When we first laid eyes on the Eshopps Deskmate AIO Aquarium it immediately stood out because not only does it look super cool with its neon orange base, but it's priced affordably and offers great value. This AIO system is incredibly simple to set up, is easy to maintain, and all of the basic components are included right inside the box, including a reef-capable LED light.

We were so impressed that we took the tank a step further and created the Deskmate Bundle to provide all of you with a super affordable yet comprehensive AIO aquarium kit.

What's In The Box:

 

With the addition of rock, sand, a heater, salt mix, bio-media, and bacteria you get everything you need to get started for under $300. It is most certainly our most affordable aquarium kit but don't let this affordability fool you because the quality is top-notch.

Eshopps Deskmate front view
Eshopps Deskmate corner view

DeskMate AIO Aquarium 

The 4.8-gallon tank is made using 6mm cast acrylic with a neon orange base that glows under the near UV light spectrum we use over our reefs. It is small enough to fit just about anywhere and will make the perfect accent for your home, office, classroom, or bedroom. 

  • Dimensions - 11" x 12" x 10"
  • Tank Size - 4.8 Gallons
  • Acrylic Thickness - 6mm
  • Return pump: 100 GPH
Deskmate filtration
Deskmate with LED

Lighting

The included Curve LED light can deliver roughly 100 PAR throughout the middle section of the tank making it perfectly capable of sustaining most any soft coral and most LPS. It mounts directly to the back wall of the aquarium and you will need to connect the LED light to a timer, smart plug, or controller to maintain a regular photoperiod without having to manually switch the light on and off. 

Life Support

As long as you are conservative with the bioload (1-2 small fish + small clean-up crew), you can pack the tank full of soft corals and a few LPS without the worry of suffering from poor water quality.

The included nano-sized filter sock mechanically filters out debris and bits of leftover food while the ceramic Bio-Spheres will help ensure your biofiltration remains stable. The small 25-watt Eheim Jager Aquarium Heater slides perfectly into the rear chamber alongside the filter sock and you should have just enough room to stack a small bag of carbon or mixed resin media on top of the bio-media should you need it.

The 100 GPH return pump is sufficient for moving water through the filtration and you probably won't need any kind of internal powerhead considering the small size of the aquarium. Should you wish to add a powerhead as the tank matures, the AquaIllumination Nero 3 or Sicce Voyager Nano would be a great choice. 

Caribsea LifeRock
DeskMate sideview

Aquascape & Substrate

We've included some of our favorite nano rock and sand to create an eye-catching aquascape. You don't want any more than 1" of sand for the sake of making it easy to keep clean and included Arag-alive sand does contain live bacteria so be sure you're ready to fill the tank with saltwater before opening the bag of sand. You don't want to let the sand dry out before filling the tank with water.  

The Nano LifeRock Kit includes x2 arches and a single Nano LifeRock which can fit together any way you like to create the aquascape. Take a note from Matthew in the video and create a central structure with room on all four sides for water to flow around the rocks and make it easy to clean the walls. You can test out different structures outside the aquarium until you find a stack you like, then simply transfer that into the aquarium and even out the sand around the bottom of the rocks.

Suggested Maintenance

As we mentioned earlier, be conservative with fish and stick to just one or two clownfish-sized fish and just a handful of snails and crabs. This is the BEST way to ensure you don't run into water quality issues because a small tank like this can go south real fast. You just don't have the forgiveness you get with larger volumes of water making it all that more important to stay on top of your maintenance too.  

Clean the filter sock every few days and do a weekly water change of at least 25% of the total tank's water volume to keep stable parameters. You can safely change out 50% or more of the tank's water as long as you stick to using the same salt mix and maintain consistent salinity levels. Larger volume water changes (+/- 50%) on a weekly basis are one of the best-kept secrets for the long-term health of a tiny aquarium. The good news is you will have enough Aquaforest Reef Salt to make up to 200 gallons of saltwater.; easily 6+ months' worth of clean saltwater.  

The bio-spheres do not ever need to be replaced but it's not a bad idea to siphon out the rear filtration chambers every month or so because debris will inevitably collect back there. If you decide to use carbon or chemical filter media, you will likely be replacing that every 2 weeks give or take. 

Deskmate Upgrades & Add-Ons

 

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Innovative Marine Nuvo 20 Bundle

The IM Nuvo 20 Tank Wizard Bundle has everything you need to start a successful 20 gallon reef tank:

  • 1x Innovative Marine 20 Gallon NUVO Fusion PRO 2 AIO Aquarium Bundle
  • 1x MightyJet 326 GPH Return Pump w/ Controller
  • 1x Removable 200 Micron Filter Sock
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  • 1x Mechanical Fiber Ball
  • 1x Premium 0.8 ROX Carbon Pack
  • 1x High Capacity Coarse GFO Pack
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  • 1x Pre-Assembled SafeScreen Mesh Screen Lid
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JBJ RF-25 Tank Wizard Bundle

The JBJ RF-25 Tank Wizard Bundle provides the perfect foundation for a simple & elegant reef system:

  • JBJ RF-25 Flat Panel 25 Gallon AIO Aquarium
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  • 1x Flare Return Nozzle
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Innovative Marine Nuvo 20 Peninsula Bundle

The IM Nuvo 20 Peninsula Tank Wizard Bundle has everything you need to start a successful 20 gallon reef tank:

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  • 1x MightyJet 326 GPH Return Pump w/ Controller
  • 1x Removable 200 Micron Filter Sock
  • 1x Desktop CustomCaddy Media Basket w/ PurityPack Filter Media Including:
  • 1x Mechanical Fiber Ball
  • 1x Premium 0.8 ROX Carbon Pack
  • 1x High Capacity Coarse GFO Pack
  • 1x Preinstalled Rubber Leveling Mat
  • 1x Pre-Assembled SafeScreen Mesh Screen Lid
  • 1x MicroMag Glass Cleaner
  • 2x Nuvo Return Nozzles
  • 2x High Tide Water Risers
  • 1x Black IM Nuvo Fusin 20 Peninsula APS Cabinet Aquarium Stand
  • 1x 100W AquaEL Ultra Heater
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  • 55 Gallons RedSea Aquarium Salt Mix
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Lights

AI Prime w/ Gooseneck Bundle

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The World’s Most Popular Reef LED

The newest innovation in the Prime line from AquaIllumination, the Prime 16 HD Series brings more power and color where you want it, plus the freedom to use your smartphone as a controller. No longer are you limited to using a fixed amount of power per channel, the Prime 16HD dynamically adjusts power available to each color, borrowing power from the colors you’re not utilizing. Giving you the most vivid spectrum your tank has ever seen. The Prime 16 HD Series is capable of producing a limitless number of spectral combinations to fit your tank’s exacting needs.

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Prism II LED Light Fixture 12-20 Inch - Marine

Prism II LED Light Fixture 12-20 Inch - Marine

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Prism II LED Light Fixture 12-20 Inch - Marine

Thinner. Lighter. Smarter.

The new thinner and lighter AquaMaxx Prism II controllable full HD spectrum LED fixture is created from 100% recycled aluminum. Its brushed silver, ultra-slim profile design gives it an aesthetic edge over the competition, and its updated external smart controller includes 6 customizable set points of light intensity and can be used to control additional devices such as pumps, skimmers, cooling fans, and more!

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Kessil A160 w/ Gooseneck

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Kessil A160 w/ Gooseneck Bundle

The Kessil A160WE Tuna Blue is perfect for nano and pico saltwater aquariums. Emitting a spectrum range of 10,000K to 20,000K, it's the perfect light for fast growth and coloration of corals. Pair the A160WE up with a Kessil A-series gooseneck for an easy and quick mounting solution.

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Rocks

Reef Saver Aquarium Dry Live Rock

Reef Saver Aquarium Dry Live Rock

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Reef Saver Aquarium Dry Live Rock

MarcoRocks Reef Saver Live Rock is one of the most unique rocks that are available on the market today. Reef Saver is a sustainable product since it is not taken directly from the ocean and does not impact living coral reef structures in any form. Combined with their chemical-free cleaning process MarcoRocks is always 100% free of nuisance algae or any type of pests.

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LifeRock Nano Reef Kit

LifeRock Nano Reef Kit

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LifeRock Nano Reef Kit

CaribSea's Nano Reef Kit includes 2 LifeRock Nano Arches plus 1 small Original LifeRock dry rock piece.

LifeRock is infused with spored bacteria to aid in biological performance, along with millions of micro and macro passage ways CaribSea's LifeRock Dry Rock is perfect for the environmentally friendly aquarist.

  • Creates a mature looking reef instantly
  • 100% safe for all marine animals
  • Unique pieces
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Nano LifeRock Dry Live Rock - 10 lbs

Nano LifeRock Dry Live Rock - 10 lbs

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Nano LifeRock Dry Live Rock - 10 lbs
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Nano LifeRock Dry Live Rock - 10 lbs

LifeRock is infused with spored bacteria to aid in biological performance, along with millions of micro and macro passage ways CaribSea's LifeRock Dry Rock is perfect for the environmentally friendly aquarist.

  • Creates a mature looking reef instantly
  • 100% safe for all marine animals
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Sand

20 lb. Hawaiian Black Arag-Alive! Reef Sand

20 lb. Hawaiian Black Arag-Alive! Reef Sand

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Hawaiian Black Arag-Alive! Live Reef Sand

Caribsea's Hawaiian Black Arag-Alive! Live Reef Sand is a great choice for new aquarists and new reef tank setups. Arag-Alive sands clear quickly and contain millions of live bacteria, speeding up your tanks cycle and leading to less nuisance algae.

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  • Contains live bacteria to assist with a faster cycle
  • Grain size: 0.25 - 3.5mm
  • High Surface Area for Bacteria

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20 lb. Hawaiian Black Arag-Alive! Reef Sand

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20 lb. Special Grade Arag-Alive! Reef Sand

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When we at Bulk Reef Supply set up a tank that we know will have large amounts of flow our instant choice for sand is the Arag-Alive Special Grade Sand from CaribSea. With its larger particle size, it does not get pushed around like most other smaller grain sand sizes available and is great for all tanks especially those with a lot of water movement.

Special Grage Arag-Alive! Live Aragonite Reef Sand contains millions of live bacteria to create a natural biological balance in your reef tank.

  • Contains live bacteria to assist with a faster cycle
  • Grain size: 1-2mm
  • High Surface Area for Bacteria
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20 lb. Fiji Pink Arag-Alive! Reef Sand

Fiji Pink Arag-Alive! Live Reef Sand

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Fiji Pink Arag-Alive! Live Reef Sand

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If we had to choose a single type of sand for any tank, it would be the Arag-Alive Fiji Pink sand. It is by far the most popular sand for its medium to large grain size, high amount of total available surface area, as well as just its overall beauty.

Caribsea's Arag-Alive! Live Reef Sand is a great choice for new aquarists and new reef tank setups. Arag-Alive sands clear quickly and contain millions of live bacteria, speeding up your tanks cycle and leading to less nuisance algae.

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  • live bacteria to assist with a faster cycle
  • Grain size: 0.5-1.5mm
  • Most popular size for reef sand
  • High Surface Area for Bacteria
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