At AquaLux, We Are Committed to Bringing Your Vision to Life

FOR AQUARIUM SERVICE, WE STAND ABOVE THE COMPETITION BY PROVIDING EXCEPTIONAL KNOWLEDGE, SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES AND UNPARALLELED CUSTOMER SUPPORT

Providing Exceptional Aquarium Service

Aquarium service is critical to ensure a timeless, beautiful tank. Our professional staff will work within any budget and around any schedule.  No job is too big or small! 

AquaLux is proud to provide specially designed professional care aquarium service packages tailored to each tank.

Customer Satisfaction is Our #1 Priority

AquaLux Aquatics Design and Maintenance works hand in hand with our clients, design professionals and architects to produce truly unique aquariums with stunning aquascape themes.

With our flexible aquarium maintenance services, just sit back and enjoy the view.

Specializing in Reef Aquariums

Planted tanks, saltwater aquariums and reef tanks need specialized setup and care to make them efficient and problem free.

At AquaLux, we understand the intricate and delicate balance of each ecosystem and employ sustainable practices where possible to provide its unique care.

A Recommendation is Our Highest Compliment

SEE WHAT OUR SATISFIED CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT OUR AQUARIUM SERVICE

  • Private Home Owner – Oakville

    I feel at ease when I am away on business knowing Greg is taking care of things back at home for me

  • Law Office – Markham

    Our staff loves him, Our clients love him! We look forward to our weekly visits

  • Private Home Owner – Pickering

    I didn't know this was possible... Greg made our dream a reality! We turn our sofa around so we can spend hours in front of our tank with the kids.

  • Property Manager, Toronto

    Greg is wonderful to work with and always has a smile on his face. He is truly passionate about what he does.

    He knows how to break down the complicated science of our aquarium eco-systems to our tenants and board members.  He is easily approachable with our tenant's requests for fish and coral.  We look forward to working with him for years to come, keeping our living art beautiful.

  • Private Home Owner, Thornhill

    For the past 5 years Greg has always been prompt, knowledgeable and efficient. He has an eye for detail and is meticulous not just in the tank but in my home; he has never left a mess behind. My fish are always happy and healthy. HIGHLY recommended!

  • Professional Real Estate Office

    Greg is FANTASTIC! I recommend him to all my home buyers.  He made me love my tank so much after switching maintenance providers, I upgraded to a bigger tank!  Its the gem of my office and my clients are always surprised by something new.

647-460-1286 support@aqualuxaquatics.com Toronto, Ontario

Coral Bleaching

coral bleaching

Rising carbon emissions might kill off the ocean’s coral reefs by 2050, scientists warn in an edition of the journal Science. The review article, co-authored by 17 marine scientists in seven countries, is the most comprehensive review so far of the catastrophic threat global warming poses to coral. Coral reefs have an acute sensitivity to temperature and experience coral bleaching when they are overexposed.

Burning coal, oil and gas adds carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, the same gas used to give soft drinks fizz. Just as carbon dioxide is absorbed into the drink, ocean water absorbs it from the air. When the carbon dioxide enters the ocean, it makes the water more acidic. That interferes with the ability of coral to calcify their skeletons, they can no longer grow and begin to die.

The slight warming of marine habitats along with the increase in ocean acidity have already caused the coral bleaching of many reefs around the world.  According to the Planetary Coral Reef Foundation,  the earth has already lost 25 percent of its coral reefs due to climate change.   If you have a salt water aquarium you already know how something as simple as a 3 Degree change can affect your tank.

Coral reefs are important because they act as hatcheries and nurseries for open ocean fish. They also protect coasts from storms, and provide fish, recreation and tourism dollars. It is estimated that coral reef fisheries in Asia feed one billion people. The total economic value of coral is estimated to be $30 billion.  But global warming is seriously threatening that crucial component of the ocean biodiversity, the marine scientists said.

“We have created conditions on Earth unlike anything most species alive today have experienced in their evolutionary history. Corals are feeling the effects of our actions and it is now or never if we want to safeguard these marine creatures and the livelihoods that depend on them,” said Bob Steneck of the University of Maine and co-author of the paper.

The scientists provide three possible scenarios of what might happen to the world’s coral reefs, all based on the lower range predictions of atmospheric carbon dioxide given by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

In the best-case scenario, carbon dioxide emissions are stabilized at today’s levels of 380 ppm. Coral reefs survive mostly intact.

In the midrange scenario, carbon dioxide levels rise to 450-500 ppm and the temperature goes up 3.6 degrees. Heat-tolerant forms of coral take over and reefs become significantly less diverse, with a decline in fish and other sea life.

In the worst scenario, carbon dioxide levels rise above 500 ppm and the temperature increases more than 5.4 degrees. At this point, the reefs crumble and half of sea life disappears. Red, brown and green algae take over, plankton blooms increase and water quality erodes. Today’s levels are rising quickly due to ever-larger amounts of fossil fuels being burned.

While coral expert Chris Langdon says it’s clear this trend looks bad for corals, he does say that to predict their total loss by some date is a little sensational. “There’s a chance that they’ll be able to adjust their physiology,” says the University of Miami marine biologist, who was not a contributor to the study.

However, there’s no question the oceans are becoming more acid. Unlike climate sensitivity “where you don’t know exactly how much the atmosphere will warm for each doubling of carbon dioxide,” ocean chemistry is straightforward, he says.

“There’s no uncertainly how much the pH is going to drop given a certain amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere,” Langdon says. “Everyone would agree within 1% what the pH is going to be.” When it comes to ocean acidification, “it’s crystal clear that it’s caused by humans burning fossil fuels.”

Coral reefs are already under stress due to increasing numbers of ” coral bleaching events.” When ocean temperatures rise for weeks or more, coral, which are actually tiny marine animals, expel the algae that live within them. These symbiotic algae provide the coral with a major source of food. If water temperatures drop the coral can recover, but are weakened. Too many  coral bleaching events can kill them.

With overfishing, coastal development and the pollution it brings, coral bleaching and ocean acidification, the world’s coral reefs are undergoing enormous changes, says NOAA’s Billy Causey. “Coral will survive, but will it be in the forms we know?” he says.

One hope is that the worst-case global warming scenarios don’t have to go that way, says study co-author, Ken Caldeira, a professor of global ecology at the Carnegie Institution.

“It’s a much easier problem to handle than say Hitler,” he said. “We came into WWII with biplanes and came out of it with jet planes and integrated circuits. If our society actually perceived this as a threat, we could fairly easily mobilize and respond to it.”

We are only small if we believe we are. Change happens one person at a time.

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