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View Poll Results: What range in tank size would you consider a freshwater nano tank?
tanks 20 gallons or less in volume 0 0%
tanks 12 gallons or less in volume 3 15.00%
tanks 10 gallons or less in volume 10 50.00%
tanks 5.5 gallons or less in volume 7 35.00%
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I'm new to the forum and just want to know, what constitues a nano tank? Is there a range in volume for this size of tank or maybe is it the tank's foot print? How about pico? Thanks in advance.
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I think a nano reef tank is 55gal and less. But the tanks in this subforum are 12gal or less, and most are 5.5 gal and smaller. Pico's tanks would be around a liter or less. These are just my observations and welcome to the planted tank!


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Personally I feel nano planted tanks to me are anything under 9.9g. I persoanlly don't constitue my 10g as a nano. I will say I like to think of my Mr Aqua 12g long (36" x 8" x 9" roughly) as a nano at times though .

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I'd say 10 or under is a nano, and Pico is 3 gallons and under. That being said, one of my favorite sizes to play with is the 1/2 gallon and under group
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I have read in multiple places that nano is anything under 20 gallons. I personally think of nano as anything less than 10 gallons. its all subjective.
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Change this into a poll and we will find out. I saw for freshwater a nano is under 10g


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I tend to think of nanos as being anything noticibly under a 5.5 gallon...mostly because that is the smallest tank I currently own. I can't imagine why a sub-55 gallon saltwater setup would be considered a nano, since they don't pose the same problems as a freshwater nano (I.E unstable environment) until you get close to the freshwater nano size.
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I tend to think of nanos as being anything noticibly under a 5.5 gallon...mostly because that is the smallest tank I currently own. I can't imagine why a sub-55 gallon saltwater setup would be considered a nano, since they don't pose the same problems as a freshwater nano (I.E unstable environment) until you get close to the freshwater nano size.

This is my understanding:
marine:
30 Gallons to 15 Gal are considered Nano Reefs
15 to 2 Gallons are considered Pico Reefs

FW:
x < 10 = Nano
x < 3 = Pico

at least that's what I've read around.

My Biocube 29 was considered a nano reef and that thing cost me a bundle =)


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I consider any tank under 10 gallons to be a nano.

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Arbitrary

I like the arbitrary < 10g is nano and < 3g is pico. Why? Because that makes my 2-3 g bowls pico, and that sounds more exotic than nano However, usually when I think "pico" I think of 1g or less. Is there an international standards association for aquascapes? You know, a bunch of stuffy old men in Tweed jackets, smoking pipes, muttering about the heresy of dirted tanks?

Why is the "next" tank, always the most interesting?

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I asked this same question a few weeks ago. Would be nice if someone did do a poll or something to get some type of consensus and sticky it.

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Nano < 10G
Pico < 3G

This is what I have consistently seen discussed over the years.


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This is my understanding:
marine:
30 Gallons to 15 Gal are considered Nano Reefs
15 to 2 Gallons are considered Pico Reefs

FW:
x < 10 = Nano
x < 3 = Pico

at least that's what I've read around.

My Biocube 29 was considered a nano reef and that thing cost me a bundle =)
I would agree with this. Saltwater gets much more difficult in smaller tanks and small problems get out of hand very quickly.

My 29 gallon reef is a daily source of frustration. I'm so close to just shutting it down.
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By popular demand, I posted a poll for selecting the size limit of a nano freshwater tank. I used 20L and 60P tanks as the 1st level, 12L tanks as level 2, standard 10 gallon as 3rd cut off and standard 5.5 gallon as level 4. Don't think I have the option to post another poll for pico so, someone else would have to compose that question. Please vote everybody.
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