FISH

Angels, clownfish, gobies, tangs, triggers puffers and wrasses – Pisces Reef offers an amazing collection of specimens. Sourcing some of the most beautiful wildlife from the Indian Ocean, the Atlantic, Hawaii, Fiji, Indonesia and Australia.

 

CORALS

Live corals are the most important contributors to the ecosystem of your saltwater reef aquariums. Pisces Reef has an extensive assortment of frags, corals and colonies featuring nano corals, mushrooms, polyps, soft corals, sea fans, SPS and LPS.

 

INVERTS

Marine invertebrates are some of the most exciting, colorful and unusual additions to your saltwater aquarium. Pisces Reef has a diverse collection of inverts – from clams and crabs to urchins and snails – as well as shrimp, starfish and sponges.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

A varied diet is important to maintain good nutrition and the well-being of your fish. Providing proper nutrition is a very simple way to maintain the health of your aquarium inhabitants. An improper or incomplete diet can result in nutrient and vitamin deficiencies and the onset of serious conditions such as stunted or improper growth, a weakened immune system, or death. Nutritionally complete frozen food can be used as a healthy staple diet or as a delicacy to supplement or to add variety. Similar to frozen foods, freeze-dried foods maintain natural nutrition, texture, and shape of live food but are processed differently for convenient storage and easy feedings. Liquid foods address the specific nutritional needs of young fish, filter feeders, and corals. They are usually a liquid suspension of minute food particles small enough to be accepted by tiny mouths.

Fish can be grouped based on their primary dietary requirements, carnivores, herbivores or omnivores. Carnivores are meat eaters and rely on a protein-heavy diet. Herbivores are plant eaters with digestive systems designed to extract nutrients from plant material. Most aquarium fish are omnivores and require a diet that includes both meat and plants. Since plant-eating fish are not able to properly digest animal-based foods and strictly carnivorous fish cannot obtain the proper nutrients from a plant-only diet, it is critical to match the food to the dietary needs of your aquarium fish.

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, pH, and specific gravity. 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.

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. Some aquariums will require a chiller in summer months to maintain consistent tank temperatures.

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. 

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