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Are you considering an office fish tank for your facility?
We’re here to show how an office fish tank can create a calming and inviting atmosphere for you, your staff, and the people you serve.
If you’re still on the fence about getting a fish tank, read further.
In this comprehensive post, we’ll explain the benefits of office fish tanks, some popular types of tanks, and additional factors to consider.
Benefits of Office Fish Tanks
Enhanced Productivity and Creativity
Terrapin Bright Green is a company specializing in biophilic design, and they found that adding natural elements to an office space can improve work quality.
They added plants, more lighting, and natural colors and textiles.
After inclusion, employee well-being and creativity increased by 15%, and overall productivity increased by 6%, on average.
You may be thinking, ‘Why not set up a few plants around the office instead of buying a whole fish tank?’
Well, we think you should have nature-focused décor around the office.
But the methodical movements of the fish, the deep blue of the habitat, and the sound of moving water are what make an office fish tank so relaxing, yet stimulating.
Decrease Stress in the Workplace
According to APA’s October 2022 Stress in America Survey, 27% of adults are often so stressed that they can’t function.
To make matters worse, 83% of US workers recorded work as a prominent source of stress in their life.
This puts employees and their companies at a disadvantage because poor focus, low productivity, and increased absenteeism are all signs of a stressed workforce.
A fish tank can help with that.
A research team at Exeter University found that exposure to a fish tank can lead to noticeable reductions in blood pressure and heart rate, reducing stress and putting your employees in better moods.
Improve Quality of Work
Are aquariums good for business?
Again, consider the fact that fish tanks can lower stress levels.
In a general sense, the less stressed someone is, the better they feel, which can translate to more productivity and higher quality of work.
Save Money on Health Costs
U.S. businesses spend billions of dollars every year on lost productivity due to stress-related illnesses.
While there is no evidence directly linking fish tank observation and reduced anxiety-related sickness, we do understand its healing effects elsewhere.
The idea is that reduced sickness and absenteeism will be a secondary effect of lowered blood pressure, decreased stress, and higher job satisfaction.
Office Aquariums Strengthen Pain Thresholds
A study by Pain Research & Management sought to discover the effects that fish tanks have on patients’ pain thresholds.
They tested the pain tolerance of each patient after 5, 10, 20, 30, and 40 minutes of being exposed to a fish tank.
They found that those who watched the fish tank had a higher pain threshold than those with zero fish tank exposure.
Office Fish Tank Ideas
Now you know why office fish tanks are so popular, but what type of aquarium is best for you?
Let’s find out.
A planted aquarium focuses on the underwater plants found in nature.
Living plants consume CO2 and other nutrients from fish waste, uneaten food, and organic debris.
This, in turn, provides biological filtration and oxygen to the water. These tanks still need regular upkeep, but it’s generally the easiest to maintain.
There are, however, some added setup costs.
You may save money on fish, but a heavily planted habitat needs extra lighting, fertilizers, and a CO2 system.
Do you want to set up a planted aquarium for yourself?
In this post by LiveAquaria, you can learn about the setup process, along with all the equipment you need.
Freshwater Office Fish Tank
Freshwater setups are the most popular office fish tanks.
They can house colorful fish and detailed aquascapes of rocks, plants, and other decors.
In a general sense, freshwater tanks are easier to maintain and don’t cost as much as saltwater tanks.
Freshwater fish and plants are often less vibrant and colorful than saltwater ones, but there are plenty of ways to decorate a tank, so you can still create an awe-inspiring aquascape.
Saltwater Office Fish Tank
PC: @coralsdaily Custom Aquariums Saltwater 550G (8’x4’x28”) Reef Aquarium with Steel Stand
With a saltwater fish tank, you can create a diverse habitat with vibrant fish, colors, decorative or living plants, and more.
However, special care may be needed for saltwater tanks.
If you want to prominently display a saltwater aquarium, ensure that someone on your team can maintain it.
Otherwise, you and your guests will see dirty water and struggling fish.
The size of the fish tank is also an important factor.
A saltwater tank should be no smaller than 20 gallons for the sake of water stability.
Is Freshwater or Saltwater the Best Option?
It’s a common debate whether a saltwater aquarium or a freshwater aquarium is the better choice.
In most cases, it comes down to personal preference and the ability to maintain it.
Saltwater is less hardy than freshwater, but aquarists are more than capable of sustaining healthy saltwater tanks.
Office Fish Tank Styles and Sizes
Office Desk Fish Tank & Nano Aquariums
Nano aquariums can be made of glass (safer and easier to clean) or acrylic (more affordable).
Cleaning, feeding, and observing your fish are generally simple due to the tank’s size and mobility, but your fish may not enjoy this setup.
For starters, the larger the tank, the better.
A nano fish tank limits the number of fish you can have. Plus, the limited amount of water leaves little room for error, and errors can be much more profound.
Another issue is vibrations in the water.
Typing on a keyboard, for example, causes vibrations on the desk. Those vibrations cause ripples in the water which are very uncomfortable for a fish.
Also, small fish tanks often have poor filtration, or none at all, which can cause physical damage to the fish.
Nano aquariums are great decorations, but they’re best used for planted environments or housing small invertebrates.
Large Office Aquarium
Fish will be more comfortable in a large aquarium, and it’s a more viewable decoration in the office.
Also, the more visible fish, the more benefits for staff, guests, patients, and residents.
In the University of Exeter’s study referenced earlier, they also found that more visible fish held people’s attention longer, and proportionately improved their moods, compared to smaller tanks with fewer fish.
Not sure where to place your fish tank?
Here are a few factors to consider when setting one up:
- Find a stable base that can withstand a tank, water, and a full suite of equipment.
- Must be by grounded outlets to plug in all the equipment.
- Avoid direct sunlight (This speeds up algae production).
- Avoid doorways, speakers, TVs, or very highly trafficked areas.
NOTE: It’s important to know how heavy your aquarium can get with the tank, water, fish, and equipment. For example, a relatively small, 10-gallon fish tank can weigh over 100 lbs!
Office Fish Tank with Stand and Canopy
Whether this is in a workspace or lobby, this setup gives all your employees and guests the calming stimuli we touched on earlier.
A stand and canopy are great for aesthetics, but they also offer stability.
They’re designed for the tank, so you know the stand can hold the weight of it and all its equipment.
All our aquariums are built by our sister company, Custom Aquariums.
The handcrafted stands and canopies offer stability for your fish tank, while also being designed to match your interior.
For more, browse our gallery to see our fish tanks in offices, healthcare facilities, and more.
Office Aquarium Maintenance to Consider
Regardless of the size or style of your tank, algae will grow.
It will appear on the inner walls of the tank first, and you can use a magnetic scraper to remove it.
Algae will continue to populate the aquarium, and once it gets very cloudy, you’ll have to clean the gravel, décor, and conduct a water change.
Want to learn more?
Water changes reset the nitrogen cycle in a fish tank, which makes water liveable for fish.
Your livestock depend on you to test the water, remove algae, and make water changes.
So you have two options:
- Deploy someone on your staff for constant cleaning and maintenance.
- Let an aquarium service company do it for you.
It takes our service pros 1 to 2 hours to deep-clean a fish tank.
Does your staff have time for that?
If not, reach out to Serenity USA today.
Feeding the Fish
The amount and frequency of feeding depend on the age, size, and species of your fish.
You’ll also need somewhere to store the food and resupply when you run out.
Serenity Aquarium & Aviary Service’s aquariums come with an automatic feeder that dispenses a specific amount of food at predetermined times.
This is very useful for office fish tanks when you’re not at work.
With a Serenity service package, we will set the timers, provide the food, and replenish it on each of our visits.
Removing Deceased Fish
If any fish die in a fish tank, it’s important to remove them promptly.
Leaving a deceased fish in a tank accelerates bacteria build-up, which quickly makes other fish sick.
For this task, all you need is an appropriately sized fish net to remove and dispose of them.
It’s common for some fish to die during the first cycle of an aquarium (New Tank Syndrome), so keep a close eye on your fish during this period.
Testing the water
Throughout the life of any fish tank, you should test the water regularly, especially during its initial cycle.
Some levels to check are:
- Water hardness
- pH Level
There are many products for testing fish tank water.
API, for example, offers cost-effective water test strips, which you can order online or find at most pet stores.
Monitor Electrical Equipment
Keep in mind, gallons of water near mechanical equipment may pose a safety threat, so make sure to check the rules and regulations of your office.
However, we’ve been safely adding Serenity Aquariums to offices for over a decade, and we take care of any equipment repairs and replacements if need be.
Professional Fish Tank Cleaning Services
Unfortunately, no filtration system keeps water clean forever.
That’s why we offer comprehensive, routine cleaning services.
You and your team will never have to worry about feeding the fish, maintaining the equipment, or deep cleaning the tank.
We’ll even deliver and install your office fish tank!
You want an office fish tank. We make having one hassle-free.
In fact, we service office aquariums across the country in businesses like:
- Nursing homes
- Commercial businesses
- Doctors offices
- Dentist offices
- And many more…
An office desk fish tank is an excellent decoration, but consider your office’s regulations and the space needed to provide care.
A larger fish tank is also an excellent choice, just make sure the base you set it on is sturdy and able to withstand potentially hundreds of pounds. To avoid stability concerns, we recommend finding a fish tank stand.
Serenity Aquariums are designed for businesses with busy staff.
You and your team get a low-maintenance office aquarium, plus the amazing stimuli it brings to your space.
Whatever your situation, a fish tank can enhance your décor and improve the well-being of your employees and guests.
Look over your space and workplace regulations.
Can an office fish tank bring a little more life to your workday?