Originally Posted by livebearerlove
I say under 10 gallon is a nano. (when i competed in aquascaping it had to be under 10 gallons to be in the nano category)
I only do nano... but be careful... they get addicting. Like anything small, you can easily justify getting more of them. (my nano are 6 gallon and even 2.5 gallon, and just starting a 1 gallon!).
Things to consider:
- To make them look different, you need variety....So 'tiny amount' of materials, but you still need to buy full size, so that means i waste a lot and still spend all the $$$.
- Lighting is often sub par, so you spend more time 'rigging' up solutions
- You often have to go low tech... which can be fun till you realize that the CO2 just made things easier
- Dosing becomes a bit of a mathimatical nightmare- HAHA
- Often times you feel limited by the type of plants/fish you get due to space, and eventually you want to go a bit bigger
Huh... There are competitions on aquascaping? I guess I will have to google that.
I understand the issues of MTS (Multi-Tank Syndrome). I have not had it as bad as most people on here but at one time I had my 150 gallon, a 55 gallon and a 20 gallon running at the same time.
I tried to do more but my wife put her foot down. Which was good. Ended up running into some issues with the tanks and they took more time and maintenance.
I understand how they become addicting. I have this 7 gallon here at work and I do like it better than the 150 at home. That may be because I am sitting right next to it and see it all day while at work. It's entertaining, distracting and calming all at the same time.
I find that I want a small shrimp tank at home, so I we and pulled the tank out of storage. Figured out I was wrong on the size, it is not a 15 gallon but a 20 long (30 X 12 X 12). Yesterday I started pulling out and cutting some wood to make a stand for it.
It is drilled on the bottom so I am going to put the 20 gallon regular tank under it as a sump. One of the holes will be the overflow so I will have to make a tower to where I want the water level, and then figure out how to cover it with the aquscaping. The return will be the other hole but I am going to put on at least a dual return nozzle system so I can keep it low in the tank. It will take some work to figure it all out, but, for me, that is part of the fun of building the stand and sitting up the tank.