Video Update of Reef Aquarium in Derbyshire

A short video of one of our bespoke reef aquariums in Derbyshire. We installed this tank in February 2016 and since then the livestock has flourished.

This client has chosen to employ our aquarium maintenance service as they had no knowledge of marine aquariums. We visit the tank twice per month to ensure it’s running smoothly and water parameters are correct.

 

 

Are you interested in having your piece of reef in your home or business?

Please contact us with your idea.

Tel: 01457 511138

Email: info@oceanlifeaquatics.net

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Our Acrylic Aquariums go to Kuwait

Two acrylic aquariums ready to be shipped to the Cultural Center in Kuwait City.

Our aquariums will form part of a replica display of an experiment carried out on the International Space Station. For this project, the acrylic tanks were over-engineered as they would be for use in a public environment. We also supplied filtration systems and lighting for the tanks.

 

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ISS Fish Tank Experiment

Acrylic is an ideal material to build large and/or public environment aquariums from. It’s stronger than glass which makes it very safe. However, it is more expensive than glass and so glass is still the preferred choice for home aquariums.

Tanks are drilled with custom weir boxes

 

Interested in one of our acrylic aquariums?

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Coming Soon!! 3rd Floor Office Reef Aquarium Install

Exciting times for us in the lead up to Christmas with our latest aquarium project in Cheshire. Commissioned by CorpAcq Ltd, a fast growing corporate acquisitions and investment company, we are to supply, build, install and maintain a large reef aquarium in their brand new £3m offices in Cheshire.

This project has commenced with us delivering the large glass panels up to the offices on the 3rd floor. Space was tight with only a couple of inches to spare!

More details coming soon!

 

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Aquarium cabinet going up!

We are bespoke aquarium installers. Please contact us if you have a fish tank project you’d like us to look at.

Tel – 01457511138

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Custom Aquarium Decorations

We are pleased to announce that we can now design and build custom aquarium decorations. Made from fish safe acrylic, our bespoke fish tank decorations are a cool way of customising your aquarium.

Here are some we supplied to Inspired Energy Plc to give their aquarium an ‘energy’ theme. Electrical pylons and wind turbines perfectly suited their core business whilst adding a bit of fun factor to their tank.

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Custom Aquarium Decorations

We can supply all manner of decorations so please email us with your design ideas and we will be more than happy to help and advise.

 

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Custom Fish Tank Build in Manchester

As part of this complete home refurbishment we were delighted to be asked to install a bespoke in wall aquarium. This custom fish tank build in Manchester was commissioned by our client to be a tropical live planted tank. Our client had some previous experience with this type of aquarium. Because they were now refurbing their home it was a great opportunity to install a larger bespoke aquarium.

The Aquarium Build

This aquarium measures long x deep x high. The tank is manufactured in 15mm thick bevelled edge glass. It has ultra clear panes on its 3 viewable sides, and a bit more unusual, an external weir box on the wall side. An external weir box is hidden from view and allows water flow from the tank to the sump filtration system.

We use one of our extremely strong metal frame supports for this tank. It allows for complete support of the aquarium whilst allowing a large space below the aquarium for the filtration system.

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Aquarium Steel Frame Support

Aquarium Delivery

Next we have the enviable task of getting our bespoke fish tank to the rear of the property. The tank was too large to fit through the front door and so we utilised patio doors at the rear. The scariest moment was squeezing the tank down the side of the house, contending with an uneven path and a gate at the end. Our guys have loads of experience in moving large tanks, we also have several lifting tables which are invaluable. Something to consider if you want your own bespoke aquarium is whether it fits into your home or business? We also build on-site fish tanks if they are particularly large.

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It fits…… just 🙂

With the tank now in position and fitting the gap with a few millimetres to spare, we can relax 🙂

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Tank in position

Aquarium Theme

The theme for this wall aquarium is freshwater tropical. It will eventually contain a variety of tropical fish and live plants. We have installed intense LED lighting over the tank to promote vigorous plant growth. To encourage plant growth even further, we have incorporated into this aquarium design an automatic fertiliser dosing system and Co2 gas injection. Both these systems are completely automated. The entire fish tank set up will be maintained by our technician during a monthly service visit.

Wall aquarium

 

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Fish Tank Cleaning Service

Interested in our bespoke aquarium services? Please contact us via email or call 01457511138

 

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Saving a Failing Reef Aquarium

It’s always nice for our team to install new aquariums, but it’s equally as satisfying to be given the chance to save a failing reef aquarium.

The Brief

We were contacted by a residential client in Cheshire who had expressed concern that there custom reef aquarium, currently being maintained by another party, was not performing as well as it should. The tank was suffering from nuisance algae growth and corals were dying.

Our Findings

Upon our first visit to view the tank and perform a survey, we found a number of faults with the set up of the aquarium, its water parameters and general cleanliness. The tank was in rather poor condition.

 

Examining the sump filter tank housed below below the aquarium revealed much of the same. There was again excessive detritus waste and a lack of maintenance. The phosphate filter which is designed to reduce algae growth was completely clogged. The protein skimmer which reduces tank nutrients was not functioning at all and very grubby.

To add to the growing list of issues, the aquarium water was at 30 degrees which is dangerous to livestock health and had already caused coral bleaching. Upon testing the waters salinity, we found  it to be far too low.

Desperate action was required to save this tank and so we advised it would need 2 of our technicians a full day to remedy the problems.

Our Actions to Save this Reef Aquarium

We first started by completely cleaning the aquarium panes to remove all algae. With the system turned off this algae would drop to the bottom of the tank. Here it can be siphoned out and we also clean the sand bed and perform a 300 litre water change!

Allowing the algae to settle helps to siphon it out

Next the sump tank is stripped down with all components being removed for a deep clean. The reverse osmosis filter which supplies fresh water to the aquarium requires its filters changing about every 6 months. We change these filters as a matter of course.

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Sump tank is stripped down

This large wall reef aquarium relied on a thermostatic heater to maintain its water temperature. This type of heater is fine for a smaller aquarium provided its changed every 12-18 months. However due to the size and sheer value of this tank a dedicated temperature controller is far more suitable. This controller not only controls our newly installed titanium heater but also a set of cooling fans.

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Job finished!

We are continuing to provide our fish tank maintenance service for this reef twice per month. As time progresses and the tank is serviced it will once again become a fabulous, healthy live coral aquarium.

Please keep an eye on our blogs for future updates.

Tel: 01457511138

Email: info@oceanlifeaquatics.net

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Custom Aquarium Build in Leeds

A recently completed large custom aquarium build in Leeds for a residential client. The brief here was to fill an existing alcove with an in wall aquarium as part of a full house refurbishment.

Custom Aquarium Build

This bespoke fish tank is 2 metres long x 45cm deep x 75cm high. The tank is manufactured from 12mm thick bevelled edge glass. Our custom aquarium design incorporates external filtration which is linked directly into the base of the aquarium. This ensures the tank has a very clean look with absolutely no equipment on show in the tank.

The filtration system incorporates UV sterilisers to eliminate fish disease and improve water clarity. External heaters linked to a temperature controller ensure precise temperature control to within 0.1 degree.

The aquarium sits on one of our custom steel frames. Our frames are fully welded, powder coated and have adjustable feet to ensure they are perfectly level.

 

Aquarium Theme

It was decided at the beginning of the project that the aquarium should be low maintenance and easy to look after. We will be soon adding a range of tropical fish to this tank. Aquarium decor consists of black sand, rock and artificial plants.

White and blue automated LED lighting compliments the tanks decoration nicely. Lighting is programmed so that the blue lights turn on first in the morning and go off last in the evening. White lighting turns on during the day.

 

Fish Tank Cleaning Service

As part of our aquarium installation, our client has chosen to employ our fish tank cleaning service. Our technician will visit every 2 months to perform all aspects of cleaning and aquatic husbandry. Also during the visit we can supply new livestock, fish food give advice if required.

 

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Custom Wall Aquarium Installer

 

Interested in having your own custom aquarium build?

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Wall Reef Aquarium Update

Given 12 months of growing on, this wall reef aquarium that we installed last year is now thriving and looking fabulous.

Over a period of time the tank has been stocked with a variety of reef inhabitants such as clown fish with their anemone, a mixture of soft and hard corals, hermit crabs and snails as well as a wide selection of other reef fish.

Our initial fish tank build started with installing the tank into an alcove in our clients home.

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Custom Aquarium Design

From there, the tank was aqua-scaped, filled with saltwater and commissioned. During this period the aquarium is left for up to 3 months to mature.

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Fish tank installion nearing completion

Once the aquarium has been clad with white panels it really completes the look of the install. From here on we perform our fish tank maintenance service to ensure the tank runs smoothly as livestock is added.

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Tank is clad with high gloss panels

 

Present day, the fully stocked tank looks healthy, colourful and vibrant.

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Tel – 01457511138

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Completed Wall Aquarium – Birth Company in Cheshire

We recently completed this built in wall aquarium for the Birth Company located in Alderley Edge, Cheshire. The tank was commissioned as part of a total refurbishment of this now brand new, private antenatal medical practice.

Our Custom Design

This custom fish tank design incorporates an external filtration system which keeps the aquarium looking clean and free of any equipment.

Automated white and blue LED lighting illuminates the tank during opening hours and an automated feeding system ensures the fish are fed twice per day.

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The Build Begins

Aquarium Theme

This built in wall fish tank houses colourful tropical fish with a rock and plant theme. The decoration was designed with a natural look at the request of our client. The fish will provide an active display and may also breed in the future.

Maintenance Service

As part of this fish tank install, our client chose to employ our fish tank maintenance service. This cleaning and husbandry service will ensure the health and cleanliness of the aquarium.

Our aquarium maintenance service is not only a ‘cleaning’ service. But also we perform checks on the tank equipment, provide fish food, add livestock if required, as well as provide advice to clients on how to improve their aquarium.

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The Finished Aquarium Project

Are you interested in having your own bespoke built in aquarium in your home or business?

We are bespoke aquarium designers and supply our tanks manufactured in either glass or acrylic. We are very happy to advise on feasibility, costings and logistics. With over 25 years of fish keeping knowledge and over 15 years experience of aquarium installation and maintenance. Our team offer a professional service and are dedicated to bringing your project to life.

Please email us here

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Aquatic Services on Footballers Water Fall

Aquatic Services

It was our pleasure today to provide our aquatic services and bring back to life a great water feature.

We were asked by one of our existing premiership footballer clients to take a look at a waterfall in their garden. This large feature had not worked properly for some time and with summer (kinda) here they now wanted the waterfall back to its former glory.

The first task was to isolate power to the pumps and then find and dig up the pumps electrical junction box. Once this was completed the old, and very broken pumps were removed. The water reservoir is then emptied and any debris removed

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Water feature servicing

This is a large water fall which requires an equally large amount of water flow to create a nice display.

To provide this we installed 2 modern, and very efficient pumps that are capable of pumping 16,ooo litres per hour each!

Once the new pumps and electrics were in place we could refill the reservoir and switch on the pumps bringing the water fall back to life.

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Water fall back up and running

 

Tel: 01457511138

Email: info@oceanlifeaquatics.net 
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