Bring life into your office with a fish tank. A growing trend in the workplace, aquariums add color, energy, and stress release to a busy day.
Working in an office setting can be tedious and boring. It’s the same routine day in and day out; nothing but inanimate objects to stare at while typing for hours, making phone calls, and sending e-mails. Adding a small tank to your desktop can offer stress reduction and something natural to look at while you work.
Before you set up, the first thing to do is check with your boss to make sure that you are permitted to bring a pet to work. If the boss man or boss lady says it’s a go, then have fun with it! Based on company rules, decide on a tank size. Typically, this is going to be five gallons or less for a desk top. It may be as small as one gallon.
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Once you decide on what size tank or bowl you’re going to be using, then you can think about what is going to go in it. A five gallon is perfect for a betta, if it is equipped with a heater and a filter. It is often thought that bettas don’t need these things to survive, and perhaps they don’t, but they do need it to thrive. Another option is a small school of tetras, or a couple of live bearers. Just be sure not to over stock your tank, as it will be left to its own devices during your weekends, sick days, vacations, etc.
Depending on your budget, a basic rectangular tank looks sharp – if you’ve got the dough, go with a more expensive decorative tank. Do some research and find something that you’ll love to look at day in and day out. Find something that can fit in the allotted space you have, without being bumped by elbows or visitors to your office.
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Once the tank and livestock are chosen, if applicable, think about decorations. Do you prefer a silk plant approach, or a tank planted with live plants? Small trinkets can be purchased to jazz it up. Whatever your choice is in this area, make it your own. If you choose live plants, make sure that the light is strong enough so that they can grow.
Once all the hard decisions are made, the rest is easy. Do research on temperature, and water conditions of whatever livestock you choose. Remember to schedule weekly water changes, (a good Friday afternoon time killer!), and then sit back and enjoy your tank while you work. Before you know it all of your co-workers will be visiting your office to see it, and say “hi” to the fishy interns.
Summer Davis is the mom of three kids, four dogs, and several tanks of fish. She boasts a passion for all animals, whether they are in the water or on land. This fish aficionado has kept many different species in her time, but holds a special place in her heart for wild and domestic bettas. When she’s not talking about fish, Summer “spins” her extra time as the director of a baton twirling organization.