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rdebonis April 10th, 2009 01:08 PM

What is a Nano Tank?
What is a Nano Tank exactly? It seems to me to be merely a small tank. Can you put fish in it, or is it only for invertebrates? What are people trying to achieve with a Nano Tank?

stevem April 11th, 2009 04:05 PM

A nano tank is usually 20 gal an under. Yes you can put fish, or inverts in it, or even coral. The main purpose for a nano I would think is limited space. It is also harder to maintain a smaller tank then a larger one, so I guess it has a little to do with ego. pride.

bderen April 15th, 2009 11:53 AM

Yeah nanos are small tanks, usually cubes below 30G. Red Sea I believe sells kits that you can start with. Depending on inhabitants some upgrade these kits with stronger pump for increased water flow.

As steve has mentioned they are harder to maintain becuase of the small amount of water. Any negative change in water chemistry can be disastrous. Many advanced hobbyists have been keeping these "desktop" tanks very sucessfully though but I would not recommend such small setup to a beginner.

Qckwzrd September 7th, 2013 07:34 PM

My nano tank is a 5.5 gallon tank with various zoas, ricordias, and a few lps. Besides corals I have 6 sexy shrimp, two clowngobies, one blue leg hermit and one snail. I perform 50% water changes every week. More work for people with less space.

john fox September 7th, 2013 08:41 PM

Somebody created the word NANO so they can sell u a little tank for a lot of money haha

stevem October 16th, 2014 11:23 PM

a nano tank is considered any tank up to a 20 gal
some say up to a 30 gal

Astchiefy October 17th, 2014 10:42 AM

I see nano tanks as more of a self challenge. The problem arises when new hobbyist take it on thinking it's easier. Definitely not the case..beautiful when done right.

stevem October 17th, 2014 12:35 PM

No small tanks are more of a challenge

StuHersh October 17th, 2014 02:01 PM


Originally Posted by stevem (Post 4294)
No small tanks are more of a challenge

:smash: Nano nano, didn't Mork have one?

stevem October 17th, 2014 06:31 PM

He didn't have it
he said it

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