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  1. #1

    Default Nano Do's and Don't's

    0 Not allowed!
    ... 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, 9x kuhli loaches, 7x black neons, 2x neons, 6x Amano shrimp, assassin snails & cherry shrimp

    10g planted: Occasional platies & black devil trumpet snail

  2. Default

    0 Not allowed!
    Subscribing because I have the same "itch" as you!

  3. #3


    4 Not allowed!
    The most important "DO" would be to keep us informed on how this project developes!
    10 Gallon Beginner Tank... Journal
    40 Gallon Breeder: ... Journal
    29 Gallon: ... Journal

    “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went” - Will Rogers

  4. #4


    3 Not allowed!
    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...

  5. #5


    1 Not allowed!
    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.
    75 gal - Smudge Spot Cories, Silvertip & Pristella Tetras, Scissortail & Red Tail Rasboras, Pearl Gourami, Black Kuhli Loaches, Whiptail Cats, Wild Caught BNP
    Dual 29 gals - Diamond Tetras. Harlequin Rasboras, Bloodfin Tetras
    10 Gal - Mr. Betta's Fishy Paradise

    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to's about learning to dance in the rain"

  6. #6


    0 Not allowed!
    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, 9x kuhli loaches, 7x black neons, 2x neons, 6x Amano shrimp, assassin snails & cherry shrimp

    10g planted: Occasional platies & black devil trumpet snail

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