Aquascape – This term means to essentially landscape your aquarium to give it a natural look using rocks, wood and in most cases live aquatic plants. Aquascaped aquariums can look great! There are many factors to consider when creating an aquascape; scale, plant species and hardscape arrangement are just a few things to consider. Our friendly expert team have vast experience creating and maintaining beautiful planted aquascaped aquariums.
FOWLR – Fish Only with Live Rock. This is a style of saltwater aquarium, referring to the use of live rock but no corals. This style of aquarium is suitable for predator or coral eating fish species.
Reef tank – This refers to a style of saltwater aquarium which has been setup with live coral in mind, reef hobbyists enjoy creating a naturalistic reef look, using small, coral safe, fish and lots of live corals.
Weir – A weir is simply a grate which allows water to pass but stops debris such as leaves entering, weirs are commonly placed on aquarium which have a sump below, the weir stops debris blocking the pipework flowing to the sump.
Sump – A sump is a tank of water located below an aquarium, the water is pumped down into the sump and then back up into the aquarium. You can place almost all your equipment in a sump which is ideal as this means it is not on display in the aquarium. Sumps also increase the total water volume of a system meaning better water quality!
Heater – An aquarium heater is normally located inside the aquarium under the water, they have built in thermostats allowing you to adjust the temperature on a dial, the built in thermostat will turn the heater on and off automatically.
Air pump – This is referring to a piece of equipment which pumps air through an airline tube into an aquarium. The bubbles it forms in the aquarium look great but also provide surface agitation which increases the dissolved oxygen content in the aquarium water.
Gravel vacuum – This refers to a tube like piece of equipment which is connected to a hose, once a siphon is started the gravel vacuum can be dug into the gravel, it will remove fish waste and debris from the gravel whilst leaving the gravel in place.
Water change – This refers to a regular part of aquarium maintenance. This means to remove a portion of old aquarium water and replace it with new, treated water. This ensures good water quality for your fish.