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Selection Guide: Desktop Aquariums

Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff
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Desktop Aquariums Relieve Stress, Enhance Environments

Studies conducted in recent years confirm what seems obvious to most of us: a comfortable, stimulating, and pleasing working environment can significantly improve employee productivity, creativity, and overall job satisfaction.

As a result, more employers than ever are taking measures to enhance work areas by bringing in plants, adding windows to provide natural lighting, and giving employees more flexibility to personalize their work spaces to their individual preferences.

Not surprisingly, there has been a tremendous surge in the number of aquariums appearing in offices and on the corner of desks in cubicles. Well aware of the stress-relieving benefits aquariums provide, hobbyists are bringing their passion to work, and their passion is spreading. Once an aquarium is set up in the workplace, it won't be long before others start appearing on co-workers' desks.

They're great conversation starters and encourage people to come by to see the fish or to talk about their own aquariums. It's a great way to share information with new hobbyists and discover other people who share your same interest.

From simple to sublime
One of the driving forces behind the increasing number of office aquariums is convenience. Many manufacturers are now offering complete aquarium kits which consolidate components like lighting and the filtration system under one compact hood design. Ideal for beginning aquarists as well as more seasoned hobbyists who may want to experiment with different species or set-ups, all-in-one systems like the popular JBJ Nano Cube aquarium series are extremely easy to set up and maintain.

All-in-one aquarium kits are available in a range of sizes and come equipped with the same lighting systems and filters previously available only in larger setups.

And then, of course, there are those who want the challenge of building a system that rivals their home aquarium, only in a smaller version. Beautiful reef displays are certainly possible in smaller aquariums, but are recommended only for dedicated aquarists since the limited gallon capacity allows very little room for error.

Which Desktop Aquarium is Right for Me?

Aquarium Gallons Filtration Lighting
Tetra Waterfall Globe Aquarium 1.8 Mech, Chem, Bio LED
2.6 gallon Fluval Spec III 2.6 Mech, Chem, Bio LED
5 gallon Fluval Spec V 5 Mech, Chem, Bio LED
Marineland BIO-Wheel LED Aquarium Kit 10 Mech, Chem, Bio LED
Fluval LED Edge Aquarium Kits 6 & 12 Mech, Chem, Bio LED
JBJ Nano Cube Next Generation LED Aquariums 6 & 12 Mech, Chem, Bio LED
Marineland Contour Desktop Aquarium Kits 3 & 5 Mech, Chem, Bio LED
Picotope 3 Gallon Aquarium Kit 3 Mech, Chem, Bio Compact Flourescent
JBJ 12 gallon Nano Cube Deluxe Aquarium 12 Mech, Chem, Bio Compact Flourescent
Eheim 9G Aquastyle Aquarium 9 Mech, Chem, Bio LED
JBJ Fan-Cooled Nano Cube Aquarium 12 Mech, Chem, Bio Compact Flourescent
Innovative Marine NUVO Aquarium Fusion Nano 10 Kit 10 Mech, Chem, Bio LED
JBJ Cubey Deluxe Aquarium 3 Mech, Chem, Bio LED
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