Nano tanks, as you might have guessed from the name, are smaller aquarium systems, which generally come in a cube or cuboid shape and come complete as a full tank system: this means that they tend to include built-in features such as a filter and lighting.

Nano fish tanks are typically between five gallons and 10 gallons, thus ideal for fish keeping beginners and also experienced aquatic fanatics.

Nano fish tanks are suitable for marine or freshwater systems encompassing small reef corals, plants, pond snails, shrimp or indeed fish. The main advantages of these smaller sized tanks are that they are portable, (though no established reef should be moved), and also that creating a reef in a limited space has been made entirely possible with this less traditional tank.

Nano tanks also present newfound challenges for the more established aquarists, as the limited space within the tank allows for water conditions to be more changeable and arranging reef composition naturally requires more thought within a confined space. The aesthetics of a nano fish tank allow for beautiful condensed coral systems, but can be tricky to maintain due to the small size of the tank.

Changes in variables such as temperature and quality of water can quite easily contribute to negatively affecting fish stress levels. Research and patience are essential for those who wish to purchase and maintain a successful nano fish tank, so get it right the first time and ensure you do both of the above before deciding to invest in a nano fish tank - it will be more rewarding in the long run if you do.

For those who are considering buying and starting up a nano fish tank, the following points include vital tips in order to maximise the success and functionality of your new tank.

Important points to remember

  • Research nano tanks and choose one of our integrated models. This is a necessity as all of the parts are designed to function together seamlessly. Also consider aesthetics: nano tanks are ideal for placing in nooks and crannies to add some aesthetically pleasing detail to a room. Lastly, consider the size of the tank required: this is arguably the most important factor, as nano tanks generally are between five and thirty gallons, (which are suitable for entirely different needs).
  • Invest in an aquarium stand, as a filled tank weights an enormous amount and may be likely to ruin the majority of less sturdy desktop surfaces.
  • Ensure you have chosen an appropriate theme for the tank: aquascaping is essential for the interior of your new nano fish tank.
  • Do not overpopulate the tank - keep your stock sparse and be patient. Spatial awareness and allowing space to grow are essentials for maintaining a functional nano fish tank. Choose fish appropriately and select the smallest possible to allow for growth.
  • Avoid tacky decor consider live plants, natural alternatives or realistic artificial aquarium decor.
  • Consider upgrading the wattage of hood lighting to maximise results.
  • Water quality must be maintained on a daily basis. Observation is crucial, as you will be able to detect changes in fish behaviour and act on this at an early stage if it does become present.
  • Look after your inhabitants by frequently partially changing water between 10-20% once per week. This is particularly important if you choose to keep a large quantity of fish or fish with a large bio-load.
  • Change your filter according to the guidelines in order to minimize toxins in the water.
  • When issues arise, act upon them in a swift manner otherwise the ecosystem of your nano fish tank is likely to corrupt. The overall health and functionality of your nano tank depends on you!

Swell offers several affordable different shaped nano aquariums in an assortment of sizes, especially designed for maximal success in developing your very own reef system.