Frequently asked questions
What will I have to do between your visits to maintain my new aquarium?
Many of our tanks are self-sustaining. You shouldn’t ever have to do anything to the tank except enjoy it.
How long do I have to wait before I can add fish?
We are able to add fish right away because we start with a pre-conditioned filter media. However, it is still a good idea to wait a little while so that we know all of the new equipment is functioning correctly. And even with the pre-conditioned filter media fish should be added gradually over the course of a couple months.
Can I start out with ‘big’ fish?
We prefer to stock tanks with medium and small community fish to begin with. Larger fish are generally more territorial, move decorations, and have more specialized feeding requirements.
What about algae growth?
During the first few months your new aquarium will grow more algae and/or diatoms. As things begin to balance the algae growth in between visits should decrease.
Any direct sunlight will increase algae growth dramatically; therefore, we suggest any windows near the aquarium have blinds or tinting. You may also notice more algae during certain times of the year because of the changing angle of the sun.