Why Nano Reef Tanks Are The Best !
Small reef tanks have exploded in popularity in recent years, to the point that tanks under 25 gallons now account for the majority of aquariums sold in the hobby. While there are countless reasons why hobbyists of all experience levels may choose to set up a smaller tank, some of the main reasons are cost, space and ease of maintenance. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why small tanks are taking over the reefing hobby.
Nano reef tanks are easy to set up anywhere in your home without taking up space
One of the main advantages of a smaller reef tank is that they are significantly less expensive to set up and the costs to maintain them over time will be lower as well. While it may seem obvious that a smaller tank will be less expensive than a larger tank, the cost of the tank is just one of many factors to consider. Small tanks generally require less equipment and the required equipment such as lights, a return pump and heater are smaller and, therefore, less expensive. For example, a Reef Casa Studio tank can be up and running for about 1/10th the cost of a 75 gallon tank. Ongoing costs will be lower as well, as they will require smaller water changes, smaller amounts of additives etc. A small tank is also far less expensive to stock with coral as compared to a large tank.
Small reef tanks also take up less room than larger tanks. This means that can be placed in a wider variety of places and don’t necessarily require specialized stands. A small tank like a Reef Casa Studio can be placed on pretty much any sturdy piece of furniture, such as a dresser or desk. Maintence equipment also tends to be smaller and everything that you need for regular maintenance, including water changes, will easily fit in a 5 gallon bucket that can be easily hidden away.
Finally, smaller tanks tend to be easier to maintain. It’s just simpler and quicker to change 1 or 2 gallons of water every week rather than 10, and a smaller tank means less glass to clean, fewer corals to trim and less sand to keep looking pristine. All this adds up to more time enjoying your tank and less time maintaining it.
At the end of the day, the size tank that you choose will depend on a wide variety of factors but a small reef tank is a great way for any reefer to set up a relatively inexpensive and easy to maintain aquarium that will look great in any room.