Custom Fish Tanks

For a home or office aquarium it is a very common thing to start out with a standard fish tank purchased from any local pet store. These aquariums offer the beauty, tranquility, and fun of keeping tropical fish, but owning custom fish tanks can take your hobby to the next level.

Many owners of custom fish tanks will say they decided on this type of aquarium setup to fill a particular need based on the desired locations or shapes of their aquariums. The typical store bought tanks only come in a set variety of styles and shapes which means, unfortunately, that not everyone will be able to find the perfect display tank for their freshwater or reef fish.

Having safely manufactured custom fish tanks is a great way to impress anyone visiting your home or store. Perhaps you have a corner that would look stunning with an L-shaped aquarium or corner fish tank. Maybe you want a tall hexagonal aquarium for that special breed of reef fish. A custom made aquarium is one of the best ways to fulfill your needs!

Acrylic Custom Fish Tanks
One of the main options for your new aquarium is an acrylic fish tank. Acrylic tanks offer several benefits over the typical glass styles. The most interesting feature is that acrylic aquariums can be made with a seamless design. With a custom acrylic tank, the manufacturer is often able to avoid joints at the sides, allowing for a silicone-free view of the whole aquarium. Acrylic aquariums also avoid the green tint that is common with many types of glass used in the process of making glass aquariums.

All-Glass Custom Fish Tanks
A custom fish tank that is made with glass walls/sides allows for larger sized tanks to be made with smaller risk of the aquarium breaking. The thickness of the glass can be increased allowing for higher pressures from the water in the tank – meaning bigger fish tanks can be safer if made out of the proper glass! Glass aquariums also are more resistant to damage from scratching. Glass aquariums and fish tanks are cheaper than acrylic and tend to avoid the blue hue common in many acrylic products. Finally, glass does not yellow with age (due to UV damage).

Tips for Ordering Custom Fish Tanks
Ording your first few custom fish tanks can be a nerve-racking experience for many people. With the amount of money that some custom aquariums cost, it is imperative to do everything you can do to make sure the process goes smoothly and that the final product is perfect! Do your research before you buy a custom made tank. Ensure the company has a proven track record of providing quality products for many years. Look through their list of pre-made custom sizes. They just might have something that will work for you – and save money on a fully custom job because all the measurements and safety calculations are already done!

Double (or triple) check measurements. The worst thing that could happen would be to buy an awesome aquarium only to bring it home and find out you measured incorrectly and that the fish tank is too big for where the installation was planned for! Allow for enough time for the tank to be made. Phone the maker early in the process to see how much lead time they need. Finally, make the decision between glass and acrylic. Weigh the pros and cons of each material and decide which is best for your new custom fish tanks! With proper planning and thought, your new aquarium can become a perfect display tank that will impress visitors for years to come!

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