Lets talk about aquariums

  • 17 July 2019
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I want to talk about aquariums because I want to buy one for my office. I work in an IT company and I like the idea of an aquarium for relaxing the eyes. Is it easy to maintain? What suggestions do you have on that?

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Fish tanks are just like having a dog or cat, minus the emotional care.
Fish need to be fed and their environment needs constant attention. Depending on the size of the tank and the type of plantation, fixtures and fish you have in the tank you need to budget for 30min-to-60min a week in tank cleaning.

Keeping a fish tank needs to be more of hobby IMHO. But they can offer relaxation benefits.

the CONs of owning a tank.

  • Cheap filters, water and air fixtures appliances can be noisy. But even the expensive one still make a humming sound.
  • Cleaning the filter, syphoning and scrubbing the tank and fixtures takes time and effort.
  • Cleaning the tank always makes a mess. No matter how hard you try......water gets everywhere.
  • A neglected tank looks like crap and your fish will die.
  • A neglected tank smells even worse.
  • Will someone care for it on weekends and Holidays?
I would try it home first, see if you like it before you move on into the office.
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Good topic for a conversation! I'd like to see more discussions like this.
Fish tanks are just like having a dog or cat, minus the emotional care.
Fish need to be fed and their environment needs constant attention. Depending on the size of the tank and the type of plantation, fixtures and fish you have in the tank you need to budget for 30min-to-60min a week in tank cleaning.

Keeping a fish tank needs to be more of hobby IMHO. But they can offer relaxation benefits.

the CONs of owning a tank.

  • Cheap filters, water and air fixtures appliances can be noisy. But even the expensive one still make a humming sound.
  • Cleaning the filter, syphoning and scrubbing the tank and fixtures takes time and effort.
  • Cleaning the tank always makes a mess. No matter how hard you try......water gets everywhere.
  • A neglected tank looks like crap and your fish will die.
  • A neglected tank smells even worse.
  • Will someone care for it on weekends and Holidays?
I would try it home first, see if you like it before you move on into the office.

Well, the weekends are a problem. Aren't the fish able to survive 2 days without eating? For the Holydays there will be someone to feed them
You won't have that much of pain in the ass if you'll keep it natural. Don't buy plastic decorations or some other industrial sh*t. Let nature make the job. Cleaning the tank cannot be escaped as the algae are part of the process. There are live rocks that you can use (I have some and you can read more about them on www.arcreef.com) , some marine plants, wood. Something that you can try are the Coralline Algae that should grow faster than the green one and this way kills it. Plus, it protects the reef and it has a beautiful colors.
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There are auto-feeders you can buy that disperse a regulated amount of food at a given interval.

The big problem is keeping the tank clean. It can take time to clean the tank and changing the water or filter can get messy at times. Not something most would typically do on company time. But it does depend on the company. Lots of companies here in Hong Kong/China have fish tanks because of Fung Shui and superstition, so taking care of the fish is a company function.
While there are some different animals and plants you can get to help keep the tank clean, you end up having to go through and clean the fish poop out still.

That said it can be rewarding and provides a nice regular break for those times you are swamped and super stressed. Or piece of mind if you're superstitious.

Source: I took care of my friend's girlfriend's fish because she didn't.

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