Having an aquarium is soothing and rewarding, but if you have limited space or money you may not be able to support a large tank of fish. Fortunately, there are many options available for nano salt water aquariums of 30 gallons or less.
Many fish that are placed in small aquariums will create their own territories within the small space. For this reason, it is essential that, regardless of the size of your tank, you don’t overcrowd it. Check out this list of the 10 best saltwater fish to keep in your nano reef aquarium.
- Clownfish (Amphiprioninae)
This is one of the most popular nano reef aquarium fish. While the orange and white variety is most recognizable, clownfish may also come in black and white, blue and other colors. Hearty eaters, clownfish require regular feedings in order to stay healthy.
- Fire Fish (Nemateleotris magnifica)
The firefish is a long specimen with a flowing tail and magnificent pointed fins. Its ethereal appearance makes it a great addition to your aquarium. The most common variety of firefish is white with a red tail, but they are also available in purple or blue.
- Goby (Gobiidae)
The goby is a unique fish with an eel-like body and fins that are set close to its body. Its large eyes are its most defining feature. The goby comes in a variety of vibrant colors including electric blue and green with yellow stripes.
- Clingfish (Gobiesocidae)
A long, narrow fish with a pointed snout and a striped body. Be aware that, unlike other aquarium fish, the clingfish is carnivorous and needs to be fed a diet of meat.
- Cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni)
The red and orange cardinalfish is exceptionally docile. They can be kept in relatively large schools and make a peaceful addition to your aquarium.
- Basslet Fish (Grammatidae)
The basslet is a quick-moving striped fish. Always darting around, basslet can work up quite an appetite. They need to be fed at least twice a day if they are to thrive. Vibrantly colored basslets are the rainbows of the aquarium. They come in varieties of bright purple, blue and indigo. Since they live in deep water, basslets tend to do best in aquariums where the lighting is slightly subdued and there are plenty of dark places to hide.
- Yellowhead Jawfish (Opistognathus aurifrons)
The cute and playful yellowhead has a long body, knife-like fins and a rounded yellow head. They tend to get along well with other aquarium fish and they enjoy having plenty of different places to hide and explore. Nevertheless, they do get along comfortably in smaller reef tanks, given the right setup.
- Blenny Fish (Blennioidei)
The blenny is a striking fish decorated with white and black blocks of color. They are a little on the shy side and tend to do best in aquariums where they can carve out a space of their own as well as have places to hide.
- Twospined Angelfish (Centropyge bispinosa)
Twospined angelfish, also known as coral beauty angelfish or dusky angelfish, are usually a great asset in nano reef tanks. These vibrant saltwater fish are passive, reef-friendly, and grow to no more than a couple of inches. They are hardy fish that don’t require a whole lot of tank space, making them a great addition to any nano reef aquarium.
- Tire Track Eel (Mastacembelus armatus)
The tire track eel is a long spiny eel with a mottled complexion and a pointed snout. Though still suitable for nano aquariums, tire track eels are on the large side and require a little extra room.
Pick from this assortment of vibrant saltwater fish to liven up your nano reef aquarium. Most of the aforementioned breeds are available in a wide variety of colors and patterns from fish breeders and pet shops. Happy Tankin’!