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I just wanted to post this question and see what people think about this.

So I have a 20 gallon tank in my room on my desk. Now this desk I use for things like my laptop and other things I may need a desk for.

I was just wondering if this is giving the fish a lot of stress because of the disturbances my fish may get from me using the desk. For example, sound vibrations from a movie I may be watching or me putting my drink down on my desk (I try to do this as gently as possible), sometimes I lose grip of a pen or something and it may fall on the desk.

The reason I ask this is that my fish like to hide a lot. The tank is planted and there is a cave and some driftwood so there are places for the fish to hide.

I like having my fish next to me when I'm at my desk in my room but I'm starting to think if maybe I need a separate stand for the tank so the whatever disturbances I cause to the desk aren't transferred to the tank.

Is this a big deal do you think? Just looking for some opinions. Everything else seems ok. I can't figure out why they hide all the time otherwise.

Thanks.
 

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I have a small shrimp tank on my work desk and a 93g reef cube tank right next to the same desk and a 60g fw cube tank in front of the desk. No problems with shrimp, fish or corals from my presence or activities at my work desk, where I may be at for up to 16-20 hours a day sometimes.
 

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Is the tank open on all four sides, or does it have a background? Maybe the fish feel too exposed. What kind of fish are they?
 

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@seahorse - that's pretty awesome. I'm at work most hours of the day though, I am at home during the evenings.

@tomc - the tank sits in a corner so to of the sides are just facing a wall, no background though. I've got 12 rummynose tetras, 5 hengeli raboras, 2 german blue rams and an albino bristlenose pleco. I recently added 6 rummynose though. At first I thought maybe the 6 I had were too few and they were too afraid to venture out. I only added the 6 rummynose like the day before yesterday though. I suppose I need to give them some time to settle but I guess I was hoping for a bit of a miracle or something haha. I'm getting a little frustrated staring at an empty tank all the time.
 
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