Wesley Vreeswijk is a specialist on the territory of seawater aquariums.
He is in the process of constructing a new Aquaja Diamond custom-made aquarium and takes you along in his ‘Aquaja Diamond Journal’ in various of his blogs.
What should you pay attention to when purchasing a new aquarium?
Now that I am busy planning my new aquarium, I realize that there are many things I have to think about. Luckily, this is not my first aquarium and I have some experience. But how to handle it when it is your first aquarium?
It can be overwhelming and that is why we will start at the beginning: a top 4 with important points to consider when you are ordering and putting together your new dream aquarium!
1. Where am I going to place the aquarium?
The most important to keep in mind is that an aquarium cannot be placed in too much direct sunlight. This can cause al lot of problems. Corals love the sun, but too much sunlight can lead to an algae-, dino- or flap infestation.
Besides that, the aquarium should not be standing in a spot where there is too much draft. This could lead to temperature fluctuations.
My new aquarium will be placed in the storage room and will be a so-called ‘in-wall’ aquarium. This means that everything in the storage will be cleared out and that the only sight from the house will be: pure enjoyment.
2. What is my goal with the aquarium??
An important choice is your ultimate goal: what do you want to keep and what do you want to accomplish with the aquarium? I like a SPS aquarium that needs a high flow system myself.
What does this mean for the design of your aquarium? A SPS aquarium needs a good current. So we need to pay attention to where the overflow will be placed as well as the outflow of the build-up.
In my case, the overflow will be on the entire left side to create a powerful surface flow. The outflow of the build-up will be placed at the right side en this way it won’t interrupt the pulling of the overflow and we will get a nice flow at the surface.
As I explained in a previous blog, the flow through your filter system is also important to add. I have chosen for a build-up pump of 18.000 liters an hour. This means that the water goes through the filter system 12 times. The more the water goes through the filter and along the protein skimmer, the more dirt and protein gets filtered out of the water. This results in the right quality of the water for a SPS aquarium.
A build-up pump of 18.000 l/h is fun, but the drainage has to be able to manage this as well. Therefore I chose to place two 50 mm drains. I use a tube system, in which there’s one main drainage and one emergency drainage. This way I get a silent overflow.
3. Which lighting will I use?
Lighting is, as I described in a previous blog, a very important part of your aquarium. I will be choosing an ATI Hybrid lamp for my new aquarium again.
In my old aquarium the light was placed on top of the glass stabilization strokes. For my new aquarium I will mount the light above the aquarium. I will use a motor to be able to raise and lower the light without any trouble.
You need to think wisely about which type of lighting you are going to use, because you need to adjust the glass stabilization strokes for the aquarium. Make sure these are placed high enough above the water level, to make sure the light as an optimal spread. You can also make a panel to cover the light and with a customized Aquaja Diamond tank you can make this panel as large or small as you like.
Before you start designing your aquarium you need to chose which filtration method you are going to use. This way you can make sure that the layout of your sump filter is adjusted and made to your specific wishes and needs. In my case I chose for a Royal Exclusive Dreambox with a fleecefilter.
Aquaja Diamond is able to fully customize your sump. You can also add a refugium, a special bracket to place your filter socks and so much more.
Not only a good layout of your sump is important, the layout of your cabinet is also important. You can add compartments to your cabinet so that you have a separate cabinet for all your electrical components. That way you don’t have to worry about moist getting into your electrical parts.
In my next blogs I will talk about the entire process of designing my next dream aquarium:
- Building the reef and the extension for the new aquarium
- Discussing and developing the Dreambox at the Royal Exclusive factory
- Visiting Aquaja Diamond to discuss all the details of the aquarium
- Buying my new lighting and visiting ATI
- Getting my storage room ready for the new aquarium
- Installing the new aquarium