Don’t buy the first fish off the boat.

Don’t buy the first fish off the boat.

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Avoid buying any new arrivals from your local fish store recently received.  If the fish are still in a packing create, that should give you a clue.  You should see a large number of bags containing fish floating in the aquariums on the days the store receive new shipments.  Most dealers receive new fish at least once a week. Ask your dealer which days these are.  A good dealer doesn’t allow customers to purchase fish until there has been sufficient time to quarantine them.  This quarantine prior reduces the fish’s stress from shipping and allows the shop’s personnel to treat any disease that shows up in the first few days after arrival.

If you happen to see some fish that catch your eye while they are still in the bags, ask the dealer to hold them for you until a reasonable quarantine period has expired.  Most dealers willingly agree to do that.  Helpful merchants who take the time to grant such simple requests provide customer satisfaction are defiantly worth patronizing in the future.  Stop for a moment and ask yourself one simple question.  If I owned the fish shop, would I do this for my customer?  If the answer is yes, then you should expect your dealer to do the same thing.

At Dallas Aquarium Experts we quarantine all of our client’s fish prior to delivering them to their new aquarium.  Dallas Aquarium Experts the best aquarium service in Dallas, Plano, Frisco and Allen Texas.  Call us today for a free estimate on aquarium service.

Keeping your Aquarium Healthy

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Choose healthy stock and always quarantine all new additions.  Be cautious of local fish stores that do not take the time to quarantine their stock before selling it to you.  Ask yourself “why would my local fish store tell me to quarantine the fish before putting them into my aquarium, yet not take the time to quarantine a fish before selling it to me.”  Especially a fish that most likely has little to no warranty?

Don’t hope to keep all the fishes that you like the look of; bear in mind the size of your aquarium and the compatibly between species.

Remove uneaten food at the earliest opportunity.  Acclimatize the fishes to any new food over a period of time – at least several days.

Do not neglect regular partial aquarium water changes using only reverse osmosis aquarium water.  Top off evaporation losses in saltwater aquariums with RODI fresh water.  Make all necessary water condition changes gradual.

After a period of time, algae will grow all over the tank.  This should be removed from the front panel of the aquarium. There is no need to remove the algae from the remaining panels of the aquarium, as the fish will graze on these.

Finally do not regard any of the above as avoidable chores; most of them should be included in the pleasurable side of fish keeping, providing for your fishes the care and attention that they undoubtedly deserve.  They will repay you in the best manner possible-by presenting you with a living picture of color and beauty. And remember if you need an aquarium service provider or aquarium maintenance, Dallas Aquarium Experts is the best aquarium service provider in DFW.  Contact us today for a free estimate.


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WATER CHANGES- Serve an important role in your aquarium, yet you either love them, or hate them. We at Dallas Aquarium Experts are in the “love them” camp and when we are designing an aquarium for a client, we’re often asked to make water changes as easy as possible.

The role a water change plays is to export nutrients out of your saltwater aquarium. By removing existing water out of your system and replacing it with fresh saltwater, nutrient levels are reduced and other important levels (calcium, magnesium, trace elements, etc) are increased. Here’s the key thing to note about the reduction of the nutrient levels though: unless a large (50% or more) water change is performed, you’re not going to reduce nutrient levels by a large amount. I often hear people talk about having a high phosphate or nitrate levels and the advice given is to a 10-20% water change. The water change isn’t going to provide the large drop in levels that are needed to maintain proper water quality and keep your aquarium looking its best.

Why even do smaller water changes then if they aren’t useful unless the quantity of water removed is large? Several reasons:

1) When water changes of 20% are done on a weekly basis or 30% are done on a bi-weekly basis this should be sufficient as long as the aquarium is not over stocked and feeding is done appropriately. This will greatly reduce larger issues down the road that are difficult, expensive, and usually slow to correct.

2) Replenishment of elements. Until an aquarium is well stocked with corals, calcium, magnesium and alkalinity levels can be maintained simply through water changes.

3) Promotes good habits. When doing a water change, you have to pay attention to your aquarium as you are turning pumps on/off, removing water, changing filter media, checking fish health, etc. The water change exercise is a great time to look over the aquarium to make sure everything is looking good and running well. Maintaining a weekly water change routine forces you to give your aquarium a good look over which will help catch any problems faster.

Our way isn’t the only way however it is the way that has worked for Dallas Aquarium Experts and our clients time and time again.

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Dallas Aquarium Maintenace Service Company – Dallas Aquarium Experts

Dallas Aquarium Experts offers many different plans available to help us help you keep your Aquarium in top shape, with clean, beautiful, and healthy fish.  We can schedule your cleaning visits on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis, as needed to keep your Aquarium properly maintained.

Initial Setup and Installation

Dallas Aquarium Experts offers fast, friendly, and professional setup and installation of your brand new Aquarium!  We will take care of placing the aquarium where you desire, advising on placement of the aquarium, installing the filtration system, lighting system, gravel and decorations, and starting the water cycling process, so that your aquarium will be ready for tropical fish in no time

Special Filtration Needs / Design

Dallas Aquarium Experts can help you decide which type of filtration is needed for your aquarium, and also install and maintain it for you!  There are many different types of filtration, from sponge to power filters to wet/dry sump setups, so let us choose the right filter for your aquarium to help keep your fish healthy and happy!

Aquatic Life Maintenance

Dallas Aquarium Experts specializes in Aquarium Maintenance in Dallas.  Have you always wanted a beautiful aquarium in your home or office, but you don’t seem to have the time or patience to keep up with the necessary aquarium maintenance?   We specialize in keeping your aquatic environment clean!  We have professional services to clean your glass or acrylic, clean and siphon your gravel bed, clean and replace filter cartridges or media, clean your glass tops, and perform the correct amount of water transfers to ensure that your fish will be healthy and their home clean.  We also test your water on a regular basis to help prevent any problems in the aquarium!

Contact Dallas Aquarium Experts today to schedule your free consultation

Whether your need is servicing an existing aquarium, or you are interested in a new aquarium setup, we will schedule a free consultation where an experienced professional will meet with you at your home or place of business. We will assess your current situation and devise a plan that will help you move closer to the aquarium you have always wanted.


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Maintenance Schedule for a Marine Aquarium

Marine Aquarium Maintenance Schedule


To keep the fish and other marine life in your saltwater aquarium happy and healthy, you have to do some basic maintenance. Some tasks you need to do every day without fail; other jobs you do weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. You need to conduct a thorough examination of all aquarium systems, including lighting, heating, filtration, aeration pumps, and tubing monthly.  Replace or clean parts as needed.  No schedule should be “set in stone” every aquarium is different and will have different requirements.  The schedule below is simply meant to be a genral guideline.

   Marine Aquarium Maintenance Every Day

  • Turn the Aquarium lights on and off. Most aquarists prefer to use an automatic timer. If you choose not to,  turn the lights on and off in a consistent pattern.
  • Check for fish and invertebrates for signs of stress, diseased, or death. Be prepared to remove or treat fish that aren’t well.
  • Feed the fishes and invertebrates twice a day, removing any uneaten food promptly.
  • Check the water temperature and specific gravity or salinity. Adjust the heater as needed.
  • Empty the protein skimmer collection cup as needed.
  • Check the water level and top off as needed.
  • Check all aquarium systems: heater, filters, air pumps, protein skimmer. Make sure they’re running properly and smoothly and pay special attention to intakes and siphon tubes. Make sure nothing is leaking.

   Marine Aquarium Maintenance Once a Week

  • Remove excess algae
  • Clean the glass
  • Conduct water tests weekly after the water matures and the nitrogen cycle is established. Record all test results and add trace elements and buffers.
  • Remove excess algae.

   Marine Aquarium Maintenance Every Two Weeks

  • Clean filters as needed. Partially change or rinse the filter media on some filters, if the bioload is high, the media is dirty, or the flow is restricted.
  • Change twenty percent of the tank water while vacuuming the gravel.

   Marine Aquarium Maintenance Every Month

  • Conduct thorough filter checks. Replace the filter carbon and rinse the filter media and components, as needed and depending on bioload.
  • Clean the protein skimmer.
  • Replace air stones as needed.
  • Clean the outside of the aquarium, removing salt and calcium deposits, dust, and dirt.
  • Rinse any tape decorations that suffer from excess algae.


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