OUR TEAM CAN HANDLE ALL OF YOUR AQUARIUM SERVICE NEEDS.
Our in-house design team works directly with our customers to create, deliver and install our small and medium sized Aquarium systems.
Our large aquarium exhibits are complex to design and install. It requires that we work closely with each customer, so that, we can create a project team including: Architects, structural engineers, builders, millworkers, plumbers, electricians and riggers. Together we are able to achieve amazing results in providing some of the largest privately maintained marine exhibits in New England.
We will design your interior decor to incorporate and conceal the life support system plumbing and lighting wires. The silhouetted coral exhibit shown in the CAD drawings to the right is designed to conceal all life support system components.
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Synthetic Coral Reef Systems
If your dream aquarium is full of color, and busy with fish darting in and out of view, then what you want is a full synthetic reef system. Synthetic reef systems are a great alternative to an aquarium with live rock and live corals for many reasons:
Individual Synthetic Coral
We encourage the use of individual synthetic corals in aquariums for many reasons compared to live rock.
Plastic plants are used with in the decor of both freshwater and saltwater aquariums to provide the fish with additional places to hide, to disguise any obvious plumbing, to complement the height and scale of taller exhibits and improve the overall aesthetic of the display.
Freshwater aquariums are typically 80% vegetative plastic plants representing a variety of plant species and 20% decorative rock.
Saltwater aquariums are typically 80% coral and 20% vegetative plastic plants (representing a few plant species) such as kelps and sea grasses to soften the presentation of the coral rock.
Aquarium Life Support Systems
Aquarium Life Support Systems
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 35 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.
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!
Our aquarium life support systems include:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Big or small, we can install them all! Our skilled installation technicians make sure your aquarium system is set up properly from the start. From making sure the aquarium system is level and on an appropriate stand, to plumbing the life support system and installing the light fixtures, we will get your entire system up and running and ready for your initial group of livestock to be swimming around in no time at all.
If you have ever cleaned your own aquarium, you know there are a lot of steps involved for proper aquarium maintenance, and if it is not done correctly, the health of the fish could be impacted. Our professionally trained technicians perform the following tasks during each routine maintenance service to help ensure the health of the fish, the proper operation of the life support equipment and overall appearance of the aquarium system.
Routine aquarium maintenance service includes:
At each service important information is gathered including water chemistry, fish health, and overall life support system performance. This information is collected and entered into the service technicians handheld device and uploaded to the customer account on our company server.
Health Check On Livestock
All of the livestock are assessed for health, including appearance, weight and overall behavior within the community. Any changes in appearance or behavior can indicate a problem which may need immediate attention to prevent disease from spreading or aggressive individuals from wreaking havoc within a community.
Water Quality Analysis
A baseline testing of water parameters is collected at the beginning of each service to allow the technician to assess the existing water quality, which determines how much of a percentage water change should be performed as well as if the system is performing at an optimal rate for the health and longevity of the livestock. Another round of testing is performed at the conclusion of the service to ensure that the aquarium is being left with optimal water quality.
Gravel Vac and Water Change
A portion of the aquarium water is removed and replaced at each service interval to maintain optimal water quality. During this process waste particles (also known as detritus) are from the aquarium gravel bed to promote good water quality.
Cleaning and Inspection of Filtration System
The aquarium filtration system is integral to the overall health of your aquarium. It is not just something that removes particulate from the water. The basic operation of any filtration system also aids in oxygenating the water, keeping the temperature regulated within the entire aquarium system and circulating the aquarium water through the mechanical filter cartridges, chemical filtration media such as activated carbon and the UV sterilizer unit. A properly maintained and functioning filtration system helps ensure the overall health of your fish.
Interior Decor Cleaning
The entire interior of your aquarium is thoroughly cleaned at each service. The interior decor is changed out, the interior walls are wiped down to remove any algae spores and all internal plumbing is cleaned. This helps to ensure that your aquarium system always looks clean and tidy, not covered with green algae.
No guessing about what kind of food to purchase, or how much to feed. We determine what type of food the fish in your community prefer to eat, and calculate the amount of food they should receive at each feeding, then we prepare individually packaged food cups for each feeding. The food cups are stored in your freezer and all you have to do is pop off the top, defrost the food with a little bit of water, pour into the tank and enjoy watching your fish devour their groceries.
Complete Equipment Check
During a routine service your technician checks the entire aquarium system for wear and tear and proper operation. Any repairs which need to be performed or items which are malfunctioning are recorded and proper action will follow either at the following service or as an emergency service call prior to the next scheduled service if it needs immediate attention.
Proactive Equipment Maintenance Package
In addition to Routine Maintenance, we offer a Proactive Equipment Maintenance Package to our clients, in which specific components of the life support equipment are changed out at manufacturer recommended intervals. This helps prevent problems that can arise from ineffective or failed equipment, which may result in the loss of livestock, water leaks and the additional expense of an emergency service call. Visit our Proactive Eqiupment Maintenance Package page to see a comprehensive list of the equipment which is included in this service.
24 hour Emergency Response Service
As part of our service agreement with our clients we offer 24 hour / 7 days a week Emergency Response Service. In the event of an emergency, help is literally just a phone call away!