Thinking about a nano reef tank

I was sat in my home office today doing some work and I thought to myself ‘you know what, a [tag-tec]nano reef tank[/tag-tec] would look really nice in here.’

I can’t have been enjoying the work I was doing as I started to plan out in my mind exactly what I would need, what I could keep in it etc.

I think that this could be a great little project for me and my son to do together. We don’t see a great deal of each other so it could be a source of some really valuable father and son time.

What I am thinking is this:

A small 24(ish) gallon tank with compact lighting which would be filtered by live rock and live sand, I would need to look into if we should use a sump or not as this will increase the amount of water in the system plus if we do use a sump then the return pump will provide some very valuable circulation.

I was thinking about not having any fish at all in the [tag-tec]nano tank[/tag-tec] but having only polpys, xenia etc plus a shrimp or to to add some movement (I love corals but to me having an aquarium with just corals in lacks something!). If we don’t put any fish in then it may not need a protein skimmer. Obviously with the smaller water volume evaporation would need to be monitored, however I may be able to put together an auto top up device of some type or other.

The office does not receive a great deal of natural sunlight so that would not be that great a problem, however just to be sure the aquarium would be located away from the window.

To keep the better half happy it would have to fit in with the furniture etc but I don’t mind DIY and even if I do say so myself think that I do a decent job at it.

The only concern I have is that Joshua would really enjoy setting the aquarium up with me but once it was all setup would his interest diminish – after all he is only four. What makes me think this is that he got a hamster and now he pays hardly any interest in it at all and I have to do all the cleaning, playing etc that it needs.

I’m not committing myself to this little project yet but it is definately something for me to think about.

I will put some posts up at a later date to go through exactly what a nano reef tank is, how to set one up, the pros and cons etc .

Thinking about a nano reef tank
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  1. Well, there we go. Thinking about another aquarium, eh? A Nano at that. I can just see the nano in action in your office…no more work from you! ๐Ÿ™„
    This reef keeping, it’s addictive. Poor Josh, the next aquarist in line! He’ll grow up thinking all this water and tropical temperatures are normal!
    If you do go for it I’ll be round more. So get some additional coffe in! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Dad

  2. I bought a wall aquarium from Bayshore Aquarium and I absolutely love it. I have converted my wall aquarium into a nano reef tank by changing the light. So far, no problems.

    Just remember 10% water change per week! My wall aquarium holds 10.5 gallons (6 feet long) and I actually change about 2.5 (1/2 of a 5 gallon jug) every two weeks. No problems with it so far.

    Like anything else, you need to keep up with it or it can get out of wack.

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