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  1. Default Nano Do's and Don't's


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    ... Inspired by some amazing tanks I have seen here I am planning a Nano tank.

    I have:
    30L tank, no lid currently (there used to be a glass lid but cannot find it!)
    LED light (low-med - not planning hard plants)
    50W thermometer
    200LPH HOB adjustable flow or 150LPH internal filter (not adjustable)

    Access to filter media from my 50G planted community tank.

    Various substrates, plants from my 50G or new ...

    Water is very hard, with up to 8.2PH in my community (inc driftwood/etc) - stable water, fluctuations are rare.
    OR rainwater which is soft and acidic (live in England so it is always available lol I used to top up my first tank with it until I realised it was not ideal for my plants and not super stable. I thought the lower Ph would be better but it fluctuated more)

    Am thinking shrimp *neocardina/perhaps a funky colour but easy ones - culls could join the red cherries in my community* ... or perhaps a betta. Or both.

    Please share your DO and DON'Ts for Nano tanks as I have no experience of small tank life!
    Last edited by Soot; 02-25-2014 at 12:02 AM.
    55g planted: 10x adult guppies + fry, 10x kuhli loaches, 7x black neons, 2x neons, 6x Amano shrimp, assassin snails & cherry shrimp

    10g planted: Bael the betta & black devil trumpet snail

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    Subscribing because I have the same "itch" as you!

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    The most important "DO" would be to keep us informed on how this project developes!
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    I would go with the hard tap water over the rainwater (but then, I would worry way too much about possible airbourne pollution getting in the rainwater) - for most critters and plants, stability is more important than optimal pH.

    Also, a "DON'T" I learned from running a 27L nano for a while - don't get any type of amazon sword, or any other rosette type plant that has a potential to grow huge. They will try to grow huge, regardless how small they look in the shop tank...

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    I agree with the above - go with the more stable, higher pH than the rainwater. I would also be leery of pollutants in the rainwater.
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    Tapwater same as main tank then ...

    I am trying to think substrate. I have various gravels but considering soil underlay for better plants - so many decisions. Will probably set up with plants asap (not dry start though) and when that starts to look nice I will kickstart the cycle with some established filter media from my community tank.

    And then ... shrimp! And then ... maybe a betta again :)
    55g planted: 10x adult guppies + fry, 10x kuhli loaches, 7x black neons, 2x neons, 6x Amano shrimp, assassin snails & cherry shrimp

    10g planted: Bael the betta & black devil trumpet snail

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