What is a small aquarium? It is any aquarium that is 30 gallons or smaller. They can make a wonderful addition to any space and they can be used for hobbies or people that are getting a bit more serious about fish. That’s the beauty of it, they are really a one size fits all.

Nano Aquariums are all the rage these days, and can really add some of that much needed spark to your home or work area. The best part perhaps, is that the advances in technology have allowed the tank makers to put in state of the art filtration systems. Everything is compact in these tanks, from the filter all of the way to the lighting. Before you know it, you will be the proud owner of a sanctuary for freshwater or marine fish.

There is one thing that you should keep in mind when you are dealing with a nano-system or small aquarium, and that is changes in the water temperature and things of that nature. All of the things that go wrong in a big tank won’t effect the overall water in the tank. The smaller tanks are more susceptible to it though. Since there is so little water, it can have a huge impact. Do your research, and hopefully combined with our tips you can have the success you’re looking for.

Selecting & Placement

The first two things you are going to do is select the type of kit you are looking to put in your space, and then you have to pick out where you are going to put it. We recommend buying the full entire kits because then you don’t have to worry about mixing and matching parts or anything like that. You will simply have the entire system ready to go after you buy the complete kit.

Next, comes the placement. Please be sure that you don’t set it on something like a desk that is not going to be able to hold the weight. Tanks are very heavy when filled, even the small ones. The last thing you need is an inadequate stand for your tank. You might as well put the money into finding a good stand to go along with your aquarium.

Don’t Overpopulate!

It can be tempting to put more fish in your aquarium than it can handle. Please fight this urge though! It can make the temperature handling of the water and the quality of the water extremely hard to handle. Even experienced aquarium owners would have a hard time in this situation. Start with a small fish, and really only put in a new fish every couple of weeks. That way they have time to get used to their surroundings and remain less stressed. Then you can slowly start to build up your community of fish. If you do this, you will have a solid foundation for your small aquarium moving forward.

Lively & Bright

Artificial plants and structures are not the way to go in an aquarium. Instead you should try and include live stuff that can really help the overall health in your aquarium. You can also find eco-friendly gravel as well for the bottom of the tank. Also, you can consider upping the wattage of the lighting that you have in your aquarium as well.

Watch Closely & Monitor

Smaller aquariums are going to take a lot of watching, simply because they can change quite rapidly and have disastrous results if you are not on top of it. One of the best ways to see if there is something wrong with your aquarium if you can’t see it is to look at the fish closely. They can exhibit symptoms like gasping or hiding that will be a clear indicator that something might not be right. Water changing should be one of your weekly chores for the health of your fish. Every week change about 15% of the water out with new water.

Quickly Solve Problems

Problems that are left unattended in a aquarium are going to rapidly turn into bigger problems. This is why it is so important to get a hold of them when you first see them. Don’t put it off until you get home later when you can do it now. Some times even waiting just 24 hours can leave you with a problem that is much bigger than your original small problem that you had.