Testimonials

Please read a testimonial and installation process from the Reef Conservation Society, who recently installed one of our 550 gallon tanks!

Reef Conservation Society - 550 Gallon Custom Aquariums Tank


Ken's 400-gallon Planted Aquarium

Ken's freshwater planted display aquarium with a 400-gallon Custom Aquariums tank, custom welded stand and complete Seamless Sump® filter system. Thank you, Ken, we appreciate your business!

More Custom Aquariums information below:

Custom Aquariums
Lifetime Aquariums® website http://www.lifetimeaquariums.com/
H2Overflow® https://www.customaquariums.com/information/h2overflow.html
Siphon Stopper® https://www.customaquariums.com/information/siphon-stopper.html
Stealthbox https://www.customaquariums.com/information/stealth-box.html
Seamless Sumps® https://www.customaquariums.com/information/seamless-sumps.html
Lifetime Aquariums® https://www.customaquariums.com/information/lifetime-aquariums.html
Majestic® Stands & Canopies https://www.customaquariums.com/information/majestic-stands-canopies.html

Custom Aquariums creates high-quality custom aquariums of various shapes and sizes. We listen to the needs of the customer and customize your aquarium exactly as you specify! Custom Cages' has decades of experience in the manufacturing of tanks. Please give us a call or utilize our online aquarium configurator to customize your own tank based on size, shape, or color and more! Please contact Custom Aquariums today for assistance in building your aquarium, or for questions on how to order your aquarium today!

Nate's 300 Gallon Reef

Custom Aquariums cut the glass for Nate's full-length overflow, and the glass pieces for his bean-style external overflow box. Nate has previously worked in the commercial aquarium installation and maintenance industry.

From Nate: "I am impressed by how affordable the tank is and getting the tank to me from halfway across the country for a price I am OK with. When it arrived...the QUALITY! More than what I expected. The silicone is really beefy. I clean my glass with a razor blade, and I do not worry about damaging the seals on the tank. Custom Aquariums makes a great aquarium. I love mine!"

At Custom Aquariums, we are dedicated to the quality production of customized aquariums, built based on the specifications of the customer! If you have questions about ordering an aquarium, please contact us today! We are happy to serve you!

Reynold's 300-gallon Marine Aquarium

Reynold is an experienced aquarist with a talent for designing and building detailed and automated filter and control systems. Reynold has specially designed his aquarium filtration setup!

Custom Aquariums is committed to the manufacturing of high-quality customized aquariums of various shapes and sizes that are the finest on the aquarium-making market. Our experience is backed up with years of research into our craft, and we are happy to customize your aquarium based on any size, shape, or colorization that you need! Please contact Custom Aquariums for assistance in building your aquarium accessories, or for questions on how to order your aquarium today!

Many thanks to Reynold for your business and thank you for choosing Custom Aquariums!

Tom's 125-gallon Rimless Reef Display

Tom purchased a rimless 125-gallon aquarium with Ultra-clear glass to replace his old acrylic tank that was a challenge to keep clean.

Custom Aquariums is proud to provide Tom with a beautiful rimless glass 125-gallon aquarium. When it comes to choosing glass over acrylic, Custom Aquariums highly recommends choosing glass. The reason is because the disadvantages of using glass can be engineered around, whereas acrylic's fatal flaws cannot. Acrylic is often a popular option for manufacturers and hobbyists because it is both easy to fabricate and is light weight. Acrylic takes a relatively extreme investment in tooling, equipment, and engineering to be able to cut and manipulate heavy sheets of glass. This is the main reason most custom aquarium manufacturers use acrylic, not because of the benefits of the material itself lends to the final product. Many hobbyists and small manufacturers can create custom aquariums with very simple inexpensive equipment. However, the end product is not so durable, and the material is very expensive when compared to glass.

Many thanks to Tom for your business and thank you for choosing Custom Aquariums!

David, Rachel and Megan's 240-gallon Aquarium

David and his daughters designed a remodel of their family room to include a large African cichlid aquarium.

Custom Aquariums is pleased to provide aquarium services to families like David, Rachel and Megan. We are proud to build 240 gallon aquariums and many other customized aquariums for customers. Our many years of experience in construction of glass aquariums as well as animal enclosures at our sister company, CustomCages.com have been helpful in providing many zoos, businesses, restaurants, offices, aquariums, nature centers, etc. high quality aquariums and enclosures. Some of our full time professional service technicians are among the most well-known experts in the aquarium-making industry when it comes to the care and maintenance of aquariums and animal enclosures.

Many thanks to David, Rachel and Megan for your business and thank you for choosing Custom Aquariums!


Mike's 75-gallon Angelfish Display

Mike purchased a custom 75-gallon tank with stand and canopy from CustomAquariums.

Through our experience in the pet enclosure manufacturing industry it was a natural fit for us to do aquarium services as well, not only as a way to expand our business, but as a way to continually stay in touch with the needs of our customers. Thus, Serenity Aquarium and Aviary Services (SerenityUSA.com) was born. Currently, the service division of our business service hundreds of aquarium accounts all over the country ongoing and employs dozens of professional service technicians, some of which have 25+ years individual experience servicing and maintaining aquariums. Some of our full time professional service technicians are among the most well-known experts in the industry when it comes to the care and maintenance of aquariums.

Through our experience in the service business and our attention to detail creating a low hassle, low maintenance service for our customers, we soon discovered that a lot of the commercially available aquarium products on the market were lacking in quality and are not engineered for a long term customer satisfaction and reliability experience. Tanks would look sloppy over time, parts would wear out, and maintenance was not as simple as it could be. We found most products on the market were built to be cheap, have high long term costs of consumables, and wear out. We knew we could do better.


A New Aquascape: 75-gallon

Time to try again on one of my planted aquariums. This time I am considering the hardscape more seriously.

None of our systems are a one size fits all approach. Depending on every unique circumstance, we can build many sizes, shapes, and configurations with our systems to order. When we got done designing, re-designing, testing, and perfecting these systems for our service business, they were simply too good to not share with everyone else, and thus, CustomAquariums.com was born as a way to sell our products to other end user customers as well as other service companies outside of our own use. Now, you can have the same high quality, best in class aquarium systems in your own home or office that we use every day in our high end commercial aquarium service business.


Ryan's 300 Gallon Custom Glass Aquarium

This 300-gallon custom glass aquarium and filter system from Custom Aquariums has been three years in planning. Ryan has made a LOT of modifications on the filter system to accommodate the unique requirements for a reef aquarium of this size.

The Seamless Sump® filter system is designed to be adaptable, permitting creative plumbing solutions to be applied for any situation. The modular design of the filter system provides a level of flexibility that an all-in-one sump system does not.

Ryan's filter begins when water leaves the tank through two H2Overflow® screens into a 4-sock Sock Tub that he custom drilled to permit a higher rate of flow than it is initially rated for. (We love it when we are taught something about our own systems!) The water then passes into the Baffle Tub, which Ryan has hard-piped with 1.5" PVC to two Reservoir Tubs. The large pipes and custom plumbing is needed for this tanks very high flow rate provided by an external pump that pushes in excess of 2800 gph. Typically, we would suggest a three-overflow system for a rate that high, but Ryan's custom modifications to the filter system make it work.


Martee's 125 Gallon Custom Glass Aquarium

"This is my first reef tank from Custom Aquariums. I liked what they offered on-line and I bought all the equipment from them. I am very happy with it. It works great. It's a simple set up. It's what I was looking for. It's easy for me because I wanted something simple with my schedule. It works and it's easy to clean. I love it!"
- Martee Bishop

Martee's 125-gallon custom glass aquarium was built to fit into the space he designed in the cabinetry of his home office. The aquarium can be viewed from the office and from the home's living room. This reef aquarium uses the Seamless Sump® filter system with an additional protein skimmer. Lighting is provided by a Current LED strip light.

Martee had the aquarium drilled on one end so that he can hide the plumbing. The filter system is kept under the aquarium in a cabinet that he lined with a shower pan adapted to fit the space. A drain in the pan leads to a floor drain in the basement, so in the very unlikely event that the Seamless Sump® filter were to overflow, the water will be directed to the drain and not damage the cabinet or hardwood floors.

Thank you Martee for choosing CustomAquariums.com for your coral reef tank purchase.


Dennis' 300 Gallon Custom Glass Aquarium

"I am extremely pleased with the aquarium. I have absolutely no trouble. Your customer service has been outstanding. I would highly recommend to anyone interested in such as aquarium to look this company up, because I am very highly satisfied."
- Dennis Henke

Dennis purchased his custom glass aquarium from Custom Aquariums for the coral reef aquarium he wanted to have in his home. The set up includes a 300-gallon glass aquarium, contemporary black Majestic cabinet stand and canopy, and the complete Custom Aquariums Seamless Sump® filter system with H2Overflow® screens and Siphon Stopper® emitters.

Dennis filtration also includes an external plumbed protein skimmer and a large ultraviolet sterilizer. The lighting is provided by a high-output LED lighting system.

Dennis' reef aquarium system is simple, easy to maintain and can grow the less demanding soft corals and organisms that grow on the live rock. With a few additional pieces of equipment like more intense lighting, a calcium reactor and supplement dosing system, Dennis' reef aquarium would be able to grow the more difficult stony corals.

Thank you Dennis for choosing CustomAquariums.com for your reef aquarium.


Gerald's 180 Gallon Custom Glass Aquarium

"I purchased an aquarium from CustomAquariums and I am absolutely happy with this company. A great, great company. You can't go wrong by going with CustomAquariums."
-Gerald Csirke

Gerald purchased a complete aquarium setup from CustomAquariums.com to create his beautiful planted display tank.

Specific equipment includes:

  • 180-gallon custom glass Lifetime Aquarium
  • Majestic classic style cabinet stand and canopy stained in autumn cherry
  • Seamless Sump filter with Sock Tub, Baffle Tub and Reservoir Tub
  • H2Overflow® screen
  • Siphon Stopper® emitters
  • Kessel LED lights
  • CO2 injection system with pH controller
  • Liquid supplement dosing system

Gerald has also added several small conveniences to his aquarium, including lights mounted inside the stand, and knobs on the cabinet doors and filter tops

Gerry's order included delivery to his curb and refundable moving kits that make it easy for a few people to carry the aquarium inside and set it in place.

Thank you Gerry for choosing CustomAquariums.com for your planted display aquarium.


Michael's 200 Gallon Custom Glass Aquarium

"When I was looking to order a special tank I went to Custom Aquariums. I am very happy with this tank. It is a 200-gallon tank and I couldn't be happier."
- Michael Crawford

Michael Crawford's 200-gallon reef display starts with a custom glass aquarium from CustomAquariums.com . The rimless aquarium measures 48" x 48" x 22" tall. The tank has filtration plumbing holes cut through the glass in the upper back side of the tank, one for the skimming overflow and the other for water return.

Mike is a talented aquarist with 30 years of experience designing and building marine aquarium systems, and 20 of those years with corals. Mike has seen it all, knows the strategies that work and the fads that have not.

Designing and building coral reef aquarium filtration systems from components is a part of Michael's hobby, and the filter for his aquarium is a compilations of pieces that he has had for many years combined with a few new parts and some interesting DIY solutions.

Water leaves the aquarium through a silencing overflow box which drains to the filter system in the basement. The filtration includes a refugium, protein skimmer, calcium reactor, carbon reactor, and carbon dioxide injection (for the calcium reactor). The system is controlled by a monitoring mechanism that measures hardness, pH and other parameters and let's Michael know when conditions change and may need attention.

Michael's sump reservoir is a 50-gallon barrel that is plumbed to another 50-gallon mixing barrel. When he performs a water change he can premix the marine salt solution, let it age, drain an equivalent amount from the sump reservoir and replace it with new water from the mixing barrel.

Michael has a DIY in-line heating system that incorporates two submersible heaters resting inside a network of 2" PVC that water passes through and around the heaters. The control dials for the heaters are accessible outside the pvc housing because of Michael's ingenious use of compression couplings from an old chiller unit.

Water is returned with a powerful external pump that can lift the water from the filtration system in the basement up to the aquarium on the main floor.

The tank is set on a home-made stand that straddles the top of the stairwell into the basement. Michael also built the canopy that sets over the aquarium and contains the lighting system that Michael also designed and built.

Michael is an electrician by trade, so building his own high-output LED lighting system was a given. He built them out of the LED chips, heat sinks and fans that are installed large coffee cans mounted inside the canopy. The power sources for the lights are located away from the aquarium. Supplemental florescent T5 tubes even out the light and reduce the shimmer.

Michael's reef aquarium, filter system and lighting units are very effecting, and he is able to grow a wide array of corals, and can grow them so well that he is able to sell fragments from the tank back to the aquarium store to support the cost of the aquarium.

Thank you Michael for choosing CustomAquariums.com to be a part of your reef aquarium build.


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Check out Gerry's 180-gallon planted display tank from Custom Aquariums. Gerry has done a great job with his display, and has included some cool add-ons like a CO2 injection system, pH controller and a liquid dosing system for the plant fertilizers.

Gerry - 180 Gallon Tank
Rob Testimonial - Crafted Tap House

Working with Custom Aquariums for our custom turtle tank was awesome! They were willing to stain the tank green to match some of the other furniture we have in our restaurant and the construction quality was spot on. Also, the filtration system we bought from Custom Aquariums is rock solid as well. Turtle water is usually hard to keep clean but the filtration system we have is a workhorse...our turtles are pampered so that was a must-have for us! I would recommend these guys to anyone interested in a great aquarium setup

Thanks!

Rob

Checkout the Custom 280 Gallon Glass Aquarium 24"H x 96"L x 24"D we made for Afton - Lakeland Elementary in Afton, MN! Thank you Afton - Lakeland Elementary, we greatly appreciate your business!

Afton Elementary
Daren Testimonial

Here is a 1000 gallon reef tank we installed in Oklahoma City complete with H2Overflows® and Seamless Sump® filtration. We worked closely with the customers builder to ensure a great final fit and finish with the surrounding built in bar de'cor. The customer and his 3 young kids are extremely happy with the results. Stay tuned - he will be adding fish soon! Thanks for the pictures Daren!

The aquarium you designed is absolutely wonderful and a tremendous addition to our home. The craftsmanship and maintenance efficiency is FIRST-RATE!! THANK YOU!!

David Yetter
David Yetter Testimonial
Deidre Gluntt

Here is my 300 gallon tank all set up. I would like to thank you for your help and excellent customer service! The aquarium is spectacular and Custom Aquariums' new filter technology is truly amazing. I rate them 5 stars and highly recommend them to everyone! Great job, Customer Aquariums!

Deidre Gluntt

Love the 120 length...looks good!

Brad Weisenstein
Brad Testimonial
Marc & Chris Fulton

Mike, Stacy,

Just received the aquarium, WOW, it's beautiful!!! Worth the wait and every penny. Congratulations on a brilliant job! Thanks to all who were involved, just love it!!

Many thanks,

Marc & Chris Fulton

I've had the aquarium in my office for 3 months and have never had more compliments about a single item-Starbucks coffee included! All ages from 2-92 seem to truly enjoy the tank!

Dr. Peter Hehli
Peter Testimonial
Rachel Testimonial

I am highly satisfied with my purchase with custom aquariums, from my first conversation with Mike Grimes, to my final product, the service has been exceptional. I am thrilled with my customized product.

Rachel Moody,
Realtor

I sent a request into the customer service asking about my tank that had just developed a crack in the top brace. Seeing as it was a holiday, I did not expect to hear from anyone on the same day, but to my surprise I had a response within the hour. While the answer to my question was not what I was hoping to hear, I was very pleased with the quick response and the honest advise given. I will be sure to visit Custom Aquariums in the future for all of my aquatic needs!! I am very satisfied with the service that I received!

Jessica W.
Jessica Testimonial
Alan Testimonial

Well the tank was started up Saturday night. It's very quiet which we love! So there's still some clarity yet to go, but I'm sure by tomorrow it should be crystal clear.

Alan Schafer

I wanted to send all of you down at Custom Aquariums an email regarding the beautiful aquarium that your company has built for me. First of all, the quality and craftsmanship put into this tank is absolutely outstanding! It is literally a 630 gallon work of art. I can barely put into words how beautiful this tank looks in my living room,and its not filled yet. The metal framework bracing the aquarium looks really sturdy and adds a very professional classy frame. I only point this out because most tanks out here in California I have seen use flimsy plastic or glass supports. So hands down your design is superior by far.

I also would like to mention, the amount of care the wood shipping container the tank came in was impressive, it was like a small house was built around the tank just to keep it safe, I appreciate that. And with your moving kit we brought it into the house with relative ease, don't think the ten of us could of done it without them.

To the workers that had their skilled hands on my tank, you guys have created a a true work of art. Thank you for being the true craftsmen that you are. I know my order was a tall one which had some ups and downs -- thank you for seeing it through and building a quality tank for me, your craftsmanship shines all over this tank and each of you deserve recognition for your work, I am very pleased.

Mike, your customer service has been great ever since you first stayed late to take my order. This aquarium was not only worth the wait for you guys to build it ,but also worth every penny and then some. The quality is unmatched by any other tank I have ever seen, and I will gladly speak highly of your company to anyone whom is in the market for a glass tank built by true craftsmen.

In closing, I want the whole company of Custom Aquariums to know how very pleased I am with my aquarium that I purchased and I wish your company massive growth and happiness for years to come. Feel free to share this email with the world. I will send some pictures when I get the tank all set up! It will be a beautiful focal point of my house for my family and all that come to enjoy.

Thank you,
You have a customer for life,

Eric Cook
Jessica Testimonial

Hello Adam,

I am writing to thank you and your company for the professionally built, and well-crafted aquarium. The process was seamless and flawless. I am so GLAD that I found and selected your company. The aquarium is set up and looks beautiful. I look forward to the aquarium being a centerpiece of my living room for at least a decade. Attached is a picture of the setup aquarium.

Thank you so much again.

Alvin
Alvin Testimonial
Rich Testimonial

The 150gal tank I got from Custom Aquariums came in 700lb crate, and was very well packed. The tank and stand are of a very high quality and is 3/4" construction. Here are some pictures: A great tank and stand.

Rich

Here is a great example of a 200 Gallon 360 view Hexagon we made for our sister service company Serenity Aquarium and Aviary Services. We have our own aluminum bracing system that gives really great support to all 6 sides - this allows us to make really big, really strong hexagon tanks at the most affordable price point anywhere - and the best part - they are glass!. Working on a 72" diameter 350 gallon shark tank for our showroom as we speak! These are now available, call for a price!

Grand Lodge Testimonial
Ken Sylvester

"Here's our 110 gallon up and running! Thanks Mike and Custom Aquariums. We are absolutely enjoying this awesome aquarium. All the best,"

Ken Sylvester

Everything worked out great! Thanks Stacy, and have a great Thanksgiving!

Omar
Omar Testimonial
Rich Testimonial

Here is a photo of a 400 gallon custom glass aquarium and Seamless Sump® filter for Dr. Bob C. in Las Vegas, NV.

ATM (from the show "Tanked") installed the tank for the customer - will be building an impressive reef as well as performing ongoing service. It's turning out awesome Dr. Bob! Thank you for your business and support! We are proud to have great relationships with acrylic tank manufacturers like ATM to help serve the customers who prefer glass over acrylic.

I have a 300 gal. reef aquarium that the top center glass brace broke off. After measuring the ends and center I noticed the center of my tank had bowed a full inch. In fearing that my front glass wouldn't stand the water pressure I looked online for any help I could find. Within the hour CustomAquariums.com came to my rescue. And within 3 hours a plan was in place! Thank you so much CustomAquariums.com for your quick concern to my emergency and helpful staff. I also have to say in being in this hobby for the past 25 years. It's been a major concern with the structure of aquarium tanks holding up to wear and tear caused by saltwater,new wave makers, and just water pressure. The design of the marine grade anodized aluminum frame makes for a long time worry free hobby.

Jesse Arias

I have a 220 gallon aquarium and I needed to replace the current acrylic sump that had started to leak so I purchased a sump system from Custom Aquariums .com to replace the current acrylic sump.

I wanted a sump that I did not have to worry about leaking over time. I found the Seamless Sump® System at Custom Aquariums. It is a modular system that you can customize to fit your aquarium. After a phone call for some advice I purchased two Seamless Sump® Baffle Tub Complete Package tanks along with one Single Reservoir Tub.

I needed a system that I could use as a filter and an over flow for my auto water change system I had installed. Because the Seamless Sump® System is modular they helped customize the system to fit my needs. The system is built like a tank and should last a life time. I have had the system setup and running for about 6 months. It is keeping the aquarium chemical levels (nitrites, nitrates. PH, etc.) At normal levels and the water stays crystal clear. Using the Seamless Sump® System along with my Auto Water Change System I had built that changes eighteen gallons of water per day I have had zero issues keeping the aquarium over stocked. I would highly recommend buying a sump system from Custom Aquariums. It will last you a life time.

Wade Sommer form North West Wisconsin
Wayne Testimonial
Wayne Testimonial
Wayne Testimonial