Considerations for Aquarium Installation

Aquariums are known to be a wonderful hobby; they provide us with hours of restful and beautiful entertainment. They can also be an excellent way for kids to learn about ecosystems, plus they can help in relieving everyday life stress. Continue reading “Considerations for Aquarium Installation”

What an In Wall Fish Tank Can Bring To Your Home

If there is one of the most beautiful and extraordinary structure you can have in a house, then it is an In-Wall Fish Tank. In fact, it is always recommendable to utilise the spaces available. However, most people don’t take the wall to serve any other service. Continue reading “What an In Wall Fish Tank Can Bring To Your Home”

Saltwater Coral Fish Tank in Cheshire

APRIL 2018 UPDATE: Commissioned by a residential client to build them a custom reef aquarium, this saltwater coral fish tank in Cheshire was  installed in early 2016.

Since the aquarium installation, we have provided our fish tank maintenance service once per month. Ensuring the tank has grown well, guiding our client and giving advice when required.

 

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The newly installed aquarium in 2016

This marine aquarium contains mostly hard corals which can be tricky to grow. However, with the use of specialist filtration it’s possible to grow these brightly coloured corals with great success. Once they are growing strongly it’s possible to take cuttings from the parent coral. These fragments can be used to start new colony’s in the aquarium or even sold to other hobbyists.

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Now in April 2018 the tank is filled with life.

Even though this marine aquarium installation is more complex than an average tank, the basic rules of a happy reef fish tank are still followed:
• Stable water chemistry
• Stable water temperature of 25 degrees.
• Vigorous water flow, here provided by pulse flow pumps.
• Strong lighting provided by AI Hydra LED lamps.
• Regular water testing.

However, these corals also require a little extra care when it comes to water chemistry as alkalinity, calcium and magnesium levels also require monitoring. This was the one of the reasons our client employed our aquarium cleaning service.
We carry precise testing equipment for both freshwater and saltwater tanks. We can also send water samples for laboratory testing if required.

As this bespoke tank has grown we have provided on-going advice to our client on new advances in the hobby. As fish keeping technology moves on so does new filtration equipment and techniques. Therefore, all of our fish tank maintenance clients will at some point be offered upgrades for their aquariums. We only offer an upgrade where we see it will make a significant improvement to a tank and it’s livestock.

Contact us for more information on our fish tank services including:
• Fish tank building and installation.
Fish tank cleaning service.

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Email – info@oceanlifeaquatics.net

Call – 01457511138

What to Consider in Aquarium Design

Aquariums are beautiful inclusions in a house or an event. They serve both as educational and entertainment option, especially for children as well as those new to the marine system. They are also used for research and enhancing roles. However, designing an aquarium requires proper planning and decision on where to have it. The following are the significant factors to consider when designing an aquarium.

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Aquarium Rental Service

Providing our aquarium rental service to MRH Solicitors in Bolton, Greater Manchester.

During a complete office renovation, this company requested a fish tank rental that had a small footprint. So we advised one of our column aquariums would be perfect fit for them.

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Fish tank rental tropical theme

The finished aquarium rental contains tropical fish and is themed to suit the offices decor. An automatic feeder is installed to feed the fish twice per day. Lighting is via a white LED lamp which is automated to illuminate the tank during office hours.

Column fish tank rental

The tank is maintained once per month via our aquarium cleaning service. This service is provided as part of the fish tank rental package.

All our aquarium rentals are provided and maintained via a fixed monthly fee.

 

Commercial fish tank

We offer a range of fish tank sizes and styles available for hire.
Interested in our aquarium rental service. Would you like your own hassle free fish tank?

Please email us or call.

info@oceanlifeaquatics.net

Tel: 01457511138

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Manchester Fish Tank Rental

We have the following Manchester fish tank rental available on a special offer. Contact us or call 01457 511 138 now to have this aquarium installed at your home or workplace. Only 1 remaining at £69 per month!

 

All our aquarium rentals include:

* Aquarium installation.

* Tropical fish and automatic fish feeder.

* Professional maintenance service to keep your rental tank clean and healthy.

* 12 month rental contract.

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What an Aquarium can bring to your office environment

An aquarium fish tank installation can totally transform your your office. Once in place, it will bring numerous benefits with it. Here are four advantages that an aquarium installation can bring to your office environment.

  1. Variety

The movements of colourful fish, the waving of luscious green weeds, and even the bubbling motion of the water through the aquarium filter will all help to add a sense of variety to your office environment. If you place the aquarium in a spot where clients or other people will be waiting – such as your office’s lobby – this varied aquatic environment will give them something interesting to look at and significantly reduce the possibility that they will become frustrated or bored if they need to wait to be seen for any reason.

  1. A personal touch

There is something very individual about an aquarium – it helps to add a sense of personality to any office. Giving your aquarium fish names, or adding a few quirky decorations into the aquarium will enable you to show off a more creative side to your office’s personality.

  1. A positive brand image

A clean and well kept aquarium will help to project a very positive image for your brand or company because it will show that you care. Many psychological studies have found that we tend to associate animal lovers and people with cherished pets with good qualities such as kindness, empathy, caring, and a sociable and down to earth attitude. These are certainly qualities that you would like to have associated with your company, too. In order to ensure that you project this advantageous image, though, it is crucial to ensure that your aquarium installation is kept in excellent condition, filled with clear water and healthy and happy fish.

  1. Keeping your staff happy

The presence of animals in any workplace environment has been shown to increase the happiness of the staff. Similar positive effects have also been found in schools and universities, where therapy dogs or other special therapy animals have been used to help to calm down students feeling stressed out during the exam period. An aquarium installed in your office will help to calm the people working there, and dissipate any stress amongst the workforce. Similar effects are experienced when office buildings provide their staff with a beautiful natural view – this is part of the power of nature: it is able to calm our minds as we are working.

Time to consider an aquarium for your office?

The list above is by no means exhaustive: there are many other advantages that an aquarium can bring to your office environment. If you have been looking for ways to transform your work space, an aquarium could well be the perfect solution. Start exploring options, choosing fish and aquarium designs today – and make sure that you have someone to care for the aquarium too.

Leeds Fish Tank Rental

Our latest Leeds fish tank rental. We performed this hexagonal column aquarium install just this week, fish will be added next week once the tank has settled.

Leeds Fish Tank Rental

We have already installed a large acrylic aquarium for his client which has an aquarium cleaning contract coupled with it. Therefore, when they requested that another fish tank was required in their reception area we were able to act quickly to install this tank within just a few days.

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Yorkshire fish tank rental

The Aquarium Rental

This hexagonal tank is a complete system with all filtration mounted within the hood. All our rental fish tanks are modified in our workshop prior to installation to improve their overall look and performance. This tank has an automatic feeding system and also automated lighting. This leaves the client with no responsibilities whatsoever.

Our fish tank hire service includes the complete aquarium, livestock and also maintenance service for a single monthly fee. Our rental aquariums are great for schools, hospitals, dentists, company receptions etc. We also offer our hire service to residential clients.

Fish Tank Hire Areas

We currently offer our aquarium rental service in Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire, Derbyshire, Yorkshire, County Durham and Tyne and Wear.

 

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Interested in having your own rented fish tank?

Please call:

01457511138

or email here

 

 

 

 

 

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Office In Wall Reef Aquarium

UPDATE of our 3rd floor office in wall reef aquarium build.

This project began with hoisting the tanks glass panels and metal support frame up to the top floor of our clients offices, currently undergoing refurbishment. This bespoke aquarium would be located between the 2 directors offices giving both a great view. As well as one side facing into the office lobby area providing a view straight down the tank.

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Aquarium cabinet going up!

The Tank Build

Once the panels and supporting steel frame were safely deposited, the next step is to position the frame (which was welded to the floor!) and build the aquarium. Our team performed this aquarium on-site build over a 2 day period and did a great job.

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We built this aquarium onsite

A larger tank was first proposed by the client, however it was eventually approved by the structural surveyor that a long x deep x high tank, complete with sump filter would be feasible and the floor was up to the job of holding this heavy load. A series of RSJ’s were put in place to add further strength before we commenced with the tank build.

Bespoke Reef Filter System

With the display tank and sump tanks now in position, we started installing the necessary high end filtration system that would be filter and support the tanks livestock. Before starting any project, we produce a custom aquarium design and filter system. Various calculations need to be performed such as, display and sump tank flow rates, organic load, water displacement etc.

The custom filtration system comprises of some of the very latest equipment to come on the market. It incorporates an automatic top up and water change system, trace element dosing unit and an algae reduction light reactor. This algal reactor reduces organics by growing macro algae, and thus effectively utilising nutrients that might be used by a unsightly nuisance algae. It’s the very same principle that a good pond design utilises – growing plants around and within the pond use up nutrients to keep water clean and healthy.

Fish tank filter design

Another aspect of this bespoke aquarium is the use of closed loop pumps to provide the main wave like flow within the tank. These Vectra pumps and plumbed directly to the underside of the aquarium and suck water in from here. The water then enters the pumps and is discharged back to the tank near the top corners. These pumps have a variable flow option which means they will run at 30% power for 20 seconds and then 100% power for 20 seconds. An added bonus is they are App controlled and so work together to pulse flow alternately. This creates excellent turbulent water flow that marine fish and corals thrive on. In the evening the pumps enter a night time mode and only provide a gentle flow to allow livestock to relax.

Additionally, together with the automation already in place, we added an automated cleaning system to the filters large protein skimmer. A protein skimmer removes organics from the water which results in the collection of a dark liquid in the skimmers collection cup. A skimmer is at its most efficient when kept clean. Therefore, the auto cleaning unit is programmed to remove and flush away organic deposits once  per day. Without this unit, the skimmer may be left for days without being manually cleaned which results in a drop in its effectiveness.

Reef Tank Aquascape and Stocking

We decided to keep this Aquascape simple as the tank is only 50cm deep but also taking into acccount the view both company directors willh have when sat in their offices. A combination of Real Reef rock and live coral sand is used to create the foundation which we would be adding live coral too.

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Once a stable foundation is built and the tank has bedded in for a couple of weeks we are able to start adding the first pieces of livestock.

Various soft and hard corals are placed into the structure and cemented in place. At this point, we program the lighting which is the very latest generation LED lamp from D&D The Aquarium Solution. We have installed 6 x Hydra52hd lamps above this tank which will provide more than enough light for both soft and hard corals.

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Latest spec Hydra52 light

Programming is a quick and easy as the lamps link directly to a phone or tablet via an App. Due to the tank being immature, lighting is kept at a low level so as to avoid unnecessary algal blooms which often plague new aquarium set ups.

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First live corals added.

We will be continuing to stock this office in wall reef aquarium up to Christmas and into the new year. Please keep an eye on our blog for further updates.

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Like the idea of having your own home or office in wall reef aquarium?

Please contact us here or call 01457511138

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What Products Do I Need for An Aquarium?

How To Create A Successful Aquarium

Setting up an aquarium for the first time can be a daunting task. Research is key to deciding which aquarium products are necessary for the health of the fish. Other considerations to take into account are the type of fish you intend to keep, how much space is required, and last but not least, your budget. Follow our suggestions below to create your first aquarium.

Choosing Your Aquarium

The aquarium itself is the most significant purchase, and you should try and buy the largest you can afford to allow more surface area and swimming space. The size of your room is always a consideration, but smaller aquariums can be found, holding as little as seven litres of water. A stand is essential, particularly if you have a glass tank as they are much more substantial than acrylic models. You may need to buy the hood separately. It should cover the aquarium tightly to prevent the fish from escaping, and it will help to reduce evaporation.

The Essential Kit

Other essential aquarium products include lighting, filtration and heat, all necessary to protect the health of your fish. The light may be included with the lid or may be purchased separately. There are different options including fluorescent, halogen and incandescent. As a beginner, the most straightforward choice is to use fluorescent bulbs as they are cooler and cheaper to run. The filtration system is essential, and the filter must be the appropriate size for the tank. The system should ideally have a flow rate that allows it to filter the water four times per hour. A heater will be necessary to maintain a temperature of approximately 77°F. A submersible model will have a numerical setting that is easy to read.

Extras To Consider

The rest of the kit you will need is the smaller items but will keep your fish healthier and happier. Thermometers are relatively inexpensive. Substrate is the material used on the bottom of the aquarium and helps the filtration process and has a positive effect on the water chemistry. You will also need a good quality, medium sized net for catching the fish.

Leave It To The Professionals

If all this seems a bit too much, why not leave it to the experts? We can arrange professional fish tank installation and an ongoing maintenance service. Please contact us for more details.