Freshwater Nano Fish
Nano aquariums have been popular for quite some time. They can light up a desk or kitchen counter top and can easily be the center of attention in any room. These small aquariums, generally 10 gallons or less, can be a great alternative for those that feel a large aquarium is too much work or too daunting. Nano tanks do come with some challenges. The main challenge is that with less water volume there will be a more rapid shift in water quality. It is important to be consistent with regular weekly water changes for the long term success of the aquarium. The best looking nano tanks in my opinion are ones that are fully planted. With the use of driftwood, various stones, and lush green plants you can turn a glass box of water into an underwater oasis. I’ve seen some professionally designed nano tanks that will make you think you’re looking at a miniaturized mountain range. The limit is your imagination.
Now onto the main attraction, the fish! Here at Absolutely Fish we carry a wide selection of nano fish to choose from. One of our most popular species is the celestial pearl danio. This fish is relatively new to the hobby, only being discovered in 2006 out of Myanmar. This micro-danio will reach an adult size of about 3/4 of an inch. They possess bright red fins and a brown body covered in gold spots. They are quite active and can be kept with many other tetras, rasboras, and peaceful barbs.
Another extremely popular fish we regularly stock is the Amanda tetra, also known as the ember tetra. These miniature tetras come from the Amazon and are great schooling fish. They are a solid orangey-red color and are surprisingly hardy for their size.
One of my favorite fish selections for nano tanks are dwarf corys. The two species we most commonly see are Corydoras habrosus and Corydoras pygmaes. These cory catfish are a schooling fish so a group of five or more is recommended. They prefer a sandy or smooth substrate and a diet consisting of small sinking pellets and bloodworms.
Another colorful option for a nano aquarium would be Endlers Livebearers. Endlers are a form of guppy native to Venezuela. Males reach a maximum size of 1 inch and females closer to 2 inch. The males possess all the color and come in many different color varieties. Some of the colors we regularly bring in are the flaming pink, electric blue, and yellow cobras. Be careful mixing males and females because they are prolific breeders.
Other than fish we do bring in some interesting invertebrates to add another dynamic to your nano aquarium. Thai micro crabs are quickly becoming a crowd favorite. Their care is similar to that of fancy shrimp. They require very clean water and lots of plants to hide. They should be kept with only other small peaceful fish. These crabs are omnivorous and will spend most of their day foraging for microorganisms.
Recently we have seen the popularity in nerite snails surge. We now regularly carry a few varieties of these excellent algae eating snails. We regularly stock the zebra nerites and tiger nerites. On occasion we will bring in fancy horned nerites and red racer nerite snails.
Here at Absolutely Fish we do our very best to bring in only quality fish from expert supply chains. This is as important to us as well as you. We encourage you to come to our shop and discover what you love and learn from it.