You may or may not know that a tangent hobby of mine is aquariums. Specifically, I really like planted aquariums. I currently have a 29 gallon planted tank and a 10 gallon planted tank setup at home. For some time now, I have been contemplating putting a 10 gallon planted aquarium on my desk at work. I actually have 2 new empty 10 gallon aquariums sitting in my garage, just waiting for such a project. But I have been slow to fill them up. The first reason for my hesitancy is money. It's pretty cheap to drop some gravel in the bottom, fill it up with water and toss in a goldfish. But that's not what I'm wanting to do. Aquatic plants, good aquatic soil (substrate), and interesting fish are not cheap and not always found at the nearest PetsMart or PetCo. Whenever you order things online (plants or fish) the 2 day shipping can get pretty expensive.
The second reason I haven't setup my office tank is that my company is moving to a new building in the Spring. It probably wouldn't be too big of an issue to move my office tank to the new building (across the street), but it would be easier to just set it up once whenever we have moved. And I'm slightly concerned that my desk situation will be different in the new office and I won't have room for a 10 gallon aquarium on my desk. I'm not sure what I would do then.
My last excuse for not starting this project is for lack of a good idea. There are so many different possibilities for aquatic inhabitants (fish, shrimp, etc), as well as plants. I recently came up with a design plan that I think is doable and would be pretty interesting and fun to watch.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="555" caption="Rocks for my barrier"]bird's eye view concept drawing for 10 gallon office tank