FAQs

Question:

Can a freshwater aquarium be as beautiful as a saltwater aquarium?

Answer:

That is a matter of opinion. However, it wouldn't be hard to notice that the colors found in a saltwater aquarium are more vibrant and varied then in a freshwater aquarium. In most freshwater aquarium installations, CAE uses cichlids from the rift lakes of Eastern Africa. These are some of the most colorful freshwater aquariums available. See examples by clicking here.


Question:

Are saltwater aquariums more expensive then freshwater aquariums?

Answer:

Yes. Saltwater aquariums are more “equipment intensive” because of saltwater livestocks' requirement for as stable an environment as possible. Lighting, water circulation, temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, salinity and many other parameters need to be closely watched over and controlled in a saltwater system. Maintenance costs are usually more in saltwater aquariums as compared to freshwater aquariums because of the more frequent maintenance visits that are required.


Question:

How often does my aquarium need to be cleaned?

Answer:

A freshwater aquarium would be maintained once every four weeks while a saltwater aquarium once every two weeks.


Question:

When Captive Aquatic Ecosystems, LLC. cleans an aquarium, what sort of things are performed?

Answer:

Captive Aquatic Ecosystems, LLC. is very well versed at taking the utmost of care and precautions with a client's home or place of business where the aquarium is located. The first thing we do is put down a packing blanket on the floor, in front of the aquarium so any spills will be absorbed by the blanket, not the floor.

On a freshwater aquarium, the aquarium substrate will be "gravel vacuumed" until clean. More water may be removed after being gravel vacuumed with a larger hose. Algae will be cleaned from the viewing panels. Plastic plants will be removed, bleached, rinsed and returned to the aquarium. Filters will be thoroughly cleaned. When new, freshwater is added back, our technician will add a chlorine/chloromine remover and an algae retardant. Glass tops will be cleaned and the aquarium's inhabitants will be observed and inspected for anything out of the ordinary. After the aquarium is filled again and the filters are clean and operating again, the viewing panels will be wiped down with paper towel.

On a saltwater aquarium, maintenance will involve the removal of 10 to 25% water change, cleaning the filtration equipment, adding pH buffer, removing algae from viewing panels, inspecting and observing the aquarium inhabitants and finally the viewing panels will be wiped down with a paper towel.

Captive Aquatic Ecosystems, LLC. also sells frozen and dry fish foods, freshwater and saltwater livestock and all dry goods (Media, equipment, additives, etc.) related to freshwater and saltwater aquariums.

 

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