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Knowing what fish tank owners should do during a power outage can help protect your livestock from uncomfortable or even dangerous conditions.

admin    March 18, 2019   CATEGORY: Aquarium Maintenance

What Fish Tank Owners Should Do During a Power Outage

From the lighting to the filter, your fish tank relies on various pieces of technology in order to keep your fish safe. If the power goes out, it can disturb your fish as much as the humans and other pets in your household. Being prepared by knowing what fish tank owners should do during a power outage can help protect your livestock from uncomfortable or even dangerous conditions.

How Fish Tank Owners can Protect Livestock During a Power Outage

If the power outage only lasts for a few minutes, there’s no need for concern. If the outage lasts for more than three hours, you may want to consider taking action to protect your livestock. Without power, oxygen in the tank will become depleted, the temperature will drop or rise, and ammonia will build up.

Following are a few ways fish tank owners can protect livestock before and during a power outage.

1. Invest in a backup generator.

Purchase an uninterruptible power system that you can use during the outage. You can buy one at the pet store, a general hardware store, or through power company suppliers.

2. Buy a battery-operated air pump.

If the outage is expected to last less than three hours, a battery-operated air pump may do the trick. Make sure you have spare batteries available at all times.

3. Have extra RODI water on hand.

If the filters are not working, it means the water will get dirtier. If you have our RODI water delivered to your home, make sure you order an extra jug to have on hand. You can use the backup for an extra water change if needed or to create a temporary fish tank if the main fish tank is unusable or unsafe.

4. Include natural filters and bottom feeders in the tank at all times.

If the manmade filter goes out during a power outage, the rocks, gravel, plants, and bottom feeders will help keep the fish tank safer for a little longer. It’s not a permanent solution for a long-term power outage, but it can help temporarily.

5. Maintain the appropriate temperature of the water.

It's important to protect livestock during a power outage. You can do so by having a battery-operated air pump and generator available to use for your aquarium.When you live in Arizona and the power goes out, the water may become too warm for the fish to handle. Float a bag of ice cubes on the top of the water occasionally to bring the temperature down if necessary. Be careful not to shock the fish with the ice, and use a temperature gauge to avoid bringing the temperature of the water down too much.

Remember that in addition to the filters, the lights and heaters are likely out as well, so the water may become too cool. If it does, you can wrap a blanket around the outside of the tank. Don’t cover the top.

6. You don’t have to feed them as much as usual.

You don’t want to starve your fish, but you can reduce how much you feed them during the power outage. The less they eat, the less waste they’ll produce, which can help minimize the increase of ammonia levels in the water.

Emergency Services

Seatech Aquariums offers 24/7 emergency services for its customers. If you have a power outage and are concerned about the welfare of your livestock, contact us. We can answer your questions and assist you as needed.

Contact Seatech Aquariums for fish tank maintenance or additional information on how to protect your livestock during a power outage.

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Natural ways to control algae growth in a fish tank is to regularly clean the live rock, gravel, and plants.

admin    January 31, 2019   CATEGORY: Aquarium Maintenance

Keep It at Bay: 11 Ways to Control Algae Growth

Algae is a natural part of the underwater ecosystem. For that reason, some algae growth is beneficial for a fish tank. However, too much algae can create a harmful and unnatural environment for your wildlife. Aquarium owners must take steps to balance and control algae growth, and most of them are relatively easy to do.

1. Don’t overfeed fish.

Overfeeding fish leads to more waste. That creates a generally unhealthy environment in the tank due to the fact that the natural and manmade filtration processes won’t be able to keep up. Such an environment can also make the fish very sick, and plants can suffocate.

2. Include artificial or natural plants in your aquarium, as well as rocks and gravel.

All of these serve as natural filters and control algae growth. They also provide entertainment and shelter for the livestock.

3. Make bottom feeders your favorite.

This is one of the best ways to reduce algae in the fish tank, and also the most fascinating. There are many types of bottom feeders that feed on algae in the tank, acting as another natural filter. Many, such as cherry shrimp and catfish, are very beautiful and entertaining to watch as well. And speaking of filters …

4. Use only reverse osmosis deionized water water in your aquarium.

Other types of water could contain high phosphate and nitrate levels, which could create an environment conducive to algae growth. RODI water, which is 100 percent pure H2O, is also healthier for the livestock overall.

5. Check your filters regularly.

If the amount of algae in your fish tank is out of hand, it’s possible the filters aren’t working as they should. Filters that aren’t functioning properly could also be dangerous to the livestock.

Ways to control algae growth in a fish tank include not overfeeding fish, as well as using proper aquarium filtration systems.

6. Regularly clean plants, rocks, and gravel.

In order for your plants, rocks, and gravel to do their job, you need to give them a hand. Regularly vacuum the gravel. Clean the rocks and plants by removing them from the tank and setting them outside in the sun for a few days. The sun will dry the algae that has collected, and you can then simply rinse them with RODI water before replacing them into the tank. Make sure you have a second set of rocks and plants that you can place in the aquarium while your main set is sunbathing.

7. Change the water regularly and properly.

Do not change all of the water. A small amount of waste is necessary to create an environment that mimics nature, and changing only some of the water ensures that the ideal temperature is maintained. Only change 15-20% of it every two weeks for both reef and freshwater planted tanks, and 20-25% of the water once a month for both fresh and saltwater swim/fish only tanks.

8. Know what types of algae are overpowering your fish tank.

Different types of algae might need different treatments. Ask our aquarium maintenance technician to help you identify the types of algae that are in your fish tank and how to minimize them.

9. Try algae control solutions.

There are many natural ways to control algae growth in fish tanks, but sometimes the ecosystem needs a boost. Brands we prefer for products that reduce algae and clean the tank in general include Brightwell Aquatics and Marineland.

10. Do not place your fish tank in direct sunlight.

Algae make their own food, or energy, from the sun.

11. Use proper lighting.

While most types of fish tanks do need artificial light, minimize the amount of time the light is on. Consider using a light with an automatic timer and dimmer.

Contact Seatech Aquariums for fish tank maintenance or additional tips on how to control algae growth in an aquarium.

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