Looking for a nice showcase tank that can fit on your desk? Nano tanks are great for doing just that. Small with built in filtration and under 10 gallons, that's what we will be focusing on in this guide.
With so many options, we are going to focus on a few common criteria that define what a great showcase tank should have.
Internal Filtration: Nobody wants to see a bunch of wires and filter tubes winding through your tank. The smaller the tank, the less space for all that anyway. Built in filtration is a must.
Excellent Lighting: Powerful LED lighting is a requirement to bring out the colors of your shrimp. Would be really nice if the LED lights are dimmable, have day and night settings and a remote. Bonus would be multiple colors, but lets not get too ahead of ourselves.
Quality Materials: Acrylic or Glass, it has to be built to last. No cheap stuff will be considered. It is a showcase tank after all.
Now that we got the basics down let's get to the best nano shrimp tanks and see who comes out on top!
The Fluval Flex checks of a lot of boxes on the list. A very modern curved front glass design gives a very clean look. White edging supports the seams and is more appealing than the usual gummy silicone on other tanks. Measuring in at approximately 12 inches for height, width and depth, this cube is a stunner in a small package.
Inside the the Fluval Flex is an well engineered internal filtration system that covers a lot of bases. Water enters from two vents, one toward the base and a second at the water line. With shrimp, these access slots can be a pain. From the looks of it, a simple filter pad should be a quick fix to prevent shrimp from getting in. The second chamber is where the magic happens. Designed for triple filtration, mechanical, chemical and biological are all taken care of. Finally the passes through the last chamber where an internal heater and pump circulate warm clean water back into your tank.
When it comes to lighting the Fluval Flex does not dissapoint. Packed with 36 white LED's and 3 fully adjustable RGB 1900 LUX LED's, you can really showcase your shrimp. Fluval includes a slim flexpad remote control with several pre-configured settings. Need it to be daytime for your plants? No problem, let the 7500K LED Lamp take care of that. Want to mimic night time or a passing storm? Not a problem, the remote control comes with presets for that. Want pink lighting, blue lighting, you get the point, the remote control handles all of that for your. Fluval, packed in an awesome light kit that you can completely customize to your liking.
Internal Filteration: Inside you will find a three chambers that provide mechanical, biological and chemical filtration. Plus, you also receive a powerful motor provides 61 gallons per hour output all hidden nicely in the rear compartment. Even has enough room for an optional heater.
LED Lighting: You want plant lighting, thunder storms or moon light? Fluval gives you all of that and you can make it all happen with a remote control from the comfort of your sofa.
Compact: Pushing the upper limits at 9 gallons, it is still compact enough to deliver the showcase you are looking for without taking up too much space. Lot's of great features packed into the Fluval Flex.
Compact enough to deliver the showcase you are looking for without taking up too much space. Lot's of great features packed into the Fluval Flex.
Slightly smaller in volume by one gallon, the hygger Horizon is a stylish curved glass tank packed with features. Quickly, you will notice a rock 3D background. Giving this tank a lot of underwater realism. The rock feature is non-removable and is designed to help plants grow. With shrimp, this can come in handy, we want as much surface area to create all that bio-film. With all that overhead lighting and waterfall from the filtration return, it's as if this tank was designed for shrimp.
Included with the tank is a small powerful filter that fits snuggly in corner slot designed into the aquarium. Out of sight and compact, the power filter is rated at 110 gallons per hour. Designed as a two stage filter with chemical filtration using activated carbon in one chamber and filter media for the mechanical filtration in the other. A pleasant spray bar extends out to return water over the rock background giving a peaceful waterfall effect.
They hygger Horizon comes with a waterproof external LED lighting system. Controlled with an external inline controller, you can adjust brightness levels and set three different timer lengths. Built LED's come in three different colors, white, blue and red. Three different modes enables you to set all white LED's, blue+white+red LED's or just red+blue LED's. Using the controller, you can combine different LED settings, brightness and color combinations to create the perfect shrimp environment.
Unique Design: No doubt, the built in 3D rock background really sets this tank apart. The bow front all glass design is a different approach than the standard cube.
LED Lights: A bit on the standard side here with only white, red and blue LED's. Also the inline remote control is bit inconvenient. Overall, there are several combinations that can light up this tank to make it an awesome shrimp showcase.
2 Stage Filtration: The power filter is compact and can move 110 gallons per hour. The spray bar water return pairs well with the 3D rock wall. Only a two stage filter, with mechanical and chemical filtration.
No doubt, the built in 3D rock background really sets this tank apart. The bow front all glass design is a different approach than the standard cube.
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At only 3 gallons, this small cube is full of features that make a great shrimp tank. It just looks different, modern pedestal design gives you great views from just about every angle. The MarineLand Contour is tiny but all business. Built in with all the features the larger tanks have for about half the price. If you are looking for a budget friendly shrimp tank that is also a showstopper display tank, then the MarineLand Contour is for you.
Built in to the back wall of the tank, you will find a 3 stage filtration system. Designed to handle mechanical, biological and chemical filtration. MarineLand uses a simple cartridge design to combine the floss screens with activated carbon to remove toxins and debris from the water. Simple but effective, really convenient and most of all, you can keep all of the filter stuff out of sight.
Keeping things simple, the MarineLand Contour comes with two light settings. Natural daylight works great to mimic the natural underwater effect of sunlight. With the moonlight settings, the blue LED lights create a peaceful and relaxing night time setting. Mounted in a nice curved design, the LED lights work great to create the perfect environment for your shrimp.
3 Stage Filtration: Built in to the back of the tank, out of sight and handles mechanical, biological and chemical filtration. MarineLand used simple cartridge design for easy removal and cleaning.
LED Lighting: Very simple, recreate daylight and moonlight with a simple setting. Nothing confusing about that. Powerful LED lighting is nicely designed and curves over the tank.
Compact: The smallest of the three, compact design, the cube shape gives plenty of opportunity to showcase your shrimp in different locations of a room.
The smallest of the three, but still packed with features. Compact design, the cube shape gives plenty of opportunity to showcase your shrimp in different locations of a room.