The minibow is a bow front tank kit. I've had problems with the light in my 2.5 gallon minibow; other than that I like it a lot. But I don't have any experience with the 5 gallon. The walmart 5 gallon kit is just a standard looking tank, but it's good price for tank, hood, and filter. I don't have any experience with other 5 gallon tanks/kits, but I do think it's a fine tank and a pretty good deal.