If there is one of the most beautiful and extraordinary structure you can have in a house, then it is an In-Wall Fish Tank. In fact, it is always recommendable to utilise the spaces available. However, most people don’t take the wall to serve any other service. Continue reading “What an In Wall Fish Tank Can Bring To Your Home”
UPDATE of our 3rd floor office in wall reef aquarium build.
This project began with hoisting the tanks glass panels and metal support frame up to the top floor of our clients offices, currently undergoing refurbishment. This bespoke aquarium would be located between the 2 directors offices giving both a great view. As well as one side facing into the office lobby area providing a view straight down the tank.
The Tank Build
Once the panels and supporting steel frame were safely deposited, the next step is to position the frame (which was welded to the floor!) and build the aquarium. Our team performed this aquarium on-site build over a 2 day period and did a great job.
A larger tank was first proposed by the client, however it was eventually approved by the structural surveyor that a long x deep x high tank, complete with sump filter would be feasible and the floor was up to the job of holding this heavy load. A series of RSJ’s were put in place to add further strength before we commenced with the tank build.
Bespoke Reef Filter System
With the display tank and sump tanks now in position, we started installing the necessary high end filtration system that would be filter and support the tanks livestock. Before starting any project, we produce a custom aquarium design and filter system. Various calculations need to be performed such as, display and sump tank flow rates, organic load, water displacement etc.
The custom filtration system comprises of some of the very latest equipment to come on the market. It incorporates an automatic top up and water change system, trace element dosing unit and an algae reduction light reactor. This algal reactor reduces organics by growing macro algae, and thus effectively utilising nutrients that might be used by a unsightly nuisance algae. It’s the very same principle that a good pond design utilises – growing plants around and within the pond use up nutrients to keep water clean and healthy.
Another aspect of this bespoke aquarium is the use of closed loop pumps to provide the main wave like flow within the tank. These Vectra pumps and plumbed directly to the underside of the aquarium and suck water in from here. The water then enters the pumps and is discharged back to the tank near the top corners. These pumps have a variable flow option which means they will run at 30% power for 20 seconds and then 100% power for 20 seconds. An added bonus is they are App controlled and so work together to pulse flow alternately. This creates excellent turbulent water flow that marine fish and corals thrive on. In the evening the pumps enter a night time mode and only provide a gentle flow to allow livestock to relax.
Additionally, together with the automation already in place, we added an automated cleaning system to the filters large protein skimmer. A protein skimmer removes organics from the water which results in the collection of a dark liquid in the skimmers collection cup. A skimmer is at its most efficient when kept clean. Therefore, the auto cleaning unit is programmed to remove and flush away organic deposits once per day. Without this unit, the skimmer may be left for days without being manually cleaned which results in a drop in its effectiveness.
Reef Tank Aquascape and Stocking
We decided to keep this Aquascape simple as the tank is only 50cm deep but also taking into acccount the view both company directors willh have when sat in their offices. A combination of Real Reef rock and live coral sand is used to create the foundation which we would be adding live coral too.
Once a stable foundation is built and the tank has bedded in for a couple of weeks we are able to start adding the first pieces of livestock.
Various soft and hard corals are placed into the structure and cemented in place. At this point, we program the lighting which is the very latest generation LED lamp from D&D The Aquarium Solution. We have installed 6 x Hydra52hd lamps above this tank which will provide more than enough light for both soft and hard corals.
Programming is a quick and easy as the lamps link directly to a phone or tablet via an App. Due to the tank being immature, lighting is kept at a low level so as to avoid unnecessary algal blooms which often plague new aquarium set ups.
We will be continuing to stock this office in wall reef aquarium up to Christmas and into the new year. Please keep an eye on our blog for further updates.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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No project is too large or small for our company. Here is a recent aquarium installation of a small 75 litre through wall aquarium.
Located between our clients kitchen and utility room, this fish tank looks great with a natural tropical theme.
The breif for this project was to install a small wall aquarium which would suit the proportions of the wall its installed into. Also, the tank should be a clean aquarium design, with automated lighting and fish feeding.
The aquarium design incorporates an external filtration and heating system meaning there’s no equipment in the tank itself. Additionally, the fish tank is lit with LED lights which gives a very pleasing appearance.
After installation, we stocked the aquarium with a variety of small tropical fish.
Our aquarium maintenance service is used by our client to keep the fish tank clean and healthy. During monthly visits we perform all aspects of maintenance as well as swapping the decoration.
Interested in our bespoke aquarium installation service at your home or business?
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This brief was to design and build an in wall aquarium capable of keeping a large number of soft and hard corals as well as many reef fish. The reef system should be as automated as possible. Thus easy to maintain. Because our client only had experience with a previous freshwater aquarium and worked away quite often, we would provide our aquarium maintenance service for the tank via 3 service calls per month.
The project started with the build of a small extension to the side of the client’s house. This would create the necessary space for the aquarium and filter system.
White doors are used externally that match the rest of the house and provide access to the filter system. Being on the outside of the house each door has a lock for security.
An extractor fan is used to expel heat produced from the tank’s lighting. This heat is exhausted outside. The tank sits on a metal frame which provides a solid foundation.
A sunny day provided us with great weather to perform the main part of this in wall aquarium installation.
The custom aquarium design includes 2 x corner weir boxes with blue rear and side panels. The front pane of the tank is ultra clear Optiwhite glass.
With the tank in position, we could then install the lighting. This comprises of an 8 x 80 watt ATI T5 Luminaire and 4 x Aquaray marine blue and fiji purple led strips. Resulting in an extremely intense light that corals require to thrive.
Bespoke Filtration System
Because this reef tank has an additional sump tank underneath, there is more than adequate space for all filtration, leaving the main display tank free from equipment.
The fully automated filter system operates via an Aquatronica controller. This monitors and controls the tanks pumps, lighting and vital water parameters. In addition, we receive a daily text message containing this vital information. As well as sending us a text if any parameter falls out of tolerance or in the event of a power cut. Therefore making it a vital piece of equipment where significant time and financial investment is being made.
Both the main and sump tank are open topped which aids gas exchange and thus allows the system to breathe. However, this does cause a lot of evaporation. To rectify this we install a top up unit that detects when then water level falls and automatically tops up the system with fresh water. This takes the hard work out of having to perform this task manually and also keeps the salinity of the tank very stable.
The front wall is now plastered ready for painting. We have added a top flap to the wall to provide access into the tank.
Now the tank can be filled. We always use ultra pure reverse osmosis water for every marine aquarium installation we perform. Tank filling for this system took 4 days.
Once the aquarium is filled, we add the correct amount of ocean salt and commission the system. During this process, we check all items of equipment are functioning correctly and set up the aquarium controller.
Stocking The Tank
Once the system has been running for a few days we can begin the rock aqua-scape. In this particular tank, the client had asked us to create 2 tall rock structures. The rock formations are assembled outside of the tank and then transferred inside piece by piece. The 2 tall structures utilise Reef Rods which makes them very stable.
And 3 months later the tank is beginning to take shape with fish settling in well and corals becoming established.
From here on with our guidance this in wall aquarium continues to grow and flourish. Many more corals and fish are added to produce a tank as seen here.
Interested in our in wall aquarium design service?
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New Aquarium Installation Service in Newcastle
Our latest aquarium installation service performed in Ponteland – Newcastle. This client already had an in wall fish tank which they had become unhappy with. They contacted us to arrange a visit so we could view the tank and advise improvements that could be made.
Upon arriving and seeing the marine aquarium it was clear that the tank was in a rather poor state. As well as the filtration being rather old and tired, and, not to mention the existing LED light, this looked home made and represented a real danger of electric shock!
In summary, we advised that the best course of action would be to remove the entire set up and install a brand new room divider fish tank set up.
Improvements could be made with a new custom tank design. But also our bespoke filtration system would provide superior filtration, less maintenance and incorporate an automated freshwater topping up system.
Altogether, our aquarium installation service took 2 days to complete. This custom aquarium design utilises a sump tank underneath the main tank. This sump tank houses all of the filtration equipment.
Equipment consists of;
Water polishing pre-filter.
Deltec protein skimmer.
Phosphate reactor (algae control).
Bio pellet reactor (nitrate control).
Titanium heating and fan cooling controlled via independent thermostatic unit.
Vectra sump pump.
Auto top up unit.
Vortech wave maker.
AI Hydra LED lamp with wireless control via iPad or android.
The finished in wall tank not only looks great but also operates with less maintenance and is extremely quiet.
Furthermore, as this client leads a busy life, being regularly out of the country for business. He requested from the outset that we should provide our aquarium maintenance service. This would keep the tank well looked after and we would be able to add livestock on his behalf during each visit.
If you would like to use our aquarium installation service in Newcastle, Gateshead or the surrounding areas please contact us.
We are built in wall fish tank specialists. Having designed and installed hundreds of aquariums ranging in size from 50 litres up to 15,000 litres!
We offer our aquarium design and installation service to both residential and commercial clients. For very large aquaria we have the capacity to build the aquarium on-site within your home or business or deliver the whole tank via lifting apparatus.
Utilising high quality filtration equipment from our many suppliers… and working alongside your architect, structural engineer and other trades ensures the aquarium is a high quality finished product.
And coupled with our fish tank cleaning service, the aquarium will be well taken care of to ensure a healthy environment for your fish.
If required a turn key service is offered including:
• Aquarium design and installation.
• Aquarium set up and commissioning.
• Addition of livestock at the clients choice.
• Aquarium maintenance contract.
Do you have a design concept for a built in wall fish tank?
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