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Innovation in Mechanical Filtration https://ccaquariumservice.com/innovation-mechanical-filtration/ Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:32:50 +0000 http://ccaquariumservice.com/?p=718 Aquarium Service Professionals Reports: It seems as though every week aquarium enthusiasts are reading about the latest and greatest new gadget. LED lighting with more and more control, macro algae reactors, DC pumps, robotic aquarium cleaners, you name it! Innovations not only drive the industry, but they often provide energy savings and most importantly of…

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It seems as though every week aquarium enthusiasts are reading about the latest and greatest new gadget. LED lighting with more and more control, macro algae reactors, DC pumps, robotic aquarium cleaners, you name it!

Innovations not only drive the industry, but they often provide energy savings and most importantly of all, THEY CREATE A HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR FISH TO THRIVE IN.

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While most aspects of aquarium technology have changed, there is one area that has remained stagnant…Mechanical Filtration. Since the early days, people have used some sort of porous material, inserted into the filter by hand, to remove waste from the aquarium. Cotton, filter floss, filter socks. The problem with this archaic system is that until the material is changed, the waste remains in the aquarium, polluting your water.

But what if there were a hands-off method of filtering waste- Mechanical filtration that has the ability to automatically change itself when it becomes clogged with particulates?

Without further ado, let me introduce you to the exciting world of the FILTER ROLL!

The filter roll is essentially a roll of thin fleece attached to a motor. The water from your tank pours through the fleece removing unwanted waste. Where the motor comes in is what really makes this exciting. A sensor detects when the fleece has reached its capacity, automatically rolling out new material and removing the trapped waste from your water.

Some of you may be saying, “We have seen it before,” and you’re right. The first filter rolls hit the market 5 years ago. The downside was their bulkiness and price point. Soon after, another company released a smaller version, more suitable for the aquarium, but still the price at $1000.00 was more than most people wanted to spend.

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Today however, we are seeing more and more companies creating new and exciting variations. ClariSea for instance has released a new filter roll which achieves everything from an affordable price to a compact size which seems to be able to be integrated into a customers current sump.

All innovation in the aquarium industry is exciting, but I think we all can agree that this particular update in technology is a little more exciting than the usual!

We at Aquarium Service Professionals are currently testing several different models and will soon be integrating them into our aquarium maintenance business.

We at Aquarium Service Professionals truly hope that you found this report interesting. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

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Aquarium Service Pros- Aquarium Maintenance Tip from the Pros https://ccaquariumservice.com/aquarium-service-pros-aquarium-maintenance-tip-pros/ Fri, 04 Nov 2016 19:32:32 +0000 http://ccaquariumservice.com/?p=347 This weeks Aquarium Maintenance Tip is going to focus on the mysterious world of the refugium. If you own a saltwater aquarium, you have probably heard the word, but what is it and what benefits will adding one to your system bring? Let’s start with what a refugium is. A refugium is basically an area…

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This weeks Aquarium Maintenance Tip is going to focus on the mysterious world of the refugium.

If ycentral-nj-aquarium-service-tips-chaetoou own a saltwater aquarium, you have probably heard the word, but what is it and what benefits will adding one to your system bring?

Let’s start with what a refugium is.

A refugium is basically an area that can be located on the back of your aquarium, in a compartment in your sump or in an aquarium attached to your system. Usually, a refugium is used as an area to grow macro-algae or to store extra live rock or rock rubble. Refugiums can also be used to store other things, but let’s stick to the basics in this article.

So why would you want to store macroalgae or rock rubble in a separate area of your tank?

Macroalgae, under the correct lighting, can grow at a remarkable rate. In order for macro algae to grow, it needs a source of nitrogen, and it finds this source through every aquarists worst enemy…Nitrate.

By growing Macroalgae, you are reducing the level of nitrate in your aquarium and thus reducing the number of nuisance algae that you have to look at in your main display aquarium.

But that’s not all!!

If you set the lights on you refugium to go on around the same time that you set the lights on your display tank to shut off, you actually will be keeping your pH stable. But how is this possible? Well, during the day when the lights in your aquarium are on, anything that’s utilizing photosynthesis is actually sucking up CO2 and thus raising the pH of your water. When the lights go out, and photosynthesis ends, CO2 begins to build up…and since CO2 is acidic, the pH in your aquarium goes down…coral doesn’t like this.

So by setting your refugium to go on at night, you are still allowing photosynthesis to take place, and theaquarium-service-central-nj-tips-refugiumrefore you are still keeping your pH at a stable level.

Common macro algaes to add include chaeto algae and caulerpa. As these algaes grow, you will need to periodically rip them in half and remove the excess to allow further growth.

One last benefit of a refugium is that they allow an area for live foods such as copepods and amphipods to thrive away from the hungry jaws of fish. This will create a constant flow of live food to run into your main tank thus providing your fish with the most nutritious food they can get.

We at Aquarium Service Professionals truly hope that you found this weeks Aquarium Maintenance Tip from the Pros helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Contact our  central NJ Aquarium Service Professionals to set up a consultation today. Servicing North Bergen, East Orange, Newark, and the entire Tri-State area

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Aquarium Care Services- Tips from the pros https://ccaquariumservice.com/aquarium-care-tips-from-the-pros/ Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:42:33 +0000 http://ccaquariumservice.com/?p=163 This week’s aquarium care tip is going to focus on one of the most frustrating issues when owning an aquarium- Algae. 5 Aquarium Care Tips to combat algae Running an aquarium maintenance service business, we get asked a lot of questions regarding algae. Most commonly, “is algae dangerous to my fish?” and, “what causes algae?”…

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Central NJ Aquarium Care ServiceThis week’s aquarium care tip is going to focus on one of the most frustrating issues when owning an aquarium- Algae.

5 Aquarium Care Tips to combat algae

Running an aquarium maintenance service business, we get asked a lot of questions regarding algae. Most commonly, “is algae dangerous to my fish?” and, “what causes algae?” While we will get into the details of its causes in the tips below, we would like to squash one myth right off the bat- MOST ALGAE IS NOT DANGEROUS TO FISH.

In fact, while very unsightly, algae actually does many beneficial things inside of aquariums. Its benefits include: providing food to certain fish, providing oxygen to the tank, and removing unwanted organics (waste) from the water.

That being said, nobody wants to see a glowing glass box of GREEN!

So here are some tips to keep your tank looking sparkly clean:

Water change, Water change, Water Change

The importance of regular water changes cannot be stated enough. Food and fish waste builds up between water changes most of which ends up in either your filter or your gravel. This waste ultimately ends up as Nitrate, and Nitrate is a prime food source for alage.  This is why changing 25-40 percent of your water on at least once a month is so important.

When changing your water, you should not just remove the water. Instead, purchase a gravel vacuum from a local pet store which will allow you to simultaneously remove water as well as the waste hidden in the gravel.

Change your filter material

A common misconception is that a filter removes waste from your system. This is not the truth. In actuality, filters grab and hold waste. Any waste a filter grabs is still in the system until the filter is cleaned out. Just like the waste in the gravel, this waste is turning into nitrates and nitrate is feeding algae.

Most filter material can be rinsed clean a couple times before needing to be replaced. Change or rinse your filter material ideally once a week, but if that is not practical for you, make sure to do It after performing your water change.

Phosphate

Like Nitrate, phosphate is another major food source for algae. Phosphate generally enters a tank from one of two sources. Either it comes in from your tap water, or from food. Most flake and pellet foods contain high levels of phosphate. Any uneaten food will release phosphate into your aquarium.

If your tap water is the problem, consider purchasing a reverse osmosis filtration system. A small unit can be purchased at your local fish store at a very reasonable price.

If you happen to have a lot of fish, or are unable to purchase a reverse osmosis system, use Granular Ferric Oxide or GFO. GFO removes phosphate from water and can be purchased at your local pet store and added to your filter in a mesh filter bag. We often use GFO in tanks with very bad algae issues and the results can be amazing.

Don’t Over Feed

The general rule with feeding is to feed once a day. Judge the amount by feeding a small amount at a time. If after two minutes, you still see uneaten food floating around, you have overfed. Net this uneaten food out, and reduce the amount on your next feeding. Pretty soon, you will know just the right amount to add every time.

Light

Without light, algae cannot grow. Unfortunately, people want to see their fish so nixing the light is usually not the solution. That being said, very often people new to the hobby will run their lights a lot more than they should.

Lights should be turned on no more than 8 hours a day, preferably less. An easy solution to controlling the amount of light is to purchase an inexpensive timer from your local hardware store. Set the time you want the lights to turn on an off and you are good to go.

We usually recommend to our clients that they keep the lights off when they are at work and have them set to come on around the time they will be home. This limits the amount of light during the day and can drastically reduce the amount of algae between service visits.

Bulb choice also matters. Choose lights that are bluer, rather than yellow, as algae prefers to use light in the yellow spectrum to grow. Look for lights that say 50/50 or 20k. Also, change your bulbs once a year.

Algae can be frustrating, but with a little knowledge under your belt and the willingness to do a little work, it should never be an issue. We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s Aquarium Care Tip!

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Aquarium Cleaning Service- How to choose the right company. https://ccaquariumservice.com/aquarium-cleaning-service-choose-right-company/ Fri, 02 Sep 2016 17:55:56 +0000 http://ccaquariumservice.com/?p=173 Google Aquarium Cleaning Service and you will see a list of companies in your local area. The goal is simple. You want to choose a company that gives you the cleanest, healthiest aquarium for your money. But with all those choices, how do you know who will provide it? Aquarium Cleaning Service- Tips to Choose…

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Aquarium Cleaning ServiceGoogle Aquarium Cleaning Service and you will see a list of companies in your local area. The goal is simple. You want to choose a company that gives you the cleanest, healthiest aquarium for your money. But with all those choices, how do you know who will provide it?

Aquarium Cleaning Service- Tips to Choose the Right Company

Compare prices

You want to know the going rate for aquarium service in your city or state. Choose a company that’s priced somewhere in the middle. Amateur companies will often advertise at a low rate, but fail to deliver the quality and bells and whistles that more established companies bring to the table.

Other companies overcharge for seemingly no reason at all.

Ask what is included

Know beforehand if the price quoted includes supplies such as filter material, salt water, swapping plants and adding chemicals.

Choose a local company

Make sure you choose an aquarium cleaning company that is going to be there quickly when things go wrong. If you come home to find your beloved fish gasping for air at the top of the aquarium, you’re going to need someone there as quickly as possible. Choose a company that can promise you quick service in case of emergency.

References

We get new clients all the time who have spent countless amounts of money on years of horrible service. After seeing our work, they can’t believe the difference in quality.

Don’t spend money and time unknowingly receiving poor service. Make sure you receive a list of references and call as many as you can.

Aquarium Cleaning Service Central NJChoosing the right aquarium cleaning service can be a daunting task, but if you use the tips provided above, you should be able to find a perfect mix of affordability, reliability, and quality.

Contact Aquarium Service Professionals to set up a consultation today. Servicing Morristown, Bernardsville, Basking Ridge, and the Tri-State area

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