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Sunset Aquatics, LLC Aquarium Guide


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A guide on the process of deciding what you want and need for your aquarium. Call us at 480.588.5313 if you have any questions. Let us do the installation and gathering for you. Our prices are …

A guide on the process of deciding what you want and need for your aquarium. Call us at 480.588.5313 if you have any questions. Let us do the installation and gathering for you. Our prices are similair, if not lower, than most aquarium stores, and we install everything for you!

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  • 1. Sunset Aquatics, LLC
    Aquarium Guide
    By Weston Spoon – Owner
    Sunset Aquatics, LLC
    480.588.5313 /
  • 2. Type of Aquarium Acrylic vs. Glass
    Resistant to wear and tear
    Less brace support needed
    Weighs more
    Life span of 6 to 12 years
    Light weight
    No sealant visible
    Virtually leak proof
    Rounded ends, no sharp corners
    Comes in more shapes and sizes
    Able to support larger tank loads
    Scratches easily
    Increase in price
  • 3. Stand/Canopy Wood vs. Metal
    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.
  • 4. What would you like in your Aquarium?
    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.
  • 5. Swim
    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.
  • 6. Reef
    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.
  • 7. Substrate
    Substrate is just a fancy word for sand or crushed coral that is found on the bottom of your aquarium.
    • Looks cleaner
    • 8. Traps less debris
    Crushed coral
    • Less expensive
    • 9. Good for growing copepods and amphipods
  • RockLive vs. Lace
    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.
    Live Rock
    • Makes the difference between ocean water and water with just salt
    • 10. Lowers nitrate levels
    • 11. Provides beneficial bacteria that remove organic waste
    • 12. Natural food source for fish and invertebrates
    • 13. In reef tanks, live rock is the only choice
    Lace Rock
    • Less expensive
    • 14. Use only in swim tanks, unhealthy for reefs
    • 15. Can leach harmful minerals into your aquarium
  • Filter
    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.
    Some personal preferences
    cartridge containers
  • 16. Lights
    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.
    Most common lighting types:
    (most common use)
    Metal halide (reef)
    T-5 (swim)
    T-5 High output (reef/swim)
    Power compacts (reef/swim)
    LED gives lunar affect (reef/swim)
  • 17. Protein Skimmer
    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.
    Purifies H2O
    Never needs a replacement cartridge
    Helps oxygenate aquarium water
  • 18. Refugiums
    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.
  • 19. UV Sterilizer
    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.
  • 20. The End
    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!
    If you have any questions or comments about the presentation, please contact Weston with the information below.
    Sunset Aquatics, LLC