As we start off, we should agree on one thing – the Marineland ML90609 is one sleek and elegant looking aquarium.
The tank is tall but still very stable and feels extremely durable. It has thick strong glass and its great construction contributes to its durability.
One really cool feature is the curved corners!
When compared to traditional aquariums with rectangular corners, the Marineland Portrait kit looks elegant and expensive.
These curved corners not only look great but allow you to look into the tank from different angles, for new and exciting perspectives.
The smooth corners also make cleaning algae on the glass surface a breeze.
Hidden at the back of the aquarium is the plastic compartment that houses the filter and pump. The hidden compartment plays an important role in keeping the aquarium looking clean and free of clutter.
The Marineland portrait kit is compact and can fit into small spaces or on a desk. But even with its small compact design, it still provides a decent volume of 5 gallons, which is an awesome size for Betta fish.
At the bottom, there is a plastic base supporting the entire weight of the tank which allows the tank to remain sturdy as though it was bolted to the surface.
The LED lighting is really where the Marineland ML90609 excels.
The lighting is supported by a hinged plastic stand that allows the light to hover over the tank. The LED strip features 9 white LEDs and 6 blue LEDs.
In addition, the lighting is complemented by a 3 position switch and a 2-mode operation. The white light mimics the natural sunlight refraction creating a perfect environment for your fish while the blue hue light mimics the serene moon’s shine.
The filtration system is another great feature for this little tank.
The compartment is located in the back so it’s hidden from sight and ultra quiet. This allows you to focus more on the beauty of your Betta.
The compartment allows for Marineland 3-stage Rite-Size Z cartridge filter technology.
These 3 stages of filtration include mechanical, biological and chemical stages. The carbon in the filter performs the chemical filtration while the bio-foam bit takes care of the biological and mechanical stages.