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.
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.
Interested in having your own custom aquarium build?
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.
The build started by positioning the bare tank set up against our clients wall.
We designed this bespoke coral system to utilise an empty fireplace to the rear of the tank. Through which we could install pipework that connects to a chiller unit. The chiller requires housing within a weather proof enclosure. This is positioned against the outside of the house but hidden from view. Temperature control is vital for a live coral reef aquarium.
The tank is positioned and levelled, then a rock aqua-scape is added. For this we used a combination of white coral sand, marine rock and branch to create a display the client was happy with.
We then turned out attention to installing the tanks life support filtration system and LED lighting.
The client budget allowed for high quality equipment. This includes pumps that run virtually silently, automation where possible and a 24/7 monitoring system.
Custom Designer Aquarium
Most reef aquariums will utilise pumps inside the display tank which are required to pump water around the tank in order to simulate waves and chaotic flow. As a result, this water movement is very important for the live corals and reef fish to thrive. Thus, on this custom tank install we have used variable flow pumps below the aquarium that suck water from the tank and return it straight back.
The pumps are programmed via our technicians phone to create random, wave like water flow.
Consequently, this type of aquarium design means there’s no pumps in the main display tank that might intrude on the finished product.
The aquarium requires a period of up to 10 weeks to mature. After which, we start adding the live corals and reef fish inhabitants.
Finally, cladding above the tank is complete to match the cabinets finish.