Sunset Aquatics, LLC<br />Aquarium Guide<br />By Weston Spoon – Owner<br />Sunset Aquatics, LLC www.sunsetaquatics.webs.co...
Type of Aquarium Acrylic vs. Glass<br />Glass<br />Positives:<br />Resistant to wear and tear<br />Less brace support need...
Stand/Canopy Wood vs. Metal <br />Choosing your style of stand or canopy is more of a personal preference then an issue of...
What would you like in your Aquarium?<br />The next decision is determining what kind of life forms will be inhabiting you...
Swim<br />The fish you put in your aquarium have to be chosen very carefully.  Similar to people, fish have certain person...
Reef<br />In recent years there have been developments in aquarium technology that has made having a reef tank much more u...
Substrate <br />Substrate is just a fancy word for sand or crushed coral that is found on the bottom of your aquarium.  <b...
Traps less debris  </li></ul>Crushed coral<br /><ul><li>Less expensive
Good for growing copepods and amphipods</li></li></ul><li>RockLive vs. Lace <br />From an aquarist point of view the debat...
  Lowers nitrate levels
  Provides beneficial bacteria that remove organic waste
 Natural food source for fish and invertebrates
  In reef tanks, live rock is the only choice </li></ul>Lace Rock<br /><ul><li> Less expensive
 Use only in swim tanks, unhealthy for reefs
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  1. 1. Sunset Aquatics, LLC<br />Aquarium Guide<br />By Weston Spoon – Owner<br />Sunset Aquatics, LLC www.sunsetaquatics.webs.com<br />480.588.5313 / SunsetAquatics@Yahoo.com<br />
  2. 2. Type of Aquarium Acrylic vs. Glass<br />Glass<br />Positives:<br />Resistant to wear and tear<br />Less brace support needed<br />Negatives:<br />Weighs more <br />Life span of 6 to 12 years <br />Acrylic<br />Positives:<br />Light weight<br />No sealant visible <br />Virtually leak proof<br />Rounded ends, no sharp corners<br />Comes in more shapes and sizes <br />Able to support larger tank loads <br />Negatives:<br />Scratches easily <br />Increase in price <br />
  3. 3. Stand/Canopy Wood vs. Metal <br />Choosing your style of stand or canopy is more of a personal preference then an issue of comparing positives to negatives. Both are equally durable as long as they are made with high grade materials and assembled by a professional. You have to decide which style works for you, the warmth of wood or the modern look of metal.<br />
  4. 4. What would you like in your Aquarium?<br />The next decision is determining what kind of life forms will be inhabiting your aquarium. When talking with aquarists, one of the first questions they will ask you is if you have a swim tank or a reef tank. Swim tank implies that you have no living coral, only fish in your aquarium. Reef is the term used for having living coral reef propagating in your tank. Both have their own set of challenges and rewards, however it is up to you to decide which level of commitment you are willing to follow.<br />
  5. 5. Swim<br />The fish you put in your aquarium have to be chosen very carefully. Similar to people, fish have certain personalities that keep some of them from interacting in a peaceful way. In addition, the order in which they are added to your aquarium has an affect on how they will treat their fellow tank mates. The best way to decide what kind of fish you will want is to start with a list of desired inhabitants. After your list has been completed, consult with an aquarium expert about which fish can coexist and the order in which they should be added. Most likely, not all of your fish on the list will make the cut so make sure to put your most desired live stock towards the top. <br />
  6. 6. Reef<br />In recent years there have been developments in aquarium technology that has made having a reef tank much more user friendly. However, keeping coral alive for a sustained period of time is still not for the novice aquarist. Corals are sensitive to changes in their environment, so more care needs to be taken when testing or shifting water parameters. Having a living reef aquarium takes an increased level of commitment and dedication that should not be made hastily.<br />
  7. 7. Substrate <br />Substrate is just a fancy word for sand or crushed coral that is found on the bottom of your aquarium. <br />Sand<br /><ul><li> Looks cleaner
  8. 8. Traps less debris </li></ul>Crushed coral<br /><ul><li>Less expensive
  9. 9. Good for growing copepods and amphipods</li></li></ul><li>RockLive vs. Lace <br />From an aquarist point of view the debate between live and lace is a short one. The benefits to live rock far exceed anything lace rock has to offer.<br />Live Rock<br /><ul><li> Makes the difference between ocean water and water with just salt
  10. 10. Lowers nitrate levels
  11. 11. Provides beneficial bacteria that remove organic waste
  12. 12. Natural food source for fish and invertebrates
  13. 13. In reef tanks, live rock is the only choice </li></ul>Lace Rock<br /><ul><li> Less expensive
  14. 14. Use only in swim tanks, unhealthy for reefs
  15. 15. Can leach harmful minerals into your aquarium </li></li></ul><li>Filter<br />Having a productive filter system is key to prolonging the life of your aquarium inhabitants. Your filter system removes waste and uneaten food by collecting it in cartridges or, a type of media. The media or cartridge is removed and replaced to prevent the collected material from fouling water quality. Choose a filter based on what you would want living in your tank. Also, take into mind the easy to use factor, some filters are more difficult to operate then others.<br />Some personal preferences<br /> Sumps<br /> cartridge containers<br />
  16. 16. Lights<br />Choosing how to light your aquatic environment depends completely on the presence of coral. Reef tanks require much brighter and a larger spectrum of light then the average swim setup. When lighting a swim tank, decide on a light that will bring out the natural colors or your fish and decoration. For reefs, higher wattage levels and broader spectrums need to be instituted. <br />Most common lighting types:<br />(most common use)<br />Metal halide (reef)<br />T-5 (swim)<br />T-5 High output (reef/swim)<br />Power compacts (reef/swim)<br />LED gives lunar affect (reef/swim)<br />
  17. 17. Protein Skimmer<br />Protein skimmers are an essential part of most successful reef tanks. By creating a column of bubbles, they pull out proteins and other organic waste particles into a collection cup that will never pollute your aquarium water. <br />Advantages: <br />Purifies H2O<br />Never needs a replacement cartridge <br />Helps oxygenate aquarium water <br />
  18. 18. Refugiums<br /> A Refugium is a separate appendage of your main system that benefits water quality and the overall well being of your inhabitants. Most are no more then a few gallons and are used for growing different forms of algae and plant life. Refugiums are also great for propagating live food for your fish and corals. No matter what type of aquarium you may have, refugiums are a smart decision.<br />
  19. 19. UV Sterilizer <br />Sterilizers are a type of filtration that pass aquarium water around an ultra violet light source. The exposure to UV light helps control algae outbreaks and lowers the risk of fish related illness. <br />
  20. 20. The End<br />Weston is the owner of Sunset Aquatics, LLC – a custom aquarium service and installation company. Let him know also if you would like to add an aquatic family to your home!<br />If you have any questions or comments about the presentation, please contact Weston with the information below.<br />Sunset Aquatics, LLC<br />480.588.5313<br />www.sunsetaquatics.webs.com<br />SunsetAquatics@Yahoo.com<br />
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