Mon, 8 February 2016
A nano tank can be alluring to a beginner. It's low cost entry point, the promise of easier maintenance, and it's ability to fit almost anywhere make the nano tank almost a no-brainer for beginners. After all, aren't we always taught to start small? It makes sense, right?
However, the reality is, nano tanks are not always easy. They bring some challenges. With less water volume, things happen quicker. Also, such a small footprint makes it difficult to aquascape.
Finally, finding the right plants, fish, hardscape and equipment for it can be difficult. In this episode, we share our thoughts on the pros and cons of nano tanks for aquascaping and give you tips and techniques that you can use if you choose to go the nano route.
Why would someone want to do a nano tank aquascape?
Challenges of a nano tank aquascape
Look at any aquascaping contest to see what work was the best in show and you will see that nano tanks are never represented.
Tips and techniques for aquascaping a nano tank.
Choosing the right plants
Choosing the right hardscape
Perspective and depth
Fish choices for the nano Tank
Equipment for the nano Tank
Examples of good nano tank aquascapes
Diego Sandoval is the master of the micro aquascaping. His works are amazingly small and amazingly beautiful.
The featured image at the top of this post is of one of Diego's magnificent miniature aquascapes. The work is entitled "Towards Destiny" as is a wonderful example of how proper scale can make a nano tank seem much larger than what it really is.
Please go visit Diego's site and marvel at his artistry. Tell him you heard about him in the ScapeFu Podcast. Some of the links mentioned in the episode:
Bonus question from George Farmer
George Farmer - "What's the best way to minimise equipment on show in a nano tank? Some aquariums are so small that any equipment at all looks very distracting. Keep up the great work, guys!" Thanks, George! Jurijs replied to George at the end of the episode but you're going to have to listen to it to find our what he said!
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