Frequently Asked Aquarium Maintenance Questions

Are Saltwater Tanks Harder To Maintain Than Freshwater?

Both saltwater and freshwater aquariums come with advantages and disadvantages and it can be hard to choose the perfect aquarium for you. In general, owning a saltwater tank can be more difficult and more expensive than owning a freshwater tank.

When it comes to aquarium maintenance, freshwater tanks are easier and present fewer risks. Freshwater tanks are also less expensive than saltwater tanks overall. A freshwater tank can be glass or acrylic and be of any size. For beginners, freshwater tanks are recommended as they don’t require the same amount of know-how before buying.

However, once a saltwater tank is set up, they become less demanding and most of the expenses come from buying the fish you want. Saltwater tanks allow owners to build a more colorful water environment than a freshwater tank. Filtration is key when it comes to your saltwater tank. If you have more experience in fish and aquarium maintenance and ownership, a saltwater tank is a worthy investment.

Do You Work With Commercial Clients?

Yes! Aquarium Pros VA are the experts in aquarium maintenance in Richmond for both residential and commercial clients. Our experts provide comprehensive water testing, algae removal, both freshwater and saltwater options, and more.

All of our services are available for commercial clients to ensure you’re getting the best aquarium maintenance and design around.

What's The Difference Between Aquaponics And Hydroponics?

Put simply, aquaponics is the use of fish excrement as fertilizer for plants while hydroponics is the growth of plants without soil.

In more depth, hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil by introducing nutrients into the water the plants are being grown in. In a hydroponic growing system, nutrient rich aquatic solutions are flushed through the root zone to provide plants with the resources needed for optimal growth.

Aquaponics is similar to hydroponics in that there is no soil used in the growth of these plants either. However, instead of utilizing a nutrient-rich aquatic solution, fish are grown in the same aquatic environment as the plants to create a symbiotic relationship. In this instance, fish excrement is used as fertilizer and the fish are used to create the nutrients plants need to grow.

Both hydroponics and aquaponics have clear advantages over soil farming and offer unique benefits and challenges throughout the growing process. If you’re looking for a completely sustainable system, aquaponics is for you. However, hydroponics is the most widely used option with hobbyists and commercial growers. To learn more about hydroponics and aquaponics, call our experts today and set up a consultation.

How Often Should My Tank Be Completely Cleaned?

Your aquarium requires a complete cleaning at least once every six months, or twice a year. This means unplugging everything in your tank and checking to make sure it’s in good condition, including filters, pumps, lights, and more. You should make sure to replace anything that isn’t in prime condition and use the appropriate tools to remove dust, dirt, and other debris that builds up in your tank over time.

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