We are delighted to be commissioned by Inspired Energy PLC to design and install a large bespoke aquarium in their newly refurbished reception.
This huge fish tank measures 2.7 metres long x 90cm high x 60cm deep, and sits against the receptions rear wall directly behind the reception desk.
Our Bespoke Aquarium
The tank is manufactured in 19mm thick glass and has an ultra clear front pane. This large tropical aquarium will eventually house a variety of large fish and live plants.
The tank is filtered via our latest life support system which will ensure excellent water clarity and quality. As well as including CO2 injection to aid plant growth and automated daily water changes.
Lighting the tank are 8 Radion XR15 freshwater LED lamps which are programmed by our technician using and app.
The Tanks Custom Theme
As part of our part of our bespoke aquarium installations we are able to offer custom themes. In this case, because our client is in the energy supply market we added pylons and wind turbines to the tank.
Please keep an eye on our blog for progress updates of this tank and our other current projects.
We are delighted to be commissioned by Cathelco UK to provide our aquarium maintenance service in Derbyshire.
Cathelco had expressed disappointment that their custom marine aquarium was not performing at its best. Following a visit to view the fish tank, we provided a report stating where improvements could be made. We carried out thorough water testing which revealed that its quality also required significant improvement.
Our aquarium maintenance service in Derbyshire provides exacting standards of fish tank care, as well as reports for our client detailing works carried out.
The tank will now be maintained by our fish tank cleaning service being provided via 4 monthly visits.
Improving the Aquarium
Because the whole tank set up was in poor condition we were left with little choice other than to completely strip the aquarium. All rockwork is removed, thus enabling a complete clean of the entire sand bed.
Whilst the rock was out of the aquarium we clean and remove all traces of hair algae which was plaguing the tank. Hair algae is caused by elevated nutrient levels such as phosphate and nitrate. These levels should be kept as low as possible in a reef aquarium. Phosphate is reduced by using a special type of media. This media absorbs phosphate from the water and is best fluidised so water contact time is increased. Phosphate media is replaced once it’s exhausted.
Nitrate can be reduced by carrying out partial water changes and also by using one of the many bio pellet reactors that can be bought.
Next, the existing tank pumps are removed as these are a real eyesore. We replace these for 4 variable flow pumps that will create strong chaotic wave motion that a reef tank and its inhabitants require. Additionally, this vigorous water flow also helps to flush out uneaten food or other debris so it may be removed by filtration.
We also upgraded the automatic top up unit as the existing unit used suction cups which tend to fail over time. Our unit uses a magnetic float provides a strong reliable fixing.
The tanks lighting was not powerful enough to adequately provide the corals with enough light intensity. Furthermore, the existing lighting was not controllable and so no dawn and dusk effect could be replicated.
We built Cathelco a new bespoke lighting rig which houses 4 very powerful LED lamps. These lamps utilise a wifi signal to link direct to our technicians phone.
From a phone or tablet the lamps can be programmed to slowly increase and decrease light output. The lamp contains a number of different colour leds which specifically cater for the needs of live coral. This kind of bespoke lighting provides not only a sunrise and sunset simulation. But also a powerful midday burst of light replicating a natural reef. Cloud and moonlight functions are options with the latter being a must if attempting to breed marine livestock.
Existing heaters are removed and discarded. These heaters not only looked rather old and showed scorching inside. But left unchecked they would provide a significant threat to the tank if they were to fail.
We installed a new temperature controller and 2 x 300 watt titanium heaters. These heaters are very durable and do not contain their own thermostat, unlike most aquarium heaters on the market. Instead, the heaters are turned on and off by the temperature controller. This has its own temperature probe which can precisely control temperature to within 0.1 of a degree. The controller also has a cooling option where by it will turn on cooling fans during the summer should the temperature rise out of normal range.
The sump filter tank is stripped and cleaned. New phosphate reactors added and also an earth probe. This is vital for electrical safety.
Having undergone a large aquarium service and 300 litre water change this tank is now on the road to recovery.
See below photos of BEFORE and AFTER our services are implemented.
For the Future?
As it continues to improve with our on-going aquarium maintenance service, we will be adding more livestock including both fish and corals. This will bring the tank back to life and once again provide a colourful focal point for all visiting Cathelco UK.
As part of a bespoke fish tank design. We recommend that an aquarium metal frame stand is utilised to support the weight of the tank.
We Are Aquarium Stand Builders
Each custom fish tank stand is designed and manufactured to exacting requirements. If using our aquarium install service we will provide a stand within your cost. However, if you just want to order a stand on its own, please email us your specification for a quote.
Calculated from aquarium volume and glass thickness. The aquarium stand is over engineered and manufactured in steel box section. The stand is fully welded and powder coated for corrosion protection. Adjustable self levelling feet are installed to transmit the aquariums load to the floor. Each single foot is capable of loading up to a massive 300kgs! Therefore making our frames very strong and giving years of service.
Where access is required to house such filtration as a sump tank or canister filters. We will supply removable struts for this purpose. These are simply bolted into position once your sump tank is in place.
We can supply the stand in varied metal box sizes e.g. 30×30, 40x50mm etc. However, we will advise as to the recommended size steel based upon the total load upon the stand.
Additionally, powder coating is available in a choice of colours. Black being most popular.
Finally, our frames are normally built within 21 days from the date of order. Need a frame quicker than this? Please contact us to enquire about our speedy building service.
Our frames are delivered to you via our own vehicle or via palletised service. Thus, we offer delivery of our fish tank stands throughout the UK. Collection is also available from our Manchester storage unit.
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.