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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Protein Skimmers

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Protein Skimmers, otherwise known as “foam factionators” are supplemental filters for saltwater aquariums. Adding a skimmer to any saltwater tank will improve the quality and the clarity of the aquarium’s water. A protein skimmer does just what it says, it “skims” or removes particles from the aquarium water. The particles range from proteins, to fatty acids, to trace elements - all of which contaminate a tank’s water.

The process by which the particles are removed from the water is really quite ingenious. A large number of bubbles are injected into the water. The bubbles then float up to the surface, brining along many particles contained within the water. The particles end up attaching to the emerging bubbles. Each bubble presents additional surface area for the molecules to adhere to. As more and more bubbles become saturated with particles, they begin to form into a foam. That foam is then taken to a waste collector where it is ultimately extracted from the aquarium's water cycle. Almost all skimmers share similar features as the intended purpose is the same.

There are two ways the extraction of particles is facilitated, either via a Co-current or Counter-current flow system. Here at Truvu Aquariums the majority of our customers are looking for skimmers to use with Saltwater or Reef-ready tanks. Because of this, we sell only the Counter-current variety. All Counter-current skimmers use some type of impeller to chop or shred the air which in turn creates bubbles. We feel this is the most efficient method for bubble creation and particle extraction. Also Counter-current skimmers are quiet and compact. This puts the focus on your aquarium, rather than the system supporting it.

In our selection of Protein Skimmers you'll find both in-sump or hang-on varieties. You can also choose from models which utilize down-draft or needle wheel mechanics. We also have venture protein skimmers. While all the various models and mechanics can seem a bit confusing, a quick chat with one of our aquarium experts is all it takes to find the right skimmer for your aquatic environment. Please give us a call today at 623-242-5649. We're always excited to impart our knowledge to customers needing solid, reputable advice.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Aquarium Pump

An aquarium pump is essential for both freshwater and saltwater aquariums. A aquarium pump will provide proper water circulation while also aerating the water by agitating the surface. A healthy aquatic environment is maintained in part by an effective pump which oxygenates the water. Purchasing the right aquarium pump is a critical decision and as always, Truvu Aquariums can help you choose the right model for your tank.

We sell three different types of aquarium pumps, the Mag DriveThe Rio and Lifeguard Aquatics. The Mag Drive features an epoxy encapsulated motor as well as a ceramic impeller. It is the ideal combination between power and efficiency. These classic pumps are ideally suited for both freshwater and saltwater aquariums. With only one moving part, the impeller - these pumps will not contaminate the tank’s water with harmful oils or chemicals.

The Rio aquatic pump offers an enhanced motor design giving it versatility and a quiet/cool operation. It is a fully submersible pump and can be used in conjunction with wet-dry filters, protein skimmers and sterilizers. We offer Rio pumps with different flow rates to fit perfectly with a variety of aquarium sizes and configurations.

If you’re looking for an extremely quiet and robust aquatic pump, the Lifeguard Aquatics pump may be the ideal candidate. This pump works perfectly for both fresh and saltwater applications. It runs cool, and generates maximum power while using less energy consumption. The Lifeguard uses internal recirculation to prevent overheating. It also uses an ingenious internal system of “cooling chambers” to provide enhanced air-cooling during operation.

Which aquarium pump you’ll ultimately choose will depend on your tank’s size, your water filtration needs and the aquatic life in your underwater environment. As Truvu Aquariums has over 40 years of experience in custom aquariums and the supplies needed to properly maintain an aquatic habitat, we think it’s best to consult with us before purchasing your pump. There are many different sizes available for varying water capacity and filtration needs. We’ll help you pick exactly the right model. We can be contacted Monday-Friday by phone at: 623-242-5649 or via our website. Don't let purchasing the correct aquarium pump become a frustrating experience. Truvu Aquariums will help you make the right decision.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Aquarium Filtration

Aquarium Filtration is what keeps your aquarium environment healthy. Filtration is as important to your overall system as is the tank itself! With a properly functioning aquarium system, your hobby of fishkeeping will be that much easier. If you don’t have the correct filtration for your tank and/or environment, a lot of frustration will follow. It's important to understand what filtration will best fit your needs.

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Truvu Aquariums carries all types of filtration, from Hang-on filtration for Freshwater to Canisters. Hang-on filters are perfectly designed to hang off the back of the aquarium where we have a "filter slot" cut out in the top.  If you’ve already got a Truvu Freshwater Aquarium - the filter slots are all standardized in size and pre-drilled. Canister filters provide highly efficient mechanical and biological filtration for larger aquariums. Canisters incorporate staged filtering with multiple filter types, which translates to cleaner water. They sit inside your stand and use intake and return lines that run up the outside back wall of the tank, over the top and into a filter slot.

If Saltwater is more your thing, then Truvu has you covered with our own line of Sumps, Protein Skimmer Sumps, Wet/Dry’s and Refugiums. Our line of filters are specially designed to filter up to the rated gallons. An added benefit is that our filters have been designed to accommodate a power outage. This prevents your sump from overflowing when the water level is run at the recommended level. Truvu Aquariums also has all the plumbing kits to connect in-stand filters. We’ve pretty much got it all when it comes to aquarium filtration. If we don’t have it - we can custom make it.

Aquarium filtration can make or break your aquatic environment. It’s important you understand the intricacies involved with filtration and how important getting the right filtration is for your fishkeeping hobby.  Truvu Aquariums can be your trusted partner in both understanding and purchasing filtration. Our staff of highly trained aquatic experts will quickly and efficiently assist you with selecting the correct products for your intended purpose. Please call us today at: 623-242-5649 or contact us online.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Aquasystem -The All In One Aquarium


The Aquasystem by Truvu Aquariums is an All In One (AIO) state-of-the-art aquarium, custom made with the highest quality materials available today. Imagine having an aquarium that is ready to go right out of the box. An aquarium made with acrylic walls containing an internal wet/dry filtration system, providing effective removal of toxins and contaminates. Best of all - the Aquasystem works perfectly well for freshwater, saltwater and reef setups!

Most often when you purchase an aquarium - especially one to be used for saltwater or reefs, there is so much more to buy and setup beyond just the tank. That’s not the case with the Aquasystem. After removing the packaging, our Aquasystem is truly a plug and play tank.

Are you tired of complicated filter management? The Aquasystem allows for easy filter maintenance and removal via the top of the aquarium. The pre-filter replacements are very easy to replace. Additional filters are also available for reorder via our website.

The Aquasystem features a hidden chamber which is used to store your heater. This configuration means there will not be any hoses or tubes hanging off the back of the aquarium. It's truly a "clean" looking system with zero ugly parts hanging off the sides or top. 

Included with the tank are the Wet/dry chamber, drip tray, mechanical pre-filter, opening covers and a pump with a return line. Everything you need - and everything is internal! Simply add the water, the heater, lights (sold separately) and plug it in. It’s instant satisfaction and in less time then it will take to purchase your fish, your tank will be ready for many years of use. The AIO Aquasystem will change the way you approach fishkeeping. 40 years of experience has gone into manufacturing a truly exceptional piece of equipment that is both aesthetically pleasing and highly functional. Please contact Truvu Aquariums at 623-242-5649 for more information on this amazing product.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Discount Aquariums

Discount aquariums can be a great way to get exposure to the hobby of fishkeeping. For many customers, the biggest hinderance to getting started is in purchasing a large tank. Tanks large enough to adequately house your aquatic environment are an investment. That's where Truvu Aquariums can help. New aquarium hobbyists will find our latest offer to good to pass up. We have decided to create a new product category featured in our online store. This category is dedicated to discount aquariums. The aquariums listed in this new category are all first-rate products. There are no blemishes or manufacture defects on these high quality aquariums. What better way to obtain your first tank then to purchase a discount aquarium from the most respected online retailer of aquariums and aquarium supplies?

Every product you’ll find in our discount aquariums category fits the following criteria:

  •  The aquariums in this category are the most sought after sizes on the market
  •  To the best of our knowledge, these are the lowest prices you’ll find on the internet
  •  Each aquarium has an incredible price and FREE FREIGHT (within the continental US only. Excludes, Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico)

We currently have several tanks available in our Discount Aquariums category. These tanks range in price from $1079-$1999.99. All tanks are custom manufactured using acrylic walls. Each tank is “Reef Ready”. There are a range of options to choose from. You can choose the Back Color, Overflow Location and Drain Hole Size. You can request a Bulkhead Fitting, Water Return Kit and a stylish, high-quality Aquarium Stand and/or Canopy.

This October will be Truvu Aquariums 44th year of business! That's equals a lot of years of fishkeeping! We literally live aquariums. We hope to share our passion for fishkeeping with as many customers as possible. What a better way to celebrate almost a half century of business then to offer our wonderful customers, discount aquariums! We hope you'll visit our new category. We know you'll find incredible products and even better deals.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Factory Second Aquariums

From time to time, Truvu Aquariums offers quality factory second aquariums. Over the course of a year, we generally have a few pieces that are one-offs. These pieces have a minor imperfection which prevents us from selling at full retail, but in no way effect performance of the aquarium. All our items listed as seconds are sold on a first come first serve basis.

If you're just getting into fishkeeping, purchasing a tank at a considerable discount is a great way to start. Very often you’ll find incredible steals. Going this route allows you to "test the waters" without fully committing to a brand new aquarium. Check back with our site every now and then, you may find a fantastic deal on a factory second aquarium or on related aquarium supplies.

Our highlighted product this week falls within our factory second aquariums category, It is a premier 300W 96x30x24 Black Back Standard Freshwater Tank. The tank holds 298 gallons and is considered “wide”. The reason this particular aquarium falls under our factory second aquariums is due to a small rub mark on the back on the tank which occurred during shipping. When the tank is set up, you cannot see the rub mark and there are no other visual defects or structural damage. This aquarium carries a 100% warranty. Here’s the best part - this tank would normally sell for $2,200.00 plus freight. Being that it is now considered a factory second aquarium, the price has been considerably discounted to $995.00 - including FREE FREIGHT within the continental United States. This is an amazing offer for a tank with such minimal damage.

300W 96x30x24 Black Back Standard Freshwater Tank

This month, we also have two additional items we’ve added to our factory second aquariums. These Frag Tanks were prototypes. They are first grad aquariums selling for a highly discounted price:

  • 24x24x12 Frag Tank with Overflow - Only $145.00
  • 24x24x8 Frag Tank with Overflow - $109.00

These frag tanks are a great addition to larger display aquariums. Frag tanks are a great holding area for selective pieces of corals or the perfect spot to isolate injured or growing corals. For more great products at a discounted price, please check our page dedicated to factory second aquariums. While we don’t have many pieces in the factory seconds category, it doesn’t hurt to take a look once in a while. You never know what you’ll find! 

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Choosing the Right Aquarium Stand - Made Easy

Choosing the right aquarium stand as well as the aquarium canopy is more important than you may think. An aquarium stand is a key piece in your overall aquarium system. The stand is more than just a platform on which to set your aquarium or a decorative after thought. A well-designed stand is functional, housing your equipment and supplies. It should be well built and sturdy. It should be designed to last for many years. If it is a custom-built stand, it should fit your intended space perfectly.

You’ll find cheap stands that are constructed of iron or particle board. Don't be tempted to buy a product of inferior quality. Aquarium stands made of iron are not sturdy and more importantly, they do not conceal your aquarium equipment. Stands made from particle board may look nice with a coat of paint - but they will break down prematurely and cannot stand up to the day-to-day wear and tear that your stand will undoubtedly encounter. At Truvu Aquariums, our stands are constructed of 3/4 inch plywood. The hardware used in construction is made to last. Our craftsmanship is unparalleled in the industry.  Our standard sized aquarium stand is 30 inches tall. However, we can certainly make any custom sized stand. All stands have a removable back panel which allows you to install a larger filtration system.

While Truvu Aquariums can assist you with choosing the right aquarium stand, we can also help with your aquarium canopy. A canopy serves many purposes beyond just being a cover for your aquarium. A properly fitted canopy protects your aquatic life, houses your lightning system and keeps water evaporation to a minimum. We offer canopies which are designed to perfectly match the stand. Our standard canopies are 8 inches high. However, here again, we can custom design any canopy size and appearance. Our canopies are visually appealing while giving you the most options to house your lighting. Our canopies are also designed to cover the top 2 inches of your aquarium. We offer this unique design in order to hide the water line. In this way you won’t have light shining out of the aquarium into your field of vision. The light is focused where it should be, on your aquatic life. 

Choosing the right aquarium stand and accompanying canopy isn’t as difficult as it may seem if you use a trusted partner like Truvu Aquariums. Our staff has years of experience in helping customers find the right stand to perfectly match your aquarium and intended space. You can be sure that you’ll get no-nonsense recommendations from some of the finest aquarium experts in the industry. Give us a call today at 623-242-5649 or visit our website to get started on finding the right aquarium stand for your home or office. We know you’ll find our service and expertise unsurpassed.

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