Maintenance & Tips

With good maintenance you are assured of years of pleasure with our products. Our maintenance guide helps you and forms the base of proper maintenance. Our maintenance guide is divided into the following subjects:

Aquarium units

Daily maintenance

  • Remove any dead fish every morning (before opening the shop);
  • Check for diseases and, if necessary, medicate;
  • Water tests for, among other things, ammonia and nitrite;
  • Feeding the fish once a day (feed must be finished within 1 minute);
  • Changing the aquarium water (automatically with an AWS system):
  • Time 1: approximately 09:30, refresh 2 minutes per rack;
  • Time 2: approximately 1 p.m., refresh 2 minutes per rack;
  • Time 3: approximately 4.30 pm, refresh 2 minutes per position.

PLEASE NOTE: The refreshing time is an average and also depends on the hardness and/or the water pressure!

Weekly maintenance

  • Filters: remove the top filter mat of each filter weekly and rinse it out. Next, add a dash (cap) of bacteria in the filter. Note: do not rinse all mats due to loss of bacteria;
  • Cleaning the inside of the aquarium (this can also be done by placing a number of algae eaters and snails in the aquarium);
  • Cleaning the outside of the aquarium and the rack (without chemical products);
  • Check whether the water is changed (of the AWS) at the set time. Also check that the supply valves are open;
  • Disinfect landing nets (with salt water or disinfection water).

Monthly maintenance

  • Check/clean circulation pumps.

Annual maintenance

  • Rinse and/or renew all filter mats once a year. Then add bacteria;
  • Renew oxygen stones.

Tips

  • Assign 1 person who is responsible for all work on and around the aquarium racks. Of course this also includes the operation of the computer;
  • DO NOT use cleaning products;
  • Note: Automatic Water Change System (AWS) = self-filling, NOT self-cleaning;
  • When medicating the fish, the refreshment valve should be closed.

The medicine has to remain in the water for a certain time (see description of the medicine).

Note: After treatment, open the refreshment valve again;

  • Use 1 landing net per aquarium (in connection with the transmission of diseases);
  • Lights on for a maximum of 10 hours due to algae growth (possibly with the help of a timer).

Coldwater fish basins

Daily maintenance

  • Remove any dead fish every morning (before opening the shop);
  • Check for diseases and, if necessary, medicate;
  • Water tests for, among other things, ammonia and nitrite.
  • Feeding the fish once a day (feed must be finished within 1 minute);
  • Changing the aquarium water (automatically with an AWS):
  • Time 1: approximately 9.30 am, 5 minutes change per fish tank;
  • Time 2: approximately 1 p.m., 5 minutes change per fish tank;
  • Time 3: approximately 4.30 pm, 5 minutes change per fish tank.

PLEASE NOTE: The change time is an average and also depends on the hardness and/or the water pressure!

Weekly maintenance

  • Filters: remove the top filter mat of each filter weekly and rinse it out. Next, add a dash (cap) of bacteria in the filter. Note: do not rinse all mats due to loss of bacteria;
  • Cleaning the inside of the aquarium
  • Cleaning the outside of the fish tank (without chemical products);
  • Check whether the water is changed (of the AWS) at the set time. Also check that the supply valves are open;
  • Disinfect landing nets (with salt water or disinfection water).

Monthly maintenance

  • Check/clean circulation pumps;
  • Make sure that the oxygen stones in the filter are located between the filter mats, because of better bacteria resistance and the splashing water which can cause lime scale on the lid (cover frames).

Annual maintenance

  • Rinse and/or renew all filter mats once a year. Then add bacteria;
  • Renew oxygen stones.
  • Renew the UV-lamp

Tips

  • Assign 1 person who is responsible for all work on and around the fish tanks. Of course this also includes the operation of the computer;
  • DO NOT use cleaning products;
  • Note: Automatic Water Change System (AWS) = self-filling, NOT self-cleaning;
  • When medicating the fish, the refreshment valve should be closed.

The medicine has to remain in the water for a certain time (see description of the medicine).

Note: After treatment, open the refreshment valve again;

  • Use 1 landing net per aquarium (in connection with the transmission of diseases);

Plant sales islands

Daily maintenance

  • Make sure that the drain to the filter is not blocked by loosened plants and/or plant remains;
  • Fill with water (in the filter) when the pump is off;
  • Make sure that the filter does not overflow when the pump is switched on again.

Weekly maintenance

  • Cleaning the inside and outside of the plant island;
  • Remove bad plants and plant residues.

Monthly maintenance

  • Check/clean circulation pump (if present);
  • Clean the filter.

Tips

  • Assign 1 person who is responsible for all work on and around the plant island;
  • Provide good and appropriate lighting above the plant island. If fluorescent lighting: replace the beams every other year;
  • Do not use cleaning products in and around the plant island;
  • Provide a good and tidy working environment. You can have a kitchen unit or work unit installed by Aquaja, so that you have a safe working environment.

Small animal enclosures

Daily maintenance

  • Ensure that the animals are always provided with food and drink;
  • Refresh and clean drinking and feeding troughs on time.

Weekly maintenance

Clean the rodent boxes at least once a week and put a new bedding in the rodent boxes;

  • Cleaning the outside of the rodent island;
  • Disinfect the rodent bins.

Tips

  • Assign 1 person who is responsible for all activities in and around the rodent enclosure;
  • Keep windows and lids tightly closed to prevent escape;
  • Provide a good and tidy working environment. This ensures a better presentation of your animals and is therefore conducive to sales.
  • Did you know that you can order individual parts, such as drinking bottles (all accessories available separately), windows, cover plates, etc. from Aquaja?

Bird units

Daily maintenance

  • Refresh and clean drinking and feeding troughs on time;
  • Keep the sliding doors of the rack clean and closed to prevent dust in the store;
  • Let the electric fan run continuously;
  • Clean the reception bin on the front of the removable tray.

Weekly maintenance

  • Clean the drawers of the cages and provide them with new bedding;
  • Clean the inside and outside of the bird rack.

Monthly maintenance

  • Clean the electric fan and vacuum the fan hose;
  • Check the perches for wear and replace if necessary.

Tips

  • Assign 1 person who is responsible for all work on and around the bird rack;
  • Keep windows and lids tightly closed to prevent escape;
  • Provide a good and tidy working environment. This ensures a better presentation of your animals and is therefore conducive to sales.

• Did you know that you can order separate parts, such as perches, drinking troughs and feeding troughs separately from Aquaja?

Reptile units

Daily maintenance

  • Refresh and clean drinking and feeding troughs on time;
  • Clean sliding glass windows of the cages.

Weekly maintenance

  • Clean cages and provide them with new bedding;
  • Disinfect cages weekly;
  • Check heating and lamps and replace if necessary;
  • Clean the inside and outside of the terrarium rack.

Tips

  • Assign 1 person who is responsible for all work on and around the terrarium;
  • Keep the sliding windows tightly closed to prevent escape;
  • Never replace the lamps (if necessary) with normal lamps, but with suitable terrarium lamps;
  • Provide a good and tidy working environment. This ensures a better presentation of your animals and is therefore conducive to sales.
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