Just want to do a little write up on nano reef tanks, which if you go to every site online will have different opinions about what is the correct size to call a tank a nano. I would consider any aquarium under 30 gallons to be labeled as a nano tank.
Nano tanks have become very popular in the past few years, whether it be for their cost savings or just the challenged of trying to keep a small reef. Now that many companies have seen this growth in popularity there is a large selection of tanks that can be acquired with all the necessary equipment already integrated, and all that need to be done is add your livestock.
Don’t be mistaken that just because it’s smaller it’s easier to take care of. They are actually more difficult to maintain because of their small size and any little change can make the tank crash. I would recommend on any nano tank to do at least one water change weekly and to always check the water quality…at least twice a week. One of the other problems that come with keeping a nano is the water temperature. With today’s lighting options and the always popular MH (Metal Halide) lighting, this is the biggest problem. It hits home for me, as I just experienced it first hand where high temperatures equals bad news. And this holds true not only MH but any other lights you use. Just the water volume alone in a small tank rises much faster. But it can be prevented by making a small investment in a chiller, which will give you peace of mind and not thinking about what could happen and all the work and money you have put into your tank can be lost so quickly.
One other thing that needs to be considered and researched is what type of livestock you want to keep in the tank, if any. Do your homework, ask questions, look at other tanks and see what is kept, don’t just go out and buy a nice “Dora” or “Nemo” because your kid loves the movie. Some of the recommended inhabitants that can be kept in a tank this small would be gobies, clownfish, and invertebrates such as snails and shrimp. Keep in mind that not all nano tanks come with a filtration system that are seen in larger setups and these will not handle too many inhabitants and their excess wastes. One of the best ways to keep a healthy tank is to include a good amount of live rock and a good sand bed which will help in the filtration and break down of waste.
Nano Reef Aquarium
There is a more challenging size tank that aquarium hobbyist have also been keeping. These are the pico reef tanks. These come with all the same responsibilities as the nano, but require more monitoring and care. These tanks, in my opinion, are anything under 5 gallons and preferably do not include any fish in them. They will require even more frequent water changes and testing than nanos.
As with all types and sizes of tank the number one recommendation is to have patience, don’t hurry trying to catch up to someone else’s tank or try and make it look like the local stores tank because it also took them time to get it that way and not overnight.
A very popular way to keep the aquarium clean and fresh is by using specific aquarium cleaning supplies. These supplies may include the cleaning agents especially designed to clean the water and keep it fresh, nets, algae magnets and scrapers, algae pads and also with proper brushes for cleaning works, gravel cleaners, sealant and tongs and also the grabbers. A properly cleaned aquarium amounts to healthy and happy fish.
The Aquarium cleaning must be performed on a regular basis to ensure that the fish are healthy. Also, by maintaining a clean aquarium one makes sure the tank looks appealing to the visitors. We are providing a detailed list of popular brand name lines and the kits available for testing that are most often chosen by saltwater and reef aquarium keepers.
With a full range of standard aquarium to specialized reef tank water testing kits available, these manufacturer’s test kit lines are ones we consider to be reliable, accurate, easy to use, and affordable. Because these test kits utilize a wide variety of dry chemical powder and table or liquid solution reagents. Reef Master kit containing Phosphate, Nitrate, Calcium, Alkalinity, and pH.
To create a complete saltwater and reef combination set, you have to purchase the Reef Master Kit. A protein skimmer or foam fractionators popularly known as a device used mostly in saltwater aquariums to remove the organic compounds from the water before they break down into nitrogenous waste. Protein skimming is the only form of aquarium filtration which will physically remove organic compounds before they begin to decompose, lightening the load on the biological filter and improving the water’s reaction potential. Although the process of foam fractionation developing from the chemical process used for the large-scale removal of contaminants from wastewater streams and the enrichment of solutions of bio molecules inside the water body of aquariums.
All of the available protein skimmers have key features in common are as follows – water flows through a chamber and is brought into contact with a column of fine bubbles. The bubbles collect proteins and other substances and carry them to the top of the device where the foam, but not the water, collects in a cup. Here the foam condenses to a liquid, which can be easily removed from the system. The material that collects in the cup can range from pale greenish-yellow, watery liquid to a thick black tar. Many of the enthusiastic reef aquarium keepers usereverse osmosis systems for their artificial mixture of seawater.
Ordinary tap water can often contain excessive chlorine, chloramines or many other chemicals detrimental to the sensitive organisms in a reef environment. Contaminants such as nitrogen compounds and phosphates can lead to excessive, and unwanted, algae growth. An effective reverse osmosis is the most popular among reef aquarium keepers. Ultraviolet sterilizers are often used in aquaria and ponds to help control unwanted microorganisms in the water. Those methods actually help to build a smother operation in the water-body of aquarium.
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