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Old 03-22-2012, 04:06 PM   #1
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Suggestion: FW nano tanks sub-forum

I'm not sure where to put this, so I thought I would put it here. I think it would be a good idea to have a nano tank sub-forum in Freshwater. I know there is a nano reef one for SW.... It could be for all nano tanks, like 10 gallons and under. Betta and shrimp tanks would also count. What do you guys think?
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I'm not sure where to put this, so I thought I would put it here. I think it would be a good idea to have a nano tank sub-forum in Freshwater. I know there is a nano reef one for SW.... It could be for all nano tanks, like 10 gallons and under. Betta and shrimp tanks would also count. What do you guys think?
In my day most all FW tanks were small tanks so the "NANO" FW tank isn't really a novel idea. The SW Nano tank actually is more of an acheivement as the theory was always "The smaller the tank, the harder to maintain." The cultivation and availability of smaller corals and fish and equipment makes the SW Nano tank more of an accomplishment.
Don't get me wrong, I like smaller tanks and I love raising small and tiny fish up to maturity. In fact, I am still using the stand I had for my 7 1/2 gallon Metaframe tank from when I was a kid( the one with metal sides and slate bottom. I don't get rid of ANY of my old equipment ) which I've adapted for my 10 gal tank.
Obviously this is just my opinion, but I don't think it really needs a thread. Sorry
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In my day most all FW tanks were small tanks so the "NANO" FW tank isn't really a novel idea. The SW Nano tank actually is more of an acheivement as the theory was always "The smaller the tank, the harder to maintain." The cultivation and availability of smaller corals and fish and equipment makes the SW Nano tank more of an accomplishment.
Don't get me wrong, I like smaller tanks and I love raising small and tiny fish up to maturity. In fact, I am still using the stand I had for my 7 1/2 gallon Metaframe tank from when I was a kid( the one with metal sides and slate bottom. I don't get rid of ANY of my old equipment ) which I've adapted for my 10 gal tank.
Obviously this is just my opinion, but I don't think it really needs a thread. Sorry
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I know a hobbyist who thinks more about his SW 15g tank than his SW 125g tank.
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I know a hobbyist who thinks more about his SW 15g tank than his SW 125g tank.
Truth be told, I had a 1 gal SW tank and it was a lot more work than my 55 was. I was always checking to make sure everything was balanced because I was doing a natural filtration (the original live rock) tank. Just an airstone. This was over 25 years ago. In a larger tank, it takes longer for the tank to go bad than in a smaller tank. It's the same in FW but not nearly to the same degree as SW.
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I don't think there's a debate between which one is more difficult than the other, but just because SW is more difficult than FW does that render FW invalid? I think max has noticed that the FW nano scene has been gaining popularity in the last few years. There's the new-ish species coming from myanmar, the different FW shrimp species, along with the classic favorites like dwarf puffers and badis. Whether that justifies a new section, who knows, but that's my personal view as a hobbyist.
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I don't think there's a debate between which one is more difficult than the other, but just because SW is more difficult than FW does that render FW invalid? I think max has noticed that the FW nano scene has been gaining popularity in the last few years. There's the new-ish species coming from myanmar, the different FW shrimp species, along with the classic favorites like dwarf puffers and badis. Whether that justifies a new section, who knows, but that's my personal view as a hobbyist.
Yes, exactly my reasoning.
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In my day most all FW tanks were small tanks so the "NANO" FW tank isn't really a novel idea. The SW Nano tank actually is more of an acheivement as the theory was always "The smaller the tank, the harder to maintain." The cultivation and availability of smaller corals and fish and equipment makes the SW Nano tank more of an accomplishment.
Don't get me wrong, I like smaller tanks and I love raising small and tiny fish up to maturity. In fact, I am still using the stand I had for my 7 1/2 gallon Metaframe tank from when I was a kid( the one with metal sides and slate bottom. I don't get rid of ANY of my old equipment ) which I've adapted for my 10 gal tank.
Obviously this is just my opinion, but I don't think it really needs a thread. Sorry
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Truth be told, I had a 1 gal SW tank and it was a lot more work than my 55 was. I was always checking to make sure everything was balanced because I was doing a natural filtration (the original live rock) tank. Just an airstone. This was over 25 years ago. In a larger tank, it takes longer for the tank to go bad than in a smaller tank. It's the same in FW but not nearly to the same degree as SW.
I was never debating whether or not SW nano tanks are better than FW nano tanks... I just think the new subforum would help organize the site better and allow deeper discussions on smaller FW species.
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The point, guys, is not about how hard either one is. The point is that it would be nice to have a thread for fw nano tanks
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The point, guys, is not about how hard either one is. The point is that it would be nice to have a thread for fw nano tanks
Yes. It would help the forum stay organized and allow more discussion over the topic.
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I was never debating whether or not SW nano tanks are better than FW nano tanks... I just think the new subforum would help organize the site better and allow deeper discussions on smaller FW species.

Okay then, to help me better understand today's hobby, let me ask this question....
Taking nothing away from it's current popularity or resurgence and deleteing any debate on difficulty from SW vs FW, What's so special about a FW nano tank?
It's been done for so many years, was all that was available a number of years ago, and takes the same amount of effort to keep going as a larger tank. As a novelty, I'm sorry but it's not a novel idea. As a specialty aquarium, it's not really special anymore. (As I said, it was all I had when I first got started in the hobby.)
Somebody please educate me I'm always willing to learn
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