FISH

Betas, Rainbows, Tetras and Cichlids – Pisces Reef has got them all with some of the most beautiful and exotic freshwater fish from around the globe.

 

PLANTS

Working on the perfect planted tank, your first aquarium or something in between? We;ve got a huge selection for freshwater plants for every aquarium, and there is always more on the way!

 

INVERTS

Freshwater Shrimp, Freshwater Snails, Frogs and more – Diverse, interesting, colorful, and unusual, freshwater invertebrates make fascinating additions to your home aquarium.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

There are many contributors to cloudy water.  If it is tinted green then you may have an annoying type of algae that is hard to get rid of.  Try keeping the tank out of direct sunlight, do partial water changes with reverse RO/DI water and consider a UV filter.

If looks milky, you may be seeing a bacteria bloom.  These typically pass quickly- anywhere from 1 day to a couple of weeks. This bloom or mini cycle can also happen if you change a large amount (say more than 50%) of the tank's water or if you wash the filter media. Try to avoid doing either of these things. Overstocking and overfeeding can cause a light haze, maybe reduce both of these.

Still not sure?  Bring 8 ounces of your water in a clean container and come see us.  We can provide all sorts of expertise and provide free water testing to help you get your water crystal clear in no time!

Fish typically grow to their natural size.  If you place fish in too small of a tank, you may stunt the fish's growth and/or cause physical deformities. Be sure to provide the right amount of space for each species of fish in your aquarium.  A Pisces freshwater fish specialist can help you select just the right fish for any size tank!

It is critical that you have an understanding of the water parameters that affect fish health and the importance of regular water testing.  Regular water testing should include: temperature, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and pH. Maintaining proper range in each of these parameters is vital. Stress due to fluctuating water conditions is one of the main causes of fish illness and death.

Be aware that ammonia is the most toxic nitrogenous compound in the aquarium. It is a by-product of fish respiration, excretion, and also comes from decaying foods in the aquarium.

Nitrite is also toxic. In the breakdown of organic wastes, it occurs as a midpoint in the nitrogen cycle between ammonia and nitrate. Nitrate is the least toxic end product of the breakdown of organic wastes, but high levels can produce algae blooms.

Be familiar with the details of your aquarium. Aquarium size, age, inhabitant list (number and type of fish) and water parameters are just some of the important considerations that need to be taken into account when selecting a new tankmate to your aquarium. Be prepared to ask questions and share information about your tank to help simply purchase decisions. Collect basic information on species prior to adding them to your tank: water parameter requirements, compatibility or temperament, dietary needs and maximum adult size are just a few things to keep in mind as you are shopping.

Nothing makes up for a knowledgeable, experienced aquarist.   Our Pisces Reef Emporium staff is always ready to share their experience and help you select just the right fish.

Whenever possible, all new arrivals should be acclimated and introduced to a separate quarantine tank. New fish are often stressed from transport and relocation making them susceptible to any disease or parasite when introduced to a new aquarium. To protect new additions, as well as existing fish, isolate new fish for at least 2 to 3 weeks. This will allow you to monitor the health of your fish and pay particular attention appetite and signs of illness.

Quarantine tanks are auxiliary aquarium setups that allow new arrivals to regain their strength and acclimate to new conditions in a stress-free environment. They are the best, long-term investment you can make.

Stable water temperature can be the single most important aspect of the overall well being of your fish. Fish, in the wild and in our aquariums, are very sensitive to changes in temperature and a sudden shift can send their immune system into shock.

During the spring and fall, day and nighttime temperature in your home can vary dramatically, so it is not uncommon for aquarium fish to experience ich or other diseases caused by a compromised immune system. During fall, pay particular attention to heater maintenance and operation. Monitor heater setting and actual water temperature to confirm heater performance. Water temperature readings on your aquarium thermometer should closely match your heater settings.

Elevated stress levels are at the root of most health problems in fish. Short-term stress will cause an increase in heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration. Fish can only maintain these altered states for a short period of time and then they will adapt or the stress will become chronic. Chronic stress can have a negative effect on growth, reproduction, digestion and will also compromise the immune system ultimately allowing parasites, bacteria, and fungi to infect a stressed fish and cause disease and death.

Most common causes of stress: poor water quality, low oxygen levels, inadequate hiding places, overstocking, improper nutrition and disturbances. While it is impossible to eliminate all stress, we do have the ability to limit or prevent many of the causes. Provide the highest quality water, nutrition and suitable tank environment. Introduce new fish carefully and always use a quarantine or treatment tank when necessary.

 

PRODUCTS, TANKS & SUPPLIES

Ready to make the plunge into the reefing hobby? Or already fully reefed out? We are thrilled to help answer your questions, provide advice or source the next addition to your aquarium. Let us know how we can help. 

Inventory is constantly changing.

Fish are always swimming out the door so order and reserve your next fish today.

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