Aquarium Maintenance – Dallas Aquarium Experts

Aquarium Maintenance & Service, Aquarium Leasing Design & Installation, Aquarium Start Up (469) 450 3900  

 

 Dallas Aquarium Experts offer a variety of Aquarium Maintenance Services in Dallas to keep your fresh water aquarium, saltwater aquarium, or reef tank healthy, thriving, and looking its best. Our success with aquariums starts with decades of experience and knowledge in maintaining freshwater aquariums, saltwater aquariums, and reef tanks.

Aquarium Maintenance

 Our aquarium maintenance service is specific to each aquarium system, whether it be marine, reef or freshwater, each one is diverse in its own way. Although a few of the aquariums we maintain were not installed by Dallas aquarium Experts, we have very extensive knowledge in the multiple methods used by other companies. We feel very confident we can take over the maintenance of your aquarium without your animals suffering any stress. If we feel there should be upgrades or improvements to your system, we will inform you of our ideas.

Included in our maintenance services are a physical inspection of your equipment & animals, changing and/or cleaning of filter media, addition of additives and/or chemical filtration, cleaning of interior & exterior of aquarium, vacuum of substrate, water change, replacement or cleaning of decor and water chemistry test.

To make your life a little easier we will even provide your aquarium with an automatic feeder (topped off at each visit), we will deliver food, additives and even livestock (saving you time and gas). If all you want to do is look at and enjoy your aquarium, and that’s it, we can provide that service for you.

Good, consistent water quality is the single most important element of a healthy aquarium. To maintain water quality, a regular schedule of partial water changes is essential in most aquarium setups. The reasons why partial water changes are so important (as opposed to total “clean-ups”), involve the concepts of Basic Aquarium Water Parameters and The Nitrogen Cycle.

 

Our professional and dependable services can be custom tailored to fit your particular needs. Weekly visits make your aquarium a hands free experience, perfect for a waiting room or office-type setting. The weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly programs let you choose the amount of involvement you wish to have.

 

Visits Include

•Water Change (we always use Reverse Osmosis Deionized Water) 10-50% by gravel vacuum, depending on aquarium conditions

 

•Fish health assessment

 

•Full water quality testing

 

•Adjust pH up or down as required

 

•Vacuuming waste from the gravel or bottom of the aquarium

 

•Inspection and servicing of any external filters and parts including the protein skimmer, air stone, pre-filters, motors, pumps, impellers, etc

 

•Clean filters and replace filter media as needed

 

•Lighting and heating system inspection

 

•Cleaning the plants and decorations as required

 

•Redecoration of aquarium aquascaping

 

•Cleaning aquarium lids, tops and light fixtures

 

•Cleaning all glass surfaces inside and out

 

•Delivery of any livestock or dry goods ordered or purchased

 

Contact us 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 divise a plan that will help you move closer to the aquarium you have always wanted.

 

 

 

Call us at (469) 450-3900

 

Email us at: sales@dallasaquariumexperts.com

 

 

Red Slime Algae… Dallas Aquarium Experts can help!

Red Slime Algae

The reddish pink algae you are seeing may be either bad (cyanobacteria) or good (coraline algae) depending on its texture. Coraline algae often forms in areas of high light and is very hard to remove without the use of a razor blade. It can be pink, purple or red in color and grows in circular patches with the patches expanding as it forms, and is a good algae to have growing. Although sometimes it will grow in spots that is undesirable and needs to be scraped off every once in a while.

 If the algae is more slimy in texture and comes off in sheets or strands when you scrape it then you may just have some cyanobacteria or red slime algae forming. This is common to see towards the bottom of the tank and grows especially well in areas of low water movement. Having this grow around the edge of your gravel is normal and simply needs to be cleaned off when it starts to get noticeable. The only time that red slime algae is bad is when it grows out of control and starts smothering other inhabitants of the tank.

Red slime algae grows in water with a high nutrient load. Most of the waste products produced by the inhabitants of your tank are more dense then the water and form along the bottom increasing the chance for this algae to grow in these areas. There is also less of a water flow towards the bottom and sometimes simply placing a powerhead down near the bottom can keep this algae from growing in a system.

The brown you are seeing is also a form of algae. All forms of algae are a water quality issue. Most people do not want to hear that they are having a water quality issue but if you have any undesirable algae blooming in your tank and especially if it seems like a cause for concern then there is a water quality issue going on. All algae have certain nutrients that they need to thrive. Most of these nutrients are wastes products of the natural processes going on with the inhabitants of the tank. Simply testing your water does not give any indication of what may or may not be wrong. Algae utilize ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, phosphate and various other components typically found in a tank. When you measure these variables in your water you may get a reading of zero and think there is nothing wrong with your water. But the fact remains that if algae are growing then there is a high enough concentration of these nutrients in the water to promote their growth and the water you are testing is not showing evidence of this due to the fact that the algae are taking up these nutrients to use for their own growth. Essentially you are testing your water after the algae have taken the compounds out of the water column and they are what is keeping your levels in a healthy zone.

The simplest way to rid a tank of any undesirable algae is to reduce the dissolved nutrients in the water. This can be done by doing more frequent partial water changes, utilizing or refreshing activated carbon in your filter, not overstocking or overfeeding, cutting back on feeding, raising the pH and the alkalinity, cutting back on light(if possible)and limiting the amount of any trace minerals you are adding to the water. Saltwater tanks grow algae and in small amounts are perfectly normal and no cause for alarm. Having no algae at all is not impossible but very difficult for the average person with the average equipment to achieve.

Aquarium Maintenance, Fish Tank Cleaning, or simply call it Cleaning your Aquarium…Nothing is more important in aquarium keeping than water quality management. There are many excellent products available out there to assist in water quality management, but in our opinion, there is still no replacement for water changes, good filtration, and good feeding habits…. The best way to make sure your aquarium is consistently maintained is by using Dallas Aquarium Experts the best in Dallas Aquarium Maintenance.

 

CONTACT US TODAY FOR A BETTER AQUARIUM TOMORROW

Schedule a free consultation with Dallas Aquarium Experts today and service professional will come to your home or business and access your current situation. Before you make your decision on an Aquarium Maintenance Company in Dallas, allow us the opportunity to provide you a free consultation regarding your current Aquarium or we can provide an estimate on a new aquarium set-up and aquarium maintenance. Your fish will reward you with their natural beauty and years of enjoyment.

 

Contact us at (469) 450-3900

Aquarium Maintenance in Dallas – Dallas Aquarium Experts

 

DALLAS AQUARIUM EXPERTS

 

Aquarium Maintenance & Service, Custom Aquarium Design, Aquarium Installation & Set Up, and Aquarium Sales in Dallas and the surrounding communities

 

Aquarium Maintenance

A tank will only survive for so long without regular, thorough maintenance. Regular water changes and cleaning are vital to the health of your fish. All of the maintenance routines discussed below should become second nature after a while, but it is a good idea to schedule the weekly and monthly tasks on your calendar, just so you don’t forget them or put them off for too long. If you leave too much time between water changes or cleanings, the damage may be irreversible.

First of all, there are some supplies you will need for cleaning your tank. This equipment should be used for tank cleaning only and not for any other household chores. Using the same bucket for tank cleaning as for washing your car, for example, could eventually mix some soap or chemical residue into your tank water and quite likely kill your fish. A minimum of two buckets should be set aside for use in aquarium maintenance. These buckets will be used for water changes, gravel washing, treating sick fish or acclimating new fish, and many other cleaning-related activities.

  

Dallas Aquarium Experts recommended – Daily Maintenance

 

  • Take advantage of your daily feeding time to check a few things in your tank. First, look at your fish. Take at least a few minutes to observe them each day. Get to know their appearances as well as their behaviors. Once you become very familiar with your fish, it will be easy for you to notice any changes that could indicate a problem

 

  • Check the temperature of the tank every day to make sure it is at an appropriate level and the heater is functioning properly. As long as the temperature stays within a range of 3 or 4 degrees, your fish should do just fine, but if it is varying more than that, you will want to inspect your heater and perhaps consider purchasing a new one. Another good idea is to touch the tank with the back of your hand any time you are near it, just so you can immediately recognize an extreme temperature change.

 

  • Checking the filter should be another part of your daily maintenance routine. Many filters will run reliably for years and years, but at any time, a problem can arise. Make sure the filter is still running and that the water is flowing at the same rate as usual. A filter that is partially clogged or has stopped running altogether will immediately begin to put the health of your fish at risk.

 

Dallas Aquarium Experts recommended Weekly Maintenance

 

Several tasks should be performed on a weekly basis, if possible. These include water changes, glass cleaning, and vacuuming.

 

  • Dallas Aquarium Experts recommended Water Changes

One of the most serious problems a fish tank will encounter is waste buildup. In the wild, waste will quickly disperse throughout the water, but in a tank, waste can quickly accumulate. Waste buildup is a problem because it can make a tank appear dirty, but it also brings a much more serious problem: ammonia. This substance is produced by fish and by the bacteria that break down waste, uneaten food, and other things in the water.

One way to keep debris buildup to a minimum is to conduct frequent water changes. Regular, partial water changes are unequaled in their ability to keep a tank fresh and your fish healthy. Fish are constantly producing waste (urine, feces, and other wastes, such as ammonia), and in a tank, this waste has nowhere to go. In a dirty tank, fish are forced to intake these wastes through their gills every time they breathe.

Recommendations on how much water should be changed during each water change vary greatly, from 10 percent to 50 percent.

A water change can be simple or more complicated, depending on the method you choose. The tried-and-true bucket and hose method is probably the easiest and most popular. To use this method, simply place a bucket lower than the aquarium and use some tubing to siphon water from the tank into the bucket.

There are also water-driven changers that avoid the danger of spilling a bucket of water all over the floor. These changers use the flow of water from the tap to create suction in a tube. When the appropriate amount of water has been taken out of the aquarium, the flick of a switch allows water to flow from the tap back through the tubing and into the aquarium. Remember to always make sure that the replacement water is the same temperature as the water that was removed to avoid shocking your fish.

  • Dallas Aquarium Experts recommended Glass Cleaning

Cleaning algae off of the glass once a week will keep your tank looking clean and make for easy viewing of your fish. Keep in mind that algae is not a bad thing, when confined to the glass, so it is a good idea to clean only the panes of glass that you use for viewing and clean any others less frequently. Glass cleaning will be performed with a scraper made of metal or plastic blades or an abrasive pad. Work slowly and smoothly, being careful not to scratch the tank.

  • Dallas Aquarium Experts recommended Gravel Vacuuming

Some hobbyists do not vacuum the gravel ever time they change the water, but a good vacuuming once a week is highly recommended. Keeping the gravel free of detritus will allow the filter to function more efficiently. To vacuum the gravel, use a siphon with a gravel tube on the end, plunging the tube into the substrate. As the gravel is lifted partway up the tube, dirt particles (including uneaten food and feces) are sucked up and out of the tank, and then the gravel is dropped back to the bottom of the aquarium.

 

Monthly Aquarium Maintenance

 

  • Dallas Aquarium Experts recommended Filter Cleaning

Bio-filters can become clogged with debris, preventing a smooth flow of water. A gentle rinsing with water from the tank at its normal temperature should be sufficient to clear the filter of any clogs.

 

  • Dallas Aquarium Experts recommended Cover Glass Cleaning

Whether you have a glass top or a hood top on your tank, any tank cover will require a regular cleaning. The outside will be dusty, and the inside will have accumulated calcium deposits and algae, particularly near the light. It is especially important to clean the cover regularly if you’re keeping live plants in the tank, as buildup will significantly reduce the amount of light reaching the plants

 

 

Schedule a free consultation with Dallas Aquarium Experts today and service professional will come to your home or business and access your current situation. Before you make your decision on an Aquarium Maintenance Company in Dallas, allow us the opportunity to provide you a free consultation regarding your current Aquarium or we can provide an estimate on a new aquarium set-up and aquarium maintenance. Your fish will reward you with their natural beauty and years of enjoyment.

 

• Call us at (469) 450-3900

Old Tank Syndrome

How to prevent Old Tank Syndrome

 

Many aquarists find out they have Old Tank Syndrome only when they try to introduce new fish to their aquarium. Existing fish may have been able to adjust slowly to the declining water quality but, to new fish, these poor conditions are a shock to the system, often causing them to succumb to weakness and disease.

If you think your freshwater aquarium demonstrates signs of Old Tank Syndrome, test your water right away. You can easily prevent nitrate buildup through regular water changes. If nitrate levels are high (above 60 ppm), perform a series of small water changes (no more than 25% per day) until it is lowered to acceptable levels (< 50 ppm). These water changes will also replenish lost carbonate ions (buffers) to help stabilize pH and create a healthy living environment.

Rather than combating the effects of Old Tank Syndrome, practice proper aquarium husbandry and perform routine maintenance. Insist upon regular aquarium maintenance, especially regular water changes and water testing.

 

 

DALLAS AQUARIUM EXPERTS

Aquarium Maintenance & Service, Custom Aquarium Design, Aquarium Installation & Set Up, and Aquarium Sales in Dallas and the surrounding communities

 

 

CONTACT US

Schedule a free consultation where a reliable and professional service technician will come to your home or business and access your current situation. Before you make your decision on an Aquarium Maintenance Company in DFW, allow us the opportunity to provide you a free consultation regarding your current Aquarium or we can provide an estimate on a new aquarium set-up and aquarium maintenance. Your fish will reward you with their natural beauty and years of enjoyment.

 

• Call us at (469) 450-3900

  

• Email us at sales@DallasAquariumExperts.com

 

 

Dallas Aquarium Experts offering Services in Dallas

 A DFW Aquarium Maintenance Service Company, Dallas Aquarium Experts offers the following specificAquarium Services in this specific area of the DFW Metroplex: Dallas Aquarium Maintenance, Dallas Freshwater Aquarium Maintenance, Dallas Saltwater Aquarium Maintenance, Dallas Reef Aquarium Maintenance, Dallas Fish Tank Cleaning, Dallas Aquarium Cleaning, Dallas Freshwater Aquarium Cleaning, Dallas Saltwater Aquarium Cleaning, Dallas Reef Aquarium Cleaning, Dallas Aquarium Cleaning Service, Dallas Custom Aquarium Design, Dallas Custom Freshwater Aquarium Design, Dallas Custom Saltwater Aquarium Design, Dallas Custom Reef Aquarium Design, Dallas Custom Aquarium Installation, Dallas Aquarium Set Up, Dallas Freshwater Aquarium Set Up, Dallas Saltwater Aquarium Set Up, Dallas Reef Aquarium Set Up, Dallas Aquarium Leasing, Dallas Aquarium Sales, Dallas Aquarium Relocation, and Dallas Aquarium Movers

Dallas Aquarium Experts offer a variety of Aquarium Maintenance Services to keep your fresh water aquarium, saltwater aquarium, or reef tank healthy, thriving, and looking its best. Our success with aquariums starts with decades of experience and knowledge in maintaining  freshwater aquariums, saltwater aquariums, and reef tanks.  One of the most important keys to our success is superior water quality.  The lifeblood of any aquarium. We always use only Reverse Osmosis De-Ionized water when servicing or installing Reef Tanks, Marine Aquariums, and Freshwater Aquariums. We offer only the best products to our clients and their Aquariums.  Whether your need is an Aquarium Cleaning, Freshwater Aquarium Maintenance, or Salt Water Maintenance, or you are interested in a new Freshwater Aquarium, Salt Water Aquarium, or Reef Tank in your office or home, Dallas Aquarium Experts is the best choice you can make.  We know what we are doing and will make sure you never need to find another aquarium maintenance company. We want every customer to feel like they are our only customer.

Contact us 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 divise a plan that will help you move closer to the aquarium you have always wanted.

  

Call us at (469) 450-3900

Email us at: sales@dallasaquariumexperts.com

Betta Fish-what you should know…

  1. Your Betta will thrive in the cleanest water that you can provide for him. He does not require a filtration system, but you should change out a third of his water every three days so it stays fresh and clean and keeps your finned friend from getting bacterial or fungal infections. Aged water (water that has set out for twenty-four hours) is what should be used to replace the old water. Using Betta conditioners is still a good idea. Distilled water should be avoided.
  2. Do not put your Betta fish with other Betta’s. They are called Siamese fighting fish because they are, in fact, fighting fish. They will tear at one another, often causing the death of at least one fish before they stop.
  3. When you clean the plants, rocks, or decorations in the bowl you should never use soap on them. It’s very hard to completely rinse all soap from these items and the soap residue can harm or even kill your Betta. Instead, use warm water and an abrasive brush to clean his things.
  4. Do not over feed your Betta fish.  Adult betta fish should be fed once a day and babies should be fed twice a day. It is extremely important not to overfeed the fish. Keep an eye on them as they eat and remove any food that is uneaten when they are done.
    Generally, a Betta fish should take about two to five minutes to fill up, so avoid feeding them more than they can eat in that time.
    Use a turkey baster to clean small particles of uneaten food or debris from the bottom of the bowl or jar. Allowing this debris to sit at the bottom of the jar will cause the water to become cloudy, unsanitary, and to smell awful.
  5. Keep your Betta tank, jar, or bowl covered,your Beta will jump!  Keeping the water level at least two – three inches from the top of the tank should also cut down on this problem.
  6. The PH level of your water source is important to measure and adjust as needed (betta buffers do this for you). The betta fish prefers as close to neutral water as possible, 7.0, but can manage in water that is between 6.5 and 7.5
  7. The temperature of the water is also important, as the Betta fish is considered a tropical fish. Water between 72 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal but the betta can adapt to lower or higher temperatures as long as the change is gradual.
  8. Occasionally place a mirror in front of a male Betta fish for some entertaining exercise. However, do not leave the mirror in place for long, as it will exhaust him!
  9. If introducing a Betta fish to a community of fish, avoid inhabiting them with fin nippers or other fish that might irritate or feed on the slow-moving betta fish
  10. Betta fish are relatively hardy, but like any aquarium fish, they need to be taken care of.

Dallas Aqurium Experts the leader in Aquarium Maintenance, Custom Sales and Installation  in DFW.    Our goal is to improve the lives of all fish!  Visit our website today for more information.  www.DallasAquariumExperts.com 

Benefits of Live Rock Systems

Why should a hobbyist use Live Rock in a  salt water aquarium set-up whenever possible?

1. Greater biological stability

2. Better survivability of fishes and invertebrates

3. Lower Aquarium Maintenance

4. More attractive Aquascaping which will enhance natural fish coloration and behaviors

5. Avoids use of bleached or dyed coral skeletons.  Which become algae magnets.

 Dallas Aquarium Experts is the best choice for aquarium maintenance service provider!  Call us today for a free consultation 469 450 3900

A DFW Aquarium Maintenance Service Company, Dallas Aquarium Experts offers the following services: DFW Aquarium Maintenance, DFW Freshwater Aquarium Maintenance, DFW Saltwater Aquarium Maintenance, DFW Reef Aquarium Maintenance, DFW Fish Tank Cleaning, DFW Aquarium Cleaning, DFW Freshwater Aquarium Cleaning, DFW Saltwater Aquarium Cleaning, DFW Reef Aquarium Cleaning, DFW Aquarium Cleaning Service, DFW Custom Aquarium Design, DFW Custom Freshwater Aquarium Design, DFW Custom Saltwater Aquarium Design, DFW Custom Reef Aquarium Design, DFW Custom Aquarium Installation, DFW Aquarium Set-up, DFW Freshwater aquarium set up, DFW Saltwater Aquarium set-up, DFW Reef Aquarium set-up, DFW Aquarium Leasing, DFW Aquarium Sales, DFW Aquarium relocation, DFW Aquarium Movers