What does Nano meen? - The Planted Tank Forum
Old 11-02-2005, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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What does Nano meen?

what makes a tank nano? Im confused. I see some nano's that are half a gallon to 10 gallons. Is it the size of the tank? The filtration used? The plants? Please tell me what makes nano a nano?

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Old 11-02-2005, 06:53 PM
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It's the size of the tank. That in turn affects the choice of plants and the method of filtration, or the decision not to filter.

In a nonmathematical context such as this, nano means extremely small. Smaller than small. XS. If nano got bigger, it would be small.

Mathematically, it means one billionth. 10x(-9).

So what all this really means is that nano is subjective. It's an opinion.

Some people may think nano tanks are 5 gal or less. Some people consider a 10 gal a nano tank. It really depends. What's the cutoff for a gigantic tank? What about a large tank? A medium tank? A small tank? Well, whatever's left is your opinion of what a nano tank is.

I think it's kinda generally accepted that a freshwater aquarium 5 gals and under is considered a nano. That's the common ground. Whether or not a 10 is included depends on where you think small begins.

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Old 11-02-2005, 06:59 PM

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What R_A said.

To me 10G is small. < 5 is Nano
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Old 11-04-2005, 03:26 AM

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in saltwater anything under 20g is a nano, in freshwater i consider anything under a 10g a nano, a 10g a small, 20g sm-med, 55g large, 100g xl 180g+BIG
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Old 11-04-2005, 04:45 AM

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I had a petre-dish moss aquarium that fit in my hand . . . everyone agreed that it was "smaller than nano" :P

maybe pico XD
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Old 11-04-2005, 05:45 AM

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hopefully you didn't keep anything other than plants in it.
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Old 11-05-2005, 06:08 AM

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no way . . . that'd be scary . . .

To be honest I'm almost offended you'd say that . . .
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Old 11-06-2005, 07:44 PM

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i'm sorry, it's just that i'm tired of seeing people with tiny tanks and big fish or too many little fish.
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