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.
To create a natural, low maintenance through wall aquarium thats installed in place of a TV. Fish tank feeding should be automated due to the clients busy training and travelling commitments.
This through wall aquarium install has a capacity of circa 350 litres and houses freshwater tropical fish with a live plant theme.
Plants are positioned around a large piece of Indonesian Bogwood which provides a fantastic centrepiece.
All aquarium filtration is located underneath the tank which is easily accessed via two doors. The tanks lit solely via powerful LED lamps. In addition, these LED lights are programmed to dim up and down in the morning and evening. Therefore providing a pleasing sunrise and sunset effect.
Furthermore, incorporated into the aquarium design, we installed automatic feeders which drop food into the aquarium twice per day. This ensures the fish are fed a varied diet and so promotes their strong growth.
As part of the aquarium installation package, this client also opted to utilise our aquarium cleaning service on an on-going basis. The clients request was that they did not want to perform any tasks regarding the aquarium. With this the case, fish tank maintenance is carried out twice per month. Inclusive of, full cleaning of the tank and its filtration, water change and testing. As well as plant pruning and addition of plant foods. Therefore ensuring the aquarium always looks its best.
Arrangements are in place with this client so we may access the tank at any time to perform important maintenance. At the same time, this also allows us to perform a quick ‘check up’ on the aquarium whilst the client is away.
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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?
Interested purchasing an aquarium but want to get an idea as to how it will look? Ocean Life Aquatics now provide an aquarium design mock up service. Here’s one produced for a client who requested to upgrade the size of their current built in wall aquarium.
Mock ups are a great first step to provide an idea as to what a finished fish tank design will look like. We are able to supply mock up photos or diagrams with dimensions if required and even too scale. Depending upon the projects theme, we can produce the mock up with vast array of different fish, eg, tropical plant theme, rocky aqua-scape or coral reef theme etc.
If your aquarium is sitting on a cabinet or being built into a wall?
We are able to supply several mock ups each with different coloured or wood effect panels. This gives our clients the chance to try out different finishes to see which suits best. We have a vast selection of different finishes for aquariums using panels to clad the aquarium and cover access points, moreover, we are even able to edit your mock up to show different numbers and sizes of doors.
A Small Selection of Finishes Available
A basic mock up starts at £75. The price may rise depending upon the amount of work that’s involved, however, a quotation is provided before any works are commenced.
The top photo was taken by the client. With the information they provided, we produced the below image showing a new larger aquarium design.
Please contact us for more information on our aquarium design mock up service.
Its decorated with a colourful coral theme and characters from Finding Dory.
The tank measures 1.2m long x 0.4m deep x 0.6m high and stands between the nursery’s reception and sensory room. It’s lit by automated blue lighting and contains a range of tropical fish.
This custom tank is fitted with an automatic feeding system. Thus ensuring the nursery staff only need to performed very little maintenance.
Fish Tank Maintenance
Additionally, the nursery have chosen to employ our Newcastle fish tank cleaning service to keep the aquarium in tip top condition. During each maintenance visit our technicians perform a water change, water test, tank and filter clean. As well as change the decoration inside the aquarium to freshen up the fish tanks display.
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?
Please contact us to discuss your idea.