Desktop Aquarium: Marina 360°
I have found the growing trend in tropical fish tanks is the move toward desktop aquariums. These are aquariums that have been built to ensure they will safely sit on a desktop without the need for a manufactured aquarium stand. Since water is quite heavy, about 8 pounds per gallon. When the substrate and natural rocks are added as is common, the average works out much closer to 10 gallons per gallon.
This puts a lot of weight on a small footprint and can cause many desktop surfaces to warp. A standard glass aquarium will not be able to take the strain from a warping surface and can often crack. A properly constructed desktop aquarium will not be affected if the surface does buckle a little under the weight.
One of the newer additions to the desktop aquariums available in the market is the Marina 360° system by Hagen. As the manufacturer details:
In terms of styling, this desktop aquarium: Marina 360° is a uniquely crafted aquarium with a sleek housing unit placed discreetly at the back, allowing virtually unobstructed viewing from almost all angles.
Small in stature (only 25.4 x 25.4 cm), the 10-litre aquarium occupies minimal space, making it an ideal aquatic showpiece on countertops, desktops and other small spaces, in homes or offices.
Reflecting our attention to detail, the plastic aquarium’s edges are lightly tinted in green to simulate real glass. The cover can be removed completely to provide unobstructed access inside the tank for maintenance.
Desktop Aquarium: Marina 360° offers State-of-the-Art Features
Personally I prefer to have a bigger tank that just a 2 gallon size, but one of the reasons is that these small tanks rarely have adequate filtration, lighting or a proper heater. This Desktop aquarium: Marina 360° overcomes all these problems and offers a system with a small enough footprint that it can be places almost anywhere.