Nano tanks are usually considered to be tanks that are smaller than 10 gallons and mostly they are chosen by beginners as the cost of setting up a nano tank is cheaper compared to the regular tanks. Let’s explore if setting a nano tank is easier or challenging

How to set up a nano tank

Nano tanks come in with a lot of benefits. It is said that they help in maintaining a more stable habitat, allow rearranging of the aquascape, easy to maintain, etc. It is also important to remember that there are contrary views because of the smaller complications that are involved. However, nothing can go wrong if the process is carried out well. This article will take you through a step by step process of how to aquascape a nano tank.

Required supplies

  • Nano tank
  • Substrate
  • Hardscape Rocks
  • Aquatic Plants
  • Aquarium lights
  • Aquarium Filter

Required tools

  • Tweezers
  • Glue
  • Water sprayer

Total cost: USD 100


Total time: 3 hours

  • Step 1 – Selecting the tank

    Select a good quality tank with the right dimensions that you can afford, pick a tank from a well know brand

  • Step 2 – Rough layout

    Make a rough sketch of how you want to place your plants and hardscape, this homework is required to achieve the desired output

  • Step 3 – Preparation

    Select hardscapes that will complement the size of the Nano tank. Prepare your hardscape by cleaning and drying them so that they do not cause any damage to the aquarium habitats.

  • Step 4 – Substrate

    It is important to choose the right substrate, once you select the substrate fill the nano tank base with the substrate

  • Step 5 – Hardscapes

    Make use of rocks or other smaller hardscapes to form a division between the Aqua soil and Aqua sand. Now position your main hardscape which should obviously be small enough for the tank.

  • Step 6 – Preparing the tank

    Now spray in water so that you set the substrate, as this is required for planting.

  • Step 7 – Selection of plants

    Select aquatic plants whose final growth is small so that they fit the nano tank size

  • Step 8 – Planting

    Make use of tweezers to plant larger and taller plants towards the back and smaller ones towards the front. You can also add more aqua soil in order to raise the substrate.

  • Step 9 – Filling the water

    Now fill in the water slowly so it does not uproot the plants and set the water conditions right

  • Step 10 – Lighting & Filtration

    Attach the lighting to the tank as it is very essential for your plants to flourish


Add in fishes that can comfortably survive in a nano tank. E.g Siamese fighting fish, Shrimps

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