How to Install a Nano Reef in Your Tank

Over the recent years, nano reefs became more popular than ever before. They are obviously small, so they can be installed in a tank with 30 gallons. It made them the best possible choice for people who don’t have plenty of space or they are on the limited budget. Now, we will explain what you need to add the best nano reef to your tank.

Requirements when installing a new nano reef

Good thing is that there are no a lot of requirements. Basically, all you need to have is a tank with a capacity of 30 gallons or less. A manufacturer will include a kit that offers you all you need to install a reef. Because all components are made by the same manufacturer, they are easy to connect together and they are easy to complete with the help of a user manual.

Some things you will want to consider are the rocks and sand. They make a reef stand out from the crowd and they can make the entire tank look so much better. Of course, you already know that rocks and sand can be easily found anywhere.

How to install a new nano reef?

As we have mentioned already, the installation process is more than just simple, but in order to complete it, you should follow these steps. Make sure not to skip one step and move to another or it will have a negative effect on the entire process. Remember that within 2 hours you will have a perfect tank with a perfect nano reef.

  1. Prepare the saltwater mixture. It is the first and the most important step regardless of which nano reef you choose. Almost all of them require saltwater and chances are high that you have fish that live in saltwater as well.
  2. Finding a suitable location for your new tank is mandatory. It must not be directly exposed to the sun or it will increase the temperature of water significantly over time. It must not be located somewhere you may accidentally hit the tank and break it.
  3. Level it perfectly. Some of you already know that some tanks must be leveled perfectly or they will break. This happens due to the uneven weight distribution and it can have catastrophic side effects.
  4. Fill the tank with the saltwater you prepared earlier.
  5. Insert the reef, the rocks, andsand and wait for a couple of minutes while all sets to the bottom.
  6. Connect the lighting and other components you have in the tank. Usually,this includes the heater, pump and etc. Make sure you follow the instructions and you install and connect them correctly.
  7. You are done.


Nano reefs are more desirable than you can imagine. They are suitable for all of you and they can be used when other types of reef can’t. As such, you will likely own at least one in your lifetime.