Healthy Tank

Ammonia Lock, water already has a certain amount of Ammonia. Ammonia can deaden natural chemicals in the water. Ammonia lock combats the amount of ammonia already in the water to neutralize it so your fish won’t die.

Disease Prevention is important when owning an aquarium.
Recognizing and treating disease infected fish will help keep your tank healthy and help you bond closer to your fish. To prevent disease you need a series of treatments depending on what type of infection you have in your aquarium. Some of the most common types are listed below.

Cloudy eyes has been treated effectively using Flouroplex pills. Flouroplex Pills, these pills are used to combat certain disease that can enter your tank. Flouroplex pills change the water color slightly and combats disease causing antibodies.

Icth, causes, lack of eating, stressful conditions and water temperature. Docile fish can get stressed out from being attacked by aggressive fish causing an Icth infection. Once Icth is detected in the tank you should treat the entire aquarium with Rid Icth. This product goes directly into the water with amounts depending on the size of your aquarium. Rid Icth can be used also by treating the infected fish separately.

Nitrate formula, chemical you put in the water that inhibits bacteria from growing. Aloe Vera helps fish adapt to water. When you do water changes nitrate formula helps fish move around and adjust to the water.

Water has a certain comfort pH level for fish to live in successfully. The pH Level for salt water fish is recommended at 8.0- 8.4. The pH level for fresh water fish is recommended at 6.5-7.5. Your pH should not vary more than 0.2 from it’s stabilized point. Depending on the type of tank you set up (Fresh or Salt water) the level should be stabilized using a pH Solution product.

Setup and Prep

Setup and Prep
Once you have decided on the system that you would like to set up, chosen the fish and materials, and found suitable sources for them, you are ready to build the aquarium.
A tank full of water is extremely heavy, so you must choose its final position before attempting to set it up. The site should be near a power point, and there should be plenty of room above and beside it for access and for maintenance.
Select a strong, level surface – you may choose to buy an aquarium stand from our products page. So that the tank remains level, it should be positioned on a sheet of expanded polystyrene or cork. You should also make sure that the floor beneath the entire structure will be capable of taking the final weight.
The site should not suffer from substantial variations in temperature, and should be removed from draughts and direct sunlight. Too much sunlight may make the water temperature rise excessively, and will encourage unnecessary algae growth. As long as the tank is correctly lit, it is preferable to place it in a dark corner. Rinse your aquarium with water to remove dust or debris.
Future Cleaning
Hook up any filtration systems. Under gravel filters provide good filtration and water flow for algae and overall water flow in the tank. Set-up the filtration system now.
Gravel Bed
Before adding gravel you should thoroughly rinse it in a bucket. Rinse the gravel until the water looks clean. This removes dust and dirt that could be on the gravel. Cover the bottom of the tank and under gravel filter. You should have a minimum of a 3 to 4 inch gravel bed. Sloping the gravel with a high bed in the rear of the tank allows most debris to drift to the front of the tank for future cleaning. This allows for better siphon cleaning when it’s time to clean the tank.
Fill Aquarium
Now you’re ready to add water. Fill the tank with room temperature water 3-4 inches from the top. When adding future water during cleaning, place a large rock or plate in the tank and pour water directly on it, this will allow you not to disturb plants and decorations.
Install Accessories
Now you can add plants, decorations and all those fancy items you’ve purchased for your tank. Also install your pumps, heaters and thermometers at this time. Place the pump close to the tank. If you can find a spot above the water level this can reduce the possibility of a backflow it there’s a power failure. Contact us for a complete line of aquarium accessories.
Top It Off And Balance
Fill the tank with water so the level cannot be seen from the front of the aquarium. Now add some Chlorine remover to get it ready for your new fish.
Start It Up
Make sure everything works. Pump, Heater, Filtration, Power heads and anything you have that needs power. Always use caution when working with electricity and water ( they don’t mix ). Read all instructions that were supplied with the equipment you purchased.
Light It Up
Install your hood and lighting system. Special lights are available to bring out colors in the fish and help plants grow if using live plants. Contact us for more on lighting.
A Few Days Later
We no your excited and ready to put in some fish, but you should wait 3 to 7 days before adding fish.
Now Your Ready
The day has arrived to add the fish. Everything is working. You’ve checked the equipment tested the water and everything’s good. Add 3 or 4 fish to get started. They should be hardy and strong looking. Always look pet store fish over well before purchasing. Observe the tank their in and make sure no fish look sick or diseased.
An Ocean Blue Aquarium specialist will be happy to assist you with you aquarium set-up and fish purchase. Contact us today

Buying Fish

The best sources of aquarium fish are aquatic societies and specialist aquarium shops. Look for specimens with appropriately healthy colors and a well-defined example of any distinguishing pattern. They should have well-proportioned bodies, and should appear to swim effortlessly. Be watchful for any evidence of disease, such as ulcers, fin damage, :cloudy eyes, and breathing or swimming abnormalities. Try to observe the fish while they are feeding; those that are reluctant to take food may be in poor health.

Choosing the Tank

Fish keeping is usually divided into two categories: freshwater and marine. We will also deal with brackish water aquariums, for which many fascinating species of fish and invertebrate are available. Among the first things that you will have to decide is which of these aquariums you wish to set up, and whether you intend to keep a tropical or a temperate aquarium. Tropical tanks dominate the aquarium hobby, because of the spectacular species of fish that can be kept in them.

As a general rule, the larger the tank you choose, the more stable the water chemistry will be once the aquarium is functioning. You can use any shape of aquarium that you like, but make sure that the glass is clear and free from distortion. The most popular aquariums are all-glass tanks bonded by silicone sealant, although numerous other models are available, such as one-piece plastic tanks, or the older less common, metal-framed tanks. The latter are not recommended for marine environments, as the frame may rust


Fish Knowledge

Life Spans

The life span of a fish depends greatly on it’s size. Small species, with a high metabolic rate, use up the same number of heartbeats faster than larger animals with slower heartbeats. The general rule is the heart is designed to beat only a limited number of times. Larger fish will tend to live longer lives than smaller ones. Smaller common freshwater livebearers live for two to three years, and gouramis three to four years. Larger catfish, calico sharks and some cichlids can live up to eight to ten years.

Compatible fish Angelfish, Pearl Gourami, Kribensis, Red New Guinea Rainbow fish, Clown Loach, Golden Gourami, Three Spot Gourami, Bala Shark, Sucking Loach, Guppy, Red-Tailed Black Shark, Coolie Loach, Rosy Barb, Zebra Danio, Dwarf Gourami, Pearl Gourami, Golden Gourami, Variatus Platy, Platy, Black Mollie, Green Swordtail, Neon Tetra, Glass Catfish, Glowlight Tetra, Leopard Catfish, Bronze Corydoras….

We’re not saying buy all these fish and put them in your tank, but a good combination of top, middle and bottom swimmers can be found in this list. Most pet stores are excellent resources in determining which fish are compatible together. This is only one combination of fresh water fish, the list goes on involving many species of fresh water fish.
As you well know with the amount of species available to the aquarium lover, it’s hard to set up the perfect environment inside the aquarium. The following is the beginning of a list we will add to frequently in suggesting good species of fish to keep together.