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    DIYFK member MarkDerail's Avatar


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    Clear acrylic aquarium for desk at work

    Looking for ideas / suggestions for an office desk aquarium. To add humidity, clean the air with Pothos plants and it keeps them watered.


    • freshwater
    • Small footprint, perhaps 12" x 12" x 12"
    • No electricity
    • Betta with red cherry shrimps - will the Betta eat them?
    • Pothos sanctuary


    I have spare welding glue and some 5mm pieces of sheets left over from other projects (sump and shed windows). Strong enough, will it hold? Needs a rim on top all around?

    There's electricity - I work in IT - but I don't want it wired to anything. Ambient temperature is 22c yearly, well lighted.
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    Things to consider, the betta will 'survive' at 22C but it will not thrive, without a mechanical filter debris will build up so you are going to have to do scheduled water changes and cleaning...

    I personally like some water movement in my tanks, I know you said no electricity, but maybe a USB powered air pump during business hours just to get stuff moved around and help oxygenate the water?

    5mm acrylic will be fine for a 12x12 cube...

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    I've had a Betta with cherry shrimp before. I didn't have issues with the Betta going after the adult shrimp but never had any babies when they were housed together. Once I split the shrimp and Betta there was a growing colony of shrimp. so while I never saw the Betta bother anything, I have to guess it was eating any shrimp offspring. It may also depend on the individual fish's personality, some may attack adult shrimp but maybe my experience will help add to others and assist in making a decision.

    Like the last poster I do have to mention that 22 is not an ideal temperature to keep a Betta fish but it may survive for quite a while.

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    Thanks for the replies guys.
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