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    In my office at work, I'll be able to put in a small tank. I have enough power outlets for a light and a filter, but not a heater.

    So!

    I'm needing some ideas of what can go in there ... plants, livestock, etc. I know goldfish need a 20g plus size. What about crayfish? Minnows?

    My mind is open for suggestions. All the reading I have done so far has folks setting up large (and huge) tanks for coldwater critters.

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    In a 10 gallon or larger minnows would work. Depending on the tempurature your office, you could have most types of inverts (snails, Crayfish, shrimp, clams). If it stays abbove 65F most of those inverts should be fine.

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    I've never known it to get lower than 65. The building is pretty good at keeping it a constant 70 -75, and I've been in there at odd times to do some system maintenances.

    The overhead lighting is also always kept on, although I do have a dimmer place on my desk that gets shade. Hmmmm ... remembering that plants need periods of dark as well as light, I might opt for artificial plants for ease.

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    I've always used a powerbar on all my electronics including the aquariums, just to safeguard against power surges. Could always use one and add in a heater.

    How about red cherry shrimp, can keep them in small tank. A small air pump with a sponge filter and a light or heater. Java moss and some other mosses can live with just room lighting. They do better at warmer temps, but I've kept them and other shrimp at "room temp" without any real issues. They just get a little less active when the temperature gets lower.

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    A shrimp tank was the first thought, but I've already got a powerbar hooked up to my cube's socket Although, if they do reasonably well at room temp, might still could try.

    Another thought: I'll test my office building's water tomorrow, and see what the "from the tap" specs are. That might alter what I choose to keep.

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    Aaaand another thought. The pet store near the office has some fairly attractive albino apple snails.

    Perhaps a soothing snail tank is an option?

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    Well, if you're not going with live plants there's no particular reason you need a light, so long as the tank's well-lit enough that you can see the fish.
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    Ooooo. Good point.

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    So, now that I am at work, I can see where there really isn't a place that is shaded. All light, all the time. And its fairly bright. Because of the always-on lighting, I am hesitant to introduce live plants into the mix.

    There's a fellow on the other side of the building who has a 39g marine reef with fish setup, but he wasn't here today. I'll make a point of seeking him out later to see how he handles the lighting.

    It's also somewhat chillier than I mentioned. I would say it stays 68-70. Of course, if I do opt for the heater, it's not an issue. I also rooted around underneath my desk and found 6 useable outlets ... 2 are location dependent. Not a big deal though.

    I find I am intrigued by the idea of replicating a small running stream in a tank. Even if that's not possible, I kind of like the idea of maintaining a coldwater tank, or at least sub-tropical.

    Just need to do some research on what species are available and what their requirements are.

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    I see power strips and extension cords in your future!! HAHA
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