East Coast Aquarium Design FAQ’s

How to setup an aquarium?

Each aquarium is set up differently depending on the space provided and the wants of the customer. An aquarium such as a corner tank is usually fit into the corner of the room with its sides running along both sides of the walls. A wall tank is usually built by cutting a hole in the wall the size of the aquarium. If the customer wants to view the tank from both sides, most of the time the tank is flush in the wall on one side and on the other side customized cabinetry is built to support the tank. Each aquarium setup is unique. At East Coast Aquarium Designs we have the knowledge to build any type of aquarium setup.

What are filters and heaters?

Filters are the main component when it comes the health of the fish and corals. Each filtration setup is specifically designed for the species living inside of the tank. Some species need better filtration than others. The filtration houses good bacteria which help break down toxic ammonia into nontoxic nitrate. The filtration system also houses media such as carbon which help to eliminate pollutants in the water. There are many different types of filtration systems. There are canister filters, which are usually used for the most basic aquariums. There are also sumps which are usually used for larger aquarium setups.  Heaters are used to adjust the temperature in an aquarium to keep the fish comfortable. Most fish require temperatures between 76 and 82 degrees.

Will an aquarium add humidity in my house?

Sometimes aquariums can add a small amount of humidity into a house. This easy problem to deal with. There are a wide variety of products sold to eliminate humidity in homes for a relatively low price.

How to maintain an aquarium?

Each aquarium is maintained differently. One of the most important maintenance procedures is regular water changes. Water changes should be done every one to three weeks depending on the aquarium. Another important maintenance procedure is just to view the aquarium and try to observe differences in the aquarium. Differences such as white dots on a fish are a sign of a common parasite called ick. When a fish develops ick it is usually caused by stress because the water parameters are not good. Little things like this can save an aquarium from loss of fish. If problems are found they can be treated and loss can be prevented. Regular water testing is also important. Testing your water will detect any problems. Being aware of problems in your aquarium is very important. When you are aware of a problem you can fix it.

What is the difference between a salt water aquarium and fresh water aquarium?

When choosing an aquarium there are many questions you need to ask yourself. Some important questions are, do you want colorful fish, big fish, small fish, coral, and what is your budget. After coming up with answers to these questions it is much easier to decide whether to start a saltwater or freshwater aquarium. Saltwater aquariums tend to be more colorful. Saltwater Aquariums are also more expensive and harder to care for. Freshwater aquariums are cheaper but lack color compared to most saltwater setups. When deciding on whether to set up a saltwater or freshwater aquarium, all of these variables need to be taken into account.