Dallas Aquarium Experts – Frequently Asked Aquarium Maintenance Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How often should my aquarium be serviced?

Frequency of aquarium maintenance and service is determined by the size of your aquarium, how heavily stocked the aquarium is which species of fish or other animals you are keeping, and how you want your aquarium to look.

Dallas Aquarium Experts Service offers weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly service and maintenance customized to your needs.

What are the benefits of having my aquarium or pond professionally maintained?

Regular aquarium service helps to ensure the overall health of your fish, plants, and other aquatic animals. Regular water changes and health assessments help ward off disease and address small problems before they become major issues.

I’m thinking about buying an aquarium, can you help me make the best selection?

Dallas Aquarium Experts Service can help you select the best aquarium, stand, lighting, filtration, and any other equipment you may need. The best choices are based on the animals you would like to keep in your aquarium.

Is having an aquarium a lot of work?

It can be, but having a service and maintenance performed by a professional from Dallas Aquarium Experts Service makes owning a freshwater or saltwater aquarium easy and fun.

Are saltwater aquariums more difficult to care for than freshwater aquariums?

There is a common misconception that saltwater aquariums are more difficult to keep than freshwater aquariums. Although there is some more work associated with successfully keeping a saltwater aquarium, it is not that much more difficult than keeping a freshwater aquarium.

The key to a healthy and enjoyable saltwater aquarium is to set up the aquarium correctly in the first place with proper filtration, animals that are best suited to the environment you wish to create and that are healthy and quarantined before being introduced to the aquarium, and the feeding of a proper diet.

A saltwater tank can be fun, educational, and a beautiful centerpiece in your home or office.

I have one fish that keeps killing all of my other fish. What’s wrong?

This is a common aquarium problem with a simple answer… not all species of aquatic life are compatible in the same aquarium. Expert advice when selecting tank mates can help reduce or eliminate aggression.

How much does aquarium service and maintenance cost?

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

 

Plastic Plants

The appearance and variety of artificial plants have really improved in the last ten years.  You can easily find plastic plants in all different colors and sizes to suit your aquarium size and layout.  If you don’t want to crowd the appearance of your tank, buy small plants for the front of the tank and larger plants for the back. 

There are many advantages to artificial plants:

  • Easy to clean
  • Easy to care for
  • Live forever
  • Won’t be eaten
  • Easy to remove
  • Wide variety

There are also a few disadvantages to artificial plants

  • Can look fake
  • Expensive
  • Fish may not like them

During your regular scheduled aquarium maintenance, Dallas Aquarium Experts can rotate your old plants with clean algae free plants on a regular basis to help keep your freshwater aquarium looking it’s best.  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. 

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.

 

Call us at (469) 450-3900

Email us at: sales@dallasaquariumexperts.com

    

Freshwater Aquariums

The most popular type of aquarium is a freshwater system.  It’s the most practical system for a beginning aquarist for several reasons.

  • A freshwater system is not as expensive to set up as a saltwater aquarium
  • Freshwater fish are generally less expensive than marine fish.  It’s much better to work with less expensive fish when you are just starting out, and still learning the ins and outs of the hobby
  • Freshwater fish are readily available at most aquarium shops and come in a wide variety of colorful species.  Marine fish are much more sensitive to water conditions and don’t tolerate mistakes as easily
  • You can have more fish.  You can keep significantly more freshwater fish than marine fish in the same amount of space.

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Water Change Frequency

 

The more frequent the changes, the less water that needs to be replaced. However, the longer between changes, the more stressful each change potentially becomes, because a larger portion of the water gets replaced. Replacing roughly 25% of your tank’s water bi-weekly is a good minimal starting point, but this may not be enough. The proper frequency really depends on such factors as the fish load in your tank, how much you feed at each feeding and what types of filtration you have. Nonetheless, you should do water changes often enough so that nitrate levels stay at or below 50ppm in fish only systems, and preferably MUCH lower (less than 10ppm is an optimal value) while reef tanks should have a nitrate level below 2 ppm; the change in water chemistry resulting from a change is small. In particular, the before and after pH of your tank shouldn’t differ by more than .2 units. Use a ph test kit or meter the first few times to get a feel for what’s right. If your pH changes too much as a result of a water change, perform changes more frequently, but replace less water at each change. Make sure the water temperature does not fluctuate more than 2 degrees when you perform a water change.

DALLAS AQUARIUM EXPERTS

  • Aquarium Maintenance & Service, Custom Design, and Aquarium Sales in Dallas and the surrounding communities
  • 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.

Marine Aquarium Refugium – What and Why….

A refugium is essentially part of a sump, where one purposely grows algae! Macro algae species, such as caulerpa or chaetomorpha are grown in the refugium because they will absorb dissolved nitrates and phosphates from the water and store it internally at a much higher concentration than the natural seawater around them. They effectively remove these harmful substances which in turn keeps the fish and invertebrates healthier. It also helps reduce the growth of algae in the display aquarium since nitrates and phosphates are eaten by the macro algae before the detrimental algae in the display tank has the opportunity to feed upon them.

A refugium is essentially part of a sump, where one purposely grows algae! Macro algae species, such as caulerpa or chaetomorpha are grown in the refugium because they will absorb dissolved nitrates and phosphates from the water and store it internally at a much higher concentration than the natural seawater around them. They effectively remove these harmful substances which in turn keeps the fish and invertebrates healthier. It also helps reduce the growth of algae in the display aquarium since nitrates and phosphates are eaten by the macro algae before the detrimental algae in the display tank has the opportunity to feed upon them.

In addition a refugium also houses invertebrates such as copepods and amphipods which are food for many reef fishes. Because there are no predators in the refugium these beneficial crustaceans will reproduce and thrive. They will make their way back up to the display aquarium through the water column where they will serve as another food source for the fish and coral.

Dallas Aquarium Maintenance Consultations – Dallas Aquarium Experts

Consultations

We have extensive knowledge and experience and can offer advice, recommendations, and assistance in a variety of circumstances and situations. We can be of assistance if you’re considering upgrading to a bigger tank, downgrading to a smaller one, switching from freshwater to saltwater, etc. Or, if you would simply like a sit-down with an expert for some pointers and help with your current tank, we can certainly help with that as well.

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Aquarium Maintenance & Service, Custom Design, and Aquarium Leasing in Dallas and the surrounding communities

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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.

 

Call us at (469) 450-3900

Stocking a Reef Tank – Dallas Aquarium Maintenance

In order to set up a saltwater reef aquarium the first thing you need to do is make sure it is ecologically balanced. This will help to retain the natural beauty of the ocean because that’s what you are recreating in your home or office. If you overstock the aquarium by putting too many fish in it or add too much variety, it will undermine the eco system you are trying to create. Keep reading to find out all you need to know about stocking the aquarium correctly.

There is no exact science that dictates exactly how to stock the saltwater reef aquarium, but there are general principles that can be followed to make sure it all works out properly. The first factor to be considered is the size of the fish, large fish will occupy more space, eat more and make more waste matter.

With this in mind, the general rule of thumb is 2 inches of fish to every ten gallons of water if the fish are small to medium in size. For the larger fish, go with 1 inch of fish to every 10 gallons of water. For example, you can stock an 80 gallon tank with 16 inches of small fish or 8 inches of large fish.

Aquarium Maintenance in Dallas – Dallas Aquarium Experts

 

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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

Dallas Aquarium Experts offering Services in DFW

A DFW Aquarium Maintenance Service Company, Dallas Aquarium Experts offers the following Aquarium Services in the DFW Metroplex: 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, and DFW 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.

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