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Do Custom Fish Tanks Need to Be Bigger?

Monday, September 14th, 2015

 

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We put in a good number of custom fish tanks…some people ask us whether custom tanks have to be bigger … and require more work?

It’s a great question and this is a little misunderstood but custom tanks do not have to be really big. In fact a big trend these days is to have something called a nano tank, which is anything from 5 gallons to 20 gallons. They fit on a desk top but from a maintenance point of view, because they are so small, when something starts to go wrong, it goes wrong very quickly.

It’s a little counter intuitive but these smaller tanks need nearly constant attention but are perfect for hobbyists who like to work on their tank every day. However if you only want to do periodic cleaning, testing, and water changes, do not get a nano tank.

however for the larger aquariums, we recommend putting in 2 separate filtration systems, so that you can avoid any kind of emergency situation. For example, if a pump dies, the other will still be running, so you maintain the filtering and the oxygen levels, without which you will end up with dead fish. Also in larger tanks, we’ll put in a battery operated air pump, which automatically turns on if the power goes out. This is run by two double D batteries, which will keep the fish supplied with oxygen for at least a couple of days.

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Get the Custom Fish Tank You Want and Love!

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

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As the local custom fish tank experts, we get inquiries asking us how to get started with a new custom aquarium.

Well there is a lot to think about such as location, size of the fish tank, tank material, aquarium fish compatibility, accessibility, ease of cleaning etc.

Given the complexity, a good way to do it would be to talk to a professional like Fish Works and take advantage of our free consultation for your home or office. That way you will know you have all the bases covered.  No pressure to use us … but naturally we hope you will.

Here are some of the areas we will cover:

We talk to you about your goals. Whether you want to have a fresh water or salt water aquarium and just how big you want it to be.

We will look at the space you’re thinking about putting the tank. Most of the time the location is fine but sometimes there are things that probably aren’t going to work such as being too close to the TV, blocking a window or there’s no accessible electrical outlet.

We discuss glass or acrylic. For smaller tanks we will generally recommend glass tanks, since they’re standard and aren’t going to cost crazy amounts of money. If it’s a larger tank, we recommend going with acrylic. Acrylic is fused together and that’s important as you don’t want to run the risk of any of the seams coming apart. Acrylic is also stronger because it’s slightly malleable. It gives a little bit, whereas glass is rigid and is less able to withstand stress.

Acrylic is also a better insulator, so you have less temperature fluctuations which can affect the tank ecosystem. The density of the acrylic is also closer to that of water, so you get a better view with less distortion through acrylic than you would through glass.  Lots to think about and that’s just the tank material.

We’ll then put together a quote based on what we  discussed and we’ll get working if you like what you see..

We do everything from small, standard 10 gallon tanks to custom tanks with hundreds of gallons. Everybody’s a little different in what they need so one size does not fit all.  Ultimately we create the perfect aquarium based on what you want.

We also specialize in aquarium maintenance which takes all that work off your hands while making your aquarium look beautiful.

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Aquarium Maintenance Tips: How to Get Started with an Aquarium or Fish Tank

Friday, August 21st, 2015

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We are aquarium maintenance and custom fish tank experts and we are often asked what is the best way to get started with a  fish tank.   Our best advice is to start slowly.

The temptation is to run out and get everything immediately for your fish tank but slower is better. The tank needs time to get established, for the proper bacteria to grow. Do not buy a million chemicals and pieces of equipment. It is better to let the tank cycle through naturally. A reliable filter with good carbon and a plan for regular monthly maintenance and cleaning is how you should start out.

It may also be easier to start with a larger tank. Larger tanks are more stable in terms of temperature and water chemistry and also give your fish more room so there is no overcrowding … however they can be a challenge to clean, so make sure you have the proper cleaning equipment to make the task easier and easy access to the tank.
A bigger tank means more hiding places and that generally means the more your fish will come out. Sounds totally backwards but if each fish has its own spot to call “home” they become more comfortable and will stay out in the open more and be much less stressed. Less stress means healthier fish…and a happier owner :)

Our job is to keep aquariums looking great and the tank owner can sit back and let us do all the work to properly clean and maintain the aquarium.

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Custom Fish Tanks: What to consider when deciding

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

What do you need to think about if considering a custom fish tank?

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We do a lot of aquarium maintenance and custom fish tank work…its our job. People ask us “What should I be thinking about if I’m considering a custom fish tank?”

There are quite a few factors you need to take into account such as the size, the location and its accessibility. If it’s going to be a large tank over 180 gallons we always look at the floor. Fresh water weighs about 8 pounds per gallon, salt water weighs just under 10. So a 100 gallon tank is going to weigh about 1000 pounds which is not a lot of weight as that’s the equivalent of 6 people sitting together for dinner. However, over 180 gallons, a structural engineer needs to check the floor to be sure it’s going to hold the weight. It can depend on which way the beams are running and the support structure underneath.

We talk about the choice of glass or acrylic. For smaller tanks we will generally go with glass tanks, since they’re standard and aren’t going to cost crazy amounts of money. If it’s a larger tank, we recommend going with acrylic. Acrylic is fused together and that’s important as you don’t want to run the risk of any of the seams coming apart. Acrylic is also stronger because it’s slightly malleable. It gives a little bit, whereas glass is rigid and bends very little and is less able to withstand any stress. Acrylic is also a better insulator, so you have less temperature fluctuations which can affect the tank ecosystem. The density of the acrylic is also closer to that of water, so you get a better view with less distortion through acrylic than you would through glass.

You start out with a choice between fresh water and salt water and we can guide you on the pro’s and con’s. Reef tanks are a big trend right now, reef tanks are living coral, which requires you to take better care of the tank ecosystem as you have to be a little bit more careful with everything that you’re doing.

If you’re looking to do a salt water reef tank, you should be looking at a tank of at least 55 gallons. That’s not a
huge tank but that’s going to need more regular maintenance as the corals are more sensitive to their environment than the fish.

We help relive owners of any of the work needed to properly clean and maintain the aquarium. Please comment, like and share this video to help more people find this information.

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A Custom Aquarium and Tank Install is More Affordable than You Think

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

A custom aquarium is an option if you have an unusual space or want an in wall aquarium or even a room separator aquarium.  A standard tank install may fit but it is unlikely to be the best solution.  So as an alternative many homes and businesses now look at is custom aquariums.  The good news is that they are more affordable than you think whether you are looking at a freshwater aquarium, a saltwater aquarium, a pet aquarium, a reef tank or reef aquarium, a coral aquarium or any kind of fish aquarium.

A custom aquarium is likely to cost more than a standard aquarium because you are paying for a unique design.  However quite often the larger the tank the less the premium is likely to be. A custom 150 gallon tank would be more than a standard 150 gallon tank but not outrageously so.  However there are decisions that could break a budget. The best idea is to consult an expert who can advise you on these critical issues.  Say for example you want a 32” tank rather than a 30” tank.  The expert can tell you that this 2” difference will add significantly to the cost due to the need for thicker acrylic.

Here are some of the factors that a custom aquarium installer will discuss with you.  Where you want to put the aquarium as this will dictate size, shape and ultimately costs.  The space itself should not vary in temperature significantly due to heating, air conditioning or too much direct sunlight.  The plants and fish will need light but it could be natural light, artificial light or a combination.  An aquarium is heavy even without the gravel and accessories as just the water weighs 8.3lbs per gallon so you need to ensure the floor has enough support.  You’ll need an electrical outlet for the lights, filters and pumps and you’ll have to allow space so that you can walk around the tank and do the aquarium maintenance or cleaning. How high the tank should be is based on how people will view the tank.  If seated a 30 inch stand may be best but it should be raised if you are more likely to be standing.

A major benefit to a custom aquarium is that you can set it up just the way you want it with all the extra’s you want. So you could have special features added and holes drilled in the exact areas you want. It’s one reason why I like acrylic tanks as they are easier to work with.  Rather than assume the cost is out of reach I would recommend at least getting a quote — in return you could get the fish aquarium of your dreams.

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Custom Aquarium installations

Friday, July 30th, 2010

We specialize in custom installations but do lots of standard off the shelf installations for both homes and businesses.

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Expert Aquarium Maintenance and Custom Aquariums

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Fish Works was founded in 1990 based on a love of aquariums, fish and “creating living pictures for customers”.

With over 75 years of combined industry involvement, all Fish Works personnel have extensive experience in the care, health and compatibility of marine life in freshwater and salt water aquariums.

This blog will provide tips tricks and help for people who are considering having their freshwater or salt water aquariums cleaned or maintained or if you are looking at installing a fish tank or pet aquarium in your home or business.

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