Like any new fish tank, there is a "break in" period that requires a little more attention than when the system is older. This is because the fish in the system are getting used to their new home, good bacteria is still growing, and the water is still "new". The following are things to keep an eye on during the first 3 weeks:
- Monitor ammonia levels in the fish tank. This can be done by checking the Ammonia Alert sensor attached to the side of the tank. Fluctuation between "Safe" and "Alert" is common during the "break in" period. However, if the sensor reads "Alarm", we recommend changing out 25% of the water every other day until the sensor reads "Safe" or "Alert". If the sensor continues to read "Alarm" for more than 3 days, contact us, and we will help get your water back to "Safe". If the sensor reads "Toxic", we recommend changing out 50% of the water every other day until the sensor reads "Safe" or "Alert". If the water continues to read "Toxic" for more than 1 day, contact us, and we will help get your water back to "Safe".
- Keep an eye out for leaks. Though every system is monitored for leaks when installed, as a system settles, sometimes others appear. If it is a minor leak, send us an email, and we will make sure we fix it on our next service call. If it is a more serious leak, give us a call and we will come fix it.