How To Move House with an Aquarium

Moving house with an Aquarium

Stage 1 : Start by taking down the aquarium last when packing, and putting it up first on arrival. This will minimise the time your fish have to spend in overcrowded containers and poor water conditions.

Hopefully, you will have an opportunity to inspect your new home and select a good location for the aquarium prior to actually having to move.

Remember, when you are looking at the new location, to keep in mind that you will want access to electrical outlets, you will want to be close to a source of water, you will want to minimise or eliminate the exposure to direct sunlight, you will want to provide sufficient space for the tank and all of its accessories, and you will want to be sure that the floor you are setting the tank on will support the weight nicely.

Stage 2: Take as much of the water from your fish tank as reasonably possible with you. This will minimise the stress on your fish, as they will be able to get used to the new water chemistry slowly over the course of several weeks as you do your regular  10-15% weekly water changes. An easy way to do this is to get several clean five gallon buckets or containers.

Drain water from the tank into these buckets until the buckets are about two-thirds full. If you do not have lids for your buckets, plastic grocery bags often will fit snugly and prevent your water from splashing while still allowing air to get in so that your fish and plants can breathe.

Stage 3 : Pull out all of your decorations and place them in spare buckets or boxes for the trip. Carefully inspect each piece to make sure you do not have any fish or animals hiding inside a hole in a rock or a hollow in a castle.
Remove live plants from the tank and place them in a bucket or two of water for the trip.

Catch the fish from your tank, and place them in one of the buckets (if you have a lot of fish or if your fish are large or particularly aggressive, you may need to split them between buckets). Take an inventory of your fish to make sure you have caught everyone and aren’t leaving any behind in the aquarium.

Stage 4 : Be sure to drain as much of the water from your tank as you can – even a small volume of water in your tank can cause the bottom to crack or shatter when the tank is tipped or twisted. With larger tanks, you may also want to remove the gravel from the tank to prevent its weight from breaking your tank bottom when you move the tank. Five gallon buckets also work well for hauling gravel.

Remember, the more water you can bring with you when you move, the easier the trip will be on your finned friends.
Get the fish in their tank promptly when you arrive.

Stage 5 : Set up the heater, filters, and pumps. Remember, don’t plug in or turn on heaters or pumps when they do not have water to cool them, or you may cause damage or injury to yourself or your fish.
Then return the gravel to the tank if you removed it. After you have replaced the gravel , you should begin filling the tank with the water from your buckets. As you fill the tank, place your decorations carefully into the aquarium and plant your plants.

Get as much water as you can back into the tank, then net the fish out of their bucket and gently release them into your tank. Once the fish are in the aquarium, add that water to the tank. You may have to top off your tank with dechlorinated tap water from your new home.

Stage 6 : Once the tank is filled and the fish and decorations have been introduced, let the tank sit for at least half an hour so that temperature can equalize before you turn on the heater.
Once everything is up and running, remember to check the aquarium frequently over the next couple of days to make sure it is running smoothly.

Should this be too daunting for you – Aquamacs offer a removal service – we take all the stress out of aquarium removals – fully insured and DEFRA licensed.
Give us a call – 0300 365 1250

New Column Acrylic Aquarium Install

Here are a couple of photos from another new Aquarium install this year.

This is for a nursery in London and is one of our very popular column acrylic aquariums.
As you can see the nursery has put on extra stickers and information so that the aquarium is educational as well as fun for the children to look at.

We love it!

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New Aquarium Design and Install Mahiki Bar Mayfair London

 

We were first approached by the Mahiki Bar in Mayfair London in late September 2016. They wanted us to build an aquarium for them between the entrance stairs and bar area of the club, as this was a very dark area and need a complete overhaul.

After visiting and discussing their plans, we agreed on a design that was in keeping with their existing decor, as well as making a statement to the entrance of the club.
The installation went without any problems and took two days – the biggest drawback being lack of parking in Central London!

The aquarium is 6` in length with a dark bamboo surround. It has LED lighting, and because it is in a club, we are putting in large, bright African Cichlids as these are relatively hardy fish.
All feedback about the install has been very positive and we look forward to keeping the tank looking fabulous.

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Little Mermaid Aquarium – Savoy Hotel London – A Case Study

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We were approached by an events company in London.  The brief consisted of;

“we are holding an event in March in Central London and it is Little Mermaid themed, we are looking to hire for one day 4 x column aquariums  and two at one height and two a bit smaller – please could we have some rough costings?”

So not a lot to go on!!

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We sent off our quote immediately , but it was the end of February before we got the go ahead and the exact location of the event – The Savoy Hotel in London – the specs of the aquariums had changed as well – they now wanted 3 x taller columns and 1 x smaller one. This was fine – as we have a large stock of aquariums.

We had to research and source decor and fish that would be suitable for the theme of the Little Mermaid, with help from our daughter who is a Disney Fanatic this was no problem.

The spec changed again in March – all very last minute – they now wanted 4 x 6` column aquariums! – again this was fine as we had them already. The aquariums were to stand on plinths, so we had to get the weight when full of water, fish and decor of the aquariums.  We finally got some final details through a week before the event – we didn’t know who the event was for until we arrived on the Saturday. We were then told it was for Tamara Ecclestone’s daughter’s Birthday.

Saturday – Arrival on site at 15.00 hrs

Set by approx – 21.00 hrs

Sunday – event 14.00 – 18.00 hrs
Derig – straight away

 

The main concerns were parking, access and would there be enough water pressure to fill the aquariums in time. Luckily all this was OK, but until we were actually on site – this was an unknown factor.

On arrival to the SavoyHotel on the Saturday afternoon – we were shown to the ballroom, given the floor plan and just left to get on with it!! – there was a large number of contractors present building all the sets for this event, but everything from our point of view went very smoothly with no hitches. It was important to get the water conditions right in the aquariums so that the fish have time to acclimatise before the event – and we had over 60 large fish to deal with. All the fish were happy and they were all swimming around and they are all still healthy after their `celeb event`.

The aquariums were checked again on Sunday prior to the party – everything was perfect and we had really positive feedback from the event organisers.

Client Feedback

`Better than expected` and `very straightforward to deal with you` and `pleased about the number and size of fish`

Children always love fish especially the more quirky type, so our aquariums are very popular with children of all ages.  We are always `on call` for these type of events should we be needed.

We have been doing these type of events and short term hires for a long time now and we always exceed the expectations of the brief – our staff are very experienced and love this type of job.

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Alternative Fish Choices For Cold Water Aquariums

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Gold fish can be a great starter fish for cold water set ups – however for the fish keeper who would like to try to vary their stock, there is an alternative – temperate fish.

These fish can happily survive in an unheated aquarium when kept at room temperature in a house with central heating.

Available in a range of shapes and colours – here are a few of the more popular fish.

VARIATUS PLATYS

The Variatus Platy or Xiphophorus variatus is a freshwater fish native to Northeastern Mexico.

It comes in a range of different colours and is livebearing – which  makes them prolific breeders.

They are omnivorous and their diet should include both plants and commercial fish food.

They need plenty of hiding spaces in the aquarium to prevent them becoming stressed.

DANIOS

These boisterous fish are native to freshwater rivers in Asia, and there are 25 different varieties available. The most common are characterised by patterning of spots and vertical or horizontal stripes.

They grow to about 6cm and are surface feeders – they are very lively and will frenzy around food.

 

WHITE CLOUD MINNOWS

The White Cloud Mountain Minnow or Tanichthys albonubes are a member of the carp family. They are native to China and grow to about 4cm long.

They are a shoaling fish and thrive when in a small group.

As always – remember the golden rule – SMALL FISH CAN BE EASILY EATEN BY LARGER FISH – so be aware of this when adding community fish to your aquariums.

 

Looking after tropical /coldwater fish whilst you are on holiday

Looking after your fishtank / aquarium while you are on holiday

Our top Tips

  • Clean your aquarium a week before you leave
  • Top up the aquarium with conditioned water the day before you leave
  • Check the water temperature to make sure it is suitable for your fish (taking into consideration environmental factors whilst you are away) i.e Is the weather likely to be hot or cold
  • Ensure all the electrical life support systems – FILTERS, LIGHTS, HEATER,PUMPS are working correctly
  • Carefully examine all the fish to ensure they are healthy
  • Add a suitable feeding block for the type of fish, or check that your automatic feeder is primed and working correctly

If possible ask someone to check your aquarium whilst you are away. Or  Contact Aquamacs on 0300 365 1250 for holiday fish care

Now go and enjoy your holiday!

 

 

Tips For Introducing New Fish To Your Freshwater Aquarium

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Ensure your aquarium is in good condition and that the water quality meets the following standards as set out by OATA (Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association)

  • Ammonia: max 0.02mg/l
  • Nitrate: max 75mg/l
  • Nitrite: max 0.05mg/l
  1. Ensure aquarium lights are turned off. Do not turn them back on for at least one hour after introducing fish
  2. Float sealed bag in the aquarium for 10 minutes to allow the water temperature to equalise
  3. Open the bag gently and roll down the sides allowing the bag to slowly fill up with the aquarium water (about 30 minutes)
  4. If possible, remove new fish with a net and discard the water in the bag – care should be taken to release as little water from the bag as possible
  5. Monitor the new fish and the water quality regularly for at least a week.
  6. Check that the filter and all other life support systems are working correctly
  7. Enjoy your new fish!!

 

New Study reveals that aquariums have health benefits for owners

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We have installed aquariums in Dentist and Doctors waitings rooms and Hospitals and are well aware of the effect they have on relaxing people.  This article from The Pet Gazzette is very interesting as it confirms what we have felt for a long time.

It has been discovered that fish tanks help to lower blood pressure and heart rate according to a study produced by theNational Marine Aquarium, Plymouth University and the University of Exeter assessed people’s physical and mental responses to tanks containing various levels of fish.

The study showed that: “Watching the exhibit, irrespective of condition, generally decreased blood pressure but the role of stocking level was unclear.”

After viewing an empty tank with just a few rocks participants still had a lowered heart rate by three percent and after fish were introduced into the tank this fell by seven percent. In watching the fish, blood pressure was also reduced by four percent. Participants felt more positive and more relaxed the longer they spent watching the aquarium.

Authors of the study concluded that: “There are psychological and physiological benefits of watching aquaria. The evidence that greater levels of stocking had positive effects on experience evaluations and mood extends findings from terrestrial studies that suggest dose–response relationships between biota levels and immediate psychological well-being.

Read the full article on The Pet Gazzette

Top Fishkeeping Tips

Fish-keeping isn’t difficult as long as a few basic rules are adhered to.

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  • Be careful, wet floors can be very slippery. Every effort should be made to keep the working area safe
  • Never use untreated tap water.  It contains toxic chemicals that are harmful to fish and kill filter bacteria.
  • Carry out regular water changes to remove dirt and waste products.
  • Always ensure that the equipment is functioning properly.
  • Have enough water, decor, treatments, and test-kits to carry out the maintenance with the minimum of fuss.
  • Do not overfeed the fish, or overstock the aquarium.  This will lead to poor water quality and fish disease.
  • Remove diseased fish as soon as possible to prevent contamination.
  • Before adding new fish check compatibility with existing fish, and its size when fully grown.
  • Introduce the new fish slowly to avoid stress.

 

 

 

Aquamacs Chosen To Supply Aquarium for Bad Education Movie

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Aquamacs were chosen to supply a large aquarium for this exciting new film – one of the many film and exhibition requests that we are regularly asked to do.

This summer sees multi-award winning comedian Jack Whitehall hit the big screens as the infamous Alfie Wickers from the smash hit comedy ‘Bad Education’. The hotly anticipated THE BAD EDUCATION MOVIE opens in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on Friday 21st August 2015.

Bad Education’ launched on the BBC in summer 2012 and ran for three series. It regularly achieved a cumulative 3.5 million viewers across the BBC platforms. The show went from strength to strength with series 2 and 3 being amongst the most viewed shows on the BBC i-player, hitting highs of 2.9 million requests.

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