Just gave Tang’s tank (our betta fish) a fresh trim. The carpeting aquarium plant in this tank is Monte Carlo.
While sometimes more difficult to maintain than larger tanks, due to more volatile water parameters, I love how nano tanks look — especially on the bookshelf in my office. In late June 2021, I re-scaped two of my nano tanks. Here are some photos 3 months later.
Currently, the only livestock these tank house is snails. I’ll most likely keep it that way.
Top tank: Low-tech molten glass over wood (<1 gallon)
- Tank — Hand blown molten glass on wood. This is a higher quality one from West Elm that was a gift. It has very thick glass (over 1cm thick!) I would NOT recommend using the cheaper versions of this for holding water, like those found on Amazon
- Light — Nicrew clamp light. Perfect brightness for nano tanks
- Hardscape — Locally sourced granite. What a pain to get into this bowl!
- Plants — Anubias nana petite & microcarpaea minima (carpet)
- Livestock — Bladder snails
- Other — Walstad method with an air pump for circulation (black tube is not co2). Weekly 90% water change
Bottom tank: Low-tech 3.5 gallon long
- Tank — 3.5 gallon Seapora “Betta Breeder” (I would never put a betta in anything this small, but it’s perfect for snails and shrimp)
- Light — Fluval Aquasky Nano light
- Hardscape — Seiryu stone
- Plants — Dwarf hair grass (carpet), Anubias nana, Anubias nana petite, some stray riccia fluitans keep showing up
- Livestock — Bladder snails!
- Other — Low-tech: Small aqueon hang filter and an air pump for extra surface disruption (black tube is not co2). Liquid ferts once a week. Weekly 90% water change
Here’s an outline of the light settings for the Fluval above the 3.5 gallon tank. With the snails, it’s nearly algae free with this light intensity
I constructed a really fun shallow freshwater planted aquascape that sits on my desk next to my work station. Details after the photo.
- ADA cube garden 60-F tank
- basic co2 system
- UNS canister filter system
- Nicrew light
Plants & livestock:
- Monte carlo (carpet)
- Anubias nana
- Mini coin Bucephalandra
- bucephalandra purple blue
- 5x purple rasbora fish
- 6x hastatus corydoras (the cutest fish in the world)
I suppose this could technically be considered a nano riparium, but this nano planted aquarium is the smallest little aquarium I’ve made. Sand in the front, and eco complete substrate in the back for the plants. It houses pond snails, blue leopard ramshorn snails, copepods, and detritus worms. It’s a tiny complete ecosystem.
One of my Blue Velvet Neocaridina shrimp likes to climb to the top of the rock in his planted tank. Blue Velvet Neocaridina are some of my favorite shrimp to keep. They’re fun and fairly hearty when it comes to freshwater nano shrimp.
A male betta fish swims in his freshwater planted nano tank.
Tank by jeff golenski.