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Old 10-05-2006, 10:33 AM   #1
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What's the point of keeping a nano tank?

Mannnn... advice to all new beginners here. WARNING!!! Don't get a nano tank and get at least a 55g instead.

I mean... this hobby is addicting. I started out 1 year ago with a 4.5g Two months down the track I couldn't stand on the size and set up another 20g high. Then 6 months down the track I, again couldn't stand on the size and finally got a 132g 6 footer. Upgrading like this cost lots of $$$. You will need to keep upgrading your gear and stuffs too not just the tank alone.

So my advice is: Get a bigger tank as you could possibly afford. That will save you some $$$.

The reason I started a nano tank 1 year ago? Was because I was worried that since I have got no experience in aquarium prior to that at all hence was just experimenting. I have got no dramas at all keeping the 4.5g (and tank with that size is extremely hard to keep) therefore it just boast my confidence and decided to upgrade.
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Old 10-05-2006, 11:25 AM   #2
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IMO, most nano tank owners already have bigger tanks Once you have one you want more.
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We keep trying to tell them but they wont listen. I`ve always said IMO always start with at least a 55 gallon tank. Then go with a nano if you want. The bigger the better.
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Problem with a 55 is that some of us actually don't have the money for it....I have a 10 gallon FOWLR and that's all I'm gonna have for a while, since I'm in grad school and barely have enough money to scrape by. I do agree that a larger tank is easier to balance and offers more choices for livestock but I'd rather have my 10 gallon than nothing! No way I could have afforded the lights, equipment and LR for a 55 gallon.

BTW I'm a newbie to SW but not to freshwater, and am also a biologist and nutrient chemist.....so for a "real" newbie I also agree a bigger tank is better.
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I understand. I went to college also.
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I think nanos are cool. But we do always atleast make sure someone knows that they are a lot harder to keep. It can be done. Swing by nano-reef.com and check out some of those tanks...some of those can blow a big tank out of the water.

Size is also a limitation, as are costs. I don't think its fair to say nanos cannot be done by newbies to sw. Harder, much harder yes. Not impossible.
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I have a nano and a 37 gal reef....I still like my nano better!

I like to do it because it is harder....that is the same reson I am a tournament winning fly fishing flats guide....if I wanted to make it easy I would just use spinning rods!

I would advise anyone who wants a nano to get one, you will end up with a bigger tank anyway, but no reason why you cant have multiple tank!

I also love hearing when people say "They are so much harder, dont try one blah blah blah"........Puts a big smile on my face when people see my tank and have to spend 20 minutes looking at a 10 gal tank just to see everything! 8)
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have to spend 20 minutes looking at a 10 gal tank just to see everything!
Yeah, I'm still finding stuff in my 10 gallon too!

Someday I will set up a larger SW tank, probably will convert my 55 to SW and get a bigger FW planted tank....but that's goign to wait until my thesis is done and I don't live in a teeny apartment!
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Puts a big smile on my face when people see my tank and have to spend 20 minutes looking at a 10 gal tank just to see everything! 8)
Stop talking and show me. I want to see some pics
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I think I'm going to set up a nano tank, but it's going to be more of a fuge to my 125. I basically want to run my 125 and the 55 gallon sump, and then have another 20 gallon set up next to it with a clown/anemone tank tied into to.
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