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240 gallon freshwater tank in Ipswich, MA part 2- Aquarium Installation by Imagine an Ocean

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in aquarium installation ma, aquarium service ma, Aquatic Community, Equipment, Featured, Filtration, Fish, fish acclimation, freshwater, Hyperion SMT, Installation, Lighting, Live, Pacific Sun LED, pH, Plumbing | 0 comments

  Last week we took a quick look at a 240 gallon freshwater tank that we installed in Ipswich, MA.  Today we’ll take a closer look at some of this aquarium’s components and residents.     The fish you see here, and some of the water, came from a 75 gallon freshwater aquarium that we had been maintaining for several years now. This new tank sits on a custom built stand and has a matching custom canopy. The tank is lit by a Pacific Sun Hyperion LED aquarium...

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Imagine an Ocean installs 240 gallon aquarium in new science labs at Melrose High School

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in aquarium installation ma, aquarium service ma, Aquatic Community, Community, Featured, Hyperion SMT, Installation, Lighting, Live Rock, Melrose High School, Pacific Sun LED | 0 comments

At the end of the last school year, Imagine an Ocean was contacted by Melrose High School to remove and store their tank while work was being done in the classrooms.   After removing the water, live rock, and sand, Yorgos and Sean lifted the tank off of its stand and brought it back to our shop to be cleaned and stored.     It was also time for a new stand. Fortunately, we have an in-house carpenter who can build stands, canopies, and other pieces of aquarium...

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Multi-story saltwater reef aquarium installation

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in aquarium installation ma, aquarium service ma, Aquatic Community, customer service, Equipment, Filtration, Installation, Plumbing | 0 comments

    These two empty tanks may look like they’re being stored safely in someone’s basement, but they have been placed deliberately and will soon be full of cycling saltwater.       The more water a system has, the more stable it is. Minor changes in pollution or nitrate levels will have a smaller net effect in a large environment.                       This is the display tank for this reef aquarium. We would...

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Fishinformation vol: 3 The Emperor Angelfish

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in aquarium service ma, Aquatic Community, customer service, Emperor Angelfish, Featured, Fish, fish acclimation, Fishinformation, General Information, Live, livestock acclimation, Tropical Fish | 0 comments

  Look at this fish…     …Now look at this one: What do these two have in common?     If you answered “they’re both beautiful”, you’d be accurate. If you answered “”they’re both beautiful tropical reef fish”, you’d be more accurate. If you answered “They’re both angelfish”, you know your fish and I tip my cap. The real answer is that these two eye-catching fish are both members of the same species, the Emperor Angelfish (Pomacanthus...

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What is PAR?

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in aquarium service ma, Aquatic Community, Equipment, General Information, Lighting, PAR, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Spend any time researching or discussing lighting options for your aquarium and the subject of PAR is bound to come up. But what exactly is PAR and why is it important?   PAR stand for photosynthetic active radiation. This is the spectrum of wavelengths whose energy is able to be used by photosynthetic cells in plants, corals, and algae. The wavelengths available for photosynthesis (which is the easiest way to think of PAR) are those between 400-700 nanometers.   table courtesy of...

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Cyanobacteria (Red Slime Algae) and the importance of regular aquarium maintenance

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in aquarium service ma, Aquatic Community, customer service, General Information, Live Rock, medical, pH, Problems, Red Slime Algae (cyanobacteria), testing, Uncategorized, vacation care | 0 comments

  Many reefkeepers are unfortunate enough to have encountered red slime algae in their aquariums and fish tanks. Many of us have encountered red slime but what is it and what causes it to grow?     Red slime algae is not actually an algae at all, but rather an ancient form of bacteria called cyanobacteria. Cyanobacteria are marine, unicellular, photosynthetic organisms that have the distinction of being the oldest fossil on record at 3.5 billion years! Though they are...

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