Your fish-keeping hobby might lead you to decide to keep a couple of them in the office. These pets are great and low-maintenance, but they require some work in order to make it work. Keeping fish in the office comes with some set of rules that you have to follow. Let us review some guidelines and look at what you need to consider.

Understand Workplace Rules

Even if you are the manager, you have to know the workplace rules, if any, regarding keeping pets in the office. Your workplace might be tolerant when it comes to keeping plants in your office or cubicle, but might not be so compassionate when it comes to other pets. You will have to check and find out what the policies say regarding fishkeeping.

It is advisable that you read the whole policy before you go to see the boss regarding your hobby. This is important so that you know how to answer some of the questions the boss will ask you. Fishkeeping needs a little focus. The main question your boss might ask you will be how you will be able to juggle between your job and the hobby successfully.

The Requirements

One of the biggest issues when it comes to setting up an aquarium in your office is the size of equipment and how to set up the aquarium the right way. One of the biggest challenges in an office environment is space. Remember, keeping fish in a small, confined space becomes detrimental to the fish, and gives you a lot of work.

Proper fishkeeping requires enough room for the fish to grow and move around. This means you require more than just a little fish bowl next to your workstation in order to enjoy this hobby.

Plan on having at least 10 gallons of water even for a couple of fish. Come Into The Water offers various starter kits and tanks depending on your specific needs. You need to keep in mind that such a gallon will weigh around 120lbs when full of water. Such a weight might pose a big problem in the office.

You also need the right kit for maintaining the fish tank. It should have a filter, heater and a source of light to maintain the right environment for the fish. Have a bucket with a siphon hose to facilitate regular water changes. Additionally, you need to understand the type of water in use in the office because it plays a big role in the way your fish grows. Most offices are in located in the city center, which means they use chlorinated water from the city’s system. If this is the case, have a bottle of dechlorinating agent to treat the water before you change it.

Picking the Fish

Just the way you select office plants depending on the available room, you also need to select the fish depending on the size of your fish tank. Unless your boss is comfortable with having a 50 gallon tank in the office, you will have to narrow down the choices of fish a bit. Don’t select fish species that grow big fast. Check out some guidelines on the types of fish ideal for the office and pick one that will suit you. Bala sharks, multies and bettas are suitable species because they only grow to a few inches.

Don’t Forget Regular Maintenance

Just the way you handle your home fish tank is the same way you ought to handle the tank at the office. Try and change 10 percent of the water each day for the first few days as the water stabilizes. After this, you can perform a 20 percent water change once every week. Monitor the water temperature and clean the filter regularly as well. Clean the substrate once each month or as necessary.

The Bottomline

Rearing fish is a great hobby, coupled with the beauty the fish tank adds to your decor, you have a great thing running. However, it is much easier to keep this adorable pet at home as compared to the office. If you must, you ought to follow the rules set by the company and have enough space to make sure your fish stay healthy and alive. Start with an appropriate tank and progress till you have all the appropriate supplies.

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Your fish-keeping hobby might lead you to decide to keep a couple of them in the office. These pets are great and low-maintenance, but they require some work in order to make it work. Keeping fish in the office comes with some set of rules that you have to...