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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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.