Why does a custom aquarium cost so much?


If you’re going to make an investment into a luxury item like a 300-500 gallon aquarium in your home, one thing’s for sure: you don’t want to cut corners.

As custom aquarium builders, we only use the best materials and equipment when installing an aquarium – the fish deserve it, and so do you!

In fact, our business was built to combat:

  • inferior craftsmanship,
  • misguidance of clients, and
  • poor treatment of the animals.

These problems are rampant in our industry, and we just don’t stand for it.

Planning properly during the aquarium design phase, and building with high-quality equipment can help ensure that your gorgeous, one-of-a-kind aquarium can be enjoyed for many years to come – without failure of equipment or rapid loss of animal life.

Take into consideration any of these elements that can go into a custom aquarium design, which contributes to the investment:

  • Exotic fish and corals
  • Optically clear glass
  • State-of-the-art LED lighting
  • Custom-cut and assembled glass aquarium
  • Custom-built cabinetry (may use exotic materials)
  • And most importantly, hiring an aquarium design and installation company that has decades of experience building and successfully maintaining large-scale aquariums for homeowners just like you.

Contact us to find out more about what it will take to get the aquarium you’ve always wanted


How much will my custom aquarium weigh? Can my floor support it?


The weight of an aquarium depends on size. Water weighs 8 to 9 pounds per gallon, depending on if it’s saltwater or freshwater. When you take into account the multiplied weight of a gallon of water, glass structure (500-1000 lbs), the support stand (100-200 lbs), the rock, sand, and livestock…a 500 gallon aquarium can easily weigh over 6,000 lbs! 

Not to worry! We will bring in a qualified structural engineer and work with your building plans and specifications to determine if additional support will be required for your dream aquarium installation. All custom aquarium builders should take this step – if they don’t, that should be a red flag for you.

Need to know if an aquarium is right for your space? Book a call to start the conversation.


What can I put in my aquarium?


The aquatic life in your custom fish tank first depends on whether it’s a saltwater aquarium or freshwater aquarium. Based on that, we’ll collaborate with you to figure out what animals can be added into your aquarium design, and take into consideration any particular fish you’ve seen and would like to keep. 

Reef aquariums will include beautiful living corals that add gorgeous color to the environment, and help filter the water. If coral is a definite on your wishlist, we’ll ensure that they’re compatible with your selection of fish.

Freshwater aquariums can be filled with live plants, several different types of natural gravel or sand, exotic driftwood for structure, and of course, breathtaking fish from around the world.

Just like you need a housekeeper, every aquarium design needs an assortment of animals that help keep the tank fresh, such as snails, hermit crabs and shrimp (AKA your dedicated cleaning crew).

This exciting stuff gets defined during our Design Deep Divecontact us to book yours today. 

Once the aquarium is installed and your new pets are settled in, we’ll continue to advise you along the way toward keeping animals that will coexist peacefully and live long, happy lives in your home.


Why should I pay for a premium aquarium maintenance service?


Aquariums are delicate, living environments. In fact, an aquarium built sustainably is a way to preserve aquatic ecosystems and ensure the continuation of each species.

Large aquariums require care from educated professionals who know the aquarium equipment as well as the animals. You need knowledgeable and dependable technicians to consistently service your aquarium in order to avoid catastrophes like equipment failure, floods, and fish loss.

Our ultimate goal is to create and carefully maintain aquarium systems that will give your animals the best chance of survival and optimal health. 

You wouldn’t take your Ferrari to the local Kia mechanic for maintenance and repairs would you? ; ) 

Book a call to find out more about our aquarium maintenance services.