Saving a Failing Reef Aquarium

It’s always nice for our team to install new aquariums, but it’s equally as satisfying to be given the chance to save a failing reef aquarium.

The Brief

We were contacted by a residential client in Cheshire who had expressed concern that there custom reef aquarium, currently being maintained by another party, was not performing as well as it should. The tank was suffering from nuisance algae growth and corals were dying.

Our Findings

Upon our first visit to view the tank and perform a survey, we found a number of faults with the set up of the aquarium, its water parameters and general cleanliness. The tank was in rather poor condition.

 

Examining the sump filter tank housed below below the aquarium revealed much of the same. There was again excessive detritus waste and a lack of maintenance. The phosphate filter which is designed to reduce algae growth was completely clogged. The protein skimmer which reduces tank nutrients was not functioning at all and very grubby.

To add to the growing list of issues, the aquarium water was at 30 degrees which is dangerous to livestock health and had already caused coral bleaching. Upon testing the waters salinity, we found  it to be far too low.

Desperate action was required to save this tank and so we advised it would need 2 of our technicians a full day to remedy the problems.

Our Actions to Save this Reef Aquarium

We first started by completely cleaning the aquarium panes to remove all algae. With the system turned off this algae would drop to the bottom of the tank. Here it can be siphoned out and we also clean the sand bed and perform a 300 litre water change!

Allowing the algae to settle helps to siphon it out

Next the sump tank is stripped down with all components being removed for a deep clean. The reverse osmosis filter which supplies fresh water to the aquarium requires its filters changing about every 6 months. We change these filters as a matter of course.

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Sump tank is stripped down

This large wall reef aquarium relied on a thermostatic heater to maintain its water temperature. This type of heater is fine for a smaller aquarium provided its changed every 12-18 months. However due to the size and sheer value of this tank a dedicated temperature controller is far more suitable. This controller not only controls our newly installed titanium heater but also a set of cooling fans.

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Job finished!

We are continuing to provide our fish tank maintenance service for this reef twice per month. As time progresses and the tank is serviced it will once again become a fabulous, healthy live coral aquarium.

Please keep an eye on our blogs for future updates.

Tel: 01457511138

Email: info@oceanlifeaquatics.net

Aquarium design

 

Aquarium Services in our Posh Vans!

We’re so pleased to show off our vans with their brand new graphics. Special thanks to Elvir at Cee Graphics for his excellent work sign writing the vans.

Aquarium design, installation and maintenance is what we do and now our vans reflect this too.

A big thank you from Mark (director) to all my clients who have helped my business grow at a speedy rate over the last few years.

Over the next 6 months we have some very exciting aquarium projects in the pipe line, so please keep following our blog for more details.

 

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Aquarium Cleaning For Manchester Children’s Hospital

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.

 

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Fish Tank undergoing Maintenance

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.

 

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The Completed Fish Tank Clean

 

We have many clients that we provide our fish tank maintenance service in Manchester and the surrounding areas.

 

 

 

 

 

Interested in our Aquarium Cleaning Service UK?

Get in touch by calling 01457 511138

or email.

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Fish Tank Cleaning & Maintenance in Derbyshire

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.

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Our bespoke LED lighting rig

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.

 

Interested in our aquarium cleaning service?

Please email or call us on 01457511138

www.oceanlifeaquatics.net

Aquarium Cleaning Service UK

Our Aquarium Cleaning Service UK

Our comprehensive aquarium cleaning service uk will ensure your fish tank sparkles. Whilst also ensuring water quality is perfect for your fish. Specialist aquarium maintenance of both fresh water and salt water aquariums is offered.

No tank is too small or large! Our current clients aquariums range in size from a 30 litre tropical tank to a 2000 litre salt water reef system. Maintenance is available via call out or via contractual agreement. Service intervals are offered weekly, fourtnightly, monthly or bi-monthly. No contract is required for residential clients. However, commercial clients are offered a service contract and service level agreement.

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Aquarium cleaning in Cheshire

We design and build our own aquariums so there’s not much we don’t know about the most complex fish tank set up.

During each visit, our technician may offer advice and suggest if any improvements can be made to your aquarium set up. Additionally, we are able to supply a variety of foods and new livestock.

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Fish tank cleaning in Warrington

Fish Tank Holiday Service

For those clients with busy lifestyles, we are able to hold keys for your house in our secure safe. Therefore 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. Our technicians are then able to call in to check on your fish tank whilst your away. We may even send you a text message letting you know that all is well!

Fish Tank Maintenance in your Area?

Currently we offer aquarium cleaning services in Cheshire, Manchester, Lancashire, Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Tyne and Wear. Please contact us if requiring services in these locations.

Outside of these areas? Please send us an email as we are constantly expanding our service area.

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Tropical fish tank cleaning in Newcastle
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Reef Aquarium Maintenance in Derbyshire

Aquarium Maintenance Rock Decorations

Aquarium Maintenance Rocks

Following recent investment, we have now expanded our range of rock decorations that are used in our aquarium maintenance tanks. During each fish tank service, we can change the rocks and so freshen up the display. Furthermore, these rocks are also available for all our rental fish tanks.

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We cater for all tastes with a vast range of rock and stone. We stock many different sizes or rock as well as colours including black, brown, grey and bright white. All decorations are completely fish safe.

Interested in our aquarium cleaning service or fish tank rental, please contact us.
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Aquarium Cleaning Service

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.
Interested our fish tank cleaning service, or any other aquarium services we offer?
Please contact us
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Built in Wall Fish Tank

We are built in wall fish tank specialists. Having designed and installed hundreds of aquariums ranging in size from 50 litres up to 15,000 litres!

We offer our aquarium design and installation service to both residential and commercial clients. For very large aquaria we have the capacity to build the aquarium on-site within your home or business or deliver the whole tank via lifting apparatus.

Utilising high quality filtration equipment from our many suppliers… and working alongside your architect, structural engineer and other trades ensures the aquarium is a high quality finished product.
And coupled with our fish tank cleaning service, the aquarium will be well taken care of to ensure  a healthy environment for your fish.
If required a turn key service is offered including:

• Aquarium design and installation.
• Aquarium set up and commissioning.
• Addition of livestock at the clients choice.
• Aquarium maintenance contract.

Do you have a design concept for a built in wall fish tank?
Please contact us to discuss your idea.

Aquarium Overhaul

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Aquarium overhaul and re-design in Manchester of this bow front tank for one of our clients. The tank was completely stripped down and fully cleaned before the new decor was added consisting of white cobblestones and Talawa driftwood.