Aquarium Service and Maintenance

Overview of Aquarium Services

Orange County Reef Care Aquarium Services include a wide range of Aquarium services for both residential and commercial spaces. We strive to meet all of your aquarium service needs from the initial aquarium design and installation to regular maintenance and cleaning. We also offer emergency overhaul aquarium services when needed. Our company specializes in aquarium leasing, please call us for details. OC Reef care offers a wide variety of aquarium services, including fish tank maintenance, aquarium setup, aquarium cleaning, aquarium leasing, reef tank care, coral care along with offering aquarium rental for doctors offices, dentist offices, waiting rooms, lobbies, restaurants, etc.

Aquarium Service

  • Aquarium Design
  • Aquarium Setup
  • Aquarium Installation
  • Aquarium Leasing
  • Aquarium Maintenance Service (cleaning, water changes, water testing)


To best serve our clients, we’ve created the following policies:

  • Free estimates and consultations on system design, construction and installation, and maintenance
  • 24 hour emergency availability
  • One month unconditional livestock guarantee
  • Limited lifetime warranty on aquariums and cabinets
  • No delivery charge for livestock, pumps, lighting, food, etc.
  • Fully insured and bonded


Below is a list of tasks performed, but not limited to:

  • 10%-20% water change and vacuum (reef systems only)
  • 10%-50% water change and vacuum (fish-only systems)
  • Replace/clean decorations
  • Scrub algae on glass
  • Clean outside glass (tops included)
  • Replace/clean filters
  • Clean/Service protein skimmers
  • Service refugiums – trim Caulerpa
  • Clean sump area
  • Clean strainers
  • Replace overflow filters
  • Replace filter bags
  • Tune-up (ensure pumps are working properly)
  • Polish aquarium cabinetry
  • Fish health assessment
  • Water testing (Ammonia, Nitrites, Nitrates, Phosphates, Calcium, Alkalinity, Magnesium, PH, Silicates, Salinity, etc…)
  • Add trace elements, carbon and conditioners
  • Deliver livestock/fish food as needed
  • Fish/Coral feeding



Saltwater and Freshwater Fish-Only

10% water change using ocean water and RO/DI freshwater 10%- 20% water change and vacuum gravel
Fill sump with RO/DI water at desired level Rotate decorative corals
Scrub algae off of inner aquarium walls using magnet and hand scrubbers Scrub algae in glass, including gravel line
Scrub algae from sand gravel line and below Clean outside glass (tops included)
Change filter bags Replace/clean filters, including protein skimmer, Fluval canister, Ocean Clear micron, UV bulbs, halide and fluorescent bulbs, etc.
Add supplements Tune-up (ensure pumps, lighting, etc. are working properly)
Clean Protein Skimmer Clean sump area
Clean outside glass (tops included) Fish health assessment
Tune-up (ensure pumps, lighting, etc. are working properly) Water testing (calcium, alkalinity, nitrate, phosphate, PH, ammonia, nitrite, salinity, etc.
Clean sump area Add trace elements, carbon and conditioners
Fish health assessment Deliver livestock/fish food as needed
Water testing (calcium, alkalinity, nitrate, phosphate, PH, ammonia, nitrite, salinity, etc.
Deliver livestock/fish food as needed

Services per customer are customized and none of the above may or may not apply to each individual customer. Above only is a sample of services that may be offered.

Contact us for a customized Aquarium Service plan.

FAQ about Aquarium Maintenance

What is a refugium?

Information on what a refugium is can be found here

Tropical Fish Magazine article on Refugiums

What is RO/DI water?

Reverse Osmosis and Deionization explained in this article:

RO and DI Water explained






OC Reef Care has maintained our two saltwater tanks for the past five years, and has done a tremendous job for us. We have had the tanks for fifteen years, and have never before been so pleased with the quality care and maintenance of the tanks and fish. Both of our tanks are odd sized and difficult to maintain; but OC Reef Care has kept them immaculate and our fish healthy. In the inevitable case where we lost a fish or two, they were prompt to find out why and replace them. The smaller tank is a reef tank, with a lot of live coral, urchins, etc., and draws comments and compliments from everyone who passes. I am a scuba diver, but am in no way a fish expert. I just love them; and Alfonso and his team understand that. I am confident they have had a chuckle or two over the freaked out executive who thought her fish might be sick or suffering or who won’t feed them anything live, and who SO does not understand the whole circle of life thing. But they have been kind, considerate and very responsive whenever there have been issues. Quite honestly, we have had dealings at some level with nearly every aquarium specialist in the area; and none of them can compare with Alfonso and OC Reef Care. I highly recommend them for any and all of your aquarium needs.