Shrimp are thankfully not all that hard to care for, but they do need a good tank with some bells and whistles. Finding the right tank for your shrimp might be a little difficult, especially seeing as there are so many options out there.
Today we are here to help you find the best nano tank for shrimp (we personally like the Marineland Portrait). We have narrowed it down to these particular 5 and here is our detailed review of each.
Table of contents
- Our Favourite Nano Tank Picks
- Best Nano Tank For Shrimp: Top 5
- 1. Fluval Spec III Aquarium Kit
- 2. Penn Plax Vertex
- 3. Marineland Portrait
- 4. Koller AquaView
- 5. Marina 360
- Ideal Nano Shrimp Tank Setup
Our Favourite Nano Tank Picks
If you are in a rush, then here are our favorite 3 picks:
Best Nano Tank For Shrimp: Top 5
The following 5 nano tanks are the ones we feel are the best options for housing some shrimp. They all come with some decent features, ones that will help make your life a little easier and the life of your shrimp a little more enjoyable too.
1. Fluval Spec III Aquarium Kit
This is a nice little 2.6-gallon tank to go with for nano shrimp. For one, it is a fairly nice-looking option to go with, one made of etched glass. It’s a sleek-looking aquarium that is actually quite durable too.
Although glass is not super impact-resistant, it is really hard to scratch, plus it just looks classy too. You might also like how all of the filtration items are hidden behind a blacked-out screen, which helps to increase aesthetic appeal as well.
Speaking of filtration, the Fluval Spec III comes with a decent 3 stage filtration system that includes mechanical, biological, and chemical filtration. All of the necessary filtration media comes included here, which is nice, although it is not the very best media in the world.
This filtration system can handle about 3 times the total water volume of this tank per hour, which helps keep the water clean and clear. However, shrimp do need a low flow as they are not the best swimmers, which is why you can adjust the outflow of the filter here.
This tank is fairly easy to set up, plus the filtration unit is quite easy to maintain. Having all of the filtration media located in one little spot does help make maintenance easier. To provide some illumination, this tank comes with an arch of 31 LED lights.
They are not the brightest or most durable lights in the world, but they get the job done. The glass hood on this tank comes with a center hole for easy feeding, which is always nice. Other than that, there is not much to say about this particular nano tank.
- Small and convenient.
- Easy to set up and maintain.
- Efficient 3 stage filter.
- Filter media is included.
- Adjustable outflow.
- Convenient hood.
- Features lights.
- Media included is not the best.
- Low impact resistance.
- LED lights do not have a particularly long lifespan.
2. Penn Plax Vertex
This is a slightly larger tank than the one we just looked at, coming in at 2.7 gallons, although the 0.1-gallon increase is not a big difference. What is cool about this particular tank is that it features 4 clear sides with clear seams.
This means that you get a nice 360-degree view of the interior and no lines in your way. Moreover, the glass build of this aquarium helps make it pretty sleek. While the glass tank is not overly resistant to impact, it does look nice, plus it is very hard to scratch too. With that being said, the frameless design does decrease durability a bit.
While the filtration unit here may be totally visible, which does not help in terms of the look, it is an exterior hang-on back filter. This means that although it is not too visually appealing, being on the rim of the tank means that it does not take up space on the inside, thus saving valuable real estate for your fish.
The filtration unit is a 3 stage filter that includes mechanical, biological, and chemical filtration, plus it can handle close to 4 times the total water volume of the tank per hour.
It also includes an adjustable flow rate so your shrimp don’t get swept away. Hang-on back filters are notoriously easy to set up, which is of course a bonus.
Note On The Filter Media
Once again, the filter media is included here, but it is not the best media by far. You might want to substitute some of your own, but to be honest, for a small shrimp tank, it should do just fine. Here you do get an aquarium thermometer, which is pretty important for shrimp, plus you also get a nice aquarium lid included that makes feeding easy.
With that being said, we would like to see a lighting system included here, which it is not. The best part about this tank is that it looks really cool.
- Looks very nice.
- Hinged lid for easy feeding.
- Space saver.
- Exterior filtration unit – does not take up space inside of the tank.
- Filtration unit is fairly efficient and comes with media included.
- Easy to set up and maintain filter.
- Included media is not the best.
- Limited durability.
- No lighting system included.
3. Marineland Portrait
Another really beautiful-looking tank for shrimp, the MarineLand Portrait is definitely one of the better-looking tanks out there right now. For one, it features a black base which helps to make the whole tank really pop.
Also, the filtration unit is located behind blacked-out glass, so you can’t see any of the equipment. Both of these features, plus the glass design of this thing do make it look quite nice.
We personally like glass because it looks beautiful and is hard to scratch, but of course, it does suffer from limited impact resistance.
Something we personally like here is how this particular aquarium comes with both white and blue LED lights. The white light creates some illumination for your shrimp and plants during the day, while the blue lights create a soft moonlight glow during the night.
Like we said, this tank does look quite nice indeed. Just in case it is not clear, this is a 5-gallon tank, so close to 2 times the size of both of the other options we have looked at, which means that the amount of shrimp and decorations it can hold is much larger than with the other options covered so far.
We do like how this thing comes with a decent lid so your shrimp don’t go anywhere, although the lid could be easier to take off and put on.
Behind the blacked-out panel is a 3 stage filtration unit. Now, what needs to be said here is that all 3 types of media, chemical, biological, and chemical, come included here, and the media is actually pretty good.
It definitely gets the job done, plus this filter comes with an adjustable flow rate to create a nice environment for your shrimp. With that being said, the filter here is not exactly the most durable and it does not have the longest lifespan, nor is it the quietest filter in the world either.
It is easy to maintain, which is nice, but the durability of the filter does seem to be a little limited.
- Nice Looking.
- Scratch-resistant glass.
- Fairly large.
- Hidden filtration unit.
- Blue and white lights included.
- Easy to set up and maintain.
- Space-saving shape.
- Good filter media is included.
- Adjustable flow rate filter.
- Not very impact resistant.
- Not the most durable filtration unit.
- Filter is a bit loud.
- The lid is not very convenient.
4. Koller AquaView
This is definitely an interesting little tank for shrimp. This is actually only a 2-gallon tank, so the smallest one on this list so far today. It can still hold a good few shrimp, seeing as shrimp are pretty small.
This is also the first tank on the list today that is totally round, providing for a seamless 360-degree view of the interior. By all means, this is probably the best-looking option on this list today, for no other reason than because it is round.
While we are not a huge fan of plastic, the impact-resistant plastic used for the build is very durable indeed, but not all that scratch-resistant. However, you could probably drop this thing and it would not break.
Going back to the look of it, perhaps one of the best features of this tank is the fact that it comes with 7 different colored lights. The colors included are daylight white, blue, green, amber, aqua, purple, and red.
You can switch them with the included remote and you can put them on timers to change at intervals too. While these lights are not ideal for plant growth, they do provide basic illumination and they definitely make the interior of this tank look super cool and colorful at all times.
On a side note, the hinged lid here is pretty convenient, as it makes feeding and tank maintenance pretty easy.
One bone that we do have to pick with the Koller Aquaview has to do with the filtration unit that comes included. Now, this filtration unit does have a flow rate of 25 gallons per hour, which means that it does process a whole lot of water per hour in comparison with the small volume of this tank.
However, for one, the filtration system is simply not very durable, plus it only filters out organic materials. Therefore, if you need a lot of filtration power with all types of major filtration, this might not be the best option to go with.
With that being said, the filter cartridge included here is super easy to change, plus the filter itself is very quiet too.
- Very nice design.
- Seamless 360-degree view.
- Impact-resistant plastic.
- 7 different colors of LED lights.
- Very quiet filter.
- Easy to maintain filter.
- Convenient hinged lid.
- Adjustable flow rate.
- Filtration unit is not the best.
- Tank scratches easily.
- Limited interior space.
5. Marina 360
This final option on our list today is another round one. It features a near 360-degree seamless view, except for in the back where the filter is housed. This is a plastic aquarium, which means that it is highly impact-resistant, although it does scratch fairly easily.
With that being said, it does have a high level of overall durability, plus it does also look very nice to boot. To be clear, this is a 2.65-gallon aquarium, making it fairly ideal for small shrimp populations.
The Marina 360 comes with both white and cool blue lighting. Now, these lights will not do you any favors in terms of plant growth, but they do provide for a nice look and a bit of illumination, both during the day and the night.
We do also like how this is a small and space-saving aquarium, as you can fit it pretty much anywhere. Another cool feature here is the cover which keeps everything in place but can also be easily removed for simplified maintenance.
The filtration unit included here is fairly decent. It engages in mechanical and biological filtration, yet it does appear to be missing chemical filtration, which is a bit of a drawback.
This thing does come with the filter media included, which is somewhat decent, plus the media is very easy to change and maintain.
However, in terms of overall filtration, this thing is not the best. It does have a gentle flow rate for your shrimp, but it is not adjustable at all.
- Looks nice.
- 360 view.
- 2 colors of lights.
- Decent filtration system.
- Media comes included.
- Easy to remove lid.
- Space saver.
- Lacks chemical filtration.
- Not scratch-resistant.
- Flow rate is not adjustable.
Ideal Nano Shrimp Tank Setup
Let’s quickly go over some of the most important things to keep in mind when setting up your nano shrimp tank.
- Choose the type of shrimp you want to have in the tank. Ghost shrimp and cherry shrimp tend to be the easiest types to care for.
- You need to have a good filtration unit as shrimp are pretty messy. The filter should include all 3 major types of filtration and be fairly efficient. The filter should have an adjustable flow rate so you can turn it down because shrimp are not great swimmers. You should probably put a sponge over the filter intake so your shrimp do not get sucked in.
- Depending on the type of shrimp, you are probably going to need to get yourself a tank heater. The water needs to be between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit for most types of shrimp.
- Put about 1 inch of gravel substrate at the bottom of the tank and make sure to clean it thoroughly before doing so. Also, make sure to use fine and rounded gravel to avoid injuring the shrimp.
- Make sure that no chlorine, ammonia, or nitrates are present in the water. The water should have a pH level of around 6.0 to 7.5 to house shrimp.
- Insert some shrimp-friendly plants into the tank. They tend to like eating certain plants as well as algae too. Plants also make for good stress relievers and hiding spaces as well.
- You need to have a decent lighting system, at least one with white light for the daytime. This will help reproduce the shrimp’s natural environment, plus it will help with plant growth too.
- Make sure to feed your shrimp specialized shrimp food. Boiled spinach, zucchini, and other such boiled veggies work well too.
As you can see, there are quite a few good options that you can go with. Some come with more bells and whistles than others, but it all really depends on what you need and want. We aren’t about to say that one of the above nano tanks is better for shrimp than another, because each has some benefits that they bring to the table. Each of the above options is top-notch no doubt, but now it is up to you to choose.
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