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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-02-2009, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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Advice: Small tank for work desktop

I have a 20G Xtra tall up and running planted at home. Now I was thinking it would be nice to bring some of that tranquility to work with me. I know nadda about these very small setups.. Looking for some thoughts on a small all in one system. Small being probably under 5G (probably a little smaller as to not draw to much interest from management ;-).

Ideally this will be all in one.. Light, filter, heater. Compact and easy maintenance.

I think it will just be mostly moss and shrimp tank.. Maybe a few heterandria formasa as well.

Any thoughts on the matter? I guess it is worth mentioning that I am in Canada so some stuff may be hard to find up here.

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I have a JBJ 3.3 gallon Picotope on my desk that I really like. It comes with tank. light and a small HOB (I've upgraded mine to a Zoomed 501 for extra filter capacity) and added a small Marineland heater.
It grows low light plants just fine and my shrimp are lovin' it!

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I'm not really sure there is a great all-in-one style nano tank available.
I'd probably consider a standard 2.5 gallon tank and piece together nice equipment. The dimensions make it an easy one to fit into your workspace. And having a rim/glass top is probably a huge plus, keeping those flying objects out of your tank. (nerf balls, food, paper clip daggers, etc)

Might even be worth it to try and build a custom all-in-one tank out of a 2.5 or other small tank. A little plexiglass, silicone, spray paint, and powerhead could make a nice hidden compartment to filter your water and hide a heater.


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I just bought a standard 2.5g that I am going to put on my desk. I got a cheap little Fluval1 internal filter for it and I am just going to use a desk light with a 27w twist bulb. I have tons of plants and extra substrate laying around so this will be a cheapie.

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Thanks everyone for the replies. I think I have come to the same conclusion, was just hoping I was missing something.. What Coolnick is doing is what I am thinking about, but JRB's comments about having it covered is key. I have several computers in and around my workstation so they must be "safe" from a manager perspective.. Oh well. Time to start hunting for parts.

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I just bought a standard 2.5g that I am going to put on my desk. I got a cheap little Fluval1 internal filter for it and I am just going to use a desk light with a 27w twist bulb. I have tons of plants and extra substrate laying around so this will be a cheapie.
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