top of page

5 Benefits of Owning a Desktop Tank

When someone says that they own an aquarium and you walk into their home for the first time, you might be picturing a massive tank that takes up half the wall space with cords coming out of every direction.

It is a common myth in the aquarium community that "bigger is better" and that only large tanks have stability and flexibility. At PNW Custom, our goal is to dispel this myth and help spread desktop aquariums across the world.

1. Lower Maintenance

Smaller tanks require less equipment, fewer resources, and are much easier to clean and maintain than a larger aquarium. This makes them an ideal option for beginners or those with a busy lifestyle who still want to enjoy the many benefits of aquarium ownership without the significant time or space commitment.

The PNW Custom Micro Tank (40oz) and Small-In-One (1 Gallon) are especially low maintenance options due to the included polycarbonate lids that reduce daily evaporation. Additional accessories such as the Micro Auto Top Off, ATO Container, and Temperature Controller make evaporation and monitoring temperature even easier to manage.

Water changes, cleaning, and monitoring water parameters are more straightforward tasks in a desktop tank. This makes it an ideal option for busy individuals or those with limited time for upkeep.

2. Ideal for Small Spaces

Desktop aquariums are perfect for apartments, offices, or any space where square footage is at a premium. Their compact size allows you to add them to a variety of rooms or spaces, and they are easy to transport if needed. Larger aquariums can typically take up an entire wall or living space, whereas you can easily fit a desktop aquarium in any size space.

3. Low Cost

Small aquariums are often more budget-friendly than their larger counterparts. From the initial setup costs to ongoing maintenance expenses, a smaller tank is lighter on the wallet. This affordability allows aspiring hobbyists to enter the aquatic community without a large financial commitment, making it an accessible and low-risk introduction to aquarium keeping. The PNW Custom desktop aquariums come complete with a light and return pump, which greatly reduces initial start up costs.

4. A Great Fit for Both Beginners and Advanced Hobbyists

If you're new to the world of aquariums, starting with a small tank is an excellent way to get started. The compact size makes it more manageable for beginners to learn the basics of aquarium maintenance, water chemistry, and fish care without feeling overwhelmed. It's a great stepping stone for those gradually diving deeper into the aquarium world.

If you're an experienced hobbyist, you will enjoy the unique and exciting challenge of keeping a small aquarium. Go try building that aquascape that you've always dreamed of, or dip your toes into reef-keeping if you have a history of keeping freshwater aquariums.

5. Unique Livestock Options

Small tanks can accommodate tiny fish and shrimp species that would easily get lost in a large aquarium. There are many species of livestock that thrive in a smaller environment. This allows for a more intimate connection with each fish and shrimp and creates a personalized, curated aquarium experience.

Interested in starting your own desktop tank? Explore all of the PNW Custom tank options here and see which one is the best fit for your space.


Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page