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Saltwater Fish Tank w/ Basement Sump Filter Upgrade – Walpole, MA

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

This week we had the opportunity to do some much-needed work on an old, messy and unreliable basement sump filter system for a saltwater fish tank. The entire filter system along with the RODI are all in a dedicated room in the basement on the other side of the house. As you can see in the “before” pictures, this sump filter had some major problems. First, the sump was made of glass. Although glass aquariums can be used as sump filters, they are much more fragile and harder to work with than acrylic. Secondly, there is “salt creep”...

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125 Gallon Reef Aquarium Update – Waltham, MA

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

Today we serviced the gorgeous reef aquarium in Waltham, MA. This system is about 2 years old and is doing great. Above, 125 gallon reef aquarium with Pacific Sun Pandora S LED and T5 lighting. We were called out today to service the RODI water filter system as well as perform water analysis/testing, calibrate and adjust the Pacific Sun Kore 5th Doser, refill the dosing containers, service the skimmer and give everything a general checkup. In all, everything is doing great. Neon Green and Purple branching hammer coral. Above, Foxface fish...

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New Fish Additions – 220 Gallon Saltwater Reef Aquarium – Gloucester, MA

Posted by on Apr 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

You all remember this 220 gallon saltwater reef aquarium in Gloucester, MA from our previous posts on this tank. We installed this tank a year and half ago and made some additional upgrades early this year including a Pacific Sun Kore 5th Doser and LED lighting. The system is doing great. Yet, the one thing it lacks is a some big show fish as the center pieces. Although there are plenty of other smaller fish that school, there is nothing quite like the Adult Emperor Angelfish. The Emperor Angelfish is native to Africa, Fiji, Indonesia,...

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St. Patrick’s Day Birthday Trip to the New England Aquarium – Boston, MA

Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in Uncategorized

It had been a long time since I’d been to the NE Aquarium in Boston. Growing up we’d visit Mystic Aquarium in CT and Boston Aquarium at least a few times a year. In fact, that’s what got me hooked in this crazy world of fish. This year, St Patrick’s Day (17 March) was Emmy’s first birthday! We decided to bring her to the aquarium for the first time – and she LOVED it. Above, a giant reef tank representative of the Pacific coral reef community. Some familiar “faces” – Sea Urchin and Snail gliding across the glass. Some...

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Pacific Sun Hyperion S LED Lighting Installation – Gloucester, MA

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

Yesterday Imagine an Ocean installed a new Pacific Sun Hyperion S LED lighting system at Latitude 43 restaurant in Gloucester, MA. We replaced an older model 8x54w T5 lamp that needed new bulbs and was beginning to fail. The new Hyperion S lamp can produce equal power, has 11 colors to mix and match and can simulate sunrise/sunset, cloud coverage, weather simulation and moon phase! The aquarium at Latitude 43 has been running for many years. About 2 years ago Imagine an Ocean began servicing this tank have kept it healthy and thriving. As you...

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Reef Aquarium Equipment Installation: T5 Fluorescent Lighting Retro-fit Kit in Canopy

Posted by on Mar 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

We recently installed this T5 retro-fit kit in the canopy of this 70 gallon reef tank in Wakefield, MA. The customer wanted to add some supplementing fluorescent lighting to his Pacific Sun Hyperion S2 LED lamp. The retro-fit kit comes with the wiring, reflectors, end-caps and the electronic ballast that powers the bulbs. We installed the kit inside the canopy. 1 bulb is on either side of the Pac Sun Hyperion. The reflectors increase the amount of light that is directed towards the corals. As the LEDs are the primary light source on this tank,...

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FIRST FISH!!! 75 Gallon Saltwater Aquarium Installation – Beverly, MA

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

Today is the day! Our first fish are being put in the new 75 gallon aquarium at Harborlight Family Medicine in Beverly, MA. Since this saltwater aquarium installation, the new tank has been running for a few weeks and the water chemistry is stable, we can safely begin adding fish, corals and other invertebrates. We float the fish bag in the aquarium water for about 20 minutes to let the temperatures reach equilibrium. Once that is done, we’ll add tank water to the fish bag for 30 minutes until the fish have been properly adjusted to the...

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Reef Aquarium Service – 100 Gallon Cadlights and Pacific Sun Pandora S

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

We shared the story of this reef aquarium conversion a few months back. This week we’re back in Boston, MA to check up on the system and give it a thorough cleaning. Upon arriving, everything looks fantastic! As you can see, the tank is FULL of healthy, thriving coral and fish. All the coral in this tank have been under Pacific Sun LED lighting for years. Many of them came from the cube aquarium that was here last year. New corals come from many places including Love the Reef in Wilmington, MA. This reef tank is also completely monitored...

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75 Gallon Saltwater Fish Tank Installation Part II – Beverly, MA

Posted by on Feb 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

We are now onto part II of our new saltwater aquarium installation in Beverly. If you don’t remember, take a look at Part I on our blog. A few days later the water is finally ready for live sand and rock. As usual, we drain the tank partially before adding the rock. Once our rock structure is built, live sand is added around the base of the rock and covers the bottom of the tank. We use about 1.5 inches of sand typically. The wavemaker seen on the left side of the tank pulses varying water currents that create a realistic reef...

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220 Gallon Reef Aquarium Installation Part VII – Methuen, MA

Posted by on Jan 31, 2015 in Uncategorized

Be sure to review part VI of this installation on our blog or FB This reef aquarium installation is now two months old and already full of life. Fish and coral are added little by little each week to keep the system balanced and healthy. Above, the full length of the aquarium from the entrance of the home. A sand sifting goby is seen hovering above the lower rocks. A neon green hammer coral is center with frogspawn towards the right. Can you spot the giant snail? Zooanthids left, lobophyllia center and an anthias fish on the right. A...

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