What is a sump pump and how can it help your reef aquarium?

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Sump systems help to declutter your reef aquarium while protecting the fish and other aquatic lifeforms living in it.

Sump systems help to declutter your reef aquarium while protecting the fish and other aquatic lifeforms living in it.

Sump systems can be a great way to declutter your reef aquarium while also providing a great filtration system. A sump system exists below your aquarium (underneath the aquarium in a cabinet or even beside the aquarium) and can house all of your filtration equipment.  Other benefits of a sump system include:

Water aeration

Waste dilution

Healthy water

Keeping the surface clean of contaminates

Creating less clutter

Water level stability

For more information on sumps and how they work, stop by and see us at 2851 North Avenue in Grand Junction OR check out the links below:

http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2003-01/gt/

http://www.reefaquarium.com/2012/some-sump-basics/

http://www.fishchannel.com/fish-exclusives/fama/reef-aquarium-sump.aspx

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FAQ: What else does my aquarium need?

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What other items or special equipment might I need for my aquarium?

Depending on the type of aqarium you have, the lighting, fish
and plants, you may need a few other items to make sure your aquarium is
working efficiently and providing a healthy habitat for your fish.
Chillers
Though tropical aquariums need to
be fairly warm the vast array of lighting options, filter and pumps
used in aquariums today can sometimes raise the temperature to as high
as 90 degrees. To avoid that, a chiller is sometimes installed. It
works much like a refrigeration unit, pulling water in through coils,
drawing out the heat, and returning the water to the tank.
Reverse Osmosis Units
These units pull tap
water through a very fine filter to remove any added chemicals,
nitrates or phosphates that might contribute to algae growth.

Wave Makers
Constant motion is the norm for many
tropical fish and plants. Wave Makers can simulate this motion by
alternating power to various water pumps in the aquarium. In this way,
sessile organisms are more likely have nutrients carried to them and
waste carried away from them too. .

Why is my aquarium cloudy?

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Water in my new aquarium is cloudy. Should I empty it and start over?

If you’ve just set up an aquarium and you’ve got cloudy water, never fear. It’s perfectly natural!
Bacterial Bloom
As soon as you put fish
into your aquarium they begin to excrete waste in the form of ammonia.
This ammonia is toxic to the fish which is why we use biological filters
to remove it.

Biogical filters work by growing live bacteria that consume the
ammonia and turn it into a different substance that fish can tolerate.
These bacteria need the ammonia to grow and they need the special media
in the biological filters to settle onto.

Because new aquariums don’t have many live bacteria in the beginning,
the bacteria begin multiplying like crazy to consume the amount of
ammonia in the water. This is what causes the cloudy water, this
“bacterial bloom.” If this happens, don’t empty the aquarium because
that is just like starting over. Just wait a few days and the water
will become crystal clear as the bacteria settle into place.

How do I control algae in my aquarium?

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I have a lot of algae in my aquarium. What can I do to control it?

First, know that algae is necessary for your aquarium and will always be present. Algae have several benefits:

1. Algae provide food for many animals in your aquarium; they provide nutrients and fiber.
2. Algae provide oxygen to the water and take up carbon dioxide.
3.
It absorbs nitrates which are the final product of the nitrogen cycle.
The nitrogen cycle is an important biological function and filtration
process that occurs in the closed system of an aquarium.

There are several colors of algae: blue, blue-green, red
and brown. The type that will grow in your aquarium depends on the
light spectrum used and the nutrients available. We know light is
important to any aquarium; it also the biggest factor in controlling
algae growth.


Aquariums that receive 10-12 hours of light per day will not see excessive algae growth.

Your aquarium should be receiving light for 10-12 hours a day.
If algae seems to be growing too quickly and is covering everything in
your aquarium, the tank is probably getting too much light. High levels
of nitrates and phosphates can also cause excessive algae growth, but it
is always mostly caused by excessive light.
You can of course purchase particular fish, snails and shrimp
to help control algae in your aquarium. You can also purchase
scrubbers, scrapers and other products useful for cleaning algae off of
the tank itself and the plants and decorations within.