Many people dream of having their own aquarium and of its stress-relieving benefits to benefit. About half of them find this idea challenging or even impossible due to lack of space. After all, when we think of aquariums we tend to think of expensive large water-filled glass boxes that stand on equally expensive large stands and take up valuable space. However, since the introduction of the so-called nano aquariums, this no longer has to be the case. These are small fish tanks, typically no larger than 30 liters, and designed to be affordable and fit in all locations. Whether you are your first create aquatic ecosystem or want to expand your hobby experience, nano aquariums are an entertaining, enriching and relaxing project for the home or even for the office. Here we will show you exactly how to set up your own nano aquarium.
The perfect contemporary decoration for minimalists and animal lovers
Even in the smallest student room you can find space for a nano aquarium
One likes to look at an amazing Betta fish for hours
Setting up a tiny nano aquarium for baby fish
Set up the perfect little nano aquarium
Before you start setting up your nano aquarium, it is important to first find a suitable location for it. Contrary to popular belief, the small volumes of water can actually be quite problematic. Overheating or extreme cold are real dangers that can destroy your small ecosystem in no time.
The ideal place for your nano aquarium should therefore be a dark place that is not exposed to direct sunlight or drafts and is far away from heating or cooling elements. The stand on which you place your aquarium should of course be stable enough to withstand the weight without wobbling.
Nano aquariums fulfill a double function – decoration and night light
Filters, lighting, heating and maintenance
Due to their small size, nano aquariums require almost constant maintenance. Water changes, pH balancing, water testing, monitoring the water temperature and of course cleaning are vital to the survival of your ecosystem and are on the agenda several times a week.
If you are a beginner in the field, your best bet is to purchase a foolproof nano aquarium kit with built-in, adequate filtering and lighting. This way, all the components fit together perfectly, and all you have to do is decide on a suitable heater if it isn’t also included.
You can never go wrong with a kit like this
Also, don’t forget to buy a water test kit. You need to measure the potassium and nitrate levels at least every few days. The water is changed one to three times a week, with no more than 20 percent of the water volume being changed. To do this, use a vacuum pump and clean the floor with it. This will avoid the accumulation of organic waste. Monitor the water temperature during the change and set the new water to the same temperature as in the aquarium. The fresh water should of course also be free of chlorine and impurities.
If you want or need to change the lighting, cool LED lights are your best choice. The light spectrum and intensity depend on what you want to keep in the aquarium. Different aquatic flora and fauna have different requirements.
It is best to set up the nano aquarium in such a way that it complements the rest of the interior
Choosing the right flora and fauna for your nano aquarium
Now it will be exciting! It is time to fill your nano aquarium with life. You will quickly discover that there is a surprisingly wide variety of tiny creatures that like small ecosystems.
Colorful fish of the genus killifish, cichlid, golden ringed goby, gobyfish and danios delight the eye and can be found in every pet shop. Be careful with the beautiful Betta fish, however, as they are solitary animals that must always be kept alone. It is no coincidence that they are called Siamese fighting fish.
Food tablets are glued to the pane and minimize dirt
In addition to fish, freshwater shrimp should not be missing in any nano aquarium. These easy-care animals are a real cleaning team and are also available in almost every imaginable color. Small striped barnacles are also a beautiful sight.
These shrimp are so incredibly colorful that they resemble plastic toys
Would you like to set up your nano aquarium with living aquatic plants? After all, their pretty appearance cannot be compared with any plastic plant. They also help remove pollutants from the water and provide natural places for your cute little pets to hide and play. Among other things, the dwarf spear blade, dwarf water goblet, algae ball, tiger lotus and most house herbs are suitable. You can find them all in your nearest aquarium shop or online.
If you have little space or a small budget available, but do not want to do without your own aquatic ecosystem, then you should set up your own nano aquarium as soon as possible. Your investment and effort will be rewarded with years of pleasure!
Spice up the living room in style with a small aquarium
Some nano aquarium kits contain a small container for your favorite houseplant
This extraordinary aquarium resembles a light bulb