Design your own aquarium in any size and any shape. Make the aquarium to suit you and your décor. Aquariums are no longer an ordinary box, you can have a room divider, a shape, a staircase wall, a feature wall, etc. Bring us your ideas and we will work with you to create a jaw dropping, one of a kind display for your home or office. Custom aquariums are affordable and can fit any budget.
Aquarium Illusions offers you many custom options that are not available at your standard pet store or aquarium shop. We offer options that will not only be aesthetically improved (ie: Starphire Glass), but will give your system better flow and control.
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Bow fronts, Custom Shapes & Corner Tanks
If rectangular and square tanks aren’t for you, we can custom build bow fronts, and any configuration of shape you desire. Some options are: bow front corner, double bow front, corner hex front, flat back hex front, triangular corner, diamond shape, large triangles, rectangular with angled ends, “L” shaped, “T” shaped, etc. You dream it and we can build it.
We can construct your tank from Starphire Glass. Starphire glass has higher visual and light transmittance than standard glass. This glass gives your aquarium a look like no other. It is visually pristine! It is slightly more expensive than standard glass, but well worth it. We can construct the tank completely out of Starphire or just the viewing sides (helping to keep the cost down).Starphire tank bracing & Starphire glass lids will offer the benefit of optimum light penetration.
Tempered glass increases the integral strength of the aquarium by 7 times. Reef aquariums requiring overflows are drilled first and then tempered. Tempered glass is necessary in very large or commercial applications.
Polished beveled edges give a tank a very professional finished look. If the corners of your tank are going to be exposed to viewing, this option is highly recommended. All exposed edges can be polished for tanks that have no top/bottom trim.
All glass aquariums are built with a construction grade silicone. You can choose from clear or black silicone. Black silicone is beneficial for it will not take on dye from medication and if algae collects in the corners it will not be as visible.
Cleats and Bracing
Bracing is necessary 99% of the time for the integral strength of your aquarium. For independent return lines that are up and out of the way, we can drill holes in the braces. This is also a great way to get more flow in the tank without the use of additional internal pumps. We offer a number of bracing styles to meet your particular needs, such as:
- Standard Bracing Small tanks are braced sufficiently by the acrylic extruded top & bottom moulds. Large tanks require glass bracing for strength. Standard glass bracing is characterized by a narrow glass strip that runs around the top entire top perimeter of the tank, as well as a center glass brace the runs front to back.
- Staggered Bracing This bracing style is beneficial when trying to optimize light penetration from your lighting. The bracing & metal halide bulbs are off set from each other. For example: a 6’ tank will have the narrow perimeter bracing as well as 2 or 3 ‘front to back’ braces.
- Euro Bracing Euro bracing is an approx. 3” wide strip of glass that runs all around the perimeter of the tank. It gives you complete & free access to the inside of your tank without any cross braces. This is also a favored option for those optimizing on the light penetration into their tank. This bracing can also be polished for a very refined look. In very large tank applications, euro bracing is tempered.
- Braceless Depending on the tank size and configuration, we can construct tanks with no bracing at all. These tanks will be made with thicker glass and possibly tempered depending on the situation.
When running a ‘closed system’ we can drill holes in the bottom or sides of your tank. These holes can be used for closed filtration systems or for obtaining more water flow without the use of submersible pumps. You will use an additional inline pump or “T” in your main system pump to provide flow to the extra closed loop circulation bulkheads.
Overflow Chambers are used for saltwater as well as freshwater aquariums. Overflows allow you to use the superior sump style filtration and allow for maximum water turnover rates. Most canister style filters achieve a maximum of 360 gallons per hour, a typical 1 1/2″ overflow drain can handle 1200 gallons per hour!
The number of overflows and their position will be determined by the size of your tank and its placement. Our overflows are constructed out of glass with a black acrylic overlay that completely obscures any view into the overflow.
The overflow chamber can also be constructed to hide the return plumbing or the return can be independent. The overflow holes can be installed also to conceal equipment cords and aeration accessories (this is especially beneficial with tanks viewed from all 4 sides).