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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-16-2002, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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What do people mean when they are talking about a nano tank? It sounds like it could be interesting.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-17-2002, 01:04 AM
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They mean very small. 5-10 gallon might be considered nano, it is up to you!

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Yeah like SNPiccolo said, all it is, is a very small tank. It is really up to you on how large or small you consider it a nano tank.

Personally when I talk about saltwater nano's I am talking about 2.5 to 20 gallons. When I talk about freshwater nanos I am talking around the 2.5 to 10 range as it is much more common to have small freshwater rather than saltwater tanks.

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A nano tank can be even smaller than a 5 gallon. Anything under a 10 gallon is considered a nano. Nano saltwater reefs are also popular. Takashi Amano has made nano planted tanks very popular due to his books.

I currantly have a 5.5 gallon cycling and hopefully have it turn into a nano tank. Personally I like to work with smaller tanks than big ones. The bigger the tank the more money you are going to invest in it. For somone like me who dosent have alot of money to spare, a nano tank works great. They can be just a good looking as their bigger cousins.

The one problem I am finding hard to deal with is trying to find plants that work in a tank of this size. Sometimes dwarf plants are still too big for a nano tank.

All I can say is try it.
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...and I thought a Nano tank was something to do with the substrate ... learn something new every day... :hehe:

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and im sure most of you know this but ill post anyways......with the smaller tanks problems can arise quicker than in larger tanks....but then it might be nice to have a 10g in my bathroom........

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Flgatorguy makes a really good point. The reason nano saltwater tanks are usually bigger is because saltwater tanks need to be extremely stable, the ocean is the most stable environment in the world, so its organisms don't have the ability to adapt to to changing conditions.

In smaller tanks, changes can happen much more quickly, and it is easier to make a mistake or over-do or under-do something.

One thing that I hear is hard for nano-planted-tanks is CO2. You might have luck with one of those 1 litre bottles if it is below 10 gallons, because I think a 2 litre would be a bit much. Just thought I'd post!

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This is my 2.5g nano planted tank that I've got here on my desk at work. Not a great picture, but you get the idea. It's powered by a small Whisper filter (the smallest), a non thermostatic 7.5w heater, and a 13W CF swing-arm light. I use a 2-liter CO2 generator with the air going into the Whisper filter intake. I haven't done the filter-lip "mod" to eliminate surface agitation, though, so if CO2 levels do get high, they can outgas into the atmosphere rather easily. It's a great little setup! I'd recommend it to anyone!

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Well, I guess that my two 6gal tanks would be nano tanks then. I have corkscrew val in one and it's really taking off. Would it hurt it if I clipped off the ends of the tallest blades?
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I clip my Sag. Subtulata almost weekly, and the plant is doing well. Just don't clip every leaf at once. I usually clip no more than 1/4 to 1/3 at a time and leave the rest.

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