In my opinion, a 55 gallon fish tank is the perfect sized fish tank.
It’s not too big to need overwhelming maintenance, and to cost a lot in set-up and accessories; but it’s not too small, so as to limit what you want to do with it. A 55 gallon aquarium is a stunning showpiece in any home, and you are able to house a wide variety of fish (either saltwater or freshwater) and plant life.
The Best 55 Gallon Tanks & Accessories
Why are 55 gallon fish tanks an excellent size choice?
You’re able to stock a range of compatible fish in this amount of water
Watch all the varieties of fish interacting with one another
There’s more space to plant and decorate – create the best world for your fish
Looks very impressive in your home
Some of the negatives (which in my opinion, do not outweigh the positives):
Takes up more space and usually requires a dedicated 55 gallon tank stand
More cleaning time involved than with a small fish tank
Cost of the tank and accessories isn’t super cheap
Let’s take a look at some of the best 55 Gallon fish tanks for sale – along with all the accessories.
55 Gallon Fish Tank Kits
Depending on your situation, it may be better for you to buy a 55 gal stater kit. These kits usually include most of the accessories that you need to get your fish tank up and running. They may also save you money, as it’s often cheaper to buy what you need as a set, rather than buying all the items individually.
However, sometimes the quality of the accessories in a starter set are not as high as if you were purchasing higher quality individual items. Nevertheless, let’s consider some of the best kits on offer.
Tetra 55 Gallon Aquarium Starter Kit
The Tetra 55 Gallon Aquarium Kit is a great tank at a great price. It is a glass tank that comes with a lid and LED lighting. It’s a huge kit that comes with a ton of stuff.
55 gallon tank dimensions: 51.9 x 16.4 x 24.4 inches
What is included?
A 55 gallon tank
EasyBalance Plus – a water conditioner
TetraMin – tropical fish food
AquaSafe – get your water just right
6 inch fish net
200 watt heater
Tetra Whisper Power Filter (up to 60 gallons)
Digital thermometer sticker
24 inch Tetra hinged hood
2 plant multi-packs and a boxwood plant
Brochure and instructions
These are all the essentials needed to start your aquarium. You’ll still need to purchase gravel, further decorations, a stand, and your fish! But overall, this is a great tank that comes with basic accessories. Over time, you may want to upgrade things like the filter and heater.
If you want to organize your own filters, heaters, food and all the other accessories, and are just wanting an empty 55 gallon tank – here are a few that you ought to consider.
SeaClear Acrylic Aquarium Combo Set
The SeaClear Acrylic Aquarium Combo Set is a highly rated and very popular 50 gallon fish tank. Yes, it’s not quite 55 gallons, but it’s so close! I didn’t want to leave it out because it does have great reviews. This is an acrylic fish tank, which are less prone to chipping while being stronger and lighter.
If you don’t buy a 55 gallon fish tank with stand, you’re going to need to buy one separately. I think it always looks better when a fish tank has it’s own dedicated stand, rather than sitting oddly on a table or desk. The bigger the tank, the truer that is!
Imagitarium Brooklyn Metal 55 Gallon Fish Tank Stand
The Imagitarium Metal Stand is a cheap 55 gallon fish tank stand. It gives strong a sturdy support, takes up the minimal amount of space, and looks amazing.
Aquatic Fundamentals 55 gallon Scroll Aquarium Stand
The Aquatic Fundamentals 55 gallon aquarium stand is another strong steel stand with a slightly different design. Also with a powder coated black finish, this will suit any 55 gallon fish tank out there.
What you need to know:
Steel frame with scroll design
Dimensions: 48.3 x 27.8 x 12.5 inches
Weighs 27 pounds
Which design do you prefer? The straight up design of the first stand, or this scroll design?
There are a range of great 55 gallon fish tank filters for sale, ranging from cheap to expensive. As you can imagine, the more you pay the better the quality of filter you are getting. I’ll list a cheap 55 gallon fish tank filter, then a mid-priced filter, and then a top-of-the-line filter.
Penn Plax Cascade Hang-on Aquarium 55 Gallon Filter
Removes ammonia and nitrates while increasing oxygenation of water
Changeable flow knob to slow filtration when feeding fish
3 year warranty!
This filter provides great value for money, and will keep your fish tank sparkling and clean. Keep in mind that it’s one of the cheapest 55 gallon filters, and some users will experience issues with it.
The Aqua Clear Power Filter is a great mid-price 55 gallon aquarium filter. This has been one of the most popular 55 gallon aquarium filters, and has sold many thousands of units. This is a better quality filter than the one above, and comes with a two year warranty.
Hang on filter system
Excellent biological filtration using multiple stages of filtration
300 Gallon per hour filtration
Cheap operating costs
Click below to find out why everyone is buying this filter for 55 gallon fish tanks!
Hydor Professional External 55 Gallon Canister Filter
The Hydor Professional External Canister Filter is a more expensive 55 gallon fish tank filter system, but it has added benefits like being able to be put out of sight. A canister filter can be placed underneath the tank in a stand (great if you have a stand like the 3rd one recommended above!).