A bank holiday provides our company a great opportunity to perform a major strip down service of this custom aquarium.
Located in the normally very busy entrance of Manchester’s children’s hospital. The hospital commissioned our company and we installed this bespoke fish tank over 2 years ago.
In addition to our fish tank installation, we supply an aquarium maintenance contract which provides cleaning of this fish tank twice per month. This keeps the tank in great condition.
However, twice per year, the tank undergoes a major service. Our technicians perform this service which comprises of a large water change, tank strip down, filter clean as well as other repairs that are required. A bank holiday or weekend is a nice quiet time at the hospital allowing us some extra space to perform these works.
We are delighted to be commissioned by Cathelco UK to provide our aquarium maintenance service in Derbyshire.
Cathelco had expressed disappointment that their custom marine aquarium was not performing at its best. Following a visit to view the fish tank, we provided a report stating where improvements could be made. We carried out thorough water testing which revealed that its quality also required significant improvement.
Our aquarium maintenance service in Derbyshire provides exacting standards of fish tank care, as well as reports for our client detailing works carried out.
The tank will now be maintained by our fish tank cleaning service being provided via 4 monthly visits.
Improving the Aquarium
Because the whole tank set up was in poor condition we were left with little choice other than to completely strip the aquarium. All rockwork is removed, thus enabling a complete clean of the entire sand bed.
Whilst the rock was out of the aquarium we clean and remove all traces of hair algae which was plaguing the tank. Hair algae is caused by elevated nutrient levels such as phosphate and nitrate. These levels should be kept as low as possible in a reef aquarium. Phosphate is reduced by using a special type of media. This media absorbs phosphate from the water and is best fluidised so water contact time is increased. Phosphate media is replaced once it’s exhausted.
Nitrate can be reduced by carrying out partial water changes and also by using one of the many bio pellet reactors that can be bought.
Next, the existing tank pumps are removed as these are a real eyesore. We replace these for 4 variable flow pumps that will create strong chaotic wave motion that a reef tank and its inhabitants require. Additionally, this vigorous water flow also helps to flush out uneaten food or other debris so it may be removed by filtration.
We also upgraded the automatic top up unit as the existing unit used suction cups which tend to fail over time. Our unit uses a magnetic float provides a strong reliable fixing.
The tanks lighting was not powerful enough to adequately provide the corals with enough light intensity. Furthermore, the existing lighting was not controllable and so no dawn and dusk effect could be replicated.
We built Cathelco a new bespoke lighting rig which houses 4 very powerful LED lamps. These lamps utilise a wifi signal to link direct to our technicians phone.
From a phone or tablet the lamps can be programmed to slowly increase and decrease light output. The lamp contains a number of different colour leds which specifically cater for the needs of live coral. This kind of bespoke lighting provides not only a sunrise and sunset simulation. But also a powerful midday burst of light replicating a natural reef. Cloud and moonlight functions are options with the latter being a must if attempting to breed marine livestock.
Existing heaters are removed and discarded. These heaters not only looked rather old and showed scorching inside. But left unchecked they would provide a significant threat to the tank if they were to fail.
We installed a new temperature controller and 2 x 300 watt titanium heaters. These heaters are very durable and do not contain their own thermostat, unlike most aquarium heaters on the market. Instead, the heaters are turned on and off by the temperature controller. This has its own temperature probe which can precisely control temperature to within 0.1 of a degree. The controller also has a cooling option where by it will turn on cooling fans during the summer should the temperature rise out of normal range.
The sump filter tank is stripped and cleaned. New phosphate reactors added and also an earth probe. This is vital for electrical safety.
Having undergone a large aquarium service and 300 litre water change this tank is now on the road to recovery.
See below photos of BEFORE and AFTER our services are implemented.
For the Future?
As it continues to improve with our on-going aquarium maintenance service, we will be adding more livestock including both fish and corals. This will bring the tank back to life and once again provide a colourful focal point for all visiting Cathelco UK.
Our comprehensive aquarium cleaning service will keep your fish tank looking clean and ensure water quality is perfect for your fish.
During each visit we will offer advice and suggest if any improvements can be made to your aquarium set up.
Additionally, we are able to bring with us a variety of decoration, foods and new livestock.
By and large, no two fish tanks we clean are ever the same. For this reason our technicians have a wealth of experience and knowledge of different species of livestock, but also types of filtration equipment and lighting. From a simple 50 litre tank using a small internal filter to a 2000 litre coral reef tank with a complex life support filter system.
Our Services Include:
Cleaning of your aquarium panels (glass or acrylic).
Filter clean – internal/external filter or sump based filter.
Water pump strip down clean.
Water changing (freshwater or salt water). As part of a water change we will also remove waste from your substrate, it being either sand or gravel.
Water testing (freshwater or saltwater).
Replacement of decoration – we hold a vast stock of artificial plants and natural rocks / woods.
Pruning of live plants or corals.
Introduction of new livestock. All our livestock is held in our own quarantine facility.
General check up of the entire aquarium to include inspection of livestock and equipment. Recommendations and advice given to improve the fish tank.
If using our fish tank cleaning service on a regular basis, we record and hold a diary of works carried out for the aquarium. This also becomes a useful tool as a reference to monitor water parameters over a period of time.
Not at home most days OR going on holiday?
For those clients with busy lifestyles, we are able to hold keys for your house or workplace in our secure safe. This means we don’t require anyone to be home to be able to service the aquarium. This service is particularly helpful if you have holidays planned as our technicians are then able to call in to check on your fish tank whilst your away, giving peace of mind.
Ocean Life Aquatics provide a high quality aquarium service throughout Manchester and surrounding areas. We also cover Cheshire, Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Newcastle upon Tyne. Not located in these areas? Please email us with your location and requirements.
Our fish tank maintenance service in Cheshire, today servicing a phone box fish tank!
This client initially contacted us to see it we could provide our fish tank maintenance service in Cheshire. They had requested that it was urgency as they thought their filter was not working. We have many clients in Cheshire and so were able to act quickly to arrange an appointment to service this aquarium.
Upon arrival we diagnosed that the filter was still operating but it was quite badly clogged up with tank detritus, and thus it’s water flow was very reduced. After a filter clean and water change there was an instant visual improvement in the fish as they were a lot more active.
Maintaining a clean filter is very important for the health of your fish as the filter is mainly responsible for processing the fish’s waste products.
If your filter becomes clogged with a build up of fish waste it not only looses water flow and cannot process enough water. But also the filter media within it looses its surface area which bacteria live on. These bacterias are vital in processing fish waste products.
When cleaning your filter, never use tap water to clean your filter media’s. Chlorine in tap water will kill these bacteria so always use tank water to clean your media. Additionally, if your filter has a pump, you should clean out the pumps impeller assembly as these often become dirty and this results in a loss of flow.
Our fish tank maintenance service in Cheshire is available to both residential and commercial clients. We have the expertise to maintain cold water, tropical or marine aquariums of any size.
Our first job of the week. Cleaning this large custom aquarium at a school in Leeds. This is an acrylic fish tank which makes it extremely tough and robust.
However, even though acrylic is more durable than glass, it is also softer than glass. This downside means it can be prone to scratching easily if not cleaned with the correct techniques.
We clean all our acrylic tanks with algae magnets, sponges and pads which are designed for use on acrylic. These are usually made of a softer material. Its recommended that you rinse your cleaning magnet/pad regularly whilst performing cleaning as even a build up of algae may cause light scratching.
For taking time and care of cleaning your acrylic tank, is the reward of seeing it sparkle with transparency that glass cannot replicate.
Small acrylic tanks are more costly than similar sized glass tanks. With larger acrylic tanks sometimes being more cost effective.
We can supply acrylic tanks of most shapes and sizes.
Please contact us with any design or idea you may have.