Frequently Asked Questions



What are your store hours?

Hours
Mon.-Fri. 11 to 7PM
Saturday 12PM to 5PM
Sunday Closed


What should the pH of my marine aquarium be?

Marine tanks should be maintained at a pH of 8.2 to 8.3.


What should my specific gravity (salinity) be?

Specific gravity should be maintained at 1.025 to 1.026 on reef systems and can be kept from 1.019 to 1.026 for fish only systems.


What should the calcium level be in my reef tank?

Calcium should be maintained from 400ppm to 420ppm.


How often should I clean my protein skimmer?

The neck and collection cup should be cleaned at least once a week with daily to every other day being best.  The cleaner we keep the neck and collection cup, the more efficient the protein skimmer will work and remove organics from the aquarium that can contribute to nitrates, nuisance hair algae and harm our corals.


How long should I leave my lights on for?

Photo-period should be anywhere from 12 to 14 hours per day.


How often do you get fish and corals in?

We receive shipments of fish and corals weekly.


Do you offer tank raised fish and corals?

Yes.  We offer tank raised fish whenever available and 90% of our corals are grown right here in our store.  At Amazing Aquarium Design we strive to provide as many tank raised species as possible.


How often should I perform water changes?

Water changes should be performed monthly.  Changes should be about 20%.  Water changes can also be divided into smaller amounts more often i.e. 5% a week, 10% every two weeks etc.  Experienced aquarists sometimes go much longer without doing water changes but this is not recommended for new hobbyists.


How often should I change my bulbs on a reef aquarium?

Bulbs being run on an electronic ballast should be changed at least once per year and bulbs being run with a tar (non electronic) ballast should be changed at least every six months.


Do you offer marine aquarium maintenance service?

Yes.  We offer complete marine aquarium maintenance service for both residential and commercial marine aquariums.  Service can be on a daily, weekly, or monthly interval and can also be custom tailored for your specific needs.  This includes specimen delivery, water changes, trace element additions, glass cleaning, complete testing, equipment replacement and repair, light bulb changes, and whatever tasks need to be performed on the aquarium.
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