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FAQ



Can I drill holes in my aquarium for external filters?

Maybe, many of our aquariums are made with tempered glass in the bottom. Tempered glass cannot be drilled. Non-tempered glass panels may be drilled by a qualified technician. In some cases, you may special order All-Glass aquariums pre-drilled with the MegaFlow or Twin-Flow overflow systems. You could also special order, in some cases, an aquarium with non-tempered glass if you wanted to have it drilled outside of our facility. If you have an older tank that you want to drill, don’t take any chances - if you are not sure that the glass is non-tempered, do not drill it.

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Can I remove the center brace of my aquarium frame?

No! Removing the center brace on the frame is not recommended. Removing or cutting the center brace will affect the structural integrity of the aquarium. The brace is needed to reinforce front to back support and modifying the brace may cause the aquarium to fail and leak over time. Most of our glass canopies and full hoods require the center brace to be intact to keep them from falling in the tank. In larger aquariums, removal of the center brace can cause the tank to “bow”. The extent of the “bow” could make the lighting products not fit properly. Please note: Removing the center brace or otherwise tampering with the structure of your aquarium will void the manufacturer’s warranty.

Some of our smaller aquariums do not require a center brace, so if your smaller aquarium does not have a brace, this is normal.

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Can my aquarium be used for both fresh and saltwater applications?

Yes. Most Aqueon aquariums may be used for either freshwater or saltwater set-ups. The only aquarium that are not suitable for saltwater would be the Mini Bow 2.5 and Mini Bow 5.

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Do I need to drain my tank in order to move it?

Yes! Aquariums of any size should not be moved with water in them. In most cases, removing any decorations and gravel is also recommended. Moving an aquarium with the water and the grave still in it; even a very short distance can stress the seams and glass which may cause damage to the aquarium. The type of damage that could occur from moving an aquarium with water in it is leaking from the seams or pressure cracks in the glass. This type of damage is not covered under the warranty, so be safe and don’t take a chance.

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How many gallons of water will drain back into my sump if the power goes out?

This is mainly determined by the "operation" water level in your tank. This is the height of the water level above the top of the back portion of the overflow. That is how much will drain back: plus whatever it in the overflow areas.

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How often should I change my filter cartridge?

The maintenance of an aquarium varies depending on how many animals are kept in the aquarium, what type of equipment is used to maintain the aquarium and what type of environmental conditions effect the aquarium. The variables are endless and because of this we will not be able to address these types of questions on this site.

Please contact one of our Authorized Dealers for assistance. You can find a dealer near you by using the Retail Store Locator at the bottom of each web page.

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How often should I change the water in my freshwater tank – how much water should I take out?

The maintenance of an aquarium varies depending on how many animals are kept in the aquarium, what type of equipment is used to maintain the aquarium and what type of environmental conditions effect the aquarium. The variables are endless and because of this we will not be able to address these types of questions on this site.

Please contact one of our Authorized Dealers for assistance. You can find a dealer near you by using the Retail Store Locator at the bottom of each web page.

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I want to build my aquarium into a wall. Are there any special considerations I should be concerned with?

Absolutely. First and foremost, you must be sure that the structure you are placing your aquarium on is perfectly level and will support the weight. A 210 gallon aquarium when filled with gravel, rocks, fish, and water weighs upwards of 2,450 pounds. All sides of the aquarium must be adequately supported in order to avoid stressing the seams of the tank. When placing your aquarium in any type of enclosed space, be sure to allow enough space around the tank to allow for routine maintenance, ventilation, equipment and basic care.

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What size aquarium should I purchase to accommodate my fish?

The general rule is to allow at least one gallon of water per inch of fish. You should also purchase an aquarium that will allow your fish to comfortably turn around in the tank. Once these requirements have been met, the size and shape of the aquarium is largely a matter of personal choice. We offer tanks in a wide range of sizes and shapes to compliment any décor. You could also consult with the personnel in your local pet store.

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Where can I find books on aquatics and fish care?

Your local fish shop is a good place to find literature on aquarium fish, plants and animals. Most pet stores carry books specific to the aquarium hobby. You can also research books on aquarium topics at www.tfh.com.

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