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All Desktop tropical fish tanks are not the same!


Desktop tropical fish tanks are becoming more and more popular, and they aren’t your father’s old goldfish bowl.  As people become more and more aware that the classic goldfish container is not suitable for most fish, newer variations have become available.  One of the most popular is the Fluval Edge, a new style of sealed aquarium tank that has two models.  The first version had a 6.6 gallon glass tank that makes a great addition to any desktop.

Fluval Edge

Fluval Edge – courtesy of freshwater-tropical-fish-tanks.com

These tanks will conveniently and safely keep a much wider variety of fish than any old goldfish bowl, they integrate lighting, filtration and can often allow a proper heater like the Edge where the water can be made tropical.

While the Edge offers standard filtration and fish handling capacity, a number of other systems have come on the market that offer to hold other species.  The Nano styles are used to keep freshwater shrimp and even small saltwater fish and corals as well.  All these new systems are made small and compact and are for placement on a desktop or tabletop.  They do not require a separate stand to be safe for use.

Jellyfish Desktop tropical fish tanks feature a very different design

But even I have never tried to keep delicate invertebrates like jellyfish.  I knew that they are way too delicate to live in a standard aquarium.  You certainly don’t even see them in a standard mini-reef set-up.  So it is with great interest I saw the announcement of a specialized Jellyfish desktop aquarium made to allow small jellyfish to thrive in their own specially designed aquarium.

The 7 gallon, crystal clear acrylic tank has a specialized built in filtration system and it has enough room to keep around 5 fabulous jellyfish. The kit comes with a nifty lighting system to give your new pals some high tech lighting and the tank works plugged into the US standard 120V electric outlet.

Source: http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20120420/jellyfish-aquarium-real-deal-desktop/

I have had a lot of tanks in my time, large and small, and set up quite a few more as a part of my work for quite a number of years.  Never have I seen a system that was specifically designed to keep one of nature’s most delicate invertebrates before.  It seems the shape of the old style goldfish bowl is getting a new makeover.  The round shape has no corners where a jellyfish could get trapped. The filtration is also tuned for the special needs as well.  It certainly is a new twist on desktop tropical fish tanks

Steve Pond
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Steve Pond, of Tropical Fish Aquarist, has kept fish both personally and professionally for over 50 years.  He writes regularly on the wide range of current topics that are important to people who keep tropical fish tanks as a passion and a hobby.

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Steve Pond, of Tropical Fish Aquarist, has kept fish both personally and professionally for over 50 years.  He writes regularly on the wide range of current topics that are important to people who keep tropical fish tanks as a passion and a hobby.

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  1. BriptuMarch 5, 2015 at 9:18 pmReply

    I was extremely execitd when I finally found magic rocks could still be purchased today. I remember them from my childhood. My family and I would gather around, mix the magic solution, place the rocks, and eagerly wait for them to start growing. I would check the daily and watch my minature underworld come to life. Amazingly, the magic rocks would grow all the way to the top, and I would delight in the magic. My recent order proved other than magic I followed the directions to a tee, waited for the magic. Nothing other than a couple weak stalagmites grew in my underwater world. The rest of the rocks turned into a sludge of dissapointment. Maybe next time I’ll spend my fifteen bucks elsewhere.

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