spacious bowl kit

  • Uninterrupted viewing from all angles

  • Compact and perfect for smaller spaces

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For just a few more dollars than the Aquaview 2 gallon, the cylindrical AquaView 3 gallon 360 gives you 50% more water volume to give your fish more swimming room and allow for more fish – all without taking up any more horizontal room on your table! Comes with all the same equipment included. A great deal and perfect for those just starting out in the fishkeeping hobby.

Why We Love it:

  • 50% more water volume than the AquaView 2 gallon

  • Space saving cylindrical design

  • Fantastic value for the price

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If you want a spacious place for your fishy friend, the 3 gallon Tetra ColorFusion Half Moon kit might be just the one for you. Comes equipped with a plastic canopy with a feeding hole, power filter, and aerating bubble curtain illuminated by a fun color changing LED light. Unique Half Moon shape allows for 180 degree viewing.

Why We Love it:

  • A great choice for beginners

  • Great value for the included stuff

  • Perfect for those getting into the fish hobby

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A very nice cube-shaped beginner kit, this attractive tank holds 1.5 gallons and is made of durable acrylic rather than plastic. Includes a gentle and high quality Whisper filter, suspended LED light and filter cartridge.

Why We Love it:

  • Made of sturdy acrylic

  • Cube design fits in almost any space

  • Nice looking and simple to set up

Why Get a Starter Kit for Your First Bowl?

The manufacturers have thought everything out for you.

By bundling everything together and selling it as one product, you can get a lower price.

Especially if you buy it online.


Buying everything individually from different sellers means each product has the shipping cost added to it (even if it says free shipping).

You also don’t have to worry about something not fitting properly because it isn’t compatible with your other equipment.

That’s a nice load off your mind 🙂

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Tips for Buying Your First Fish Bowl Kit

  • Figure out your filtration – Does the kit come with a filter, or will you have to make separate arrangements?
  • Light or no light – If you want to grow live plants, a light can greatly help with this. It also makes the view of the bowl dazzling.
  • Size – How many fish do you have, and what kind? More fish appreciate more swimming room, and bigger kits can go longer between cleanings.
  • Shape – Typical bowl kits come in either a spherical, cylindrical, half moon or cube style.
  • Material – Do you prefer glass, plastic or acrylic? Each have their own set of advantages, with glass being the most high quality, plastic more affordable and acrylic the most shatterproof.

Final Thoughts

There are many fantastic kits on the market today, and it can be hard to choose!

But I hope this post made the decision easier for you.

So what are your thoughts?

Do you have a favorite fish bowl starter kit?

Feel free to share your comment in the field below!