I want to get a small aquarium for work. Need suggestion for glass & silent filter
I want to get a small fish tank 3-8 gallons for my desk at work.
I saw this Petco one that is made of Acryic - but I don't want something the scratches easily - and the filter doesn't look very good.
So I was looking for a small glass tank - I found these from Mr. Aqua.
Mr. Aqua 7.5 Gallon Front Bowed Frameless
Mr. Aqua 3 Gallon Front Bowed Frameless
The only thing I don't like about these is that it does NOT have a hood. Means I can't muffle some of the sound or have a light on top.
Do you have any suggestions on a glass tank? Maybe something with a hood?
Also: What do you suggest for a silent filter? This will be 2 feet from my ears and I would like something that makes next to NOTHING of sound. Plus I am on the phone a lot.
I will pay more to have a quite filter. It needs to actually help keep the tank clean also...!
Oh btw: Other than Bettas - what can I put in a 7 gallon? A couple of guppies or tetras?
Depends on what kind of tetras. Most of them need more swimming room than a 5-7.5 gallon can give them.
I would look into some invertebrates. A betta is honestly the best bet for an office fish because of maintenance level.
Thanks for the reply.
Any suggestions on tanks or filter?
You could also consider a 10 gallon? then you could keep some neons in there...not optimal but doable.
From what I have seen online that 6.6 gallon has got a good price tag if it comes with filter and heater.
Fluval edge, (have not had one, they look like a pain to maintain considering their small opening) would be a aesthetically pleasing 6 gallon tank. I have seen lots of tanks at petco/petsmart that would fit in for what you need.
Is the tank going to be heated?
Depending on what you get you could easily get by with a sponge filter which would mean that you would only have to look for a silent air pump and/or enough tubing to get the air from the pump to the filter.
For fish, small tanks tend to be harder then larger ones and a lot of the small fish seem to be somewhat more difficult. Are you planning on a planted tank? If so something you might like (as long as your tank is 5+ gallons) is a pea puffer. You would only be able to have one and maybe some shrimp but from what i have read that have pretty big personalities for small fish. They dont need the teeth trimming other puffers need either so you could basically feed em any frozen/freeze dried food you could get em to eat or theirs always the live snails that they enjoy hunting.
Theres also Scarlet Badis which is a micro predator but a very pretty small fish. they stay under an inch long though. You could do 1 male and if you could get your hands on females a couple females but females are hard to find. I've gotten mine to eat frozen brine shrimp as well as whatever is growing on the plants thats to small for me to see. Another fish with 5 gallon min. 5 gallons per male and up to 1 male to 3 female ratio.
I don't know much about them but i have read that sparkling gouramis would do well in smaller tanks around the 5 gallon range as well.
Theres probably a lot more fish out there that would work i just don't know them. Id say a safe bet though would be to go planted. Helps keep the water clear and the aquarium stats in a safe area. If you go with something like the fish i mentioned you should check out dwarf shrimp to go with them. Stuff like Snowball/ Red Cherry/ Pearl blue shrimp to add some more color and life to the tank. If you let them establish before you add fish in there they should out breed even mild predation.
I just remember my dream website for fish tanks, I just never have enough money to get the tank I want from there.
I would look at this website because they have some nice tanks of different sizes.
Glass: Glasscages.com - Glass Aquariums
Acrylic: Glasscages.com - Acrylic Aquariums
This would be a good tank and it would give you more options: 15 Long 24 x 12½ x 13
The glass ones are cheaper: 5½ Gal. 16 x 8 x 11 Tall
Just some more options.
I agree with Phil about the sponge filter, that will be best noise option. I personally don't hear my power filters because I just zone out. IT's background grey noise to me.
I did see that my local pet store has Pea puffers. They are rather cute looking, and yes they seem to very curious and social. I think I may get one of them for my tank + shrimp. Do I need to have live plants in my tank for pea puffers and shrimp? I haven't had live plants before.
I do have a 29 gallon tank and have been keeping the normal community fish.
Is there any reviews of loudness and effectiveness of tank filters? I want to get the quietest one possible.
I did see some smaller tanks at my fish store, they do have tops but the glass ones dont seem to be very well made - sloopy gluing of the edges. I would buy the Mr. Aqua tank in a heart beat if it had a hood.
I may end up getting it anyways.
I kinda want something glass so it doesn't scratch.
I just looked up sponge filters. Looks interesting. Ill do more reading on them.
If you do this set up you would need at least 5 gallons. I would recommend a small sponge filter for shrimp, that way they can out breed any predation from the puffer but power filters would suck up and kill baby shrimp.
Set it up with shrimp first, before getting the dwarf puffer as this will allow them to start to colonize and breed should the puffer decide he wants to occasional shrimp for a snack.
Java moss, Java fern, Anubias are good hardy low light starter plants if you want to start with live plants. The shrimp especially would enjoy the moss as they can hide in it while they molt from the puffer.
If you go with the dwarf puffer then you might want to start some pond/ramshorn snails in your 29 at home and then you can bring your puffer a few live treats every few days and the snails do help keep the tanks they are in clean. They normally only get over populated when tanks are over fed enough to where the food will support that kind of population. Rams Horn will also help with any algae.
Very good info - thanks.
Do you know of any how-tos on planting plants in tanks? I am guessing you have to plant soil?
I am not sure if the sponge filter is what I want. Sure - it is super quite but it sticks out like a giant grossness in the tank. They are huge! I don't know yet.
And I was reading up more on puffers and it seems like a bit to much work on having to feed them frozen food...
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