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Nano Tank

A nano tank is classified as a small-volume aquarium. Its small size makes it perfect for empty corners or bare walls in homes and offices. It is also an easy to maintain aquarium for busy people and beginner aquarists.

Even if it is a small-volume aquarium, it will still demand time and effort to maintain good water quality, temperature, and protect the fish population from being stressed.

When picking your nano tank, it is best to get an aquarium kit such as the popular Fluval Flora Aquatic Plant Kit and BiOrb 30 Tropical Aquarium Black.

Choosing Fish Species

The limited space demands that you plan out carefully what fish species or community grouping to put into your nano tank. Doing so will make it easier for you to maintain water parameters and provide tank equipment and structures for all inhabitants of your aquarium.

Overpopulating a nano tank is often an aquarist’s common mistake. Water quality can be compromised when a nano tank is overpopulated. It is best to select the smallest fish species possible including one or two compatible fish species and a few bottom cleaners.

Nano Tank Filter System

Putting in live aquarium plants, gravel, sand or live rock to your nano tank can act as natural aquarium filters. A good external aquarium filter system can further promote a healthy aquarium environment.

The need to perform daily testing and observation of water quality in your nano tank is an absolute necessity. Aside from using water test kits, the behaviour of the fish population can reflect potential problems that may endanger their health.

The inhabitants of a nano tank can largely benefit from frequent partial changes in water, approximately 10-20% at least once a week. This is especially important if the tank is stretching its population limit or your fish species have larger bio-loads. You can also add in water conditioners that will help eliminate toxins and other harmful substances in the aquarium water.

Filter Media

When changing the filter media of your nano tank, you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations. Regular changes of the filter media can prevent algal overgrowth and stop toxin build-up inside your nano tank.

Because of the small ecosystem inside the nano tank, small problems that go unnoticed can easily snowball into threatening ones that can endanger the aquarium’s inhabitants. Once you see a white spot on a Gourami, treat it right away with recommended fish medications because, after all, the health and well-being of your aquatic life depends on it.

A good mechanical filter media can help remove waste water from a nano tank. Once a week, you should make it a point to clean the filter of detritus which may have accumulated over time.

If you are adding in stony corals to the aquascape, closely monitor the calcium and alkalinity levels using water test kits on a weekly basis. Some species of faster-growing corals can rapidly deplete the calcium which is available in the tank causing you to add a calcium supplement frequently. Water test kits can also help monitor water pH and salinity which should be done at least once a month. 


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