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Aquarium Life Support Systems

Life support systems under aquarium

The aquarium life support system is the least seen, yet most important element of your aquarium system. At Aqua Vision Tech, we only use commercial quality equipment for our life support systems. While it may cost a little more initially, we feel it is worth the expense for peace of mind that the equipment will perform with as few problems as possible. Over 25 years in the aquarium business has helped us learn what works and what doesn’t, and we constantly strive to improve the longevity of service of our systems. While a cheap pump or filter may save you money in the beginning, if it doesn’t perform or needs to be replaced frequently, you aren’t saving any money in the long run.

Our aquarium life support systems include:

Biological filter

The biological filter is where the waste from the fish is converted by biological activity from highly toxic ammonia to slightly less toxic nitrite and eventually to much less toxic nitrate. The biological system relies on large colonies of nitrifying bacteria to perform this critical process. The bacteria need plenty of surface area to adhere to, and a constant supply of water and oxygen. The biological filter is also where we typically insert activated carbon as a form of chemical filtration method to purify the water so it remains crystal clear.

Mechanical filter

The mechanical filter is where visible particulate matter is mechanically removed from the water, typically by passing through a pleated micron filter cartridge. These filter cartridges come in a wide range of sizes and are changed out at each service interval.

UV Sterilizer

The UV sterilizer is located within the life support system to have water pass through it after it has been biologically and mechanically filtered, prior to being pumped back into the aquarium. As the water passes through the sterilizer unit, it is exposed to the light from the UV bulb contained within. This exposure helps to destroy pathogens, parasites and even free floating algae spores preventing them from colonizing your aquarium and possibly infecting your fish.

Air system

While fish do live in the water, they still require plenty of fresh oxygen to survive and thrive. Including an air system helps to ensure that there is plenty of gas exchange within the aquarium water. It is also a safety net for your fish in the case that a biological filter pump does fail, the air system will help ensure that the fish still have a supply of oxygen while waiting for a new pump to be installed.

Heater or chiller unit

Aquariums are typically stocked with tropical fish, which rely on a fairly steady temperature range of 76-80 degrees F. This is typically maintained by a submersible heater unit alone. In some larger tank applications, which require suitably larger pumps to operate the life support equipment, the use of a fluid chiller may become necessary to control the amount of heat given off by the larger pumps. The chiller units can be programmed to maintain a certain water temperature, regardless of the ambient temperature of the room the aquarium is placed in. Maintaining proper temperature is critical to the health and well being of your fish.

The best life support system in the world won’t help if it is not properly maintained. We offer the Proactive Equipment Maintenance Package to our clients to help ensure that the Life Support System is functioning to the highest standards at all times.

If you have questions about any of the equipment listed above please visit our FAQ page about Life Support Systems. If you are shopping around with other aquarium companies, make sure to ask for a detailed quote listing the specific equipment they will be using. Using cheaper, low end equipment to cut costs could result in big problems and additional costs in the future. Ask us for a free detailed quote today!

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