I'm hoping that my stock options will pay out in January and among the mature things I'm planning (college funds for the girls, savings, paying off bills, etc.) I'm hoping to put together a "money-isn't-much-of-an-object" tank for my cubicle at work, and I'm looking for brainstorming (or what we call at work a "deep dive
"). Here's the requirements:
1. It can't be huge. I might be able to get away with ~20 gal. if it was compact and didn't take up the whole desk (separate stand?)
2. It should be pretty self contained. No one wants to see cords and tubes and filters all over the place.
3. Not too
high maintenance. I don't want to be putting in massive overtime doing upkeep.
4. It needs to be somewhat portable. We locate cubicles by project (all engineers on a project sit near each other), so I may need to move it a couple of times a year.
5. Money still matters some. Let's say a budget of $1000 for everything. (I'd really prefer to spend 1/4 of that, but if I see an absolutely awesome idea , I may give it some thought.)
We have a new GIANT cylindrical reef tank
in the lobby (we build subsea robotics, so it's almost
apropos) so I don't think the whole idea will get shot down. One of the engineers last year had a 5G Eclipse tank and no one batted an eye.
I'll let the suggestions roll for a while, then chime in with my initial thoughts so that I don't stifle any creativity.