Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do you lease or rent aquariums?
We do not lease or rent tanks or equipment. We only perform custom design/installation of aquariums, as well as maintenance services.

Can I purchase fish from you directly/do you have a retail fish store?
Fish are only provided bundled with our tank maintenance contracts; we do not sell fish directly on an individual basis. We also require that no outside fish be introduced to the aquarium during the duration of the service contracts in order to prevent disease and cohabitation incompatibilities.

 

Which type of tank material is better, Acrylic or Glass?

Acrylic Pros:

  • Stronger and less brittle than glass (less crack/break resistant)

  • Lighter than glass

  • Better insulator than glass (retains more heat)

  • Less visual distortion than glass

  • Clearer than glass

  • Less rigid than glass (easy to drill/customize to a variety of shapes)

  • More durable (tank walls can be much thinner than glass)

Acrylic Cons:

  • More expensive than glass (approximately 20%)

  • Scratches more easily, but can be polished back to a smooth finish


Should I buy a fresh water or salt water display?

Each type of tank has its own advantages, depending on your needs/preferences:

  • Both types have the same maintenance schedules (bi-weekly).

  • Fresh water tanks can hold approximately 50% more fish per gallon.

  • Fresh water fish are hardier overall and more tolerant.

  • Salt water fish have more visual variety (shape, color, type).

  • Salt water fish are more expensive than fresh water varieties; can cost up to four times more than fresh water varieties.

  • Fresh water tanks can have an auto-feeder system installed (convenient for frequent travelers) vs. salt water tanks which require a variety of foods (frozen foods, seaweed strips, pellet food) to be manually fed to the fish and other cohabitants.


Do fish sleep or need rest?
Yes, they have a similar day/night cycle as we do. It's essential to turn aquarium lights off at night so your fish can rest. Note: minimizing light use also helps reduce algae buildup in the tank.

How much and how often should I feed my fish?
Fish should generally be fed twice a day, using the food provided in rotation or in a mix. A general rule of thumb is to give the fish no more than they can eat in  5 - 10 minutes. In general, it's better to under feed than over feed. Uneaten food will rot quickly and pollute the water, raising the nitrate/ammonia levels.

How can I reduce algae build up in my aquarium?
These measures can help to reduce algae growth and build-up in your tank:

   - Reducing the intensity and number of hours of light on the aquarium. Note: turning off tank lights at night also helps your fish rest.
   - Try to minimize/avoid overfeeding. Overfeeding adds extra proteins to the water which act Iike food for algae.
   - Keep aquariums away from windows if possible.

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