Great Things Come in Small PackagesPosted on Monday, January 10th, 2011 at 1:27 pm by Shawnpaul
For years reef hobbyists have been fascinated by nano and pico aquariums. Their size enables them to be more affordable and easily placed, making it a great fit for most anyone looking to dive into the hobby. In the past, most setups needed to be retro-fitted with handcrafted lighting and filtration, but now you can buy full systems with high quality parts. the market has really grown and the research has made the concept very attainable. I addition to already being a lower power consumption alternative to a huge reef tank, some manufacturers are going above and beyond to ensure that their products are truly eco-friendly. Pico Aquariums, a well known manufacturer of picos has taken several steps to ensure environmental soundness. They only ship using Carbon Neutral UPS methods and their online presence is brought to you via wind power. A different route, such as in the video would be to create your own system. This guy took a cookie jar and created a reef, so the possibilities are endless.
If you are interested in creating a pico/nano reef remember a few things:
- Stocking a small tank can be challenging, but with the help of many great resources and forums you can almost always get input from those who have already mastered the process.
- Lighting and filtration are going to greatly limit your options, so be prepared to settle on less-than-advanced livestock.
- Less water equals greater need to monitor it closely, a small change can devastate a pico/nano reef.