Are you interested in getting into the hobby of aquarium keeping at a minimal
cost? What if you’re already an avid aquarist but are moving and
don’t have the space to keep your current large fixture? What about
if you’re looking for just a small option to enjoy on a kitchen
counter or home office? A nano tank could be the answer you’re looking for.
Nano is the green work for “dwarf,” meaning small. In aquariums,
a nano tank is anything that’s 30 gallons or less, though many nano
tanks actually are as small as just 10 gallons or less. This means they
can easily fit on a dresser, desktop, kitchen counter, or living room
end table, adding a touch of beauty and enjoyment nearly anywhere. Because
of their small size, maintenance generally takes a lot less effort, but
you’ll still gain the skills you need to eventually start branching
out into larger tanks with more difficult species.
Things to Know Before Going Nano
Sounds like a good idea, right? If you’re considering getting a nano
tank, you may find it to be one of the best investments you’ll make
in your aquarium-keeping hobby. However, there are some things you should
know in advance about how these tanks are different.
Size Influences Livestock Options
Small tanks can only sustain small fish, so getting a nano-tank is not
an option if you plan on also getting a larger fish species. Likewise,
even smaller fish may not be right for these tanks if they’re more
aggressive by nature. Smaller tank sizes means less space for a more docile
breed to hide, which will complicate your tank. Let an expert help you
choose your fish population wisely.
Small Size Needs More Time
Because of the small size, even minor changes to your tank are far less
forgiving than larger tank counterparts. This means a nano tank can potentially
be more difficult for a novice to learn on if they’re not careful.
It’s strongly advised you don’t purchase a salt water nano
fixture as a novice—they’re far more temperamental and can
suffer with even a small change. They will need daily observation and
frequent testing, plus lots of small partial water changes.
Need Quick Action
Smaller sizes means nano tanks are far more prone to being affected by
spikes in temperature, changes in pH levels, dissolved oxygen, and nitrate
and CO2 levels. The longer you wait to act on these things in a small
tank, the more likely your ecosystem will be seriously damaged as opposed
to a larger tank, which these changes take far more time to affect.
Call Living Art Aquatic Design, Inc. today at (310) 626-1448 to learn more about our nano aquarium options!