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Nano-Reef Aquariums: Part 2

Here are some tips to help you have better success with your nano-reef aquarium.

By Scott W. Michael |

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Nano-reef aquariums have many appealing characteristics, and last month we went over some nano-reef basics. At this time, when many people are careful about how they spend their money, nanos are likely to be more widely considered. They are less expensive to acquire, set up and stock, require less energy to maintain and can fit into a more confined space. That said, there are also some inherent risks or potential pitfalls in keeping a smaller aquarium. Here are some things to consider that will increase your likelihood of long-term success.

Regular Maintenance
If you really think about it, much of our lives involve some type of maintenance (I have found this to be especially true since I bought a home and now deal with an older house, a lawn and a landscape). If you buy a saltwater aquarium, be prepared for more maintenance activities — and if you get a nano reef, be ready to do them even more religiously. Because of their smaller water volume, nano-reef aquariums are less forgiving than their larger counterparts. So if you don’t have the time or inclination to do these regular duties (or you don’t want to pay someone to do them for you), you may want to reconsider acquiring a nano reef. For those who are up to the challenge, here are some things to consider.

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