Nano tanks have steadily been gaining popularity for years and although they pose a greater challenge than larger tanks, that hasn’t stopped saltwater enthusiasts from trying. Some may have a need to downsize or wish to make it more affordable, while the advanced aquarist may simply be looking for the challenge. Regardless, small aquariums of 20 gallons or less are a big hit with both saltwater and freshwater hobbyists alike!
Benefits of a Nano Tank
Nano aquariums, especially saltwater, offer great interest in a small package for both beginner and advanced aquarists. For beginners, these fully functional yet small sized aquariums, although not as easy to keep, are a good way to familiarize yourselves with the hobby. Typically, they are equipped with water filters, lighting and often come with underwater heaters for tropical fish keeping. Many experienced hobbyists view these smaller tanks as a way to get back the basics of fish keeping. They don’t require the same level of maintenance found in large aquariums. For instance, large tanks require more costly saltwater maintenance supplies including specialized filtration and protein skimmers. In both cases, the tanks offer a more personal experience because they are intimate enough for corals, fish and invertebrates to be observed closely.
Stocking Your Nano Saltwater Tank
With smaller tanks, you have less real estate so your fish and coral purchases should be more selective. Remember to only shop species that are going to remain an appropriate size. As with any aquarium, only species that will get along safely should be tankmates. For instance, you may not want to put a Damsel fish in a tank of this size. They are more aggressive and may be territorial towards other livestock. Always consider the size and temperament of your fish and corals when introducing them into a nano tank.
Additionally it should be taken into consideration that not all species of fish, invertebrates, and corals require the same temperature and water conditions. Do your research and take special to ensure your fish and corals are compatible.
10 Saltwater Fish for your Nano Tank:
- Yellow Clown Goby
- Green/Blue Chromis
- Pygmy Angelfish
- Pajama Cardinalfish
- Royal Gramma
- Pajama Cardinalfish
- Tailspot Blenny
- Sixline Wrasse
Water Parameter Fluctuations
Nano tanks allow people with less space, time, and money to own a saltwater tank. Due to their small size, they experience a greater fluctuation in water chemistries. For instance, evaporation causes concentration in salinity more rapidly than in larger tanks. Because of this, we recommend daily water top offs or an automatic top off system. There are many online communities to support you in your miniature reef tank endeavors.
The reef aquarium is like a slice of an oceanic reef that was once limited to those who could own very large aquarium. With the introduction of these small aquariums many hobbyists can now enjoy beautiful reef tanks in sizes as small as two gallons. Visit your local saltwater fish store, Aquatic Dreams in Clearfield, Utah. Their saltwater experts can advise you in your purchases for your next nano tank.
Aquatic Dreams Saltwater Fish Store
510 E Antelope Dr, Ste 301
Clearfield, UT 84015